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Report: Kentwan Balmer funded trip

Updated: August 12, 2010, 3:41 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Kentwan Balmer, a North Carolina alum who is now a defensive tackle with the San Francisco 49ers, paid for former Tar Heels teammates Marvin Austin and Cam Thomas to travel to California during summer 2009, Thomas told the Raleigh News and Observer.

" 'Twan paid for [the trip]," Thomas, currently with the San Diego Chargers, told the newspaper.

If Thomas' statement can be confirmed by the NCAA, Balmer paying for the trip could be a violation of the NCAA's "preferential treatment" ...

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