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
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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