Thirteen UNC players have been suspended today after the university self-reported its students in January, as the thirteen athletes were caught selling their school-issued Nike Jordan Brand shoes, 9 of the 15 pairs sold having not been recovered by the university, according to ESPN. The violation is secondary in the NCAA rulebook and resulted in suspensions ranging from one to four games.
Most notable of the suspensions would be Chazz Surratt, expected starter sophomore quarterback. Surratt is one of nine players suspended four games. His suspension will be served through the first four games of the season, games against California, ECU, UCF, and Pittsburgh. The other players suspended four games include starting defensive end Malik Carney, offensive lineman Brian Anderson, wide receiver Beau Corrales, defensive end Tomon Fox, defensive end Tyrone Hopper, offensive lineman Quiron Johnson, linebacker Malik Robinson and offensive lineman Jordan Tucker.
Defensive backs Greg Ross and Tre Shaw have been suspended two games, and quarterback Jack Davidson and offensive lineman Jonah Melton will be suspended for the first game of the year.
These suspensions are a blow for Coach Larry Fedora, who is already trying to clean up the mess from the previous year, in which the Tar Heels won only 3 games. After the academic scandal that rocked the world of UNC Athletics, the program was smart to self-report. But after the scandal fiasco, even though it was never prosecuted, the publicity was miserable. This can’t help.
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