Wichard suspended for 9 months by union

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Longtime agent Gary Wichard has been suspended for nine months by the NFL Players Association for his role in a recruiting scandal involving the University of North Carolina.

The union also is revoking the agent certification of Southern Cal undergrad Teague Egan, who gave a ride across campus to tailback Dillon Baxter, a violation of NCAA rules. A union spokesman said a review of Egan’s qualifications showed he “is not fit to be a certified contract advisor.”

Wichard, an agent since 1980, was suspended for his involvement with Marvin Austin, a former Tar Heels player who was dismissed from the team in October.

Among his NFL clients are Dwight Freeney, Jason Taylor, Antonio Cromartie, Elvis Dumervil and Darren Sproles.

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