WRAL has been investigating NC State’s on-going saga with former WR Eric Leak (who has been accused of giving players illegal benefits) and have found out that he is still up to his old antics.
As we reported a few weeks ago, NC State has kicked Leak off NC State property and then filed a ‘no trespassing’ order for him and his wife after their car was ticketed while parked on campus.
WRAL has dug pretty deep on this and has really exposed a lot of what Leak is doing. Here are some excerpts…
Leak also has a business relationship with Leslie, Amerson and other former Wolfpack players through a sports management company called Hot Shot Sports.
Leak said he has eight players under contract, none of them from NC State. He said Hot Shot Sports is more of a hobby and love than a business.
Registered to his wife Emily, but run by Leak, Hot Shot Sports promoted autograph signings for charity earlier this year. There are also dedicated web pages that tag the individual players as “Hot Shot” athletes. WRAL found those same references on the website for Atlas Sports Agency, which represents Amerson.
Atlas owner J.T. Johnson, based in Gadsden, Ala., said Hot Shot provides some day-to-day services for players, like house hunting and bill paying.
Johnson told WRAL that Leak played no role in steering Amerson to the agency.
Leak said he serves as a mentor to Amerson and other pros, often dealing with teams, agents and day-to-day player needs. He argued that he has no business relationship with Amerson or Leslie. “I have not made a dime on them,” he said.
Johnson’s take is different. He said Amerson and others pay Leak for the services.
and then this…
According to an October 2013 tax record in Wake County, Leslie, who was cut by the New York Knicks of the NBA just last week, co-owns a newly purchased Land Rover with Leak.
Tax records show the Leaks own about $500,000 in cars, including a $131,000 Maserati, a Porsche and a Jaguar.
Leak also has car connections with Amerson. He admitted he loaned Amerson, who was still enrolled as a student at NC State at the time, a brand-new Porsche Cayenne.
Amerson was stopped for speeding in that same car on Jan. 3, just three days after the Wolfpack’s bowl game – and before any public report of Amerson declaring for the NFL Draft.
“You have to be careful with the choices you make, because you don’t want to jeopardize your career,” now-Washington Redskins cornerback Amerson said before the start of the season.
Asked about Leak, Amerson described him as “a good guy and has good intentions. Definitely just an all-around good person.”
Guilford County tax records reveal Leak and Amerson now co-own a Land Rover and a Porsche – each purchased in June. Amerson, who signed a four-year, $3.85 million deal with the Redskins in May, has even posted a video online of himself with a Porsche.
Currently NC State seems to be doing everything they can to make sure it’s known that they are trying to stop this at all cost, but that doesn’t mean they’re not worried.
“Most of the time, if it looks suspicious, there’s a smell test,” said WRAL writer Carlton Tudor said. “If it doesn’t smell exactly right, it’s enough to get the school worried. And in this case, NC State is worried.”
Breaking Down NC State’s Assistant Coach Salaries
USAToday runs a report every year on the salaries of Head Football Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Strength Coaches. Here’s a look at the salaries of NC State’s Assistant Coaching staff.
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers – Tony Gibson – $1.3 million
Offensive Coordinator/Inside Wide Receivers/Tight Ends – Robert Anae – $899,000
Running Backs/Special Teams Coordinator – $548,473
Offensive Line – Garrett Tujague – $520,000
Defensive Line Charley Wiles – $490,023
Assistant Head Coach/Wide Receivers – $482,966
Safeties – Joe Deforest – $430,459
Quarterbacks – Kurt Roper – $430,459
Cornerbacks – Brian Mitchell – $417,205
Nickels – Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay – $330,644
NC State ranks 4th in the ACC in total pay of Assistant Coaches. Tony Gibson is the 2nd highest paid assistant Coach in the ACC (28th overall), and the highest paid Defensive Coordinator. Robert Anae is the 4th highest paid Offensive Coordinator in the ACC, and the 7th highest paid Assistant.
With 9 wins, in accordance with Head Coach Dave Doeren’s contract, the salary pool for Assistant Coaches increases by $300,000. If the Pack wins a 10th game, that number becomes $400,000. (WRAL)
NC State Wants Pop Tarts
NC State wants Pop Tarts. Who doesn’t?
According to Brad Crawford of 247Sports, NC State has requested the Pop Tarts Bowl, which will be played on December 28th in Orlando, Florida.
You might be like, I’ve never heard of the Pop-Tarts bowl. That’s because this is the first rendition of the Pop Tarts Bowl, but it used to go by other names you might be familiar with: Cheez-It, Camping World, Russell Athletic, Champs Sports, Tangerine, Micron PC, Carquest, and Blockbuster (the last three were when the bowl was in Miami).
Below is an updated list of 15 bowl projections, with 12 of the 15 picking NC State to go to the Pop-Tarts Bowl.
(The three above the line have changed their projections since my last bowl projections post on 11/28.)
The Athletic – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
CBS Sports – Pop-Tarts Bowl vs. Oklahoma State – January 1st – Tampa, FLA
College Football News – Pop Tarts Bowl vs. Kansas State – December 29th – Jacksonville, FLA
OddShark – Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl – NC State vs. Rutgers – December 28th – New York City, New York
Covers.com – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
USA Today – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
247Sports – Pop-Tarts Bowl vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
Athlon – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
ESPN – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
ESPN – Gator Bowl – NC State vs. Tennessee – December 29th – Jacksonville, FLA
Sporting News – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
Fox Sports – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Oklahoma State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
Action Network – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
College Football Network – Sun Bowl – NC State vs. USC – December 29th, El Paso, TX
Betting Pros – Pop-Tarts Bowl – NC State vs. Kansas State – December 28th – Orlando, FLA
NC State to Have an In-Home Visit with Coastal Carolina Transfer QB Grayson McCall
According to ON3, NC State is set to make an in-home visit with Coastal Carolina Transfer Quarterback Grayson McCall this weekend.
McCall was the Sun Belt Player of the year in 2000, 2021 and 2022. He didn’t play the final 5 games of the season due to injury this year, and prior to injury, the numbers weren’t on par with prior years. It was also his first year with Tim Beck as Coastal’s head coach.
After last season, McCall entered the Transfer Portal, and there was speculation that he would transfer to Auburn. In the end, McCall pulled his name out of the portal.
I was interested to see how the Wolfpack coaches would fill the QB void. Would you go get a 4 or 5 star Quarterback who has been stuck in a backup roll with numerous years of eligibility, or would they go get an elite graduate transfer with one year remaining?
McCall is one of the Top-7 Quarterbacks that have entered the Portal thus far.
NC State WR Kevin Concepcion is 1 of 5 Finalists for the Shaun Alexander Award
NC State Sensation Kevin Concepcion has been chosen as 1 of 5 finalists for the 2023 Shaun Alexander Award, which is given out annually to the best Freshman in college football.
Congratulations to this year’s Shaun Alexander Award Top 5 Finalists!
Rueben Bain Jr. DE @ruebenbainjr
Kevin Concepcion WR @kcthekid2
Caleb Downs DB @caleb_downs2
Dillon Thieneman DB @DillonThieneman
Noah Fifita QB @thenoah_fifita1#FPOY #PrinceOfCollegeFootball #TOP5… pic.twitter.com/DyPxFshdKE
— Shaun Alexander (@shaunalexander) December 1, 2023
Concepcion is joined by Miami Defensive End Rueben Bain Jr., Alabama Defensive Back Caleb Downs, Purdue Defensive Back Dillon Thieneman and Arizona Quarterback Noah Fifita.
Here’s how Concepcion compares to the other finalists. Concepcion is ELITE, but this is pretty stiff competition. All 5 of these Freshman balled out in 2023, but obviously I’m biased. Give the trophy to KC!
Kevin Concepcion – PFF – 78.4
Rueben Bain – PFF – 79.3
Caleb Downs – PFF – 87.1
Dillon Thieneman – PFF – 89.8
Noah Fifita – PFF – 81.8