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North Carolina suspends four players for season opener

The white team enters Kenan Stadium for North Carolina's NCAA college football spring practice, Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Chapel Hill, N.C
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The white team enters Kenan Stadium for North Carolina's NCAA college football spring practice, Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Chapel Hill, N.C. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Robert Willett)

North Carolina has suspended four players for what it terms is a violation of team rules.

On Tuesday, Yahoo Sports reported that the team was investigating allegations of hazing. In response to the report, the school released a statement saying that it was investigating an incident involving members of the team and would conduct a "thorough review."

The four players suspended for the Tar Heels' home game against Liberty are Des Lawrence, Donnie Miles, M.J. Stewart and Brian Walker. According to the report, redshirt freshman walk-on WR Jackson Boyer was involved "in an alleged physical altercation with multiple teammates in his room at the Aloft hotel in Chapel Hill where the team was staying during fall camp."

"We hold our players accountable for their actions at all times," North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said in a statement. "These players did not meet the high expectations we have for them as members of our program and have been disciplined accordingly. They will not play on Saturday or be on the sideline with their teammates."

Walker, a sophomore, started three games last year at cornerback. Lawrence, also a cornerback, appeared in eight games last year as a redshirt freshman. Miles, a safety, redshirted last year and Stewart is a true freshman defensive back.

For more North Carolina news, visit Tar Heel Illustrated.

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Nick Bromberg is the assistant editor of Dr. Saturday on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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