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Suspension lengths set for UNC's Burney, Williams

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The NCAA has passed down its judgment on UNC defensive backs Kendric Burney and Deunta Williams, who will face multi-game suspensions and make restitution to charity before being able to play again.

UNC athletic director Dick Baddour
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  • UNC athletic director Dick Baddour
The NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff said Burney must make a payment of $575.19 to a charity of his choice and miss four more games in addition to the two he has already sat out. Williams must donate $450.67 and sit out two more games.

The monetary sums are calculated as partial repayments for in-kind benefits the players had received, in Burney’s case an agent and in Williams’ a former Tar Heel player.

UNC athletic director Dick Baddour said the university will appeal the length of the suspensions.

“We plan to appeal the length of the suspensions,” Baddour said in a statement released by the school. “While I respect the NCAA process, I believe the penalties to be unduly harsh given the individual circumstances in these cases.”

Ten other UNC football players are currently sitting out, still under investigation either for possibly receiving benefits from agents or because of academic irregularities.

The Tar Heels (0-2) will visit Rutgers on Saturday.

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