Bowman, a sophomore wide receiver from Chattanooga, Tenn., has 18 receptions for a team-high 329 yards (18.3/catch, 54.8/game). Sparkman, a
sophomore linebacker from Columbia, Tenn., leads the team with 61 tackles. Thomas, a sophomore
defensive tackle from Winston-Salem, N.C., is on the two-deep and has recorded 9 tackles thus far this season.
"I can't remember a time when I was more disappointed," says head coach John
Bunting. "The last thing we need after an exciting win like we had Saturday
evening was an off-the-field situation that would embarrass the University
and this football program. The young men involved will not play until
Director of Athletics Dick Baddour and I determine otherwise. It is
important to note that all three student-athletes deny their involvement
with these charges and we are looking into that at this time.
"Our seniors have demonstrated good leadership all year and I expect they
will once again step forward to meet this challenge. I'm proud of the young
men who are making the right choices each day to make this program
CHAPEL HILL --- University of North Carolina football players Adarius
Bowman, Fred Sparkman and Isaiah Thomas have been suspended indefinitely
from all team activities. The suspensions are a result of their alleged
roles in an incident late Sunday evening in which they were cited for simple
possession of marijuana by UNC public safety officers.
Three football standouts have been suspended indefinitely.