The Latest: NCAA OKs suspensions for 3 UNC football players
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on 13 North Carolina football players being suspended for selling school-issued shoes (all times local):
North Carolina has three defensive ends among 13 players facing suspensions for selling team-issued shoes. The school sought — and received — approval from the NCAA to stagger some of the suspensions.
The school announced Monday that returning starter Malik Carney, Tomon Fox and Tyrone Hopper were each suspended four games, though Carney and Fox will begin their suspensions after the opener. Hopper will begin serving his suspension the opener at California.
Carney will miss games starting Week 2 against East Carolina, UCF and Pittsburgh. He’ll return to play at Miami, then sit again at home against Virginia Tech on Oct. 13.
Fox won’t sit out until the Sept. 27 game against Miami. He’ll return against Virginia Tech, then sit again against Syracuse, Virginia and Georgia Tech on Nov. 3.
Coach Larry Fedora is scheduled to speak with reporters later Monday afternoon.
Thirteen North Carolina players face early season suspensions for selling team-issued shoes.
UNC said Monday nine players received four-game suspensions for the secondary NCAA violations. Two players will sit two games and two others will be sidelined for one contest. The NCAA approved a school request to delay two suspensions affecting multiple players at one position, while the other 11 suspensions start with the Sept. 1 opener at California.
The list of players include sophomore quarterback Chazz Surratt, who is suspended the first four games. Surratt started seven games last season and entered preseason competing with Nathan Elliott for the starting job.
UNC reported the violations after learning of shoes being sold to at least one retailer in an email from a member of the public in January, according to documents released after a public-records request from The Associated Press.
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