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Agent allegedly created college payment network

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11:18 AM ET 10.12 | Georgia sports agent Terry S. Watson used bundles of cash in efforts to sign future professional athletes while they were still playing at UNC-Chapel Hill while also enticing athletes at other schools in North Carolina and beyond, according to interviews and court documents. With charges now filed against two of five expected defendants, a picture is emerging of an alleged network led by Watson that worked to secure athletes as clients from the top ranks of college sports. Authorities say it was done in violation of laws that prohibit agents from paying amateur college players. Athletes at three schools other than UNC have been named in court papers: football players from the University of South Carolina, the University of Florida and N.C. Central University in Durham. A close friend of Watson's, Patrick Jones, 39, of Cartersville, Ga., told The News & Observer in an interview this week that he recalls wiring money to Brandon Spikes, who was a top player at the University of Florida and was signed by Watson in early 2010, ahead of that year's NFL draft. Spikes is now playing with the NFL's New England Patriots. Attempts to reach Spikes or obtain comment through his current agent failed.

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Brandon Spikes,  Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images Brandon Spikes, Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images
October 12, 2013  11:29 AM ET

How much glue does Brandon Spikes use to keep that mop stuck to his head?

October 12, 2013  11:35 AM ET

Or is it sewn into his bandanna?

October 12, 2013  12:45 PM ET

An agent has to do what an agent has to do. Lot of competition for these guys and if you don't give more than the boosters, then you are not in the game.

October 12, 2013  12:50 PM ET

I doubt this agent "created" a payment network, he just took something already in place and made it fit his needs.

October 12, 2013  12:55 PM ET

Disgraceful.

I can see why Southern Cal fans are so upset with the system. They were singled out and severely punished while others skated right on by untouched.

October 14, 2013  01:04 PM ET

Thank you!! That is what we have been saying the last 5 years!!! At this point, we are not even complaining about the punishment, we just want the rules and penalty to be applied consistently!!

 
October 14, 2013  01:05 PM ET

Has anyone noticed...all of the violations that are coming out are all the teams from the SEC..

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