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Friday February 26th

Football



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.

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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.

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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.

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'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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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	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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sara Gregory ·

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.

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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.

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