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Tar Heels helping in probe, Davis says

DURHAM, N.C. — North Carolina football coach Butch Davis broke his public silence on the NCAA investigation into the program Thursday, telling a banquet audience the NCAA has said it will move quickly in the probe that brought investigators to campus last week.

UNC acknowledged July 15 that it was being investigated.

"We take a great deal of pride in doing things ethically and honestly," Davis said. "Our players were unbelievably cooperative (with the NCAA) and so, we'll get through this as quickly as possible."

In prepared remarks, the former Miami coach said the NCAA had assured UNC it would expedite its investigation.

According to public records, the NCAA conducted interviews in Chapel Hill on July 12 and July 13.

Greg Little Sr. said Tuesday that his son, senior receiver Greg Little, was interviewed by the NCAA about improper contact with an agent. Senior defensive tackle Marvin Austin also was interviewed.

Davis declined to provide details about the number of players involved. He referred to the investigation as an "incident" and referenced other programs that have been questioned by the NCAA this month.

"One of the things you can see is that there are a lot of other institutions around the country that are going through this currently," Davis said. "There probably will be some more in the very near future."

North Carolina secretary of state Elaine Marshall said her office has begun an investigation about the potential misconduct.

"It's probably got to be a federal issue because it's one of those things that cross state lines," said Duke coach David Cutcliffe. "It's not a North Carolina problem, obviously, and it's rampant through the country.

Georgia receiver A.J. Green, coach Mark Richt and the other Georgia players were under NCAA instructions not to comment on an investigation into an agent's party in South Beach in May that players might have attended.

Green told reporters he has never been to Miami. Beyond that, he said: "It's not my place to comment on it, and I don't feel I need to."

more football: UCLA guard Stanley Hasiak will redshirt this season after he failed to meet NCAA academic eligibility requirements.

basketball: Memphis self-reported a secondary NCAA violation over coach Josh Pastner's attendance at a summer league game last week where Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe was playing. The junior is considering transferring to Memphis.

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