NCAA won't lift suspensions for two UNC players

Kendric Burney and Deunta Williams (Tarheelblue.com)

October 1, 2010 5:54:36 PM PDT
Two players at the center of the UNC football investigation will not get their suspensions lifted.

The NCAA heard appeals from Kendric Burney and Deunta Williams Friday. Burney is serving a six game suspension and Williams a four game suspension after being accused of receiving improper benefits from a sports agent.

Williams will complete his four-game suspension Saturday and will return to the field October 2 against Clemson. Burney will serve the final three games of his six-game suspension and will return October 23 at Miami.

"I am disappointed for Deunta and Kendric, but I respect the NCAA’s decision," UNC athletic director Dick Baddour said in a statement. "I appreciate the committee allowing us the opportunity to present their case"

UNC has made additional reinstatement requests for others ruled ineligible -- leaving the status of nine players in question. Among those students are NFL prospects Marvin Austin and Robert Quinn.

The NCAA has been looking into allegations about the relationship between former assistant coach John Blake and a pro agent, the relationship between some players and agents, and charges of academic misconduct involving players and a tutor accused of helping them write papers.

Despite the allegations, head coach Butch Davis says he's not going anywhere.

Davis told reporters Thursday that he has no intention of resigning from his job, following a report by Yahoo! Sports that Blake may have taken money from an agent while being paid by UNC.

Click here to watch the Davis news conference

The NCAA wants to know if Blake worked as a "runner," steering players to agent and personal friend, Gary Wichard.

Blake's attorney says the money the coach received were loans from Wichard and there was never an arrangement for Black to direct players to Wichard.

Director of Athletics Dick Baddour confirmed that UNC got some knowledge of Blake's financial relationship when they interviewed him at the beginning of the school's investigation August 31. Blake resigned from his position as coach on September 5, citing his presence on the team as a "distraction to the university."

ABC11 Eyewitness News will have details about the outcome of today's hearing as soon as they become available.

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