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‘Academic issues’ led UNC LB to NFL’s supplemental draft

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And now, as that old chestnut goes, we know the rest of the story.

Earlier this week, it was reported that North Carolina linebacker Darius Lipford would be one of four players who would be in the (shallow) pool of players available in the NFL’s annual supplemental draft. The move came as a surprise as Lipford, who overcame a serious knee injury incurred a couple of years ago, was viewed as the front-runner to start at middle linebacker for the Tar Heels in 2014.

Instead, Lipford entered the supplemental draft because, as the Durham Herald-Sun put it, “academic issues” forced his football hand.

Lipford suffered a torn ACL during the 2011 Independence Bowl. He tore the same ligament again in July of 2012 and missed that entire season. He started four games prior to the injury, played in 10 games after his recovery in 2013.

For the record, Lipford went undrafted, as did the other three players who made themselves available — New Mexico wide receiver Chase Clayton, Virginia-Lynchburg defensive tackle Lakendrick Ross and SMU running back Traylon Shead.

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4 Responses to “‘Academic issues’ led UNC LB to NFL’s supplemental draft”
  1. ddaniels11 says: Jul 11, 2014 9:01 AM

    Must be hard to pass classes that are made up and you don’t have to attend. UNC, worst scandal in college sports history!

  2. friarjack61 says: Jul 11, 2014 9:10 AM

    He probably did not understand the comment,
    “can you speak the King’s English ?”

  3. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 11, 2014 11:31 AM

    I think this guy should be given a medal. It’s not easy to be academically ineligible at UNC but somehow this guy seems to have done it. I’m amazed that no NFL teams drafted this guy in the supplemental draft given he has that unique talent.

  4. granadafan says: Jul 11, 2014 2:20 PM

    How in the world can you flunk out of a joke of a “school” such as UNC? Even Dexter Manley could have passed. Every single “alum” from UNC should be ashamed and outraged at what your school has done all in the name of sports. Your degreee is worthless.

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