We have all gotten to know John Blake, UNC-CH’s “defensive line” coach, a lot better over the past month. It seems like the NCAA may be getting to know him a lot better as well. Hat tip to loyal reader I-Like-Tacos for posting a link to Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson’s article addressing the relationship between Blake and Pro Tect Management and NFL agent Gary Wichard.
Hit the jump for more.
“No, no, no, no,” Wichard said. “John lived [in California] after he was the head coach at Oklahoma. He lived out in [Los Angeles]. We’ve socialized. We’ve been friends. His son is my godson. It has nothing to do with that. He hasn’t worked for me at all. I don’t get where that is coming from.”
Asked if Blake had ever been the vice president of football operations for Pro Tect, Wichard replied, “No. When he left Oklahoma, all he ever did was work out some of my veteran guys. He had his own camp out here. He was doing his own thing.”
A few things jump out right away when reading this article, but the main thing is that despite being a sports agent, Gary Wichard is also the most honest man to walk the Earth since John Adams:
“If the center of this controversy is my relationship with John, there’s really no controversy,” Wichard said. “If that’s what [the NCAA] is investigating, I think it’s just absurd. … I hope – I really, truly hope – that Marvin Austin’s whole case is based on me and John Blake. I hope that for Marvin Austin’s sake. At the end of the day, there’s nothing to investigate.”
In a 92-minute telephone interview, Wichard repeatedly questioned why the NCAA would be looking into his relationship with Blake. Asked if Blake had ever been a Pro Tect employee, Wichard repeatedly stated that he hadn’t.
Robinson does a great job of backing up Wichard when he points out the following excerpt from INSIDE THE PRO TECT BROCHURE:
• “Joining forces with Wichard, his close friend of nearly 20 years, John Blake heads Pro Tect’s football operations, bringing a most distinguished resume.”
• “Blake made the move into athletic representation because he feels he can have a greater on-going positive impact on the careers of athletes than merely coaching them in college for four years.”
I could easily copy and paste this entire article here, so please go and read the original. I will refrain from posting any more of it in hopes that you will. There are quotes from both Wichard and Blake in the brochure, and Wichard goes on to tell us that the brochure is meaningless because it is “like 1997 or whatever”. He says he does not care what is in the brochure.
Well, you are going to care a whole hell of a lot soon, Mr. Wichard, because NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall is looking into agent impropriety and you can bet your sweet ass that she has seen this brochure.
Why Blake is still employed at UNC-CH is beyond my comprehension skills, but then his hiring to begin with is also. I am sure that there are plenty of defensive line coaches out there who were not once the “Vice President” of an agency that would love to wear baby blue.