Linebacker Ebele Okakpu was dismissed from the program for conduct detrimental to the team, interim head coach Everett Withers said.
Okakpu, a senior from Roswell, Ga., started in five games this season.
In May, Okakpu was involved in an on-campus car crash that involved three other football players and an UNC police officer, who served as the game day officer for former head football coach Butch Davis. Okakpu was a passenger in the car.
Okakpu is expected to remain on scholarship and graduate in 2012.