The Daily Tar Heel tags stories to make it easier for you to find our more about topics you care about. Consider it a Wikipedia for all things UNC.
Football has been swallowed up in Chapel Hill. There is no talk of potential 1,000-yard rushers and quarterbacks aiming for redemption. Anticipation isn’t surrounding a defense poised for greatness — it hovers on the decision of a couple of NCAA investigators and team officials.
North Carolina football players will board the team bus today at 9:30 a.m. bound for Atlanta. Head coach Butch Davis said any players who are ruled ineligible to compete, by either the University or the NCAA, will not travel with the team to its game against Louisiana State on Saturday.
In the three years since a magical 2006 campaign brought Rutgers a whisker away from the school’s first-ever Big East Football Championship, the Scarlet Knights have failed to manage a finish higher than fourth in the eight-team conference. This year, Rutgers returns a trio of young, talented skill position players from a team that went 9-4 and won the St. Petersburg Bowl against UCF.
Although often masked by the disappointment of an inefficient offense and a less-than-perfect conference record, the sixth-ranked North Carolina defense was the bright spot of last year’s football season. For safety Deunta Williams, it just was not bright enough.
Exactly one month after NCAA investigators set up shop in Chapel Hill, athletic director Dick Baddour made a surprise appearance at UNC football’s media day on Aug. 12. The 14-year A.D. spoke for 10 minutes about the investigation the NCAA launched into the football program. It involves possible improprieties between agents and seniors Marvin Austin and Greg Little.
Russell Wilson’s future could end up being in professional baseball. But this fall, N.C. State University will look to the redshirt junior to turn its football team around. Wilson was picked in the fourth round of June’s Major League Baseball player draft by the Colorado Rockies. However, he is also a star on the gridiron.
The North Carolina special teams unit will return a number of key starters in the fall. Thus, it will be expected to improve upon last season’s mediocre numbers. The special teams squad failed to crack the top three in any category among ACC schools last year and finished in the bottom half of the conference in three categories.
It is not often that a quarterback who is within a stone’s throw of his team’s all-time passing mark has to fight for his job.
North Carolina outside linebackers Bruce Carter and Quan Sturdivant play football with different styles. Both are essential to one of the best defenses in the NCAA. Carter is a playmaker. Two years ago, he led all of college football with five blocked kicks — four punts, including three in one game and a field goal attempt. Last season, Carter recorded seven and a half tackles for losses, two sacks and an interception returned for a touchdown.
The Duke football team enters the 2010 season following a landmark year. They will have to work to remain consistent after losing some key players to graduation. The Blue Devils finished the 2009 campaign with a 5-7 overall record and went 3-5 in the ACC, finishing fifth in the Coastal Division. The five total wins, three within conference, were the most by a Duke team since 1994.
After a 10-3 season, Virginia Tech hopes to showcase its strengths in its opening game against Boise State. The matchup with the No.
The Clemson Tigers have a lot of holes to fill following the departure of All-American C.J. Spiller. Spiller, the most valuable player of the ACC Championship game and the Music City Bowl, led the Tigers in rushing yards, return yards and touchdowns.
When Miami became a football powerhouse in the early 1980s, it did so by recruiting elite talent and playing the top teams in the country on their home field. Coach Randy Shannon hasn’t strayed far from that philosophy during his time in Coral Gables, Fla. In the past several seasons, Miami has gone against Bowl Championship Series powers Oklahoma and Florida. This year, they will play at Pittsburgh and Ohio State.
Last year, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson’s Yellow Jackets powered through ACC competitors week after week and swept past Clemson in the ACC title game to finish their season with an 11-3 record — one that included a 24-7 win against the Tar Heels alongside just a single conference loss to Miami.
There’s a new sheriff in town, and in Tallahassee, Fla., it’s nothing but business. After 34 seasons at the top of Florida State, head coach Bobby Bowden resigned in January, handing over the reins to the Seminoles’ offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher.
On Saturday, North Carolina might play the most important game in the history of its program. That day, the No. 18 Tar Heels will take the field against No. 21 Louisiana State in ABC’s nationally televised Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game held in Atlanta. But the implications of that game might affect the national picture more than the game itself.