North Carolina senior defensive tackle Marvin Austin has not made a public comment since the NCAA investigation into the Tar Heels football program began more than six weeks ago.
In a message posted Sunday night around 9:30 p.m. on what appears to be his Facebook page, Austin, who was interviewed by the NCAA in mid-July for possible improper contact with an agent, may have broken that silence.
"I came back to school to have my character questioned..[expletive]..i thought education was key.. I dont really understand...i though it was the right thing to do..maybe i was mistaken...i like to say thanx to all those who stand by me i really appriecate [sic] it. oh yea and to those who wanna see me fall i wont cause i dont great athletes stay on their feet!!!!!"
"I came back to school to have my character questioned..[expletive]..i thought education was key.. I dont really understand...i though it was the right thing to do..maybe i was mistaken," the message said. "...i like to say thanx to all those who stand by me i really appriecate [sic] it. oh yea and to those who wanna see me fall i wont cause i dont great athletes stay on their feet!!!!!"
The name on the Facebook account is Marvin Anchorman Austin, and the personal information on the site includes the same birthdate listed in the UNC media guide for Austin. There are 309 photos on the account, mostly of Austin.
"AnchormanAustin" also was the name of Austin's popular Twitter account, which was shutdown shortly after UNC announced the NCAA investigation on July 15.
Austin has not been made available to the media since the launch of the investigation. A UNC spokesman said Sunday night that Austin is "off limits" to the media but added that Austin was not asked to remove his Twitter account or refrain from posting on Facebook.
Sunday's comments were only the second post from Marvin Anchorman Austin on the Facebook account since July 15, the other was a line from a Rick Ross song on Aug. 11.
The all-star defensive tackle attended Saturday's "Meet the Heels" day at Kenan Stadium. He was in good spirits, interacting with fans and laughing with teammates. He has been practicing with the second-team defense since the start of training camp on Aug. 6 because of what coach Butch Davis called the "uncertainty" of his situation.
No. 18 UNC opens with No. 21 LSU on Saturday in Atlanta. It's unclear whether Austin will play or make the trip with the team. UNC athletic director Dick Baddour said the school would determine the status of the players involved in the NCAA investigation if UNC does not hear from the NCAA before the game.
Austin, one of top NFL defensive tackle prospects in the country, has started 26 games and has nine career sacks. He registered a career-best 42 tackles in 2009.
-- J.P. Giglio
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Posted by Observer Sports at 10:52 PM