Blake called Wichard within minutes of talking with Suh’s family

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On Monday, Nebraska’s Pelini told the World-Herald he remembered a concern over Blake contacting Suh.

Pelini said he asked Jeff Jamrog, Nebraska ’s assistant athletic director for football, to call North Carolina and handle the matter. Jamrog said he also recalled the instance but did not provide details of contact between the schools. It was unclear whether Nebraska contacted UNC.

“I remember something coming up, but I don’t know what the extent of it was,” Pelini said.

Suh’s mother, Bernadette Suh, said no one should infer that the phone calls with Blake were about agents.

“We sat down as a family and made our own decision on what agents we wanted to go to,” she said. “No one recommended anyone to us.”

Asked about the content of the calls, she said that Blake did not try to recommend Wichard to her son.

“It didn’t happen,” she said. “Even if he did, it’s none of your business – it’s nobody’s business.”

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36 Responses to Blake called Wichard within minutes of talking with Suh’s family

  1. tuckerdorm1983 10/06/2010 at 7:45 AM #

    this will clear the whole mess up instantly

  2. bradleyb123 10/06/2010 at 7:49 AM #

    “It didn’t happen,” she said. “Even if he did, it’s none of your business – it’s nobody’s business.”

    No offense ma’am, but the NCAA would beg to differ. It is also quite possibly the NC Secretary of State’s business.

  3. section2chuck 10/06/2010 at 7:59 AM #

    I was waiting for this connection to be made…like I said in another post on a story, Suh praised John Blake of all people the week leading up to the NFL Draft, which I found to be weird since Blake wasnt even employed with Nebraska. Suh gave no credit to any Nebraska coaches…

  4. PacknSack 10/06/2010 at 8:01 AM #

    So wait, you’re saying Carolina might have known that Blake was calling other schools, talking to big-time players at other schools? And maybe they knew it was about agent representation? Oh boy.

  5. Old MacDonald 10/06/2010 at 8:13 AM #

    Has anyone looked into whether maybe Blake was running for more than one agent?

  6. primacyone 10/06/2010 at 8:24 AM #

    ^Old MacDonald, That idea certainly seems possible.

    That idea seems like it could certainly be applied to Starvin Marvin as well.

  7. bradleyb123 10/06/2010 at 8:26 AM #

    Is it possible there is an unwritten/unspoken understanding among schools that they don’t just voluntarily “rat each other out” over stuff like this? I mean, would Pelini be unlikely to publicly admit that he called Carolina because that would be damning evidence against the Heels? Of course, everything changes if the NCAA comes calling to gather more information, then all bets (I’m sure) are off.

    Just wondering. Pelini seemed non-committal in his answer about whether or not he called Carolina. Seems like he should know because that was a pretty big thing he would be calling about.

  8. primacyone 10/06/2010 at 8:37 AM #

    Reads to me that Pelini really prefers UNC to answer that question. Hopefully the good folks at the N&O will be on the phone with DB today to get their “response”

    Expect BD and DB to be on the wire tomorrow:

    “I am not aware of such a call from anyone at Nebraska and have no knowlege that a call was received. Through our own review, we were aware of the possiblity that Blake was making contact with Su, but were not able to confirm any calls actually took place and have no knowlege of any calls taking place.”

  9. imawolf 10/06/2010 at 8:38 AM #

    Isn’t this fun? Like reading a best seller…… ….

  10. Kingfish1976 10/06/2010 at 8:41 AM #

    Furthermore, this really casts doubt on the rants of the 3 stooges in crapel hell who still proclaim that they knew NOTHING about Black Santa’s running for Wichard (and maybe other agents) and contacting players on the agents’ behalf.

  11. Lunatic Fringe 10/06/2010 at 8:47 AM #

    I agree with primacyone…

    Pelini is purposefully vague. It is a UNC problem go ask them. I don’t blame him or any other coach trying to get the heck away from this mess.

  12. burnbarn 10/06/2010 at 8:54 AM #

    Maybe there is a group of agents that are working together and spreading out the talent between themselves to help remove the perception of impropriety. No one gets all the top players but 4-5 of them do and Blake is one of how many that are at the center of it all.

    I know it may sound crazy but it is not crazier than the explainations for things coming out of Chapel Hill.

  13. GoldenChain 10/06/2010 at 9:00 AM #

    This is what I don’t get:

    “The records cover Blake’s cell phone from Oct. 31, 2009 to June 22, 2010 and his desk phone from May 11, 2009 to Aug. 30, 2010.
    They show a total of 19 communications between Blake and Suh or his family members. The records do not distinguish between phone calls and text messages.”
    Read more:

    If you are going to do something that is illegal, against industry rules, or just plain questionable my suggestion is to go to WalMart and buy a Trac Fone instead of doing it on your work phones.
    (BTW, while their at it I would suggest the IT guys at unx adding some kiddie smut onto Blakes old work compueter so BD can smear him with that too.)

  14. Hungwolf 10/06/2010 at 9:02 AM #

    “If I had known, I would have fired Blake.” Chief Davis. That was a UNC phone and phone records went to UNC that paid the bill. NFL Draftee names a coach on your staff and another school calls about a coach on the UNC staff regarding the same player that just named a coach on your staff. More and more it is proven Davis knew!

    Another front page story in a newspaper today. The AD and coach would already be gone at any other school. I guess UNC covering its bases before it fires a coach that claims to be native american, wouldn’t want the backlash from that?

  15. Kingfish1976 10/06/2010 at 9:03 AM #

    Great points by burnbarn and Old McDonald. Agents are generally sleazy by nature. Makes sense that they would work together and utilize the same commmissioned runners (Blake, Hawkins, other tarholes).

  16. choppack1 10/06/2010 at 9:17 AM #

    I have no idea whether they are telling the truth or not – but the players on message.

    But here’s what makes this all look so rotten:
    Blake calls Suh family – speaks to them for a few minutes, then calls Wichard. Blake calls Suh family again, then calls Wichard again.

    Now, it’s certainly possible that he could be talking about matters not related to Suh’s recent drafting, but geez, it looks horrible. It looks like he’s being a liason or intermediary of some kind – even if he’s not pitching Wichard to Suh.

    The real question here is whether or not Nebraska notified UNC. Pellini definitely gave a name and said “I asked him to contact UNC about it.” When the article said, “it’s not clear whehter he contacted UNC or not”…well, that’s a foolish statement – phone records can be obtained (by the NCAA at least) – as to whether or not UNC was contacted. And just as importantly whether or not UNC returned the call (if a message was left.)

  17. GoldenChain 10/06/2010 at 9:20 AM #

    They are great points and given that sleazy nature it is no surprise they cast ever widening circles in an attempt to ‘channel’ kids.

    In addition to using a Trac Phone I also suggest an off-shore bank account for collecting the commissions…or cash, that works too.

  18. TAEdisonHokie 10/06/2010 at 9:21 AM #

    Old MacDonald – Bingo!

    I’ve been thinking for quite some time that Blake was a runner/facilitator for multiple agents to maximize his revenue potential.

    Remember this tweet by Bruce Feldman on 9:20 PM Sep 22nd via web?:

    “Asked J-Clowney who had the most unique recrting pitch.. John Blake: “Man, I can get you right! That guy at Nebraska (Suh)-I got him right.”

    Why would Blake make that comment to Clowney unless he had some kind of arrangement with Suh’s agents, Eugene Parker and Roosevelt Barnes of Maximum Sports Management, based in Fort Wayne, IN?

    By the way, Clowney is the Rivals #1 nationally-ranked football recruit for the Class of 2011.

  19. Ismael 10/06/2010 at 9:27 AM #

    maybe Suh was blake and wichard’s god son?


  20. choppack1 10/06/2010 at 9:46 AM #

    TAE – in all fairness – he could be saying that he could develop him like he developed Suh.

    To me, that statement is a gray area. Heck, if I was recruiting him and I had also recruited Suh – I’d say something like that.

    On another note – is the DE Clowney related to the former VaTech WR?

  21. bluelena69 10/06/2010 at 10:01 AM #

    Do Trac phones feature the capability to do 3 way calls? That would be all the wiser. How about Skype? Damn its 2010….I guess when you feel like you are impugn to any authority, you don’t consider this type of precaution. Also, this behavior does not strike me as typical of one who is trying to be sneaky. I mean, if I was involved in something I wanted to hide from my boss, the last thing I would be doing is conduct said shady business on my office phone. Just saying….

  22. TAEdisonHokie 10/06/2010 at 10:02 AM #

    choppack1 – As far as Blake is concerned, I’m using the “Duck Rule” – quacks like, walks like, etc. I’m not putting anything past that guy.

    As far as DE Clowney is concerned, there is no relation to the Clowney who played for Tech. DE Jadeveon Clowney is from Rock Hill, SC, while Tech’s WR David Clowney is originally from Delray Beach, FL.

  23. lanceaboil 10/06/2010 at 10:12 AM #

    Who was the agent that mysteriously had Ed Davis on his website in the middle of last basketball season?

  24. choppack1 10/06/2010 at 10:26 AM #

    TAE – thanks for the answer on Clowney – that’s a name you don’t forget.

    As for Blake – I am kinding of taking this stuff on an allegation by allegation basis. There’s a lot he can’t account for, but like I said, to me the potentially HUGE issue here is if Nebraska contacted UNC. If they did, talk about going nuclear…

  25. LKNpackfan 10/06/2010 at 10:41 AM #

    Yep, if Nebraska called Baddour or Butch, which as you said CAN be confirmed with phone records (I’m sure Yahoo’s is on it right now), its game over for Butch’s IDK defense.

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