UNC players in stands: Bad idea

ATLANTA -- Suspended defensive tackle Marvin Austin is in the stands here at the Georgia Dome. He's not the only one.

The Raleigh News & Observer has reported that most of the 13 players who were held out of this game are in attendance.

UNC officials can't be happy with this decision. It only raises more questions: How did they get here? How did they get tickets? Who paid for their flights? The tickets? Hotel? Many of the same questions that brought some of these players under scrutiny to begin with.

Instead of laying low, these players opted to show their faces at the very game they weren't allowed to travel to with their teammates. Sure, it could be painted as a show of support for their teammates, but the best way to do that would have been not to put them in this position in the first place.