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Robert Quinn Is One Of Many UNC Drafted Players To Change Agents

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.

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.