Burney, who received $1,333 in benefits, must repay $575.19 to a charity of his choice. Williams, who received $1,426 in benefits, must repay $450.67 to a charity of his choice. Both players must repay the benefits to become eligible, though the university planned to appeal the length of the suspensions. Williams could return on Oct. 9 against Clemson and Burney could play on Oct. 23 against Miami.
“We plan to appeal the length of the suspensions,” UNC AD Dick Baddour said in a statement. “While I respect the NCAA process, I believe the penalties to be unduly harsh given the individual circumstances in these cases.”
Baddour said that Williams and Burney were visiting a former Tar Heels defensive back on the trips to California that helped land them suspensions from the NCAA. But Baddour wouldn’t identify the player. According the NCAA, the majority of the benefits Burney received were from an individual who meets the organization’s definition of an agent.
UNC still is without 10 other suspended players, including three of its best: defensive tackle Marvin Austin, defensive end Robert Quinn and receiver Greg Little. The Heels are awaiting word on their status.
The Heels go back out-of-conference this week and visit Rutgers, and there is no line currently on Bodog’s NCAA Football odds because of the unsure status of the other suspended players.
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