North Carolina athletic director Dick Baddour said the penalties levied by the NCAA on football players Kendric Burney and Deunta Williams are too harsh and said the University plans to appeal the rulings.
Burney must sit out four more games after missing UNC’s first two, while Williams must sit two more games before returning. Both suspensions are due to the players violating NCAA agent benefits and preferential treatment rules.
“For what was involved with these two student-athletes, what was imposed is out-of-bounds for what the circumstances were,” Baddour said.
Along with being sidelined, the two seniors must also repay money they received through improper benefits. Burney received $1,333 in benefits, including trips to California, Las Vegas and Atlanta. The majority of the costs were paid by an individual who the NCAA defines as an agent, or one who promotes or markets a student-athlete. Burney must repay $575.19 to a charity of his choice before he can compete again.
Chris Hawkins, a UNC football player from 2001-03 who has been linked to the investigation and classified as an agent, said Wednesday night that Burney stayed with former UNC football player Mahlon Carey in Atlanta.