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By Michael Bearak     Sep 2, 2010 in Sports
The University of North Carolina knows that at least one player has been suspended and by Saturday they may be down 15 more.
Saturday the University of North Carolina Tar Heels will face the LSU Tigers in Atlanta, in a game where UNC is actually ranked higher and fans had been giving the team a chance to upset the Tigers. That was all before the scandal involving Marvin Austin broke, then multiple accounts of paper writing, and interactions with agents, as well as other benefits.
The NCAA already threw the book at USC this off-season, but now it seems that for UNC the penalties might be stiffer, except that they are trying to avoid playing games with players who should be ineligible. To do that the team needs to suspend players based on the information they have right now or if it is clearly obvious go ahead and workout a plan with the NCAA to spread the suspensions out over a number of weeks. If the team gambles and plays everyone and doesn't work something out with the NCAA they would be in the same boat as USC where they played athletes who shouldn't have been playing and would have to forfeit wins for those games, just like USC.
Late Wednesday night it appeared that UNC was going to suspend players and workout a deal to spread the loses out over a number of games. ESPN's Joe Shad initially reported that they were looking at losing up to 16 players based on what has been unfolding.
Besides Austin, defensive end Robert Quinn is being investigated for improper contact with an agent as well as working with a tutor who supposedly wrote papers for him. The defensive penalties go deeper to linebackers Bruce Carter and Quan Sturdivant and corner-backs Kendric Burney and Charles Brown all facing the possibility of not traveling with the team on Friday.
On the offensive side of the ball the Tar Heels might be without two running backs Shaun Draughn and Ryan Houston as well as wide receiver Greg Little who has also been questioned about his trips, agents and papers.
The NCAA made to trips to Chapel Hill and have spent most of their time looking into Little and Austin. Friday morning the university will meet with the NCAA to discuss players and holding players out as well as the possibility of doing it over a number of games.
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