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UNC kicks Austin off team; 2 declared ineligible

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) -- North Carolina has kicked star defensive tackle Marvin Austin off the football team and says the NCAA declared receiver Greg Little and defensive end Robert Quinn permanently ineligible.

The announcements Monday from the school and the NCAA came as part of the investigations into whether players received improper benefits from agents.

Athletic director Dick Baddour called it "a sad day" because the players "made serious mistakes in judgment in accepting extra benefits."

The NCAA says Little and Quinn each accepted roughly $5,000 worth of jewelry, travel accommodations and other benefits.

Austin had been suspended from the team since Sept. 1 for violating unidentified team rules.

None of the three has played in games this season due to the probe.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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