Austin has been dismissed from the team and Little and Quinn have been ruled permanently ineligible. It's a miserable way to end a season for three players that had so much potential entering it. All three were expected to be stars on a team capable of contending for the ACC title, and Austin and Quinn were easily two of the best defenders in the country, let alone the ACC.
For six weeks, though, UNC has learned to live without them and will continue to do so for the second half of the season.
North Carolina and its fans have been waiting for some closure to the ongoing NCAA investigation, and now they know for sure at least who won't be with the team this year. The news followed an earlier press release announcing that linebacker Shane Mularkey had his left shoulder repaired and will miss the remainder of the season, and defensive tackle Greg Elleby had his left knee reconstructed and will miss the remainder of the season after tearing two ligaments (ACL and MCL) Oct. 2 in Carolina’s 42-17 win against East Carolina.