Charles Brown, Kendric Burney both out
North Carolina junior cornerback Charles Brown will miss the remainder of the 2010 season, and senior cornerback Kendric Burney still has an "unresolved issue" related to the ongoing NCAA investigation and will not play on Saturday at Miami, the school announced on Wednesday.
Both were veteran starters in the secondary heading into this season, but their careers have been put on hold as a result of two separate NCAA investigations into academic misconduct and athletes receiving improper benefits.
Brown, who started all 13 games last year, will have one season of athletic eligibility remaining. The Tar Heels will miss Burney against Miami, as he finished with 170 interception return yards against Miami and set a single-game ACC record and a school record for an entire season.
A total of seven players have been cleared in the investigations, six players will not participate this season, and three players still have cases pending. Still, North Carolina is in the midst of a four-game winning streak -- the longest under coach Butch Davis. UNC has not won five in a row since 2001.
The NCAA launched an investigation in the summer focused on agent-related benefits, though that probe expanded to include possible academic violations involving a tutor. The academic cases are being handled primarily by the school's student judicial system, though privacy laws prevent the school from discussing in detail any player's involvement in the academic review.
Brown is the sixth player to miss the season connected to the investigation, joining defensive tackle Marvin Austin, defensive end Robert Quinn, receiver Greg Little, and safeties Brian Gupton and Jonathan Smith. The NCAA declared Quinn and Little "permanently ineligible" for receiving jewelry and travel accommodations, then lying about it in three interviews. The school kicked Austin off the team after the NCAA offered preliminary information that he had received $10,000 to $13,000 in improper benefits.
As with Brown, the school didn't specify why Gupton and Smith wouldn't play this season.
In addition to Burney, the status of two other players -- defensive end Michael McAdoo and fullback Devon Ramsay -- remains in question. McAdoo has yet to play this season, while Ramsay played the first four games before the school announced it would hold him out of games due to the investigation.
Last week, defensive lineman Linwan Euwell and tailback Ryan Houston were cleared to return after missing the first five games. Euwell played in the win at Virginia, though coach Butch Davis said Houston might redshirt.
Tailback Shaun Draughn (one game) and safety Da'Norris Searcy (three) also missed games before being cleared to play, while safety Deunta Williams recently returned from an NCAA-issued four-game suspension for improper benefits connected to trips.
Information from ESPN.com's Heather Heather Dinich and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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