CHAPEL HILL — With three court dates looming this month for three players affiliated with the program, UNC coach Butch Davis spoke about protecting the Tar Heels' image on Friday.
"We don't condone anything like that," Davis said. "We don't want that to happen."
Since the end of spring practice, running back Anthony Elzy has been charged with marijuana possession, defensive end Donte Paige-Moss with simple assault and former guard Kevin Bryant with assault on a female. All three charges are classified as misdemeanors.
Davis said he has disciplined Paige-Moss and Elzy, which typically includes community service and extra conditioning at practice. Bryant, who failed to report to training camp, was not dismissed from the team, UNC spokesman Kevin Best said, but left the program.
Since taking over for John Bunting after the 2006 season, Davis has dismissed nine players — five in '07 and four in '08 — from the program for violating various team policies.
"If you don't do the right thing, I'm not going to let you be on this team," Davis said. "College kids are going to make mistakes, and I understand that, there's a certainly amount of liberty that we'll give you but if you can't conform and you can't adjust, then you can't be apart of this program."