Even though the NCAA closed its investigation of the North Carolina football program, a separate probe by the state of North Carolina determined that laws relating to sports agents might have been violated.
Current Cleveland Browns wide receiver Greg Little, a former Tar Heel who was declared permanently ineligible by the NCAA for receiving improper benefits, told investigators that a Georgia-based sports agent gave him a $2,200 monthly allowance in 2010, according to a search warrant that was unsealed earlier this week.
According to a search warrant, which was unsealed this week, Little used some of that money to repay a tutor who was a central figure in an academic misconduct scandal involving a number of Tar Heel football players.
The NCAA punished North Carolina in March 2012 by placing the program on probation, banning it from the postseason and reducing scholarships by 15 over a three-year period.
The North Carolina sports agent law is supposed to protect athletes from agents who offer money and gifts to try to get players to sign with them before they are permitted. Agents are required to register with the state.
A violation is a Class 1 felony and could result in a maximum 15-month prison sentence and $25,000 fine.
---Southern Methodist will be without the services of senior running back Traylon Shead on Saturday when the Mustangs play Montana State, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Shead, a former Texas Longhorns running back, suffered a sprained MCL when a Red Raider dragged him down by his collar in SMU's 41-23 loss to Texas Tech this past Saturday.
Shead had rushed nine times for 25 yards and made three receptions in his debut with SMU before leaving the game.
---Arizona State has placed an assistant athletic director for recruiting on administrative leave after he was charged in a domestic-violence incident.
The Arizona Republic reported that Sherman Morris has been charged with one count of aggravated assault-serious physical injury and one count of aggravated assault-strangulation.
According to a court document, Morris, the former director of player personnel at LSU who was hired by ASU in March, choked his wife in their Chandler, Ariz., home on Aug. 29. When police arrived to the home, Morris' wife was bleeding from a laceration, had broken teeth and bruises were visible. Morris' adult stepson told police that Morris punched his wife in the face and upper back.