Brown must sit in UNC’s opener

North Carolina cornerback Charles Brown must sit out the opener

against James Madison and repay benefits to become eligible


The NCAA ruled that Brown accepted benefits of $86.94 from

someone identified as a prospective agent before last season.

The NCAA looked into agent-related benefits and academic

misconduct, causing 14 players to miss at least one game. Brown and

seven others missed the entire season, though the school didn’t

specify why Brown was out.

North Carolina opens spring practice next week.

The school also said defensive end Linwan Euwell has left school

and won’t return next year, while receiver Joshua Adams is being

treated for an auto-immune disorder affecting his kidneys.

Adams’ status for the fall will be updated this summer.

Also, Gary Wichard, the longtime NFL player agent who was

suspended last year for his role in a recruiting scandal at North

Carolina, died Friday. He was 60. He died at his home in Westlake

Village, Calif., from diabetes and pancreatic cancer, the public

relations firm Rogers & Cowan said.