On Tuesday, September 27, UNC celebrated First Ammendment Day by hosting a panel in Carroll 103 to discuss UNC Football, Parking Tickets, FERPA, and Twitter. The Panel consisted of (from left to right in the photos): Dan Kane (News & Observer Investigative Reporter), Dr. Ruth Walden (Prof of Journalism), Jonathan Jones (DTH Senior Writer & Freelancer), and Deunta Williams (Former UNC Safety). The Moderator was Sarah Sessoms

Twitter bans constitutionality debated at UNC football panel

Nearly one year after the UNC football program suspended players’ Twitter accounts, the legality of the decision is being revisited by the campus community.

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UNC football preps for Ga. Tech

The North Carolina football team began preparing for Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech this spring. And to be successful against the NCAA’s best offense on its home turf, the Tar Heels might need all the help they can get.


Tar Heels look for edge in ‘South’s oldest rivalry’

The North Carolina football team’s 24-22 win against Rutgers marked its sixth straight non-conference victory and a 2-0 start to the 2011 season for UNC. But as far as the Tar Heels are concerned, the season has yet to begin. North Carolina will host Virginia (2-0) on Saturday at Kenan Stadium and will look to win its first conference opener since 2000.


Inexperienced Renner has big shoes to ?ll

In four years as North Carolina’s starting quarterback, T.J. Yates passed for a school record 9,377 yards and 58 touchdowns. Redshirt sophomore Bryn Renner, his heir apparent for the 2011 season, has a career stat line of 1-for-2 for 14 yards. “I’ve had a tremendous amount of reps over the past three years that I’ve been here, so I think that’s helped me out a lot,” Renner said.


Jones to lead squad of young receivers

New North Carolina starting quarterback Bryn Renner has seen very limited game action, and similarly, many of his potential targets don’t have much experience, either. With a young receiving corp, Renner will likely lean heavily on senior wide receiver Dwight Jones in 2011. Jones, who received honorable mention All-ACC honors in 2010, led North Carolina with 62 receptions and 946 yards — a total good for fifth in UNC history.


Returning running backs ready to make an impact

Ryan Houston could very easily become Bryn Renner’s best friend this season. Houston, who is expected to lead the North Carolina backfield this season, was withheld from the first five games of the 2010 season until he was cleared in the NCAA’s investigation into the UNC football program.


UNC secondary affected by offseason shake-up

In many ways, the North Carolina offseason has been one of turmoil. And unfortunately for the Tar Heels, it affected a position that could least afford adversity. North Carolina graduated three senior starters from last year’s secondary, leaving just three players — Jabari Price, Matt Merletti and Charles Brown — with significant playing time in the defensive backfield. Cornerback Mywan Jackson, a promising freshman last year, left the program in early August. Price, a projected starter at cornerback, injured his hand in preseason practice and will likely miss at least six weeks of action. But despite the question marks that surround the secondary, coach Everett Withers said the corps has improved tremendously in a short time. “Some of those guys were thrown into the mix,” Withers said.


UNC offensive linemen roll deep

As redshirt sophomore Bryn Renner prepares to take the reins at quarterback this season, he will lean heavily upon a veteran offensive line that returns four starters and has the potential to be one of the best in the ACC. Jonathan Cooper, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound left guard, is entering his third year as a starter on the offensive line.