NCAA denies UNC's appeals

The NCAA has denied appeals by North Carolina to shorten the suspensions for defensive backs Deunta Williams and Kendric Burney after the two received illegal benefits. Williams was suspended for four games and Burney was suspended for six on Sept. 22.

The NCAA said that Williams received $1,426 in benefits while Burney received $1,333 in benefits.

“I am disappointed for Deunta and Kendric, but I respect the NCAA’s decision,” said UNC athletic director Dick Baddour in a statement. “I appreciate the committee allowing us the opportunity to present their case."

Meanwhile, the NCAA returned to campus this week to participate in a school-led investigation over other possible academic violations.