As I reported earlier today, Robert Quinn’s former agent Carl Carey, Jr. is suing Quinn, Quinn’s Business Manager, Impact Sports Football, LLC, and two of Impact Sports’ agents based on what I deem to be only two counts worth litigating – 1) tortious interference with contract and conspiracy; and 2) breach of contract. But the Robert Quinn drama is just a small parcel of problems between University of North Carolina football players and agents in the past year.
Forget about the huge UNC Football Scandal involving deceased agent Gary Wichard, former UNC associate head coach John Blake, and whatever benefits were handed to football players who were student-athletes at the time. Instead, take a look at the list of UNC football players’ original agent selections leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft.
- Greg Little was represented by Octagon. He switched to Drew Rosenhaus.
- Kendric Burney fired Peter Schaffer of All Pro Sports & Entertainment.
- Quan Sturdivant fired Carl Carey, Jr. and signed with Athletes First.
- Marvin Austin got rid of Roosevelt Barnes of Maximum Sports Management and recently signed with Impact Sports.
- Impact Sports is also the company being sued by Carl Carey, Jr based on Robert Quinn’s departure.
Were any of them possibly taking bad advice from an “agent” named Chris Hawkins?
Overall, there just seem to be too many problems with regards to athletes and agents at the University of North Carolina. Maybe UNC needs to do a better job with its Agent Day. Perhaps the school should hire a new out-of-house consulting firm to assist with the NCAA and professional education of student-athletes. Some step(s) must be taken.