Wednesday, September 1, 2010

UNC suspends Marvin Austin; he won't play vs. LSU

North Carolina announced yet another thunderbolt Wednesday afternoon as coach Butch Davis suspended senior defensive tackle Marvin Austin indefinitely.

“This decision is not a result of the ongoing NCAA review,” Davis said in a statement.  “Marvin has violated team rules and has neglected his responsibilities to the team.”

Austin will not play Saturday when the Heels play LSU in Atlanta.

Carolina has been preparing with Austin on the second team anyway. Quinton Coples had shifted from left defensive end to left tackle, Austin's position, and Michael McAdoo had moved to right end.

But Carolina's defense is in a flux with NCAA and academic probes continuing. Multiple starters could miss Saturday's game - Davis has refused to say how many are uncertain - and the defense remains unproven behind the experienced starters.

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