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Tar Heels dismiss Austin; Quinn, Little ruled permanently ineligible

This season has been a bit of a mess in terms of off the field matters for North Carolina. The Tar Heels (3-2, 1-1) will travel to Scott Stadium to take on Virginia on Saturday, but the game offers only a portion of what is on North Carolina Coach Butch Davis's plate.

The team announced Monday that it has dismissed defensive tackle Marvin Austin, while wide receiver Greg Little and defensive end Robert Quinn have been ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA's student-athlete reinstatement staff. Those three were among the North Carolina players caught up in an agent scandal for accepting impermissible benefits.

Austin (Ballou) had been suspended from the team since Sept. 1 for violating unspecified team rules. None of the three players competed in any of North Carolina's five games this season.

Cornerback Kendric Burney and safety Deunta Williams also received suspensions for receiving improper benefits. Williams returned from a four-game suspension Saturday and played against Clemson. Burney will miss one more game to finish out his suspension.

By Steve Yanda  | October 11, 2010; 1:27 PM ET
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