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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As a public state university, North Carolina normally recruits a large amount of home-grown talent for its football roster. So when it came to filling a vacant spot on the staff, UNC coach Butch Davis picked an alumnus to assume the role.
The North Carolina Tar Heels (2-2) take on the Clemson Tigers (2-2) at Kenan Stadium.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At a news conference Monday, North Carolina football head coach Butch Davis said he would have fired associate head coach John Blake if he had known Blake had improper relations with agents.
Against ECU, North Carolina entered with a top-25 passing offense, but the Tar Heels won the game on the legs of Shaun Draughn and fellow running back Johnny White.
Despite first half struggles, quarterback T.J. Yates and the offense found a rhythm and rode spectacular performances from running backs Shaun Draughn and Johnny White to a 42-17 victory.
North Carolina defeated ECU 42-17 Saturday afternoon. After entering halftime tied at 14 – thanks to a second quarter pick-six by safety Da’Norris Searcy – the Tar Heels handled their business in the second half. Though quarterback T.J. Yates struggled at times to get into a rhythm with his receivers, running back Johnny White picked up the slack, rushing for over 100 yards in the second half alone to get things rolling. Then Shaun Draughn did the rest. Both running backs rushed for over 100 yards, the first time UNC’s done that since 2004.