The NCAA has ruled that North Carolina football players Kendric Burney and Deunta Williams must sit out six and four games, respectively, for violations of NCAA agent benefits and preferential treatment rules.
Both players have sat out two games, which will be included in their suspension. The student-athletes received a combined $2,759 in improper benefits and will have to repay a portion of it to the a charity of their choice.
UNC athletic director Dick Baddour said the school will appeal the suspension length.
“While I respect the NCAA process, I believe the penalties to be unduly harsh given the individual circumstances in these cases,” Baddour said in a press release.
Burney received $1,333 in benefits and has to repay $575.19 to charity. Williams received $1,426 and must repay $450.67. Both players must pay the amount specified, as well as sit out the determined number of games, before they can compete again.