North Carolina coach Butch Davis said he did not know the financial details of former associate head coach John Blake's relationship with NFL agent Gary Wichard.
Blake received multiple payments, a personal loan of $45,000 and a credit card issued by Wichard's company, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. Davis was interviewed by Raleigh radio host Taylor Zarzour on Thursday morning and denied having any knowledge of the situation.
"My first observation is, that, you know, in reference to some of the points in the article, is that people have private lives," Davis said. "No one knows what credit cards that anybody — I don't know what credit cards you carry, you don't know what credit cards that I carry — I mean people have private lives. That was a total, absolutely revelation to me. I had no idea, and don't even know that that's actually true."
Blake resigned from his position as UNC's associate head coach and recruiting coordinator on Sept. 5.
The Yahoo! report cites five trips to California and Miami by defensive tackle Marvin Austin, who has been suspended by the team, and connects Austin's California trip to Wichard's agency.
Davis was asked if he keeps tabs on players and their travels.
"A lot of people have asked that question: How could a coach not know about a player?" Davis said. "But there's 27,000 students at the University of North Carolina. Clearly, obviously I'm not responsible for all of those students."
Davis continued: "… We don't monitor, in the past we haven't, monitored where they've gone. … It's very difficult to know where every kid goes all the time."
Davis was then asked if he should have known about the trips and what Blake was up to.
"There are some things, it's impossible to know," Davis said. "The private lives of people, you know what people do — it's still America, people still have private lives — what they do, you can educate them, you can tell them, you can expect them."
Davis said the issue of agents paying and courting college players is a larger NCAA issue, not contained to UNC.
"Some of the things that are out there about agents and extra benefits, and runners and the people, it's pretty clear that that's an issue throughout college football. It has been for many years," Davis said.
Davis has a regularly-scheduled press conference at 3 p.m. today in Chapel Hill.