"[Releasing Simmons] is something that North Carolina would have to do," Ward said. "We've just been in discussions with them. I really don't want to say anything further at this point."
Simmons, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound defensive tackle, signed with UNC on National Signing Day, without officially visiting the school. He did, though, visit UNC last summer.
"At this time I have no further comment … until things play themselves out," Ward said, when pressed for additional details.
A five-star defensive tackle, Simmons did take official visits to Iowa, Oregon, Rutgers, Southern Cal, and Texas Tech.