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UNC football documents detail infractions involving Robert Quinn, other players

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By Dane Huffman

The University of North Carolina released documents relating to the NCAA investigation of the football program that detail the infractions involving several of the Tar Heels’ star players, including defensive end Robert Quinn.

The documents show a pattern of players traveling to places like Miami, Washington, Los Angeles and Atlanta, and sometimes taking benefits the NCAA deemed improper.

With Quinn, the documents reveal that:

  • Quinn had four dinners with financial advisors for a total benefit of $120. According to the documents, Quinn said he knew he could not let agents by him dinner, but did not realize that was also true of financial advisors.
  • Fellow defensive lineman Marvin Austin introduced Quinn to a jeweler from Miami named A.J. Moschato. Moschato gave Quinn two black diamond watches and a pair of matching earrings worth $5,000. Asked about the matter by the NCAA, Quinn stated “that because he didn’t promise Mr. Moschato anything in return, he believed it was acceptable for him to retain the gift.”
  • Quinn took a trip to Miami that was paid for by a man named “Willie” who had met Quinn at UNC’s spring game. “Willie” paid for much of Quinn’s trip to Miami over the Memorial Day weekend in 2010, including his hotel rooms and transportation in the city.
  • The NCAA summarized that Quinn received $5,443.92 in improper benefits in 2010.

UNC asked the NCAA to restore his eligibility for the 2010 season, and Quinn, in a hand-written, scribbled note, told the NCAA, “I am truly sorry and hope you can find forgiveness in your heart and understand the pressure I was under.”

Asked specifically about the jewelry, Quinn wrote, “When I met this jewler [sic], me being a Southern kid, just took him as a new friend. … He said he did not work for an agent so I did not think nothing was wrong.”

However, Quinn was ruled permanently ineligible in October 2010 season for lying to investigators. He was still considered one of the top prospects in the 2011 NFL Draft, and the St. Louis Rams took him as the 14th pick.

The papers released Friday also detail how former Carolina player Chris Hawkins stayed in touch with the Tar Heel players, and suggested to them that he had connections to agents.

The documents show how UNC defensive end Michael McAdoo twice visited Washington with Austin, who was from that city, and that Austin told McAdoo he was paying for much of the trip.

The reports detail NCAA allegations involving Quinn, defensive back Charles Brown, cornerback Kendric Burney, defensive lineman Michael McAdoo and Deunta Williams.

The documents do not give specific breakdowns of allegations involving Austin and receiver Greg Little, both of whom were ruled permanently ineligible in October 2010.

The university also paid $45,000 in legal fees to media outlets, including The Associated Press, as part of the settlement.

More documents will be released Nov. 5.

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