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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.

UAB adds first player since shutting down football program

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And now the saga begins to come full circle. UAB, six months after shutting down the football program only to reinstate it, has added its first new player to the program. According to a report from Al.com, UAB will add offensive lineman Tyler Jones via a transfer from Memphis.

What is still unknown is just when UAB will return to the football field. The 2015 season was wiped out as soon as the school announced the decision to shut the program down. A return in 2016 seems rather optimistic at this point, at least in a full FBS capacity in Conference USA. UAB Athletics Director Mark Ingram previously suggested a more realistic expectation would be for UAB to play football again in 2017. Conference USA is holding their place in the conference for when the Blazers are ready.