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UNC's Burney, Williams receive NCAA punishment

Posted on: September 22, 2010 4:28 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2010 6:02 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

North Carolina defensive backs Kendric Burney and Deunta Williams are the first Tar Heels to officially receive punishment from the NCAA regarding improper benefits from agents.  They are two of the 12 players who have missed the first two games of the season already, and in addition to missing more they will both have to repay the value of their contributions.

via University of North Carolina release:  
Burney, who received $1,333 in benefits, must miss six games and make repayment of $575.19 to a charity of his choice. Williams, who received $1,426 in benefits, must miss four games and make repayment of $450.67 to a charity of his choice. Both student-athletes already have sat out two games.

"We plan to appeal the length of the suspensions," says Dick Baddour, North Carolina Director of Athletics. "While I respect the NCAA process, I believe the penalties to be unduly harsh given the individual circumstances in these cases."

The university declared both student-athletes ineligible for violations of NCAA agent benefits and preferential treatment rules. According to the facts of the case submitted by the university, these benefits in part included trips to California, Atlanta and Las Vegas for Burney and two trips to California for Williams. The majority of the benefits Burney received were from an individual who meets the NCAA definition of an agent.

The good news for Williams and Burney, both preseason all-conference selections, is that they will get to see the field this season.  Hopefully, it will be in time to make a difference for the 0-2 Tar Heels.  North Carolina has been completely depleted in the secondary, with all four original starters being in the group of players held out of games.  

Athletic director Dick Baddour did admit that there would be suspensions, and they would be announced on a case by case basis.  The announcement of Burney and Williams may mean that we could be seeing more (or even the remaining) punishments handed down in the coming weeks.

Unless the length of the suspensions are successfully appealed, Williams' first game back in uniform will be October 9 when the Tar Heels host Clemson  and Burney's will be October 23 at No. 19 Miami (FL) .

 

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Comments

Since: Sep 22, 2010
Posted on: September 22, 2010 8:05 pm
 

UNC's Burney, Williams receive NCAA punishment

regardless of whether the NCAA imposed them or USC proactively imposed them there was wrongdoing with regards to OJ Mayo. Team don't self impose sanctions where no trangressions have occured




Since: Sep 22, 2010
Posted on: September 22, 2010 8:04 pm
 

UNC's Burney, Williams receive NCAA punishment

my pleasure :-)




Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2010 7:17 pm
 

UNC's Burney, Williams receive NCAA punishment

The NCAA report did not include any additional sanctions for USC based on Mayo; they accepted the self-imposed sanctions as sufficient. The tennis player was also not enough to warrant sanctions. Essentially, everything was based on Bush.



Since: Jun 7, 2009
Posted on: September 22, 2010 6:28 pm
 

UNC's Burney, Williams receive NCAA punishment

Apparently the players began to pay back what they took before the sanctions were handed down. that is the reason why it appears they are only paying part of the money back. At least thats what has been stated by other sources via the NCAA. I hope thats true. I was also thinking WTF is up with them only having to pay part of the money back. Someone needs to clarify the point they do have to pay the entire amount. Either way they got off lite. UNC as an institution should make a stand and suspend the players for the remainder of the year. 



Since: Oct 10, 2007
Posted on: September 22, 2010 6:12 pm
 

UNC's Burney, Williams receive NCAA punishment

Actually USC's basketball program did get hit with violations from Mayo


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Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: September 22, 2010 5:58 pm
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Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: September 22, 2010 5:46 pm
 

UNC's Burney, Williams receive NCAA punishment

hey brains show me where oj mayo  was part of the sanctions. look in your imaginary file



Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: September 22, 2010 5:45 pm
 

UNC's Burney, Williams receive NCAA punishment

no bias or favoritism here. but i hope the ncaa do not expect to get away with this. reggie was one and this is just 2. 



Since: Sep 22, 2010
Posted on: September 22, 2010 5:44 pm
 

UNC's Burney, Williams receive NCAA punishment

no poor USC talk theirs went beyond Reggie Bush to a "lack of institutional control" and there was also OJ Mayo. Plus these guys received $1,000-$2,000 each. Reggie Bush probably received more than all UNC players in question put together. I actually heard he took a pay cut when he signed with the Saints :-)




Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: September 22, 2010 5:14 pm
 

UNC's Burney, Williams receive NCAA punishment

How are these punishments unduly harsh? They broke what the NCAA considers to be major rules. They are lucky the NCAA is letting them play at all and not declaring them professional athletes. After what they did to USC, it is surprising that they were this lax with their punishments. They only have to repay some of the money they received. They only have to sit out some of the games this season. Sounds pretty fair to me.


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