Big day for the neverending improper-benefits investigation into the UNC football program! A months-long scandal that was triggered by, among other events, the relationship between current Tar Heels and former players like Kentwan Balmer, added some more ACC alumni names today, as the university released additional information to the NCAA in the process of clearing up the eligibility statuses of the remaining withheld players. Let's give a warm welcome to the newcomers reported to have help destabilize the Chapel Hill regime:
Mahlon Carey, Hakeem Nicks, Omar Brown, Vernon Davis and an unknown person from Miami gave gifts of cash and jewelry and provided impermissible assistance with travel, lodging and entertainment expenses.
• Nicks: $3,300
• Brown: $1,865
• Carey: $140
• Davis: $20
• Unknown person from Miami: $323
Before we get to making fun of Vernon Davis for only shelling out 20 bucks, ESPN has some additional details that make you wonder just how shabbily his guest bedroom must be decorated:
The school said the amount -- totaling $5,648 between the five people -- also includes the estimated value of lodging at their homes during visits. Some of those benefits were repaid by the players or hosts before they knew they had broken NCAA rules.
Oh, and the school also formally severed its relationship with Jennifer Wiley, the tutor accused of providing extra benefits and improper academic assistance. Now: return to the Vernon Davis jokes! Seriously, did he make them sleep in a shed? I'm asking for Craig James.