Tar Heels Dismiss Starting LB Ebele Okakpu

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina has dismissed starting linebacker Ebele Okakpu from the team.

Interim coach Everett Withers says the senior was dismissed for "conduct detrimental to the team," though he wouldn't elaborate further during his weekly news conference Monday. Okakpu started five games this year and had 14 tackles. Withers says Okakpu will remain on scholarship and has a chance to graduate this spring.

Sophomore Darius Lipford is listed atop the depth chart in Okakpu's place for the Tar Heels (5-2, 1-2), who travel to eighth-ranked Clemson this weekend. Withers says the Tar Heels might use multiple players to replace Okakpu, saying the team has built depth at the position.

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  • by David Location: Winterville on Oct 18, 2011 at 08:38 AM
    Word is, he didn't turn his loaner car back in this past weekend. Give them cars, books, tutors doing their homework and still don't know how to act.
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      by SOS on Oct 18, 2011 at 01:09 PM in reply to David
      un like EZU we handle our problems, we dont go bail our player out of jail to make the Sat afternoon kick off... i.e Johnathan williams
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        by Billy on Oct 18, 2011 at 05:33 PM in reply to SOS
        Yea, over the past year, we have seen how they handle their problems over at cheater hill, cover it up till can't deny it anymore.
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        by Jimbo on Oct 19, 2011 at 09:37 AM in reply to SOS
        If memory serves me correctly, JW sat out the better part of two seasons for his numerous transgressions so your analogy is faulty. However, point well taken in that ECU gave him way too many chances.
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      by David on Oct 19, 2011 at 05:32 AM in reply to David
      My son goes to UNC and alot of his friends go to ECU. One thing i can tell you is there is a big difference in how hard the classes are. ECU students dont need tutors the classes are easier.
  • by Fred Location: NC on Oct 18, 2011 at 06:25 AM
    I am not too familiar with this player. He must have done something really, really, really, bad and/or not be very good to get kicked off this team.
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      by David on Oct 19, 2011 at 05:35 AM in reply to Fred
      He was a good player,that why he was a starter but the coach is trying to show that if you brake rules on his team no matter how good you are you will be gone.My hats off to him. Go heels!
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        by Fred on Oct 19, 2011 at 09:38 AM in reply to David
        It's nice to see that new attitude in Chapel Hill. Hopefully, they will strongly consider keeping Everett as coach instead of looking for another pretty face.

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