CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina won’t have defensive end Tomari Fox this season after he lost an NCAA appeal of his punishment for consuming a banned substance.
Coach Mack Brown announced Tuesday that Fox is ineligible. The player drank a non-approved over-the-counter pre-workout beverage last year in what Brown described as an inadvertent mistake.
“He walked immediately to his locker and pulled what he was drinking out and said, ‘Coach, I bought this over at the grocery store,’” Brown said. “And I didn’t think there was anything wrong with it. … I think it’s unfair for him.
“Obviously he drank something he shouldn’t have, but he wasn’t trying to beat the system or he sure wouldn’t have had it in his locker.”