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UNC Football Scandal -- 'The Boz' Connection

10/1/2010 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned the agent recruiting scandal rocking University of North Carolina football goes deep ... all the way back to Brian "The Boz" Bosworth -- who, it turns out, has close ties to both men in the middle of the UNC controversy.

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A source close to "The Boz" tells TMZ the former University of Oklahoma football stud was approached by John Blake back in the late 80s -- while Bosworth was still in school. We're told ... Blake, an OU football assistant at the time, told Bosworth, "I have a guy who's going to change your life." That guy was agent Gary Wichard.

Setting up a meeting between an active college athlete and an agent could be a major NCAA violation ... and it's exactly what Blake is accused of doing at UNC. Last month, Blake resigned as the defensive line coach at UNC amid allegations that he was funneling Tar Heel players to Wichard.

As for Bosworth -- he eventually hired Wichard as his agent when he entered the NFL.

Clearly, Blake and Wichard have a history that goes back more than 20 years ... which is interesting since their relationship is now under the NCAA microscope.


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16.

Jen    

Congrats, UNC! For decades, you've boasted and bragged about what the "Carolina Way" really is and now everyone truly understands it. The last three months have proven that the "Carolina Way" is nothing more than a facade for lying, cheating and breaking rules to try to become a football powerhouse. Key word being "try." After all, even hiring a proven winner in Butch Davis has done nothing more than garner an outstanding 21-20 overall record for your beloved football team. Impressive, really. My goodness, how must it feel to have sold your soul to the devil for a winning percentage just slightly over .500?

Now clean up your act, please. The rest of the universities in the state of North Carolina are embarrassed by your actions.

1422 days ago
17.

Throwback kid    

Not one guy on the Seahawks even liked Bozworth. It didn't help that "The Boz had a silly hairdo with purple dye in it and wore sunglasses while indoors and could'nt play a lick of football, a total bust.

1421 days ago
18.

gitRdun    

UNC Cheater Hill has been cheating in basketball for years, but they've just now gotten caught doing it in football. They brought in coach Butch Davis to bring them a "big time" football program no matter what the costs. They knew Davis and his recruiting coordinator John "Black Santa" Blake were dirty, but didn't think they'd get caught. They thought their "Carolina Way" facade would keep them safe.

This is the biggest cheating scandal in the history of the NCAA. Not even SMU who got the NCAA Death Penalty in the 80's comes close. You have recruiting coordinator and head coach friend Blake funneling players to an agent friend for money. You have almost the entire defense on the team getting illegal benefits from said agent. You have a former nanny of the head coach committing academic fraud by writing whole papers for top players on the team so they'll stay eligible to play. You have UNC taking players whose academics are so poor other ACC schools turned them down for admission. Talk about a "lack of institutional control."

UNC Cheater Hill should receive at least a 3 year probation and bowl ban with loss of dozens of scholarships. At least!

1421 days ago
19.

William Surto    

This is pretty lame reporting on TMZ Part. It looks like you are implying Bosworth is tied to UNC Football. I'm sure you can just as easily find some connection between UNC Football, Al-Qaeda and the fall of the World Trade Center. Your type of sensationalist journalism makes me sick!

1420 days ago
20.

Jeff     

wow great job tmz, maybe unc also has ties to Big Ben from the steelers because he has been wrongly accused in the south and north carolina is next to south carolina and maybe someone at unc knows someone from pittsburgh who knows Ben who's the QB who used to have a back up QB named Brian St. Pierre and since both have the name Brian That probably means that unc which is a great university must breed sexual offenders and steroid users. Wow you guys dig deep so I'd figured I look inot also I solved the case .

Ps. tmz are you hiring because this is the type of **** you write about.

1295 days ago
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