UNC's Blake Resigns Amid NCAA Probe

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- John Blake has resigned his position on North Carolina's football staff, effective immediately, school officials said Sunday night.

Blake, who was in his fourth season working with Butch Davis, said in a statement issued by the school that he stepped down because "my presence has become a distraction" to the university.

"Consequently, I have determined that it is in the best interests of my family, the university community at large, and the football program for me to step down from my position as associate head football coach," Blake said.

The NCAA has spent much of the summer investigating whether defensive lineman Marvin Austin and receiver Greg Little received improper benefits from agents.

That probe has since expanded to include possible academic misconduct, and 13 players did not travel to Atlanta for Saturday night's game against LSU. Also drawing the NCAA's interest is Blake's longtime friendship with California-based agent Gary Wichard.

"Coach Blake had indicated to me in previous conversations that he would step down if he felt his presence with the football program would become a distraction," athletic director Dick Baddour said. "I know the young men he coached are tremendously disappointed, but Coach Davis and his staff will help and support them as the season moves forward."

Blake will be paid $74,500, an approximation of the salary he would have received had he finished the season, and it will be paid by football revenues, the school said in the statement. His contract, which includes an annual base salary of $240,000, would have expired June 30, 2011, the school said.

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  • by Jimbo Location: NC on Sep 6, 2010 at 05:38 PM
    Can you say scapegoat? You can't convince me that Butch Davis knew nothing about any of this.
  • by George Location: Kinston on Sep 6, 2010 at 04:47 PM
    He took the bullet for Davis, Davis should be fired.
  • by PK on Sep 6, 2010 at 09:48 AM
    Perhaps they should change their name to University of No Class. Or is that University of Non-Compliance? If you UNC-CHeat fans think that Blake resigning will now be the end of this matter, think again. This is just one chapter closing. There is much more to come, and this will turn FAR uglier for the Tarheels. Don't believe me? That's OK. Just wait and see. The "Carolina Way" has been exposed as a total sham and when this gets even bigger, no one will ever say that "Carolina does it the right way" again, at least with a straight face! Couldn't happen to a more arrogant/smug bunch. Even the non-UNC-Cheat alums somehow acquire the arrogance, rather like a communicable Tarheel disease. They must have picked this disease up vicariously in Wal-Mart. LOL! Stay tuned, and think REALLY hard about what you post here right now heels. This one is FAR from over, and if you don't know this already, you're simply not plugged into what is really happening at your favorite school. Sleep tight.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 6, 2010 at 07:45 AM
  • by Pirateman Location: Greenville on Sep 6, 2010 at 07:43 AM
    Ahhh! The class! the integrity!! Ask any Heel fan and they will tell you they have more class and integrity than ANY other program!!! The sad thing is they are not just being fans; THEY ACTUALLY BELIEVE IT!!!! More than ANY program!!
  • by Football wife Location: Goldsboro on Sep 6, 2010 at 05:04 AM
    It's seems that Mr.Blake is in a hurry to get his name out of the whole issue! The truth will start pouring out of UNC's leaky program.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Sep 5, 2010 at 09:00 PM
    I'd be interested to see what UNC fans think of this, and no, I'm not being funny here. Do you believe that Blake was being honorable, or do you feel that he's jumping ship b/c there may be something going on that's yet to be revealed, as far as Blake is concerned?

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