UNC probing report of alleged hazing incident
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina is investigating a report of an alleged hazing altercation that left a walk-on receiver with a possible concussion.
''We are aware of an incident involving members of the UNC football team that took place earlier this month,'' team spokesman Kevin Best said in a statement Tuesday. ''We take this allegation seriously and the university is conducting a thorough review.''
The statement was released in response to a Yahoo Sports report which stated that the alleged hazing involved several players and resulted in redshirt freshman Jackson Boyer being injured. Yahoo Sports reported the incident occurred in Boyer's room at the hotel where the team stayed for preseason camp.
Boyer is from Chapel Hill. His father, Rob, declined to comment when reached by Yahoo Sports.
The school did not identify any players it is investigating and did not confirm it was a hazing incident. Best declined to reveal specifics of the incident in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday evening, though he said Boyer has been practicing with the team.
The No. 23 Tar Heels open their third season under Larry Fedora on Saturday night against Liberty. It marks the first time UNC has opened the season ranked in the Top 25 since 2010.