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Report: Kentwan Balmer funded trip for Cam Thomas

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    ESPN.com news services
    August 11, 2010

    Kentwan Balmer, a North Carolina alum who is now a defensive tackle with the San Francisco 49ers, paid for former Tar Heels teammates Marvin Austin and Cam Thomas to travel to California during summer 2009, Thomas told the Raleigh News and Observer.

    " 'Twan paid for [the trip]," Thomas, currently with the San Diego Chargers, told the newspaper.

    If Thomas' statement can be confirmed by the NCAA, Balmer paying for the trip could be a violation of the NCAA's "preferential treatment" bylaw, subjecting North Carolina to potential NCAA discipline.

    Thomas told the newspaper that he and Austin worked out at the Proactive Sports Performance in Westlake Village, Calif., to prepare for the 2009 season.

    Thomas, who started all of UNC's games at defensive tackle in 2009 and was drafted in the fifth round by San Diego, didn't provide financial details or dates for the trip.

    Austin, a senior defensive tackle for North Carolina, is projected as a high 2011 NFL draft pick.

    Balmer, drafted in the first round by the 49ers in 2008, was given the day off at 49ers' practice on Tuesday. He also was absent from practice Monday.

    "It's on Kentwan. As far as I'm concerned, we're going to continue to practice and do what we have to do. And Kentwan's got to make up his mind, in terms of how he's going to handle some of the personal issues that he has to handle," 49ers coach Mike Singletary said Tuesday on KNBR-680 in San Francisco.

    "It's just like any other young man, or any other individual, sometimes things come up in life and you have to decide which is more important. And that is where Kentwan is," Singletary said. "Until he makes a decision, I'm going to give him the time to handle it because there is certainly a lot on his plate right now."
    Balmer was absent again Wednesday, however, and Singletary said his absence from camp is now unexcused.

    Balmer told the San Jose Mercury News he has a meeting scheduled with Singletary on Wednesday and plans to return to the 49ers. He also echoed the team's stance that his absence was a personal matter.

    "People are making a big deal about of nothing," Balmer told the newspaper. "I feel like the 49ers could do a better job of saying that, but it's not my place to say."
    North Carolina's assistant athletic director for compliance told the News and Observer that there are is no set NCAA discipline for a former player paying for current players to travel.

    "[It] would be interpretative based on the facts of the specific case," Amy Herman told the newspaper. She wouldn't comment on Thomas' statement to the News and Observer.

    The NCAA is investigating whether North Carolina players received improper benefits from agents. The investigation in focused on Austin and wide receiver Greg Little.

    When NCAA investigators revisited the North Carolina campus recently, they re-interviewed Austin and Little, sources told ESPN's Joe Schad.

    North Carolina hopes the NCAA's inquiry is over before the season starts (vs. LSU, Sept. 4). But if not, the school will not risk using a player not cleared by the NCAA for fear of vacating wins if the player is later deemed ineligible, sources told ESPN.

    That means it is possible neither Austin nor Little will take the field for the Tar Heels for the opener and beyond.

    The Tar Heels are expected to contend for the ACC's Coastal Division title with a defense that returns nine starters from a unit that ranked among the nation's best last year.
  2. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

    Aug 8, 2006
    no real problem for Cam, unless the NFL follows NCAA rules :no:
  3. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    Saban wants NFL to suspend players who were paid while in college

    Posted by Mike Florio on August 12, 2010 2:25 PM ET

    Some of you scoffed last month when we suggested that the NFL should suspend players who ultimately are determined by the NCAA to have accepted payments while still eligible to play college football. One person who apparently didn't scoff is Alabama coach Nick Saban.

    We're still trying to figure out whether that's a good thing or a bad thing.

    Per our guys at CFT, Saban said that the possibility was mentioned during a recent conference call involving Saban, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA officials, and other college coaches. The discussion was generally aimed at solving the problem of agents paying college players.

    Though it may seem unfair on the surface to take action against NFL players based on things they did in college, the NFL and the NFLPA are free to agree to any and all work rules that they choose, limited only by the union's duty of fair representation of its members. Already, the league and the union have agreed to prevent players less than three years out of high school from playing NFL football -- it's horribly unfair to a gifted young athlete who want to earn a living right out of high school (or earlier), but the move was made to help preserve positive relations with the men who preside over pro football's free farm system.

    Saban also said that he plans to lift his ban on NFL scouts at Alabama practices, with scouts permitted to return at some point after August 25.

    So it appears that Saban wanted to get the NFL's attention. And that he was successful.

    Love him or hate him, Saban didn't win national titles at two different schools by being stupid.
  4. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005

    Why is this even a story? they apparently didn't break any rules

  5. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Saban is an arrogant POS.

    Sure, there's a problem with college ball & money. Deal with it there.

    Nick is still pissed that he can't cut it on the pro level. :violin: :icon_finger:
  6. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

    Aug 14, 2006
    I don't see any issue with a friend buying his friends a plane ticket.
  7. Kwak

    Kwak ....

    May 25, 2006
    Yep. Fuk Saban.

    With the Chargers luck, Goodell will blow his daddy Kraft and then suspend Thomas, but no other team will be affected.
  8. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

    Aug 15, 2006

    I ****ing hate all these stupid "omg that dude got something for free" stories. WHO ****ING CARES?!?!?!?!

    The NCAA is a ****ing joke.

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