NCAA says two Tar Heels are sus­pended

Los Angeles Times - - College Football -

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.

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