Patrice Rene

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ACC suspends seven players for postgame melee between NC State and UNC

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The ACC was busy this morning handing out some suspensions to players from NC State and North Carolina on Monday morning. Seven players were handed suspensions and public reprimands from the ACC office, four from UNC and three from NC State, for their part in a postgame fight between the two in-state rivals immediately following NC State’s game-winning overtime touchdown on Saturday.

NC State redshirt junior Freddie Phillips Jr., redshirt senior starting left tackle  Tyler Jones, and starting right tackle Justin Witt were the Wolfpack players who were issued suspensions by the ACC. NC State will play their final game of the season this week against East Carolina, a makeup game scheduled due to inclement weather earlier this season. The suspensions are for one half and UNC can determine which half any suspended players will miss, whether it is the first or second half.

Suspensions were handed to North Carolina junior linebacker Dominique Ross, junior cornerback Patrice Rene, senior safety J.K. Britt, and senior defensive tackle Jeremiah Clarke. The Tar Heels are not going to a bowl game this season so the suspensions would have to carry over to North Carolina’s season opener in 2019 against South Carolina in Charlotte on August 31, 2019. Of course, two of these players are seniors and may not be impacted by the suspension at all.