Gary Wichard: One of the NFL's most prominent agents, Wichard is being investigated by the NCAA and North Carolina Secretary of State, in probes that are seeking to determine if agent tampering occurred in the University of North Carolina football program. The name of Wichard's agency, Pro Tect Management, appears on a July, 2009 hotel bill linked to Tar Heels defensive tackle Marvin Austin. Multiple sources have also told Yahoo! Sports that documents show a history of financial transactions between Wichard and John Blake, Austin's former position coach at UNC.
John Blake: A longtime friend of Wichard, Blake had been the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for the Tar Heels, until his resignation on Sept. 5. He is currently being investigated in the NCAA and state probes. Blake was the position coach for former Tar Heel player and current Wichard client Kentwan Balmer. An August report by Yahoo! Sports found Blake had been previously employed as the vice president of football Operations for Wichard’s agency, Pro Tect Management. Sources have detailed a history of financial transactions between Wichard and Blake since 2007.
Marvin Austin: The Tar Heels defensive lineman who has become a prominent part of NCAA and state investigations into potential agent impropriety at UNC. Austin has five cross-country trips under scrutiny, including two to California and three to Miami. His name appears on a hotel receipt that contains the name of Wichard's agency, Pro Tect Management, as well address and Marriott rewards account information of NFL marketing agent Fadde Mikhail.
Kentwan Balmer: A former teammate of Austin's at UNC and current member of the Seattle Seahawks, Balmer trained with Austin in California in March and July of 2009. Representatives for Balmer say he allowed Austin to share a hotel room with him during the March workout, and paid for Austin's room during the July workout.
Fadde Mikhail: An NFL marketing agent and self-described CEO of Creative Sports International, Mikhail represents two players who are clients in Wichard's agency – Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller, and New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie. An address and Marriott Rewards number linked to Mikhail appear on a July 2009 hotel receipt, along with Austin's name and Pro Tect Management.
- Marvin Austin
- John Blake
- Kentwan Balmer