UNC's Devon Ramsay gets waiver

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The NCAA has granted North Carolina fullback Devon Ramsay a hardship waiver, giving him an extra year of eligibility in 2012.

Team officials announced the NCAA's decision Saturday.

Ramsay tore several ligaments in his left knee in the 2011 season opener against James Madison. He had surgery in mid-September and missed the rest of the season.

He missed the 2007 season with a shoulder injury and played in only four games in 2010 before being ruled permanently ineligible for academic misconduct during its NCAA investigation of the football program.

He appealed, and the NCAA later reversed its decision and restored his eligibility, saying Ramsay hadn't committed a violation.