The University said this morning that 12 to 15 football players won’t make Saturday’s game as part of the University and the NCAA’s ongoing investigation of the football program. In total, UNC will be without six to nine of its defensive starters and two starters on offense.
Six of these players will not make the trip to Atlanta because they have been deemed ineligible for violating school and/or NCAA rules. This group includes defensive linemen Marvin Austin and Robert Quinn, the team’s leading receiver Greg Little, starting cornerbacks Kendric Burney and Charles Brown and starting defensive end Michael McAdoo.
The team’s leading rushers Ryan Houston and Shaun Draughn will also be withheld from the game. Also not playing are starting safety Da’Norris Searcy, defensive end Linwan Euwell, and safeties Brian Gupton and Jonathan Smith.
Three more starters — linebackers Bruce Carter and Quan Sturdivant and safety Deunta Williams — did not board the team bus this morning. The University is currently working with the NCAA to determine their eligibility status.
“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,” athletic director Dick Baddour said.