Let’s take a break from the cool new parking prong and look at an excellent piece from J.P. Giglio in this morning’s N & O.Â I don’t have a ton of time, so I am just going to quote an excerpt.Â The entire piece is well worth reading.
Thomas and Austin have said they went to the Proactive Sports Performance in Westlake Village, Calif. – where dozens of Wichard’s clients have trained – before the start of UNC’s training camp in August 2009.
A hotel receipt obtained by Yahoo! Sports, which financially links Austin to Wichard’s agency, shows the dates of the players’ stay in California as July 23 to Aug. 1
Between July 20 and Aug. 3, Blake’s phone records show that there were 20 calls or texts to Wichard’s cellphone, 10 to Austin’s and eight to Thomas’.
Blake was also in contact with Davis twice on July 28.
Austin said in a March 2011 interview that no one at UNC knew about the trip to California. The trip came under scrutiny during the NCAA investigation into whether players received preferential treatment, benefits or services.
“They had no reason to know,” Austin said of the trip at UNC’s pro day before the NFL draft on March 31. “I didn’t think I had to call the university and say, ‘Well, I’m going to California to go train.'”
Marvin sure was well-educated on NCAA regulations!Â He is claimingÂ had no idea he had to notify anyone that he was going to California to train at an agent’s facility on someone else’s dime?Â They must have a tremendous compliance office over there.Â Aside: will we have to vacate our 2009Â win against them?
Also, I can’t resist this quote from the article:
In addition, the phone records show that Blake contacted numbers linked to Austin and Wichard during the NCAA investigators’ initial visit to campus last July.
Yeah, I’ll bet!