Four possible scenarios facing UNC football

NCAA investigation could have different outcomes

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.


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Defensive end E.J. Wilson was taken in the fourth round of this year’s NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. DTH/BJ Dworak

UNC defensive linemen selected in NFL Draft

North Carolina defensive linemen E.J. Wilson and Cam Thomas have spent their entire football careers playing on the East Coast.But thanks to the decisions of a pair of NFL franchises this weekend at the league’s annual draft, the two Tar Heel linemen are headed west.

Three freshmen shine in spring game

Mywan Jackson had it all planned out.For his mother Terrie Green’s birthday on Saturday, he was going to give her two interceptions as his present.He started the day by collecting a tipped pass off of the fingertips of Todd Harrelson, then out-jumped Harrelson for a second pick, this time in the end zone — and his goal was attained.

Senior defensive end E.J. Wilson runs the 40-yard dash Tuesday morning at Navy Field during UNC’s Pro Day. DTH/Alyssa Champion

UNC seniors' NFL skills tested at Pro Day

Tuesday morning seemed a lot like spring practice for a group of 14 former North Carolina football players.A familiar army of orange cones were scattered across Navy Field, mandatory sprints were the norm and a chilling wind reminded them winter was just barely in the rearview mirror.

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Bryn Renner splits time between football, baseball teams

As designated hitter Bryn Renner approached the batter’s box in his first collegiate at-bat, the crowd at Boshamer Stadium rose to their feet.Most cheered for North Carolina to finally get on the board in the seventh inning of the Saturday afternoon game with the freshman’s bat. UNC quarterback T.J. Yates and offensive coordinator John Shoop rose to encourage their teammate.

UNC football practice kicks off

Wide smiles, hearty laughs and soaring chest bumps could be seen across Henry Stadium on Monday afternoon.It marked the first day of spring football for North Carolina, and the players were thrilled just to be back in uniform — even if it was only in helmets and gym shorts.

Butch Davis signs 21 recruits

Butch Davis called the recruiting class of 2010 a prototype for the future of his program at North Carolina.“This is somewhat typical of what a recruiting class in future years would look like,” Davis said. “The first couple years you have to recruit on need. … In this particular class we signed someone at every position except quarterback.”

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UNC spends to build up football franchise

Marvin Austin writhed in the thrill of victory as he stomped off the field at Kenan Stadium, convulsing with the emotion of North Carolina’s 33-24 win against Miami last November.His dreadlocks snapped at the air, flicking drops of sweat toward the crowd pounding at the tunnel into the locker rooms. Spit flew as he howled at the bright lights, the TV cameras, the 58,000 fans.

Draft-ready juniors return

A quintet of juniors from North Carolina’s highly ranked defensive unit announced they will return to Chapel Hill for their senior seasons in the week following the team’s 19-17 loss to Pittsburgh in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

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Tar Heels fall in Car Care Bowl

CHARLOTTE — Charles Brown and Quan Sturdivant remained on their knees, as if rising would somehow make it more real.Maybe if they didn't have to get up, they wouldn't have to face the offsides penalty that North Carolina incurred with 1:55 to play, giving Pittsburgh a fresh set of downs, and ultimately the win in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, 19-17.

North Carolina falls to Pitt in Car Care Bowl

CHARLOTTE — Andrew Janocko waited just long enough to give Pittsburgh a bowl win.Facing fourth and two with les than three minutes to play, the Panthers' sophomore holder knew that the goal posts 47 yards away were a tall order for kicker Dan Hutchins. He also knew that North Carolina would be coming hard for a block.

Charlotte bowl selects UNC

For the second straight year, North Carolina qualified for a bowl game.And for the second straight year, they won’t have far to travel to get there.The Tar Heels accepted an invitation to play in the 2009 Meineke Car Care Bowl on Dec. 26 in Charlotte.UNC will face Pittsburgh from the Big East in the postseason contest.