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
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
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.
“We’re obviously very disappointed to learn that the actions
of a number of our student-athletes have resulted in their being unable to
compete in Saturday’s game,” says Director of Athletics Dick Baddour. “It is
important to note again that people should not make assumptions as to the
nature of each student-athlete’s involvement with these issues.
“We are still working with the NCAA staff to resolve these
eligibility issues. The NCAA is focusing on each of their situations on a
case-by-case basis. Together we are working to determine their status in as
thorough and fair a process as is possible.
“I know our fans share my disappointment, but I hope they
will show their strong support for the student-athletes on the football team
who will represent our University on Saturday. I am proud of the way they have
worked so hard to prepare for this season despite numerous distractions. They
have my full support.”
“Moving forward, Dick Baddour, Butch Davis and I are
determined to use this as an opportunity to look hard at our programs,
resources and people to ensure that everyone associated with the football
program upholds the values that are central to Carolina’s culture, most
especially our academic values,” says Chancellor Holden Thorp.
“As I’ve have said, there is no single game more important
than the character and integrity of this University,” says head football coach
Butch Davis. “We are disappointed the players’ choices have denied them the
opportunity to compete alongside their teammates and represent the University
of North Carolina. Our coaches and players have a tremendous challenge this
weekend, and despite these circumstances, our team will be excited to face LSU.”