In a brief statement issued Wednesday by the school, Davis says that the suspension ”is not a result of the ongoing NCAA review.” Davis says Austin ”has violated team rules and has neglected his responsibilities to the team.”
Austin, a senior, has been projected as a possible NFL first-round pick. He will not play Saturday night when the No. 18 Tar Heels face No. 21 LSU in Atlanta.
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The NCAA has two trips to North Carolina this summer to look into whether Austin and receiver Greg Little received improper benefits from agents. Both players have been working with the second team for much of training camp and haven’t spoken with reporters.