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Report: UNC could be missing up to 16 on Saturday

Posted on: September 2, 2010 8:25 am
Edited on: September 2, 2010 2:25 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

Yesterday we received the news that Marvin Austin would not be suiting up for the Tar Heels' opener against LSU in Atlanta.  No one was surprised, as Austin's eligibility has been questioned since the beginning of NCAA investigations in Chapel Hill earlier in the summer.  But late last night, ESPN's Joe Schad began reporting that up to 16 players, including both the first and second string running backs, could end up sitting for Saturday.

Here are the reports, via Joe Schad's Twitter

Joe Schad Twitter 

While as many as seven members of the starting defense have been speculated to be in jeopardy because of a recent move to the scout team, this is the first time that mention of Shaun Draughn or Ryan Houston (running backs) have been mentioned.  Another interesting note from the reports is North Carolina's possible exploration of alternative punishments.  Such action could suggest the Tar Heels are expecting to receive more than just a few minor punishments, and are already strategizing a way to best salvage the season.

Again, these are all reports and the only official word is of Marvin Austin's indefinite suspension.  There are also a lot of qualifiers in those reports ("may," "possible," "exploring"), but for North Carolina the news seems to be getting worse before it gets better.

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Since: May 6, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2010 10:43 am


It is ashamed that College Gameday can't change their schedule.  They are setting up at this game being that it was SUPPOSED to be the best game of the weekend.  But if UNC loses 16 players?   It is hardly the best game.   UNC has/had mad potential this year especially on Defense with the Preseason ALL-ACC DEFENSIVE TEAM consisting of 7 UNC players.  7 out of 11 total!  When Butch Davis was called upon to be the head coach at UNC I had second thoughts.  Yes he did OK at MIAMI, but look at the athletes he had on those teams.  Talented YES, but sportsmanlike NO.  A bunch of THUGS plays on his teams.  So this news doesn't surprise me in the least bit.  More power to UNC but I feel like this is going to be the downfall to a program that was currently on the rise.  2 steps forward, 3 steps back.

Since: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2010 1:47 pm

Report: UNC could be missing up to 16 on Saturday

That sucks.

Still looking forward to the game though. Obviously it's going to affect the competitiveness of the game if 16 of UNC's players are gone. But it's still the FIRST game of the season, and that's about all that's required for me to look forward to it.


Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: September 2, 2010 11:24 am

Report: UNC could be missing up to 16 on Saturday

I knew this would happen under Butch. I mean looking at his staff half of them have been in programs with problems. Butch was doing to many funny things at Miami. Thank you Butch for leading us to this point. And if UNC fans do not think that Butch had no indication that these things were going on, you are an idiot. Butch knew. That is the sad thing about it all. It is disappointing.

The key thing we know about this whole thing is, UNC can build a football program that can win. So, I hope UNC takes the right action and get Butch and all the scums out of there. I am disgusted with this. Robert QUINN Come on bud. Both running backs.

OH and if I was TJ Yates or someone else on the team I would be pissed. I would be pissed at the guys who let this happen. It is disappointing.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2010 11:18 am

Report: UNC could be missing up to 16 on Saturday

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If they lose course credits due to plagiarism (ie...taking credit for another’s work  - the tutor writing their papers) and these course failures place them below qualifying GPA or qualifying credits for the semester then they would be academically ineligible to play the entire season.

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2010 9:11 am

Report: UNC could be missing up to 16 on Saturday

What is really sad, and stupid, and a myriad other adjectives, is that when Butch Davis brought these guys in four years ago, he started playing them with this year in mind. Knowing it would take sacrificing a year or two for long term, high profile success in the program, he began preparing these guys to be stars. This is why Austin came to Carolina in the first place, shunniing the traditional powers to sign in Chapel Hill.  The first year, they lost several games by less than a TD; the next year it was fewer; last year, had the offense been reasonably productive, 10 or 11 wins would have been achievable.

But it all pointed to this year. And the idiots, I don't know how else to describe it, have cost themselves, the university, and the future of the program dearly. What recruit on the bubble is going to be urged by his parents to sign with UNC now? That's why many basketball recruits come here- the integrity of the program. Butch seemed to have football headed that way. Now the tarnish may stain the athletic program for a long time.

Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2010 8:57 am

Report: UNC could be missing up to 16 on Saturday

If this is true, would that be indicative of Butch Davis fostering an environment where there is a lack of institutional control?  Of course we will have to wait and see what really happens.  The sad thing is the LSU vs. UNC game was set to be possibly the best of the weekend and now this.

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