UNC: Hakeem Nicks provided benefits

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, Last Updated: 11:14 PM ET

CHAPEL HILL, NC - The University of North Carolina released additional information relating to the NCAA's investigation into possible violations.

The school said reinstatement requests sent to the NCAA by the university report that five people provided impermissible benefits to football team members, including former Tar Heel and current New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.

The school said Nicks provided $3,300 worth of benefits, while other former Tar Heels Omar Brown ($1,865) and Mahlon Carey ($140) also provided gifts. San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis ($20) and an unidentified person from Miami ($323) were the others listed.

The benefits included cash and jewelry, as well as impermissible assistance with lodging, travel, transportation and entertainment expenses.

UNC's release said that the total value of benefits includes the estimated value of lodging provided in their homes, some of which was repaid by the involved players before they knew they had violated NCAA rules.

"Carey, Nicks and Brown are former UNC football players who thought they were helping out friends and fellow Tar Heels," the release said. "Although the investigation remains ongoing, there is no evidence that links them to inappropriate relationships with agents, prospective agents or runners."

The school also revealed it sent a disassociation letter to former tutor Jennifer Wiley, dated November 5 and signed by athletics director Dick Baddour.

The letter states that the school developed information confirming that Wiley provided impermissible financial and academic assistance to some UNC athletes.

It says that in 2010, she provided more than $2,000 of benefits relating to travel and transportation issues. It also says Wiley provided the academic assistance in 2009 and 2010.

The disassociation period, which will last for at least five years, means Wiley cannot provide any assistance to the school or have contact with student-athletes -- prospective or enrolled. She is also prohibited from accessing campus athletics facilities.

The Raleigh News & Observer on Thursday reported a statement from Wiley, made through her lawyer. The statement said the financial assistance came when she allowed one person to use her credit card, when a credit card was required. She said in the statement that she was immediately repaid the cost, and did not know the act was impermissible.


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