UNC football's tight end Zack Pianalto out for season

Senior the latest scratch from UNC lineup

For the third straight season, the end zone has proved to be a minefield for North Carolina senior tight end Zack Pianalto. A year after injuring his right foot in celebration of the game-tying touchdown at Connecticut, the Tar Heels’ leading pass-catcher will miss the remainder of the season with a fractured right fibula suffered just minutes after scoring against Virginia on Saturday, his first touchdown of the 2010 campaign.


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Junior wide receiver Dwight Jones has six receptions on 188 yards through the first half. Jones has scored two of UNC's three touchdowns.

UNC leads Virginia 27-10 at halftime

North Carolina is 30 minutes away from winning its first game in Charlottesville, Va., in 14 tries. Up 27-10 at the half, North Carolina has lived off a newfound T.J. Yates-Dwight Jones connection. The two have hooked up six times for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Yates has thrown for a total of 249 yards and three touchdowns while sporting a 75 percent completion percentage.

Twitter banned for UNC football

The North Carolina football program instated a new team policy Thursday that bans all players from using Twitter accounts, team spokesman Kevin Best said. Quarterback T.J. Yates addressed the team’s newest rule shortly after its reveal with a farewell Tweet about his departure from the site for the rest of football season: “@JTsetay: To tweet or to play football???? That’s an easy decision…. Bye Bye twitter I am really gonna miss you guys….see you in about 3 months.”

Charlottesville win still eludes Tar Heels

There may be no better proof of the worn-out sports cliché “they don’t play the games on paper” than the last 29 years of the South’s Oldest Rivalry between North Carolina and Virginia. Except for games against the two schools at Scott Stadium, the two programs would seem to be evenly matched, as UNC went 174-144-3 since 1981, and Virginia went 181-142-3.

Ryan Houston cleared to play

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.

	Former UNC player Marvin Austin is represented by Miami lawyer Christopher Lyons.

Marvin Austin's lawyer has prolific clients

The lawyer who got NFL player Donte’ Stallworth 24 days in jail for a DUI manslaughter charge is the same man who represents Marvin Austin. Since late July, Miami lawyer Christopher Lyons has represented Austin, who was dismissed from the North Carolina football team on Monday for violating NCAA agent benefits, preferential treatment and ethical conduct rules.

Donte Paige-Moss (98) and Johnny White (far right) celebrate with Tydreke Powell after the East Carolina win on Oct. 2 Paige-Moss said he still supports the three removed players.

Football team moves on after removal of three players

In the wake of Marvin Austin, Greg Little and Robert Quinn’s removal from the football team, North Carolina’s remaining football players are left with a difficult dilemma. While some on campus are ready to demonize the trio for putting their individual wants above the needs of the team, those in the locker room consider them friends and compatriots.

	DTH photo illustration by Kelly McHugh, Adam Schifter, Lauren McCay and Lauren Vied.

Marvin Austin dismissed, Greg Little and Robert Quinn ruled ineligible

The investigation into the North Carolina football program continues, but the college athletic careers of Marvin Austin, Greg Little and Robert Quinn have come to an end. The NCAA ruled senior wide receiver Little and junior defensive end Quinn permanently ineligible, and the football program dismissed senior defensive tackle Austin on Monday for violations of NCAA agent benefits, preferential treatment and ethical conduct rules.

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.