Posted by Chip Patterson
When North Carolina departed for Atlanta on Friday morning, there a few faces missing from the group.
Head Coach Butch Davis had already announced that Marvin Austin was suspended indefinitely and sources revealed late Thursday that Greg Little also would not make the trip. Austin and Little were both central figures in the NCAA's initial agent-related investigation earlier this summer.
But the worst-case scenario for North Carolina came true on Friday morning, with the official announcement from the university that a minimum of 12 and potentially 15 players would not be playing against LSU.
The University of North Carolina has declared six student-athletes on the football team ineligible for Saturday's season-opening game for violating school and/or NCAA rules. The University is also withholding at least six other student-athletes from Saturday's game while the investigation continues.
The six ineligible student-athletes include: defensive tackle Marvin Austin, cornerback Charles Brown, cornerback Kendric Burney, wide receiver Greg Little, defensive end Michael McAdoo and defensive end Robert Quinn.
Six other student-athletes who will be withheld from Saturday's game include: tailback Shaun Draughn, defensive end Linwan Euwell, safety Brian Gupton, tailback Ryan Houston, safety Da'Norris Searcy and safety Jonathan Smith.
The number of games that those 12 student-athletes may miss has not been determined at this time. The investigation continues to include both agent-related and academic issues.
The University also continues to work today with the NCAA to determine the eligibility status of three other student-athletes. Those three will not accompany the team to Atlanta on Friday morning. Further information will be announced when a decision on their status for the game is reached.