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Trial delayed -- again -- for former UNC player Chris Hawkins

There’s little doubt that former North Carolina defensive back Chris Hawkins has some serious ‘splaining to do when it comes to both the NCAA and the state of Georgia’s legal system -- with the latter regarding his choice in, ahem, “extracurricular activities”.

However, at least for now, that inquiry will be put on hold. Again.

According to a blog from the Charlotte News and Observer, Hawkins was expected to go on trial yesterday in Madison County, Georgia for a felony charge of cocaine trafficking and misdemeanor marijuana possession dating back to April 23, 2009.

That trial appears to have been delayed because Hawkins’ defense attorney couldn’t make the date. It will be the third time Hawkins’ case has been put off.

Hawkins was also mentioned in the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations against UNC last week. According to the NOA, UNC failed to adequately monitor Hawkins’ “conduct"; the NCAA believes Hawkins acted as an agent to Tar Heel players by providing them impermissible benefits, violating NCAA Bylaws.

The NOA notes that UNC players allegedly received upward of $27,000 in impermissible benefits from various sources.