Dec 27, 2019; Annapolis, Maryland, USA;  North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Mack Brown walks down the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Temple Owls at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

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North Carolina suspends athletic activities for 24 hours

North Carolina has suspended all athletic activities for 24 hours amid a growing number of COVID-19 cases on campus.

The university announced the suspension until Thursday at 5 p.m., at least, including the campus recreation facility.

“After consulting with our health experts and University leadership, we are taking this action to protect our students, coaches and staff,” North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement. “We want to make sure we continue to do everything we can to ensure that that our teams, campus and community remain healthy.”

The move comes the day after the university announced that all undergraduate studies would shift to remote learning amid 130 positive cases among students in the first week of the fall semester. Student-athletes have been allowed to remain on campus.

The ACC plans to hold a conference-only football season that is set to begin Sept. 12 against Syracuse for the Tar Heels.

“They’ve had very few distractions,” UNC football coach Mack Brown said Tuesday, per WRAL. “And that’s what we’re trying to do is make sure that our players and our staff understand that we’ve got three months here where we cannot go outside for social reasons or to eat or anything else if we want to have our football season.”

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