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8/24/2001 12:00am

Peppers Not Alone on Line

A nickname exists that could suit North Carolina's defensive line very well, although it might not put the fear of God into any opposing offenses this season: Julius and the three other guys. It's not exactly the Fearsome Foursome, but when you've got a player like junior Julius Peppers on your line, an equitable moniker can be hard to come by.


8/24/2001 12:00am

Clemson Needs to Overcome Crucial Losses

Clemson coach Tommy Bowden is heavily involved in his team's offensive play-calling, but he might focus more of his attention on defense this season. The Tigers (9-3 overall, 6-2 in the ACC last season) are without Keith Adams, last year's defensive leader, who opted to leave early for the NFL. But despite losing its main defensive threat, Clemson has been picked by the ACC media to finish third in the conference behind Florida State and Georgia Tech.


8/24/2001 12:00am

Depth Questionable at LB

Thirty years ago, North Carolina had an intense linebacker who once made 20 tackles in a game against Notre Dame. The Irish aren't on UNC's schedule this year, but first-year North Carolina coach John Bunting expects his line-backers to show the same kind of tenacity as he did way back when. Although he hasn't gone specifically to his starting three linebackers -- David Thornton, Quincy Monk and Merceda Perry -- to talk about his glory days at one of UNC's traditionally strong positions, Bunting still expects big things out of his guys.


8/24/2001 12:00am

Bells Ring in Another Year of UNC Doubts

North Carolina's players might want to consider wearing wedding veils instead of helmets this season. They have everything a bride needs -- plenty of old, plenty of new and Carolina blue. As veteran stars Ronald Curry and Julius Peppers try to end their collegiate careers with a bang, their new coaching staff will be eager to get off to a good start at UNC. However, the schedule and lingering questions could make for a rocky honeymoon. Something Old


8/24/2001 12:00am

Tight Ends Focus On Better Blocking

Last season, the North Carolina football team talked about throwing to its tight ends more frequently, and the plan never really came to fruition. Chances are, it won't happen again this season. And with good reason. Gone are Alge Crumpler and Dauntae Finger, who formed one of the more formidable tight end tandems in the conference and are now in the NFL. Left to fill their gaps is a pair of guys who have played mostly special teams, a walk-on and a freshman recruited as an offensive lineman.


8/24/2001 12:00am

Questions Exist in Backfield

A great uncertainty exists within the North Carolina running back corps. Four legitimate candidates -- all of whom have played other positions -- vie for the starting fullback job, while two sophomores battle for the tailback spot. Adding to the confusion, UNC's leading rusher in 2000, tailback Brandon Russell, has moved to receiver. Moreover, new offensive coordinator Gary Tranquill is adding a more motion-oriented offensive scheme.

8/24/2001 12:00am

Amato, State Weather Change in Year 2

A revamped Carter-Finley Stadium awaits the arrival of N.C. State fans on Sept. 6, when the Wolfpack start the season at home against Indiana. But State fans shouldn't concern themselves with the new scoreboard or the updated seating. They should worry about life without Koren Robinson. The All-ACC wide receiver/kick returner was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks with the ninth pick in the 2001 NFL draft. Now State coach Chuck Amato has to find a new favorite target for sophomore quarterback Philip Rivers.


8/24/2001 12:00am

Receiving Depth Not a Problem

Two days before fall practice began, North Carolina sophomore tailback Brandon Russell was told he would be lining up for the 2001 season a little wider than usual. At wide receiver. Russell, who led the 2000 Tar Heels with 508 rushing yards, said the transition to the new position has been difficult but enjoyable. "At first, it was confusing, (but) now I'm feeling pretty comfortable," Russell said. "I love it; I love the job." Russell joins a receiving corps that is among the ACC's deepest.


8/23/2001 12:00am

Field Hockey Schedule

Date Opponent Time Sat., Aug. 25 Connecticut* 1 p.m. Sat., Sept. 1 Penn State 1 p.m. Sun., Sept. 2 Virginia Commonwealth 1 p.m. Sat. Sept 8 Michigan** 1:30 p.m. Sat. Sept. 9 Temple or Maine** TBA Sat., Sept. 15 Old Dominion 11 a.m. Sun., Sept. 16 Virginia 1 p.m. Sat., Sept. 22 Kent State TBA Sun., Sept. 23 James Madison 1 p.m. Wed., Sept. 26 Wake Forest 7 p.m. Sat, Sept. 29 Duke 1 p.m. Sun., Sept. 30 Richmond 1 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6 at Wake Forest 1 p.m. Sat., Oct. 13 at Virginia 3 p.m.


8/22/2001 12:00am

UNC Soccer Kicks Off Against Cornhuskers

The top-ranked North Carolina women's soccer team will open their 2001 season Friday when UNC plays host to No. 5 Nebraska in an exhibition game at Fetzer Field. Game time is at 7 p.m. The Tar Heels return seven starters from last year's NCAA championship team. No. 1 North Carolina was 21-3 last season. Nebraska was 22-2 last season and were upset in the third round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago as the College Cup's fourth seed.


8/22/2001 12:00am

Cross Country Team Releases 2001 Schedule

North Carolina cross country coach Michael Whittlesey announced the 2001 schedule Tuesday. The Tar Heels will compete in eight meets this season, including the UNC Challenge on Sept. 29. This year's slate also includes meets at Clemson, Charlotte and Wake Forest, along with the Wolverine Intercollegiate in Ann Arbor, Mich. UNC will conclude the season at the ACC Championships, hosted by Clemson on Oct. 27, and the NCAA Championships, hosted by Furman on Nov. 10 and Nov. 19.


8/21/2001 12:00am

Quinn Sets 2 Records At U.S. Championships

North Carolina junior Sean Quinn set two school records last week at the United States Swimming Senior National Championships. Quinn broke the Tar Heel record in the 200-meter breaststroke Wednesday and in the 100-meter breaststroke Friday. Quinn finished fourth in the 100-meter race with a time of 1 minute, 3.36 seconds. He set the school record in the preliminaries when he qualified third with a school record 1:03.17. Quinn broke his own record that he had established at last month's sectional meet in Athens, Ga.


8/21/2001 12:00am

Tar Heels Gain Experience in Summer Ball

Last year's North Carolina baseball team was young and inexperienced. Now they're a little bit older and thanks to the 2000 season and the Coastal Plain League, a lot more experienced. A summer wooden-bat league in its fifth year of existence, the CPL gives college baseball players a chance to continue playing throughout the summer. This season, the Tar Heels boasted nine of its own in the league, which has 11 teams throughout Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. It is sanctioned by both the NCAA and Major League Baseball.


8/21/2001 12:00am

UNC Women's Soccer Picked Top ACC Team

The 2000 national champion North Carolina was selected as the preseason favorite for the 2001 ACC Women's Soccer season in a poll by the eight league coaches. The Tar Heels received 63 of a possible 64 points and all but one of the first-place votes. North Carolina, holder of 17 national championships and the last 12 ACC Tournament championships, has many key players returning, such as senior Jena Kluegel, who placed second in the nation with 0.96 assists a game in 2000.


8/21/2001 12:00am

Dorrance Trial at Standstill

Nearly three years after former North Carolina women's soccer players Debbie Keller and Melissa Jennings first filed a $12 million sexual harassment lawsuit against UNC women's soccer coach Anson Dorrance, the case's momentum has stalled. Marcy DeFalco, one of the lawyers representing Keller and Jennings, said the federal court has failed to contact her or her associates since July 26, 2000, when the plaintiffs' attorneys had responded to a court order regarding the University's motion to dismiss the case.


8/21/2001 12:00am

Johnson Wins Wimbledon

Don Johnson, a former North Carolina tennis player and current volunteer assistant coach, paired with Jared Palmer to win Wimbledon's men's doubles July 8. Johnson and Palmer defeated the Czech Republic's Jiri Novak and David Rikl 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 in a match riddled with rain delays. The win was Johnson's second in two years at Wimbledon, his first coming in mixed doubles last year. Johnson boasts a record of 41-11 for the year, claiming six titles. He is coached by UNC coach Sam Paul. Men's Lacrosse Adds 12th Recruit


8/21/2001 12:00am

2 Tar Heels Candidates For Hermann Trophy

The Hermann Foundation and TEAMtalk, Inc., have announced the 13 men and 13 women candidates for the 2001 Hermann Trophy, college soccer's oldest and most prestigious player of the year award. A pair of North Carolina seniors --midfielder Jena Kluegel and defender Danielle Borgman -- head the women's list. The three men and three women finalists will be announced on Dec. 1. The winners of the 2001 Hermann Trophy will be announced at the College Cups, the women on Dec. 8 in Dallas and the men on Dec. 15 in Columbus, Ohio.


8/21/2001 12:00am

Title Comes After Rebuilding Effort

Bob Stoops' life just hasn't been quite the same since a certain football game Jan. 3. That's when his Oklahoma team beat perennial powerhouse Florida State 13-2 in the Orange Bowl to cap a 13-0 season and seal the school's seventh overall national title and first in 15 years. "It's changed, and it is more difficult that way, but I accept that," Stoops, 40, said in a teleconference Saturday. "But most of the time, people are pretty respectful when you're with your children and family. And I refuse to be a recluse and not go and do things.