Posted by Chip Patterson
North Carolina has had two weeks since playing their last game against LSU in their season opener. The off week provided time for North Carolina to continue to deal with their off-field issues, and try to clear more players for Saturday's matchup against division rival, Georgia Tech.
The Tar Heels received good news with starting running back Shaun Draughn being cleared to play, but that's about where the good news ends. Not only has North Carolina come under fire for their association with Chris Hawkins, but they were not able to clear any of the remaining 12 players for Saturday's game.
The Tar Heels were able to clear starting linebackers Bruce Carter and Quan Sturdivant the day before the LSU game, and there was some speculation that they may be able to replicate that before Georgia Tech. But with the news today that no other players would be cleared, North Carolina must try to pick up a much-needed win against Paul Johnson's offense without two starting defensive lineman and most of their starting secondary.