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North Carolina suspensions total 12 ahead of LSU game

Twelve North Carolina football players have been suspended for Saturday night's game against Louisiana State.

Six players, the school announced, were declared ineligible for "violating school and/or NCAA rules." Defensive tackle Marvin Austin was suspended earlier in the week; defensive ends Robert Quinn and Michael McAdoo, cornerbacks Kendric Burney and Charles Brown and wide receiver Greg Little joined him.

Tailbacks Shaun Draughn and Ryan Houston; safeties Brian Gupton, Da'Norris Searcy and Jonathan Smith; and defensive end Linwan Euwell also will be held out of the game.

Three more players, unnamed, are still in jeopardy of missing the game and didn't travel with the team to Atlanta. According to the Associated press, the school is working with the NCAA to determine their status.

"We are disappointed the players' choices have denied them the opportunity to compete alongside their teammates and represent the University of North Carolina," coach Butch Davis said in a statement. "Our coaches and players have a tremendous challenge this weekend, and despite these circumstances, our team will be excited to face LSU."

By Cindy Boren  |  September 3, 2010; 10:47 AM ET
Categories:  College football  
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