NCAA inquiry prompts Blake to resign at North Carolina

We’ve seen the ongoing NCAA investigation into the North Carolina football program cost high-profile Tar Heels players time on the field due to suspension. Now we’ve seen the inquiry cost a coach his job.

Not head coach Butch Davis. He's safe for now. But for how long?

As the probe into possible improper contact with agents and academic misconduct continues at the school, defensive line coach John Blake has resigned, effective immediately.

Blake, who was also the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator, reportedly has been a target of the investigation into players' possible improper conduct with agents.

“While I have enjoyed my tenure at the University of North Carolina, it has become apparent to me over the course of the past few weeks that my presence has become a distraction to my family and to this great university, too,” Blake said in a prepared statement Sunday.

“Consequently, I have determined that it is in the best interests of my family, the university community at large, and the football program for me to step down from my position as associate head football coach effective today, September 5, 2010.”

Multiple reports for weeks have had Blake connected to the investigation of defensive tackle Marvin Austin and receiver Greg Little, specifically, for their possible improper contact with sports agents.

NFL agent Gary Wichard, a close friend of Blake, has stated that Blake is involved in the investigation.

It remains to be seen how this two-tiered investigation will affect Davis’ job security. Perhaps by taking the first bullet, Blake has helped Davis along the way.

UNC fell to LSU 30-24 Saturday night at the Georgia Dome in its season opener, a game the Tar Heels played without seven starters due to suspension.

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