October 25, 2014

C.J. Spiller defends agent Gary Wichard

C.J. Spiller shakes hands with Clemson fans during the Maryland game

Sports agent Gary Wichard is  a household name in the Carolinas these days.  We’ve seen Wichard’s name has come up more than a few times in the NCAA’s investigation into the North Carolina football program.  It has been alleged that former Tar Heel assistant John Blake received cash and a credit card from Wichard.  It has been a pretty ugly situation and it potentially could get worse before it gets better.

In case you didn’t already know, Wichard is also former Clemson star running back C.J. Spiller’s agent.  Naturally that has led some of us to wonder out loud if, in light of the recent allegations,  Wichard had ever offered Spiller any extra benefits to sign with him last year.  If Wichard was willing to bend the rules to sign other players, wouldn’t logic indicate he would do the same to get soon to be first rounder Spiller?

Prior to his jersey retirement ceremony at Clemson Saturday Spiller defended his agent.

“I don’t really have any concerns about his name being brought up,” Spiller said.  “I’m not worried about it.  When the smoke clears, he’ll be fine. If somebody asks me about my agent, of course I’m going to tell them he’s the best.”

For the record there has been no suggestion that Wichard did anything illegal in his pursuit and ultimate signing of Spiller as a client.  However, there are some people out there taking a hard look at all of Wichard’s clients and even some of those he didn’t end up signing to see if anything doesn’t pass the smell test. 

A smell test fail popped up a few weeks ago when it was reported that Nebraska defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh was getting phone calls from the aforementioned John Blake last year.  Sure it is is strange that a UNC assistant would call a player on another team, but Suh and Blake did have a prior relationship so maybe it is okay.  Until we learn that shortly after Blake talked with Suh he hung up the phone and called, you guessed it, Gary Wichard. 

Is there a logical explanation for all of this?  Maybe?  Does it look shady? Undeniably so. 

This is the same John Blake that also was allegedly calling on current Alabama defensive lineman Marcell Dareus. Again, maybe you can chalk it up to a prior relationship, but it sure is shady.

I’m not suggesting anything will emerge in regards to Spiller and Wichard, but as more people dig you can expect more information to trickle out. 

AUDIO: C.J. Spiller on Gary Wichard

Spiller made it clear Saturday, he’s not worried.   He said it’s up to the players to do the right thing.

“My agent’s been linked to a lot of it,” Spiller said.  “I don’t want to get into the depths of how to handle it.  I mean, I can tell a guy how to handle it, but at the end of the day he’s his own man.  He has to make the decision himself.  You have to be smart, of course you don’t’ want to take anything from an agent and jeopardize your career.”


Comments

  1. you sir are an unethical journalist looking to forward anything your SC. Obvious you have not an unbiased bone in your body. You sir are nothing more than someone abusing his position in the media to sway things against Clemson and in favor of your alma mater. Absolutely PATHETIC.

  2. Kevin McCrarey says:

    What exactly was unethical in the story? Everything is laid out pretty clearly. Maybe you should try reading it again and explain what I am doing to sway things against Clemson. Where have I heard this before? Oh, that’s right, from USC fans two weeks ago because of this:

    http://sportstalkgolive.com/index.php/2010/10/07/steve-spurrier-and-usc-hypocrites-on-corso/

  3. If this is a topic you feel you need to cover, why not interview retired NFL players on the air about the world of agents. Obviously some agents are good, some have bribed/ripped off the players, and some players did well without agents. I think Matt Campbell’s story would be an interesting look at a local guy who
    started off well without an agent.

  4. Kevin,

    You are comparing these, fairly harsh allegations, to USC’s fans ongoing war of words with Corso? You really are a joke if you think those two are comparable.

  5. and by the way, have you wondered out loud about the investigation ongoing at usc lately? let’s focus on what’s real, not what might be real in your dream world

  6. Kevin McCrarey says:

    I wasn’t aware I made any allegations. The accusations about Wichard were made by others and clearly documented (with links) in the story. Spiller’s reaction to the accusations and I also provided audio.

    Also, I wasn’t comparing the content of the two pieces I did, merely the response of the readers in the comments section. Seems Gamecock and Tiger fans both agree I am biased, they just can’t decide for which school.

  7. okay, if not an allegation, than what is this?

    “In case you didn’t already know, Wichard is also former Clemson star running back C.J. Spiller’s agent. Naturally that has led some of us to wonder out loud if, in light of the recent allegations, Wichard had ever offered Spiller any extra benefits to sign with him last year. If Wichard was willing to bend the rules to sign other players, wouldn’t logic indicate he would do the same to get soon to be first rounder Spiller?”

  8. Kevin McCrarey says:
  9. well, you got me there, now go on

  10. just promise me one thing, if Spiller has done something wrong, have pity on us like this:

    “It is, of course, a shame Gamecock fans have to go thru this right now. Coming off the baseball national championship, optimism in the athletic program was at an all time high. The football team had had a quiet offseason with no arrests and few, if any, academic issues. ”

    I’ll be waiting with baited breath.

  11. Kevin McCrarey says:

    Did you read the whole story? Did you see this?

    For the record, there has been no suggestion that Wichard did anything illegal in his pursuit and ultimate signing of Spiller as a client.

  12. yes, I read it, and you said that and then when on to say what I quoted above. which baffles me…the who piece was a waste of space and I fell for it, but I am a bit bored today