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Rosenhaus denies role in UNC case

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina has told the NCAA that three people acted as "prospective agents" by providing benefits to players in connection with the ongoing investigation into the program, including one who works for NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus.

The school named Rosenhaus employee Michael Katz in documents sent to the NCAA to report violations as part of the process to reinstate players suspended or held out of games. Katz is listed on the Rosenhaus Sports Representation Web site as director of marketing and client services.

Reached by phone Friday, Rosenhaus denied the report.

"My comment is that report is false," he said. "I did talk to my employee and at no time did he provide any benefits of any kind to any college players whatsoever."

The documents, released Friday, redacted the names of players and details. But they said Katz provided a player with a wristband that gained entrance to a pool party, while a second got a wristband, originally provided by Katz, from a teammate.

Others named: former UNC and Marshall player Chris Hawkins, who is also connected to the suspension of Georgia's A.J. Green; and Todd Stewart of Washington, D.C.

PACE SHOOTING: An investigator countered claims that a player at Pace (N.Y.) University who had been shot by police was left to die without swift medical help, saying the student received treatment from officers within three to five minutes.

Lawyers for some witnesses alleged Danroy Henry, 20, of Easton, Mass., was neglected for up to 15 minutes after he was shot outside a bar in Thornwood, N.Y., early Sunday.

Also, a law enforcement official said Henry's blood alcohol level was above the limit — 0.13 during his autopsy. The limit in New York is 0.08, above which the law presumes impairment.

Henry's parents said they do not want to turn their son's death into a racial issue, telling ABC's Good Morning America that all they want is the truth. Police have said Henry, who is black, sped away and hit two white officers after a policeman knocked on his car window. His parents, Angela and Danroy Sr., said police have not provided much information.

RUTGERS FUND: A trust fund has been established to help provide support for the care of Eric LeGrand, the Rutgers defensive tackle paralyzed last week. Athletic director Tim Pernetti said there was no update on the condition of the junior, who was paralyzed from the neck down against Army.

ARIZONA: With starting quarterback Nick Foles (sprained right knee) officially out, junior Matt Scott starts today against Washington.

MARYLAND: Offensive lineman Pete DeSouza broke both legs in a driving accident and will miss the rest of the season. DeSouza was driving a motor scooter on campus Thursday night when he was hit by a vehicle turning left. The redshirt freshman, 6 feet 6, 310 pounds, suffered fractures in both lower legs.

UCLA: Quarterback Kevin Prince, who missed Thursday's 60-13 loss to No. 1 Oregon, will have surgery today on a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Basketball: Pearl knew he was breaking rules

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl said details of NCAA violations made public in a letter were not new to him or investigators.

The university released a Sept. 9 letter from athletics director Mike Hamilton informing Pearl his contract would be terminated because he knowingly violated NCAA rules.

The letter states Pearl told recruits and their families that a visit to his home for a team cookout would be an NCAA violation. He also told recruits and their families he would not tell anyone about the violation and asked that they not tell anyone.

Hamilton punished Pearl after the coach acknowledged misleading NCAA investigators about the cookout he hosted by docking his salary by $1.5 million over four seasons and banning him from off-campus recruiting for a year.

Rosenhaus denies role in UNC case 10/22/10 [Last modified: Friday, October 22, 2010 9:52pm]
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