Five student athletes who were among 13 suspended from the University of North Carolina's football team for selling their school-issued shoes are from metro Atlanta.
The school announced Monday that 13 players will miss games serving suspensions for the secondary NCAA violations, which will leave the Tar Heels shorthanded during much of the season's opening month.
The suspended student athletes from metro Atlanta are: Jordan Tucker, a 3 star offensive lineman who graduated from Roswell High School and committed to the university in 2017 Tomon Fox, a 3 star defensive end who graduated from Collins Hill High School in Lawrenceville and committing to the university in 2016 Tyrone Hopper, a 3 star defensive lineman who graduated from Roswell High School and committed to the university in 2016 Malik Robinson, a 3 star linebacker who graduated from South Gwinnett High School in Snellville and committed to the university in 2017 Tre Shaw, a 4 star cornerback who graduated from Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood and committed to the university in 2017Tucker, Fox, Hopper and Robinson each received four game suspensions while Shaw received a two game suspension.
The Tar Heels want to put move on quickly from this latest embarrassment.
"The guys that are suspended, they're very remorseful," coach Larry Fedora said during a news conference Monday. "They don't want to let their teammates down and they feel like they did in this situation. But nobody's pointing fingers on this football team. ... We're beyond that point now. It's already happened. It is what it is, so they're all looking forward and moving forward."
UNC reported the violations after learning of the special-edition Nike shoes being sold to at least one retailer in an email from a member of the public in January, according to documents released after a public-records request from The Associated Press. That email contained a social media advertisement from a retailer seeking $3,500 for the shoes.
According to case documents released by the school, 15 players ultimately sold shoes either to a retailer or to a teammate, with three of those purchases for as much as $2,500. Two other players sold shoes for $200 or less.
One player - who isn't named in the documents - purchased shoes from seven teammates for a total of $6,150.
Athletics director Bubba Cunningham said school officials completed their early investigation within four days. Players refunded transactions and Cunningham said all but about nine pairs of shoes were recovered.
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