Georgia-based agent arrested in UNC agents probe
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — A Georgia-based agent has been charged with violating the state’s sports agent laws by providing gifts to three former Tar Heels football players and obstruction of justice.
Unsealed indictments state that a grand jury indicted Terry Watson with 13 counts of providing cash or travel accommodations to Marvin Austin, Greg Little and Robert Quinn valued at nearly $24,000 in an effort to sign them. Watson also faces one count of obstruction for not providing records sought by authorities.
The 39-year-old Watson, based in Marietta, Ga., was arrested Wednesday morning, released on a $50,000 secured bond and made his first court appearance in the afternoon.
All three former UNC players are in the NFL. Quinn, a defensive end and former Fort Dorchester High standout, was a first-round pick of the St. Louis Rams in 2011, while Austin and Little were both second-round selections that year. Little is a receiver with the Cleveland Browns. Austin, a defensive tackle, was drafted by the New York Giants but was released in August and signed with the Miami Dolphins last month.
Stanford coach David Shaw says he misspoke when detailing the nature of linebacker Shayne Skov’s knee injury while disputing Washington coach Steve Sarkisian’s allegations that the Cardinal faked injuries in a 31-28 win over the Huskies last Saturday.
Shaw initially said Tuesday that Skov had an MRI exam on his surgically repaired left knee. But video shows Skov limping off the field in the fourth quarter clutching his right knee.
Asked for a clarification Wednesday, a team spokesman says Shaw apologizes for mischaracterizing the injury. Shaw says Skov, in fact, hyperextended his right knee.
Tennessee and Virginia Tech will play a football game at Bristol Motor Speedway in September 2016, a person with knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press.
The Bristol Motor Speedway Commission announced plans for a news conference Monday at the track for what it called a major announcement, but gave no details.
The speedway holds 150,000. The attendance record for college football is 115,109, set last month at Michigan Stadium for the Michigan-Notre Dame game.
Tennessee’s marching band has issued a statement saying it’s in a “bitter battle” with the athletic department regarding a reduction in travel and a reduced role at home football games.
The Pride of the Southland Band said Wednesday its travel budget was “slashed.” The band also said it has been “reduced to playing the team’s fight song after touchdowns and a few seconds of music in between plays” at home games while commercials and pre-recorded music play at other times.