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UNC's McDonald suspended three games for academic issue

Posted January 23, 2013

North Carolina junior guard Leslie McDonald will miss the Tar Heels next three games due to an academic issue, the university announced Wednesday.

“I did not take care of my responsibilities as a student-athlete and have to miss some games as a result," said McDonald. "I will do what I can to help prepare my teammates in practice even though I can’t play.”

The Tar Heels have been without McDonald for three games due to a knee injury. McDonald has since been cleared to return to action and will be available to play Feb. 2 when North Carolina hosts Virginia Tech.

“Leslie did not do what we expect of our student-athletes and therefore is not going to play in the next three games,” said North Carolina head basketball coach Roy Williams. “His knee has improved and he would have been medically able to return this week, but he won’t dress for Georgia Tech, NC State and Boston College. I’m disappointed for him and our team because he worked so hard to get back from his knee injury and has been a valuable contributor for us this season. He’s a good kid and we look forward to his return.”

McDonald is averaging about eight points and shooting 43 percent from 3-point range coming off the bench for the Tar Heels this season.

The team faces Georgia Tech at home Wednesday night.





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  • CHAMPS 17 09 05 93 82 57 24 Jan 26, 2013

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    How many star players for Duke or State have had academic issues since then?

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again01 Jan 24, 2013

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    But, that conflicts with Roy's edict that they were not going to raise academic standards like Thorp was trying to do. Which is it, Roy?

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns Jan 24, 2013

    Hope this little punishment is enough to get this kid back on track. He needs to take full advantage of this free ride while he has it. I can't tell you how many times I get down on myself for not taking school serious back when I was 18. Luckily, I was blessed with a great job, because it is so much tougher to get that degree later on in life (learning that lesson the hard way now) than it is when you are young. Life and work doesn't stop because I am earning a degree.

  • PanthersFan45 Jan 24, 2013

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    Great to hear that, I've always appreciated the atheletes that have a high GPA to go along with excellence in sports. Seeems like I often read about plenty of instances where players stay 4 years at a college yet they still don't graduate w/a degree. Don't know if they are part timers or just doing the bare minimum to stay on the team. Whether players want to admit it or not, I'm sure a majority of them accept those scholarships and use college strictly as a spring board to the NBA, NFL, etc .... they probably could care less about being a TRUE alumni when they leave.

  • Toddler10-21 Jan 24, 2013

    Couldnt agree more Panther. Your education is number one. Although not a UNC fan, but I hope McDonald gets is studies together. I have a friend who's son plays ball at a college in Texas. I asked him what was his son's major? The dad's response was basketball. All I could say was WOW! But the kid is doing great, he keeps in touch with my daughters. He posted a copy of his Certificate on FB that he had made the Deans List!

  • TsKaMF Jan 23, 2013

    It's all about the "ewe".

  • PanthersFan45 Jan 23, 2013

    What fans of these teams NEVER say on these boards is anything related to academics and the number 1 reason for college .... AN EDUCATION. This isn't pro sports, this isn't about getting to the gym and practicing more when you're team loses. When you're a fan of a team its easy to get upset when a team loses, but they need to realize that sometimes exams & studying gets in the way. If these guys aren't going to take care of their number 1 obligation, then they shouldn't be allowed to play .... enough said.

  • 321oohaw Jan 23, 2013

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    ...when is the wedding?

  • Tar Heels Victory-NCAA CHAMPIONS Jan 23, 2013

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    Dook will need to "heal" from that beat down at Miami! LOL!

  • Tar Heels Victory-NCAA CHAMPIONS Jan 23, 2013

    Great Job Roy! Let him know that Academics are more important than Athletics!




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