Recent changes leave Tar Heels uncertain

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.

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Butch Davis has spent his whole offseason answering questions on agents, tutors

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.


Wilson leads depleted 'Pack

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.


Barth and Jones lead special teams squad

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.


Linebackers at core of UNC's stout defense

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.


Blue Devils no longer a joke

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.


QB comes back to Clemson

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.


'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.


Georgia Tech hopes to defend ACC title

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.


After 34 seasons, 'Noles ushers in new regime

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.


SEC powerhouse to be UNC's first big test

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.


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.