Chacos Gets Sixth Year of Eligibility

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- University of North Carolina offensive tackle Brian Chacos has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA and will return to the Tar Heel football team for the 2006 season.

"I am thrilled for Brian, his family and our football program that he will return next season," said head coach John Bunting. "He deserves a sixth year and I'm pleased our request was granted. I thank everyone who worked on his behalf to make this a reality."

A native of Darien, Conn., Chacos started every game over the last two seasons at left tackle. At the 2005 football awards dinner last week, he received the Charlie Justice Award for Outstanding Contribution on Offense. Chacos joins rising junior Charlston Gray as the only two returning starters on the offensive line in 2006.

Chacos missed the 2001-02 season due to a number of injuries and illnesses, including appendicitis, a thumb laceration and bronchitis. He did not play the following year (2002-03) due to illness, an ankle sprain and a severe left knee MCL sprain. Since he was denied two seasons of competition due to injury, the NCAA granted him a sixth year of eligibility.

"I'm unbelievably excited about returning next season," said Chacos. "Thank you to the NCAA and all the people at Carolina who worked to make this happen, including the compliance staff, the medical staff and the fans for their support. As the only senior on the offensive line, I'm looking forward to being a leader next year and helping this team take the next step."

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