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With the NCAA and University investigation sitting out 14 players for at least a game this year, the injuries that the North Carolina football team didn’t need hit hard seven games into the season.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — A Johnny White 76-yard touchdown run gave North Carolina a 10-3 against Miami early in the second quarter. It’d be the last time the Tar Heels saw the end zone. Miami went on a 30-0 run after that, led by quarterback Jacory Harris to stomp UNC 33-10 at Sun Life Stadium.
UNC identified three individuals who provided benefits to players in records submitted to the NCAA. The three people – Chris Hawkins, Todd Stewart and Michael Katz – all have ties to sports agents or have been declared agents by the NCAA.
North Carolina junior cornerback Charles Brown will miss the rest of the season, the University said in a press release on Wednesday.
North Carolina football coach Butch Davis has been so thorough in his praise of UNC’s last two opponents that even former Notre Dame head coach Lou Holtz would blush.
If you are a faithful follower of UNC football players on Twitter, you are probably noticing a big hole in your Twitter updates.
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.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. — The first one could have been a fluke. The second one took some skill. And the third one … Well, the third one he was ruled down short of the goal line. But junior wide receiver Dwight Jones’ career night against Virginia helped North Carolina put the game out of reach early with his 188 yards on six catches and two touchdowns in the first half.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — When Virginia running back Keith Payne broke through the North Carolina secondary in the third quarter of UNC’s 44-10 victory on Saturday, it didn’t look like anyone would catch him. Tar Heel safety Da’Norris Searcy was high-tailing it straight for Payne, and while it may have taken onlookers a second glance to see how much ground Searcy was making up, Payne saw it clearly.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — It took 14 tries, but North Carolina finally won again in Charlottesville. The Tar Heels attacked the Virginia in the air for 339 yards and Dwight Jones had two touchdowns to help UNC beat UVa. 44-10 on Saturday. Quarterback T.J. Yates went 17-for-22 and three touchdowns while UNC’s defense had five interceptions and a touchdown, holding the Cavs’ offense to just 10 points.
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.
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.”
The North Carolina Tar Heels (3-2) take on the Virginia Cavaliers (2-3) in Charlottesville, Va. Game time is 6 p.m.
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.
Merletti was baptized with patriotism from a young age. His father, Lew, worked in the U.S. Secret Service for 25 years and was sworn in as the 19th Director of the Secret Service when Matt Merletti was 8 years old.
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.