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By Michael Bearak     Sep 4, 2010 in Sports
The University of North Carolina will be facing LSU in Atlanta on Saturday but the NCAA inquiry into a number of infractions continues to mount.
It started out with the NCAA looking into just a few players that reportedly had inappropriate contact with an agent. Then it morphed into an investigation into of a tutor reportedly writing papers for players. At first it was just two players and now it has escalated into a dozen players who will not be playing against LSU Saturday.
Defensive tackle Marvin Austin, cornerback Charles Brown, cornerback Kendric Burney, wide receiver Greg Little, defensive end Michael McAdoo and defensive end Robert Quinn have all been declared ineligible for the LSU game. The reason given was for violating either NCAA or team rules.
Those six were accompanied by tailback Shaun Draughn, defensive end Linwan Euwell, safety Brian Gupton, tailback Ryan Houston, safety Da'Norris Searcy and safety Jonathan Smith who have been withheld while the investigation continues by the NCAA.
On top of those twelve players three more players on defense, linebackers Quan Sturdivant and Bruce Carter and safety Deunta Williams, have not traveled with the team to Atlanta, but the university is hoping they will be cleared in time to play Saturday. In total that brings the number up to 15 players, but Friday UNC and the NCAA were working to determine the eligibility of three additional players whose names have not been released yet. Depending on how that goes the number good rise to 18 before game-time on Saturday.
Athletic director Dick Baddour released a statement saying, "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. 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."
It has not been determined how many games the initial six will miss for the violations they committed. It also is a significant blow to a team that was expected to contend for the ACC Championship.
UNC head coach Butch Davis released a statement saying, "As I've said, there is no single game more important than the character and integrity of this university. We are disappointed the players' choices have denied them the opportunity to compete alongside their teammates and represent the University of North Carolina."
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