NCAA hands out suspensions to Burney, Williams

Burney must sit out four more games, Williams two more

The NCAA has ruled that North Carolina football players Kendric Burney and Deunta Williams must sit out six and four games, respectively, for violations of NCAA agent benefits and preferential treatment rules. Both players have sat out two games, which will be included in their suspension. The student-athletes received a combined $2,759 in improper benefits and will have to repay a portion of it to the a charity of their choice.

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White excels at starting RB role

Throughout the offseason, North Carolina football coach Butch Davis described Johnny White as the hardest-working player on the team. On Saturday, he was the hardest-working player on the field.


Kenan Stadium played host to 58,500 fans for the home opener against Georgia Tech.

UNC falls to Georgia Tech 30-24

After battling North Carolina to a 24-24 tie at the end of the third quarter, Georgia Tech needed just two field goals in the fourth quarter to get its first ACC win of the season. Scott Blair had two field goals for the Yellow Jackets and the Tar Heels couldn’t possess the ball long enough to get any offense going in the second half.


Breaking down the Georgia Tech triple option

Georgia Tech is the only opponent on UNC’s schedule that runs a triple option offense. It’s different from most offenses because it’s much more about reading the defense and reacting to it. Below is one example of a triple option play the Yellow Jackets could run on Saturday.


Football coaching slot filled

On Wednesday, the University of North Carolina football team announced that it hired Charlie Coiner as defensive assistant coach. Even though he does not have the same nominal job title as John Blake, who resigned as defensive line coach last Sunday under speculation about his role in an NCAA investigation, he will serve as Blake’s replacement.


Student guest passes for football on sale

A new policy announced Monday by the UNC Athletic Ticket Office will allow students to purchase guest passes for football games online. The passes for those games became available for purchase Monday. Passes for the East Carolina University and N.C. State University games will be available beginning the Monday before those games.


RB Draughn cleared to play vs. Ga. Tech

After picking up just 24 yards in the season opener against Louisiana State, the North Carolina running game has help on the way. The University released a statement Monday announcing that senior tailback Shaun Draughn has been cleared to play Saturday against Georgia Tech at home.


'Jhay Bird' flies high at the Georgia Dome

Jheranie Boyd has a new nickname. ESPN broadcaster Brent Musburger, one of two broadcasters calling the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, dubbed North Carolina’s talented wide receiver “Jhay Bird” following one of his monster catches.


Tre Boston matures quickly in UNC secondary

If one was to look for a microcosm of the North Carolina defensive effort against Louisiana State, one should look no further than Tre Boston. Boston, a freshman who was pressed into a prominent role after fellow players were suspended, struggled in the first half, but came back to turn in a strong second half.


	John Blake resigned Sunday as associate head football coach.

Phone records strengthen suspicion of Blake

Former North Carolina associate football coach John Blake called friend and sports agent Gary Wichard 151 times between Nov. 5, 2009 and June 22, 2010. According to phone records from Blake’s university-issued cell phone, the coach communicated with Wichard for three or more minutes via the two men’s cell phones 70 times during that time.


	John Blake resigned from his recruiting coordinator position Sept. 5.

UNC's Austin, Blake absent from practice Tuesday

The North Carolina football team returned to Navy Practice fields on Tuesday without two of its most prominent members. Defensive tackle Marvin Austin, who was suspended indefinitely last week, and former associate head coach John Blake were noticeably absent from the Tar Heels’ first practice since their 30-24 loss to Louisiana State.


Quarterback T.J. Yates threw for 412 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday night’s 30-24 loss to LSU. The senior’s best series was a 13-play, 67-yard touchdown drive that brought UNC within six points after trailing by 20 entering the fourth quarter.

Heroic comeback falls short vs. LSU

ATLANTA — The final plays of Saturday’s night game against Louisiana State weren’t exactly stopping N.C. State running back T.A. McLendon at the goal line. North Carolina fans didn’t rush the field like they did after Connor Barth’s field goal downed No. 3 Miami at Kenan Stadium.