Tar Heels bring in attorney for help

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina has hired an attorney who was a former NCAA staffer as a consultant as it deals with an investigation into the football program.

Spokesman Kevin Best says the school has hired Rick Evrard from the Bond, Schoeneck & King law firm. Evrard is based in Overland Park, Kan.

Evrard has worked with several institutions on NCAA issues regarding infractions and compliance. He also spent seven years with the NCAA, working in enforcement and later as director of legislative services.

Best says the school first contacted Evrard in late June around the time the NCAA notified North Carolina of the inquiry. The NCAA is looking into whether defensive tackle Marvin Austin and receiver Greg Little received improper benefits from agents.