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Candid Coaches: What are the best three basketball jobs in the country?

What are the top three college basketball jobs in the country? It's hard to take issue with Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina finishing first, second and third, and Kentucky and UNC are no-brainers, I think, if only because every man who has coached either of those schools for at least five seasons has won a national championship dating back more than 50 years. (CBS Sports)

Vince Carter makes it a priority to come back to Daytona Beach to host basketball camp

Vince Carter has transformed the landscape of basketball in Central Florida, single handedly put Volusia County on the college recruiting radar and is one to never forget his roots. Now two decades after winning a state title with the Mainland Buccaneers he continues a journey home every year to teach youngsters life lessons through the game he loves. “I enjoy teaching," Carter said. (Bay News 9)

What to do with third-string Ravens quarterback Bryn Renner

Young quarterback Bryn Renner is quietly having a strong preseason for the Baltimore Ravens. We've been talking about him for a couple of weeks, and every time you watch the kid play he impresses you more. He isn't going to dazzle you with great arm strength, but he seems to have a presence about him on the field. He is competitive and doesn't mind taking charge of the huddle. (Baltimore Sun)

Remembering Elson Floyd

Some called him a giant in higher education, a dynamic force who could influence lawmakers and business leaders one day and cheerfully welcome students to his home the next. At a ceremony Wednesday at Washington State University, thousands gathered to celebrate the university’s 10th president, UNC alumnus Elson Floyd, who died of colon cancer June 20 at the age of 59. (The Spokesman-Review)

UNC defensive end Dajaun Drennon aims high with low number

Sophomore defensive end Dajaun Drennon is easy to spot during a football game. And that’s not because he’s 6-foot-4-inches, 255 pounds and has shoulder-length dreadlocks. While most defensive linemen have jersey numbers in the 70s or 90s, Drennon has settled for No. 17 — a number most associated with skill players such as quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers. (Daily Tar Heel)

Jeremiah Clarke is hungry and ready

As the UNC football team continues to prepare for their Sept. 3rd matchup with border-rival South Carolina, Jeremiah Clarke has been getting a lot of time with the first team defense. He has been working almost exclusively as the first string nose tackle. The deep defensive line unit has no one standout performer, but brings potential, hunger and a fresh attitude for the new season. (Carolina Blue)

Lower level tickets sold out for Belk College Kickoff

The Charlotte Sports Foundation announced that lower level tickets are sold out for the Belk College Kickoff Game pitting the University of North Carolina against the University of South Carolina. The Tar Heels will face off against the Gamecocks on September 3, 2015 at Bank of America Stadium at 6:00 p.m. There are still Upper Level tickets and limited Club Level seats available. (WBTV)

UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky still working, competing

This offseason, Larry Fedora has killed the two-quarterback system, leaving Marquise Williams as the unquestioned starter and Mitch Trubisky as the backup. For some, that would be it. Players only get four years, and every season, quarterbacks transfer after losing competitions in order to maximize their eligibility. But Trubisky stayed. He’s a competitor; he wants to compete. (Daily Tar Heel)

How Pharoh Cooper became a Gamecock and not a Tar Heel

If UNC’s football coaches had been able, or willing, to come up with two more tickets to the 2012 basketball game against Duke, Pharoh Cooper probably would be wearing blue. “Originally, his dream school was North Carolina,” said Jim Bob Bryant, Cooper’s coach at Havelock High School in eastern North Carolina. That changed during Cooper’s junior year. (The State)

Larry Fedora Wednesday Practice Quotes

How do you feel going into this South Carolina game as compared to two year’s ago? Larry Fedora: "We’ve got more pieces of the puzzle now. We’ve got some more depth at positions that we didn’t have before and a little bit more experience than we had then. Most of our guys feel comfortable. We’ve got a total defensive scheme change that guys are still learning." (Carolina Blue)

Connor Barth, Buccaneers reach two-year deal

Mere hours after being released by the Denver Broncos, kicker Connor Barth agreed to terms on a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced Wednesday. The deal is for two years at a maximum value of $2.75 million, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of his decision. Barth kicked for the Bucs from 2009 to 2013. (NFL.com)

Jeremiah Clarke Anchoring UNC's Defensive Line

While Jeremiah Clarke may have risen to the top of the depth chart at nose tackle in spring ball due to injuries and attrition, he’s stayed there due to size, ability and athleticism. Clarke arrived at UNC in summer 2014 believing he could push for playing time, and that opportunity appeared to blow open with the academic attrition that hit the interior line prior to the start of training camp. (Inside Carolina)

2015 Football Preview: Running Backs

North Carolina has three returning running backs and one incoming freshman who should bear the brunt of the Tar Heel rushing offense this year. The three returners are T.J. Logan, Romar Morris and Elijah Hood, while freshman Ty'Son Williams (#15 high school RB in the country as a recruit last year) joins the team. (Tar Heel Blog)

Fedora: UNC Could Win With Trubisky

Larry Fedora has been vocal and direct this summer in declaring Marquise Williams the unquestioned No. 1 quarterback for his "Hurry Up-No Huddle" offense. Fedora also has full confidence in Williams’s backup, sophomore Mitch Trubisky. “We could win with Mitch right now if we went with Mitch, no doubt,” Fedora said following Wednesday’s practice. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Larry Fedora Wednesday Post-Practice Interview

North Carolina Coach Larry Fedora fields questions from the media leading up to the Tar Heels' opening game against South Carolina. View Video...

Video: Defensive Players, Coaches Wednesday Post-Practice Interviews

UNC Defensive Coordinator Gene Chizik, linebackers coach John Papuchis, and senior LB Jeff Schoettmer share what they hope to see from the Tar Heel defense when Carolina takes on the Gamecocks on September 3. View Video...

North Carolina football in good hands with 'The Freaks' wide receivers

It was well documented in the 1980s by lyrical scientists otherwise known as the rap group Whodini that the freaks come out at night. North Carolina coach Larry Fedora will unleash The Freaks -- that's what the Tar Heels wide receivers call themselves -- for the first time this year during the Sept. 3 season opener against South Carolina. He very well might send five of them to the field at the same time. (NCAA.com)

Joe Jackson Finding His Place

Then there's UNC linebacker Joe Jackson. Like the two aforementioned stars of the same name, the Tar Heels' "JJ" has had an unconventional ride of sorts. Things haven't gone exactly according to plan for him in Chapel Hill. Perhaps that's where the singer/songwriter's 1984 hit "You Can't Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)" comes in to play. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Bug Howard, Ryan Switzer Tuesday post-practice quotes

As soon as you catch the ball on a punt return, what do you envision as you're taking it back for a touchdown? Ryan Switzer: "It's a quick transition because if you don't look the ball all the way into the tuck, that's when muffs and turnovers happen. So it's a quick transition to looking downfield. As soon as your eyes get down field, you just see color." (Carolina Blue)

UNC, OL Jared Cohen Staying in Contact

North Carolina hopes to have sophomore offensive guard Jared Cohen back on the team by January, if not sooner, according to offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic. UNC announced on Aug. 3 that Cohen was taking an indefinite personal leave of absence. “I’m in contact with him and his family and they’re great people,” Kapilovic said after practice on Tuesday. (Inside Carolina)

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