UNC Suspends 13 Players After Reporting NCAA Violations

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University of North Carolina football will suspend 13 players after selling team-issued shoes, according to Brett McMurphy.

Nine players will be suspended four games, two players will be suspended two games, and two players will be suspended one game for the violation. Because of certain suspensions being at the same position, the NCAA approved a waiver to have players sit during staggered games. All other suspensions will begin on Sept. 1 with UNC’s game against Cal. The players can continue normal team activities, but will not be allowed to play in games.

Head coach Larry Fedora released a statement on the matter, saying, “I am certainly upset by our players’ actions and how their choices reflect on them, our program and the University. These young men knew the rules and are being held responsible for the poor choices they have made. Accountability is an important core principle in this program. We will learn from this and aim to do better in the future.”

Athletic director Bubba Cunningham also released a statement on the violations. “We are disappointed,” Cunningham said. “Chancellor Folt, Coach Fedora and I have high expectations of all of our students, coaches and staff, and we expect everyone to embrace and abide by all team and NCAA rules. We always will strive to get better.”

Fifteen players total had exchanged their pair of shoes for some sort of cash compensation, and the school heard via email about the potential violation. The shoes were handed out on Jan. 11, 2018, and the school received an email discussing the violation the following day. Then, the school opened up an investigation on Jan. 13 into the matter. By Jan. 16, they had all but nine shoes accounted for in their inventory.

The NCAA rules explicitly state that no student-athlete can sell their gear given to them by the team. Most other methods of making money are also forbidden, so the players violated two major NCAA rules.

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