Townsend Not Qualified

Joseph Townsend notified on Tuesday afternoon that he will not be able to play football for North Carolina this fall.

Townsend, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive lineman, received a "withdraw" from an English class and a school advisor told him that he didn't need that particular English class to graduate from Los Altos Hills (Calif.) Foothill CC.

Approximately a month later, Townsend was informed that the information he received was incorrect – that particular English class was required for graduation.

Townsend, a junior college transfer, needs to graduate with his associates degree to be academically eligible to play Division I football.

In an attempt to rectify the situation, Townsend met with his English teacher Monday afternoon.

"The meeting went pretty bad from my perspective," Townsend said. "She didn't want to see my side of the story, she didn't give me any options, no chance. She was being [uncooperative] pretty much for the whole conversation."

Townsend will take the missing English class at Cupertino (Calif.) DeAnza Community College during the fall semester.

"I don't know if I'm playing [football] or not," Townsend said. "I have to wait and see. If North Carolina holds my scholarship, then I'm not going to play. But if they don't hold it, then I'll have to play."

Ideally, Townsend would prefer not to risk injury by playing football this fall.

"It would be easier for me to work out, do boxing, do my football training, and lift weights," Townsend said.

Townsend spoke to both John Blake, UNC's defensive line coach and Townsend's primary recruiter, and Joe Haydon, UNC's Director of Football Operations, Monday night and plans to speak to them again on Tuesday evening to discuss his potential future at UNC.

Regardless of whether he plays or not, if Townsend hypothetically enrolls at UNC for the spring semester, he would have two years of eligibility remaining.

"I want to play football for North Carolina," Townsend said.

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