North Carolina offensive lineman Jonah Melton has announced and confirmed he is retiring from playing football. Melton shared his decision with a brief statement posted on his Twitter account Tuesday evening.
Melton will remain a student at North Carolina moving forward, and he announced he will stay connected with the Tar Heel program as he begins assisting the staff’s strength and conditioning staff.
Melton appeared in just one game for the Tar Heels last season, his redshirt freshman season. Melton was a four-star member of the UNC Class of 2017 and enrolled early in Jan. 2017. Melton missed his senior season of high school football with a torn ACL that took time to rehab as he arrived at UNC.
A total of 13 North Carolina players will be suspended for at least one game this season after the school self-reported secondary violations to the NCAA. The offense is related to the selling of team-issued shoes.
Offensive lineman Brian Anderson, defensive end Malik Carney, wide receiver Beau Corrales, defensive end Tomon Fox, defensive end Tyrone Hopper, offensive lineman Quiron Johnson, linebacker Malik Robinson, quarterback Chazz Surratt and offensive lineman Jordan Tucker will all sit out four games. Defensive backs Greg Ross and Tre Shaw will be forced to miss two games, and quarterback Jack Davidson and offensive lineman Jonah Melton will serve a one-game suspension. The NCAA will allow UNC to stagger the suspensions to account for roster depth concerns that raise the health hazards to the entire team.
Carney will miss games against East Carolina, UCF, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech. Fox will serve his suspension for games against Miami, Syracuse, Virginia and Georgia Tech. The remainder of the suspensions will begin to be served during UNC’s season opener at California. UNC plays at East Carolina and home against UCF and Pittsburgh in the first four weeks of the season.
“I am certainly upset by our players’ actions and how their choices reflect on them, our program, and the University,” head coach Larry Fedora said in a statement. “These young men knew the rules and are being held responsible for the poor choices they have made.”
All suspended players will be allowed to practice with the team and attend all meetings.