Davis’ journey leads him to Saturday
Davis’ journey leads him to Saturday
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North Carolina safety Da’Norris Searcy has been cleared to play after his eligibility was determined by both the NCAA and the University. The senior has missed all three of UNC’s games thus far and will make his 2010 debut against East Carolina on Saturday at Kenan Stadium. “We’ll try to figure out what kind of role Da’Norris can play on such short notice a day before the game this weekend,” UNC coach Butch Davis said. The senior made his way into a starting safety position last season and averaged 14.6 yards in punt returns, which were ranked fifth in the nation and second in the ACC.
The NCAA will hear appeals from Kendric Burney and Deunta Williams this Friday, athletic director Dick Baddour said Wednesday. Baddour said he expects a decision will come that day. Burney and Williams face suspensions of six and four games, respectively, for receiving improper benefits. An NCAA ruling on other players could come soon as well, he said.
A Yahoo Sports article released Wednesday night details money transfers between former UNC associate football coach John Blake and sports agent Gary Wichard. The report states at least six wire transfers were made from Wichard’s private account to Blake, along with a $45,000 personal loan to Blake and credit card issued Blake’s name under Pro Tect Management, the agency for which Wichard works.
The University’s appeal to the NCAA on its suspensions of Kendric Burney and Deunta Williams has yet to be scheduled, North Carolina athletic director Dick Baddour said Tuesday.
North Carolina’s 17-13 win against Rutgers was big for a number of reasons. The Tar Heels toughed out a win despite a smattering of offensive lapses. But more importantly, North Carolina was 0-2 heading into the game, and a loss would have significantly hurt its bowl-game chances.
UNC moved the ball well at times behind senior quarterback T.J. Yates, but when it came to converting points, Rutgers handled UNC in matador-like fashion. North Carolina couldn’t make the play it so often needed in the first quarter and consistently kept missing the mark.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — North Carolina held on to win a closely contested 17-13 game against Rutgers on Saturday.
A too-close relationship between a football player and a tutor University officials discovered last summer has resurfaced as part of the ongoing investigations.
Brennan Williams is a sophomore offensive tackle on North Carolina’s football team. But Williams is not the “typical” football player. Assistant Sports Editor Mark Thompson sat down with Williams to discuss the New England Patriots, the bass guitar and Halo.
North Carolina football coach Butch Davis said Thursday he and his staff are looking more closely into associations his players have with people outside the program.
Against North Carolina’s newfound aerial attack, Rutgers’ last line of defense is its best. Safety Joe Lefeged is the Scarlet Knights’ third-leading tackler and was a preseason second-team All-Big East selection.
Despite the controversy surrounding the football program, the time period in which UNC bags its recruits has remained essentially the same as it has the past four years, with Blake’s resignation a nonfactor thus far.
Trustees learned more about the ongoing investigations into the football team at their regularly scheduled meeting Thursday morning. Chancellor Holden Thorp and athletic director Dick Baddour shared other details in a half-hour question-and-answer presentation.
Administrators stressed to trustees the need for patience with the pace of the ongoing football investigations Thursday morning. The UNC team investigating allegations of academic misconduct has passed its findings to the student attorney general’s office, but their process won’t be complete for awhile.
North Carolina athletic director Dick Baddour said the penalties levied by the NCAA on football players Kendric Burney and Deunta Williams are too harsh and said the University plans to appeal the rulings. Burney must sit out four more games after missing UNC’s first two, while Williams must sit two more games before returning. Both suspensions are due to the players violating NCAA agent benefits and preferential treatment rules.