North Carolina head coach Butch Davis suspended starting defensive tackle Marvin Austin today, citing a violation of team rules.

Davis made the announcement in a brief statement released by the school.

"This decision is not a result of the ongoing NCAA review," Davis said. "Marvin has violated team rules and has neglected his responsibilities to the team."

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The NCAA is conducting an investigation into whether Austin received improper benefits from agents.

No. 18 North Carolina plays LSU Saturday night in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.