NCAA says two Tar Heels are suspended
The NCAA suspended North Carolina defensive back Kendric Burney for six games and safety Deunta Williams for four games Wednesday for receiving improper benefits.
Both players must also repay benefits to become eligible, though the school plans to appeal the length of the suspensions.
In a news release, the NCAA said Burney received $1,333 in benefits and Williams received $1,426 in benefits. The school said Burney must repay $575.19 and Williams must repay $450.67. The money will go to charities of the players’ choice.
Both players sat out the winless Tar Heels’ first two games, which will count toward their suspensions. The status of 10 other players remains in question as North Carolina prepares to play at Rutgers. Among those players are NFL prospects Marvin
Austin, who has been suspended indefinitely for breaking team rules, and Robert Quinn on defense, top receiver Greg Little and tailback Ryan Houston.
“If and when they come back, they’ll certainly be welcome additions,” Coach Butch
Davis said during his radio show Wednesday night. “They’re good kids, and certainly you would love to [expedite] a lot of these other things and try to get some kind of resolution as quick as possible, but it’s good to kind of get some clarity at least on those two.”
The NCAA’s investigation focused on whether Austin and Little received improper benefits from agents, but last month it expanded to include possible academic misconduct involving a tutor.