Posted by Tom Fornelli
The North Carolina Tar Heels were the most successful team in the ACC Coastal division this week, as they were the only team within the division that didn't manage to lose a game . Of course, the Tar Heels didn't play this weekend, but these days in the ACC Coastal, bye weeks are all it takes to win. Using that logic you might think that UNC is the clear cut favorite to win the division because every week they actually do play, they've got 13 players who aren't dressed thanks to that little matter with the NCAA.
Well, the Tar Heels division championship hopes took a hit on Monday morning when the school cleared one of those 13 players to return .
UNC has cleared senior running back Shaun Draughn for Saturday's game against Georgia Tech , according to the depth chart released this morning.
Draughn, the team's leading rusher in 2008, is listed third on the depth chart for the GT game, behind Johnny White and Athony Elzy .
Draughn was one of 13 UNC players who missed the Sept. 4 loss to LSU because of the NCAA investigation into the program. He was the only player of the 13 cleared as of this morning.
Draughn was never actually suspended for the LSU game, but was instead held out of the game for precautionary reasons pending the NCAA's investigation. The fact that he's been cleared to play this week is a pretty good indication that Draughn hasn't stepped outside the NCAA's guidelines.
As for Draughn's twelve other teammates who are still waiting to be cleared, Butch Davis gave no news as to when or if they'll be cleared. He did say that eleven of the twelve are practicing with the team this week, and that Marvin Austin is the only one not practicing. So take that as you will.