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After violation, suspensions given to 13 UNC football players

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By RJ Saunders

Trouble has struck at UNC. On Monday, it was announced players on the football team sold school-issued, special edition Nike Jordan shoes in exchange for up to $2,500 in cash back in January. The university has now suspended 13 players for parts of the upcoming season.

UNC head coach Larry Fedora made it clear in a statement that he is not pleased by the actions of his team.

“I am certainly upset by our players’ actions and how their choices reflect on them, our program and the University. These young men knew the rules and are being held responsible for the poor choices they have made. Accountability is an important core principle in this program. We will learn from this and aim to do better in the future.”

This is a secondary NCAA violation that was self-reported by the Tar Heels in January.

Per NCAA rules, players aren’t allowed to sell gear, and most other regular-person methods of making money are also forbidden.

Since multiple players included in the suspension share the same position, the NCAA approved a request to stagger certain suspensions.

Out of the 13 suspensions, nine players will sit for four games. A pair of players will miss two games, and another pair will miss just one contest. The most notable player included in the suspension is quarterback Chazz Surratt.

Surratt, now a sophomore, led the Tar Heels in passing yards (1,342) and threw for eight touchdowns as a redshirt freshman. This year he was assumed to go toe-to-toe with junior Nathan Elliott for the starting job.

Defensive ends Malik Carney and Tomon Fox will be suspended for four games. Fox, a sophomore, is viewed as one of the conference’s brightest young stars on the defensive line. In addition, Carney was in contention for All-ACC honors this preseason.

The Tar Heels will begin their season on Sept. 1 on the road against California, followed by East Carolina, UCF, and Pitt.

Here’s the full list of players suspended for the incident:

Players Out For Four Games

Offensive lineman Brian Anderson

Defensive end Malik Carney

Wide receiver Beau Corrales

Defensive end Tomon Fox

Defensive end Tyrone Hopper

Offensive lineman Quiron Johnson

Linebacker Malik Robinson

Quarterback Chazz Surratt

Offensive lineman Jordan Tucker

Players Out for Two Games

Defensive back Greg Ross

Defensive back Tre Shaw

Players Out for One Game

Quarterback Jack Davidson

Offensive lineman Jonah Melton

 

 

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