Monday, October 11, 2010

UNC kicks Marvin Austin off the football team

The University of North Carolina has dismissed senior defensive lineman Marvin Austin from the football program for violations of NCAA agent benefits, preferential treatment and ethical conduct rules., the school announced Monday.

North Carolina based its decision on recent information gathered as part of the joint investigation with the NCAA.  Austin’s case was not submitted to the NCAA for reinstatement. A senior from Washington, D.C., Austin had been suspended indefinitely since September 1 for violating team rules.

Carolina announced Austin was off the team just moments after announcing the NCAA had ruled Robert Quinn and Greg Little were permanently ineligible. (See post that follows). In a strong statement, Athletics Director Dick Baddour said the three had not been truthful with NCAA and UNC officials about their actions.

“It’s a sad day when three young men are no longer able to represent their school based on actions they have taken and decisions they have made contrary to NCAA rules," Baddour said in a statement. "Unfortunately, they made serious mistakes in judgment in accepting extra benefits and then not being truthful with our staff and NCAA representatives. Now they must forfeit the privilege of playing again for the Tar Heels. Although they are responsible for their actions, they are part of our university and our program and we will support them as they move into the next phases of their lives. I know they love to play the game, but I hope they will learn from their mistakes and lead productive and responsible careers.

"As an institution, we must learn from these mistakes and work with the NCAA and others who love the game of football to repair the environment in which they occurred. College football is a wonderful game, but we need to closely examine and address the agent-related problems. The University of North Carolina pledges to do all it can to do that.

"I hate that these issues have hurt the University of North Carolina and our fans. We have so much to be proud of as a University. We will learn from this and we will become a better program as a result.”

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