UNC’s Tabb suspended for first half vs. Miami

Oct. 07, 2013 @ 11:17 PM

North Carolina tight end/linebacker Jack Tabb will miss the first half of UNC’s Oct. 17 game against Miami, the team confirmed on Monday.

The junior was ejected late in the fourth quarter of the Tar Heels’ 27-17 loss at Virginia Tech last Saturday after he threw a punch at Hokies defensive end Tyrel Wilson on a kickoff return.

According to NCAA rules, if the fighting penalty occurred in the first half the player is only ejected for the remainder of that game. But since Tabb’s foul occurred in the second half, he must also sit out the first half of his next game.

Team spokesman Kevin Best said that UNC will not impose an additional suspension.

It’s been an eventful season for Tabb, who started the first two games at tight end, sat out the next two games for violating team rules, and then started at linebacker against the Hokies because regular starter Travis Hughes missed a team meeting.

In his three games, Tabb has three catches for 50 yards and has made five tackles.

UNC coach Larry Fedora did not hold his regular Monday press conference because the team has a bye this week, but he commented on Tabb’s ejection immediately following the Virginia Tech game.

“Evidently, Jack retaliated to something that happened to him on the play, which is unacceptable either way,” Fedora said.

The Tar Heels (1-4, 0-2) will look to avoid their first four-game losing streak since 2007 when they host the 13th-ranked Hurricanes on an ESPN Thursday night game at Kenan Stadium.