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No Evidence That Agents Linked To Former UNC Players Paying Current Student-Athletes

On Thursday, November 11, 2010, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill released an update stating that it was ready to start releasing additional information about the investigation into its football program (the update is attached at the bottom of this post).  The additional details included the following bullet-point: Mahlon Carey, Hakeem Nicks, Omar Brown, Vernon Davis, and an unknown person from Miami provided impermissible cash and/or benefits to UNC student-athletes.  Nicks provided the most – $3,300.

The statement also said, there is no evidence that links them to inappropriate relationships with agents, prospective agents or runners.  That is good to hear.  Last thing we want are agents to be punished without any proof of wrongdoing.

Peter Schaffer represents Hakeem Nicks.  Schaffer is included amongst the NFLPA Certified Contract Advisors who received an letter of inquiry from the North Carolina Secretary of State in its ongoing investigation.  He also is on the record speaking about the Josh Luchs article and proposing a new class for all athletes going pro.  And we know that there is a connection between him and Chris Hawkins.

Todd France represents Vernon Davis.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

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