Kendric Burney, Deunta Williams denied

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The NCAA has denied an appeal to shorten suspensions for North Carolina cornerback Kendric Burney and safety Deunta Williams.

Burney was suspended six games and Williams four for receiving improper benefits connected to several trips, including to California to visit a former North Carolina player.

Burney also went on trips to Atlanta and Las Vegas linked to former college player Chris Hawkins, whom the NCAA has said qualifies as an agent.

The school made its appeal Friday.

Spokesman Steve Kirschner also says an NCAA investigator returned to campus Wednesday and Thursday to participate in the school-led investigation into possible academic violations. Most of those cases are being handled by the student judicial system.