'The U' to fight for Coastal crown

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.

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Live Tweets from Butch Davis press conference

North Carolina football coach Butch Davis will address the media at 3:10 today prior to the Tar Heels’ last practice before their game against Louisiana State on Saturday. Davis will likely give an update on the status of the investigation into possible academic misconduct and may reveal what players will not be eligible to play in the contest.


	Senior defensive tackle Marvin Austin
will not play against Louisiana State on Saturday.

Marvin Austin suspended

On Wednesday, North Carolina football coach Butch Davis suspended defensive tackle and preseason first-team All-ACC selection indefinitely, sidelining him for Saturday’s game against Louisiana State.


	LSU’s Jordan Jefferson tossed for more than 2,000 yards last year.

Quarterback Jefferson leads weak LSU offense

Louisiana State quarterback Jordan Jefferson must be looking forward to returning to the Georgia Dome. In his freshman year, Jefferson grabbed LSU’s starting job after winning the 2008 Chick-fil-A Bowl Offensive MVP in a 38-3 blowout of Georgia Tech.


Running back Ryan Houston will head UNC’s running game with seniors Shaun Draughn and Johnny White. The trio’s offensive production will help determine Saturday’s outcome in UNC’s season opener against LSU.

UNC rushers prepare for LSU linebackers

North Carolina’s running game feels the pressure entering its season opener Saturday against Louisiana State. The running backs are hoping to improve on last year’s 3.6 yards per carry average, and if the Tar Heels are going to beat LSU, they will need a solid ground game.


Butch Davis keeping quiet on investigation

Butch Davis hasn’t slipped any information about the NCAA’s investigation of his football program, and that didn’t change Monday. In his press conference, Davis didn’t say anything that hasn’t already made its rounds on the Internet, but UNC’s football coach did address it with a comment — just not directly.


LSU faces stacked schedule

This year’s edition of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has a strange dichotomy. While the game will immediately go into the pantheon of the biggest games in North Carolina’s football history, it represents nothing more for Louisiana State than the first big game of the season.


Tutor widens NCAA review

Possible academic misconduct has been found between student-athletes on the football team and a former student tutor employed by the University in joint investigations by the NCAA and the school. In a press conference held Thursday night, Chancellor Holden Thorp, athletic director Dick Baddour and head football coach Butch Davis addressed the media regarding the latest piece of the NCAA investigation puzzle. “The investigation now has two prongs,” Baddour said. The female tutor in question was formerly employed by the Davis family and worked with the coach’s son, Drew.


UNC football tied to academic misconduct

Possible academic misconduct has been found between student-athletes on the football team and a former student tutor employed by the University in joint investigations by the NCAA and the school. In a press conference held Thursday night, chancellor Holden Thorp, athletic director Dick Baddour and head football coach Butch Davis addressed the media regarding the latest piece of the NCAA investigation puzzle.


NCAA inquiry quiet for 3 weeks

The North Carolina athletic department knew as early as June 21 that the NCAA was conducting a review of possible rules violations — three weeks before investigators arrived on campus.


Baddour sheds light on NCAA investigation

UNC athletic director Dick Baddour and head football coach Butch Davis addressed the media together on Thursday for the first time since news of the NCAA investigation into the football program broke nearly a month ago. Baddour, who has previously proclaimed himself as spokesman for the University during the investigation, said the University has not hidden from questions regarding the NCAA inquiry.


Davis speaks on NCAA investigation

In his first meeting with the press since news of an NCAA investigation into his North Carolina football program broke last Thursday, head coach Butch Davis did not go into the particulars of the investigation but did offer his thoughts on the situation in general. Davis was among five area college football coaches at the Pigskin Preview, a fundraiser for the Triangle chapter of the National Football Foundation, at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham.


Four possible scenarios facing UNC football

With the NCAA investigation of North Carolina football underway, the University and the program have decisions to make. At least two rising senior football players had improper involvement with sports agents, according to multiple news outlets. The involvement could stretch to players making improper deals with the agents while still juniors in college. There are four possible scenarios that might play out with this investigation, which is being led by the NCAA’s director of agent, gambling and amateurism activities alongside three investigators.