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Former NCCU quarterback charged in UNC football investigation

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Former NCCU quarterback Michael Johnson (right) arrives Wednesday at court with his attorney, Bill Young. Former NCCU quarterback Michael Johnson (right) arrives Wednesday at court with his attorney, Bill Young.
Indictments say Willie Barley provided Robert Quinn with a hotel room in Miami valued at $675.74 and gave him $100 cash. Indictments say Willie Barley provided Robert Quinn with a hotel room in Miami valued at $675.74 and gave him $100 cash.
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A former North Carolina Central University quarterback is charged with facilitating meetings between a sports agent and an UNC football player.

Michael Wayne Johnson Jr. arranged meetings between UNC football player Greg Little and sports agent Terry Watson, at which point Watson provided Little with $5,000, according to indictments unsealed Wednesday.

Indictments say Johnson also provided a mailing address where Little could accept packages of cash from Watson.

Johnson was arrested Friday in Florida and made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon. He was released on a written promise to appear in court on Dec. 17.

His attorney, Bill Young, said Johnson is lifelong friends with Little.

"Michael Johnson was an extraordinary student athlete and dedicated life-long friend of Greg's," Young said.

Young said Johnson is charged under a law meant to protect student-athletes like him.

"My view of this so far is that Michael is the picture of a person that this statute was designed to protect, not to prosecute," Young said. "My view of this statute is it's designed to protect any student athlete from the grips of an agent."

However Attorney General Jim Woodall said that while the law is meant to protect student athletes, Johnson wasn't the one being induced.

"The statute is to protect student athletes from being induced to sign with agents, so it's to protect the person being induced," Woodall said. "We're not alleging that [Johnson] was being induced to sign a contract, therefore I don't think they're protected under the statute."

Young said at the time in 2010 that Johnson was "not associated with or affiliated with or working for any agency at all."

A fifth person, Willie Barley, is also charged in connection with the UNC football investigation

Indictments say Barley provided former UNC football player Robert Quinn with a hotel room in Miami valued at $675.74, gave him $100 cash, provided him with a car for a period of 2 days and purchased two roundtrip tickets for him from North Carolina to Florida valued at $750.

Barley appeared in court on Friday and is out of jail on a $30,000 bond.

Woodall said Johnson and Barley are the final two people to people charged in the UNC investigation. Former tutor Jennifer Wiley Thompson, Georgia real estate agent Patrick Jones and Watson were previously charged in the investigation.

Thompson is charged with providing Little with a round-trip airline ticket worth $579.50 to travel from North Carolina to Florida as part of an effort to get Little to sign Watson. She is also charged with giving him $150 in cash and receiving a package from Watson containing $2,000 in cash for Little.

Watson is charged with 13 counts of providing cash or accommodations to three former Carolina stars and one charge of obstruction of justice.

Jones is charged with providing money to Quinn.

Woodall said all five are expected in court on Dec. 17.

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