Thu Nov 18 06:06pm EST
North Carolina sophomore outfielder Brian Goodwin has been suspended fro the 2011 season for violating unversity policy, the school announced on Thursday.
The Tar Heels confirmed his suspension is not related to the university and NCAA's investigation into the UNC football program. Additionally, the school announced Goodwin would stay at UNC from an academic standpoint.
Goodwin's suspension is bad news for a team looking for an offensive identity.
The versatile outfielder had a solid freshman season for the Tar Heels. He started all 60 games last season and batted .291 with 13 doubles, eight triples, seven homers and 63 RBIs. Goodwin also slugged .511 and had a respectable .409 on-base percentage.
The Tar Heels had very high hopes for Goodwin next season before the suspension was announced.
Without Goodwin, the Tar Heels now will look even more to Levi Michael and Jesse Wierzbicki for more offensive production. Both sluggers missed most of fall workouts with hand injuries.
UNC finished last season with a 38-22 record and failed to reach the College World Series for the first time in five seasons. It opens the '11 campaign against Cal Poly.