Ryan Houston cleared to play

Senior fullback will make debut on Saturday

Senior fullback Ryan Houston has been cleared to play against Virginia on Saturday, according to a release from team spokesman Kevin Best. Houston has sat out the first five games while the University worked with the NCAA to determine his eligibility.

Football

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UNC football investigation can serve as a lesson for other universities

Nine days before NCAA investigators e-mailed the University to say they would be coming to campus, senior associate athletic director Larry Gallo warned the athletic staff to “be careful out there.” Gallo told members of the athletic department to use the NCAA’s ruling on the University of Southern California as a learning tool just more than a week before the NCAA launched the investigation.


Austin, Little and Quinn done for the season

Senior defensive tackle Marvin Austin was dismissed from the North Carolina football team on Monday, according to a press release from UNC athletics. The NCAA ruled senior wide receiver Greg Little and junior defensive end Robert Quinn permanently ineligible for competition in college. The rulings effectively end the three players’ collegiate careers.


UNC football team gets first ACC victory against Clemson

In the week leading up to North Carolina’s Saturday home date against Clemson, the UNC football program suffered yet another series of damaging allegations regarding the NCAA investigation that has cast a shadow over the football program. But for three-and-a-half hours between the hedges of Kenan Stadium, none of it mattered. The Tar Heels controlled possession, hung on to the football and ground out their first ACC victory of the season, 21-16.


The Tar Heels flipped Clemson on its head, beating the Tigers for the first time since 2001. UNC held Clemson’s potent rushing attack to just 3.4 yards per rush.

UNC football team keeps plays alive to beat Clemson

In a game devoid of big plays, North Carolina made enough little ones to earn a 21-16 win against the Clemson Tigers. There were only three plays that went for more than 25 yards from scrimmage and no turnovers. Subsequently, the game saw momentum rise and fall on small plays. “The biggest thing was clock management,” senior right tackle Mike Ingersoll said.


UNC leads Clemson 14-3 at halftime

North Carolina takes a 14-3 lead into halftime against the Tigers of Clemson. The game has been primarily a defensive battle, with both teams struggling to get any offensive rhythm. The game has featured seven punts, as both teams have gone three-and-out several times.


Ramsay held from playing Clemson, Smith out for season

Junior fullback Devon Ramsay won’t play against Clemson after the athletic department learned new information related to the NCAA investigation into agent benefits and academic misconduct. “It is unfortunate that we have to hold out an additional student-athlete, but as we have stated, we are still in the process of gathering information related to the investigation,” athletic director Dick Baddour said.


Head injuries are new focus in college football

The NCAA has once again put UNC’s football program in the spotlight, but not in a way fans have come to expect. As the issue of football-related head injuries on campuses experiences increased focus, the NCAA has highlighted UNC’s policy of testing student athletes for injury as a model for other universities.


	Clemson running back Andre Ellington has gained 340 yards and seven rushing TDs.

Clemson running backs 'the best two' UNC has seen

North Carolina’s defense worries about containing Clemson’s two explosive running backs — just don’t ask their names. Clemson fans know them as Andre Ellington and Jamie Harper, but to UNC linebacker Bruce Carter, they are “23” and “8,”respectively. “They have two very good running backs, their big backs are 23 and 8,” Carter said. “23 is very fast, and with 8, he’s big and he’s fast.


UNC Secondary shuffles back to football field one by one

If there were an elevator that North Carolina’s defense took to the field before a game, it would take forever to get off the floor. The flood of questions regarding which players have been cleared to play amid the ongoing investigations surrounding the UNC football program has seemingly prevented those doors from ever closing definitively.


Johnny White has dominated at the starting running back position, scoring two touchdowns and tallying 318 rushing yards in four games.

Draughn and White gunning for 1,000 yard mark

For a school that has had 24 rushers reach that mark, the current 13-year stretch qualifies as a drought. By comparison, the Tar Heels had a 1,000-yard season from at least one player in every season between 1973 and 1984. White and tailback Shaun Draughn looked unstoppable in last Saturday’s evisceration of East Carolina, finishing with 140 and 137 yards, respectively.


UNC lineman Elleby out for season

At a news conference Monday, Butch Davis announced that senior offensive/defensive lineman Greg Elleby will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL he sustained against ECU. Elleby had seen playing time in each of UNC’s four games this season.