Six North Carolina players declared ineligible for LSU game

In a move that was long expected, North Carolina has declared six players ineligible for Saturday’s season-opening game against LSU at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for violating school and/or NCAA rules.

In addition, UNC is withholding at least six other players from the game while the investigation continues.

Robert QuinnICONRobert Quinn will not be in uniform for UNC's game against LSU.

The six players who have been declared ineligible are: defensive tackle Marvin Austin, cornerback Charles Brown, cornerback Kendric Burney, wide receiver Greg Little, defensive end Michael McAdoo and defensive end Robert Quinn.

The six others being withheld include: running back Shaun Draughn, defensive end Linwan Euwell, safety Brian Gupton, tailback Ryan Houston, safety Da’Norris Searcy and safety Jonathan Smith.

As of now, the number of games that these 12 players could miss has not been determined. The investigation regarding agent-related activities and academic issues will continue. In addition, UNC and the NCAA are working today to determine the eligibility status of three other players, all of whom will not accompany the team to Atlanta on Friday morning. Those three are likely safety Deunta Williams and linebackers Quan Sturdivant and Bruce Carter.

“We’re obviously very disappointed to learn that the actions of a number of our student-athletes have resulted in their being unable to compete in Saturday’s game,” athletics director Dick Baddour said in a statement released by the school. “It is important to note again that people should not make assumptions as to the nature of each student-athlete’s involvement with these issues.

“We are still working with the NCAA staff to resolve these eligibility issues. The NCAA is focusing on each of their situations on a case-by-case basis. Together we are working to determine their status in as thorough and fair a process as is possible."

“As I have said, there is no single game more important than the character and integrity of this University,” head coach Butch Davis stated in the release. “We are disappointed the players’ choices have denied them the opportunity to compete alongside their teammates and represent the University of North Carolina. Our coaches and players have a tremendous challenge this weekend, and despite these circumstances, our team will be excited to face LSU.”

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