UNC LB Travis Hughes facing assault charge

acarter@newsobserver.comJanuary 23, 2014 

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UNC's Travis Hughes (9) leaves the field following the Tar Heels' 27-17 loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday October 5, 2013 at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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— North Carolina linebacker Travis Hughes has been suspended from all team activities after campus police charged him with assault on Thursday, UNC football team spokesman Kevin Best said.

Police charged Hughes Thursday morning after an altercation with a parking attendant on campus, Best said. Details of the altercation weren’t immediately available, but Best said UNC coach Larry Fedora suspended Hughes “immediately” when he learned that Hughes had been charged.

Randy Young, a spokesman for the UNC Department of Public Safety, didn’t immediately return a call seeking more details about the alleged assault.

Hughes started 11 games for UNC last season, and played in 12. He was fifth on the team in tackles, with 76, and he would be the Tar Heels’ second-leading returning tackler.

Hughes also had 5.5 tackles for loss and one sack last season. He missed the Tar Heels’ victory against Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl because of an injury.

This isn’t the first time that Hughes has been in trouble. He was charged in Durham County last January for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Fedora didn’t find out about that until August, not long after preseason practice had started, and he said at the time that Hughes faced discipline. He played in the season-opening loss at South Carolina.

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