UNC lost defensive end Robert Quinn, defensive tackle Marvin Austin and receiver Greg Little for the season for receiving improper benefits – gifts and paid trips – from agents. A fourth UNC player, cornerback Kendric Burney, was suspended for six games for receiving improper agent-related benefits.
Georgia receiver A.J. Green (four games) and Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus (two games) have also been suspended for a portion of this season.
UNC coach Butch Davis called the meeting and collaborative effort an “important step” and said the most difficult facet of the issue is the lack of control of the agents.
“How do you control unscrupulous people that basically have no regulation on them?” Davis said. “If they want to break the rules, if there’s no accountability, then everybody’s at harm.”
The group has also discussed enforcement efforts by the NCAA and state agent laws as well as the timing of agent contact with college players.
The commissioners from the Big Ten (Jim Delany) and SEC (Mike Slive) were among the group members. The ACC did not have a representative. James Sexton, one of the agents involved, is Davis’ agent.
There are six NCAA officials represented in the group.
Davis cited the size of the NCAA’s division of gambling and amateurism activities, which has seven members, as another obstacle.
“The unfortunate thing is the NCAA doesn’t have an army,” Davis said. “They can’t investigate every single thing that goes on. It’s going to take a lot of people to try to figure out the best way to handle this.”