Jumping off to a nice start as 2002 looms, the UNC football team has picked up a couple of choice felony charges, the kind of momentum FITS likes to see heading into a New Year.
Aaron Leak and Ronnie Bryant have been charged with larceny and possession of stolen property, a $40,000 2001 Audi, which they allegedly managed to drive as well as they play football (they drove it off the road).
While the alleged offense occured in early October, the big break came in the case when the recalcitrant-as-usual Chapel Hill police force finally managed to break away from the Krispy Kreme counter long enough to charge the pigskin perps.
By UNC Athletic Communications
Date: Mar 25, 2002
CHAPEL HILL, N.C.-- University of North Carolina wide receiver Bosley Allen will be reinstated to the football team effective April 3, head coach John Bunting announced on Monday. Allen was indefinitely suspended in early February.
"Bosley has done everything we've asked from him since he was originally
suspended," said Bunting. "He will be reinstated on April 3 and will
participate in spring practice."
Bunting has dismissed quarterback Aaron Leak and linebacker Kitwana Jones from the football team for conduct detrimental to the team. A native of Durham, N.C., Leak played in two games last season (Florida State & Duke), completing 1 of 4 pass attempts for 24 yards. Leak and freshman defensive back Ronnie Bryant were indefinitely suspended following their arrests in December 2001. In addition to court ordered community service, Bryant will have to complete several other team requirements before he is considered for reinstatement.
A native of Wilmington, N.C., Jones played in nine games last season and had three tackles. He was indefinitely suspended in October 2001, after breaking team rules.
"I'm committed to developing a winning football program with players who
will represent this University in a first-class manner on and off the field,"
said Bunting. "I'm disappointed in the off-field actions of a few of our
players. As a North Carolina alumnus, I feel very strongly in directing a program
that our fans can be proud of at all times. We work hard in recruiting to identify
good citizens as well as good football players and students. My staff and I
will continue to work with each young player to teach them to make the right
decisions in the future."