Report: Ex-UNC Coach Denies Steering Players

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Former North Carolina associate head coach John Blake says he never worked to steer players to late NFL agent Gary Wichard.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated released Wednesday, Blake says he is "an honest and good man." He plans to attend the school's hearing Friday with the NCAA infractions committee in Indianapolis after being accused of trying to steer players to Wichard, a close friend who died of cancer earlier this year.

Blake's relationship with Wichard became a key part of the investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct within the football program. According to the notice of allegations, Blake received more than $31,000 in financial transfers from Wichard from 2007-09, though his attorneys have described those transactions as loans from one friend to another during financial trouble.

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