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Report: John Henson to open season as Bucks' starting center

Bucks big man John Henson will reportedly open the season as Milwaukee's starting center, according to a tweet on Wednesday from Gery Woelfel of The Racine Journal Times. The 6-foot-11 Henson bulked up this summer from his skinny frame and will be the man to anchor the defense down low when Milwaukee opens the season with a game in Charlotte vs. the Hornets on Oct. 29. (Sports Illustrated)

Michael Jordan couldn't psych out Ian Poulter

Apart from his basketball skills, Michael Jordan will go down as one of the greatest trash talkers in sports history. Yet there was one athlete he couldn’t throw off his game: Ian Poulter. Mark Rolfing tells the story of how Jordan tried to distract Poulter during the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah in “Road to the Ryder Cup”. On his weekly radio show, Poulter recalled his mind game with Jordan earlier this year: (Chicago Tribune)

Restored eligibility ‘a blessing’ for both Farmer and Tar Heels

Larry Fedora was the last person Ethan Farmer expected to see when he got out of class last Wednesday. But he sure was glad to see him. The UNC football coach had just found out that Farmer, a senior defensive tackle, had won his academic appeal and would be eligible to play the 2014 season. And he didn’t want to wait until practice to tell Farmer the good news. (Wilmington Star News)

Youthful Tar Heels Learning From Mistakes, Growing

Not surprisingly, the opening weekend only further propelled the momentum behind the UNC youth movement. Fourteen freshmen and nine first-time starters were featured in Kenan Stadium. But with youth, more often than not, comes inexperience. Coach Larry Fedora says the important thing is for the Tar Heels to learn to correct their mistakes quickly. (Chapelboro.com)

No. 23 North Carolina looks to avoid excessive penalties

For No. 23 North Carolina (1-0), there are plenty of potential obstacles standing in the way of the team reaching its potential. Youth, perhaps, is one of the biggest ones. That can't be helped. But the Tar Heels do want to control the things they can control. And they don't want to continue a disturbing trend that's been ongoing under Larry Fedora's tenure -- racking up penalty yardage. (FOX Sports)

Video: Coaching 101 with Steve Logan - The 4-2-5 defense

College football is back and that means you'll need to brush up on your football speak but don't worry we'll get you squared away each week in Steve Logan's Coaching 101 tutorials. We kick off the season with the 4-2-5 defense. What is it? Why do they use it? And how can the offense beat it? (WRAL Sports Fan)

Turner's Take: Monday Musings

Despite an injured foot that kept him off the field, wide receiver T.J. Thorpe was instrumental in Carolina’s win over Liberty on Saturday, according to linebacker Jeff Schoettmer. “He wasn’t even playing, but he came into the locker room and was really firing guys up at halftime,” Schoettmer said of Thorpe. (GoHeels.com)

Point Of Emphasis: Turnovers

The biggest thing stressed to the UNC defense during camp was forcing turnovers. The message was simple - UNC wanted to take the ball away as often as possible. During Saturday's 56-29 win over Liberty, the Tar Heels created six turnovers, including four fumbles. It's safe to say the emphasis on taking the ball away paid off. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC Football Gaining Experience in Droves

The rotations and substitutions rolled off the UNC sideline often and in a hurry at Kenan Stadium on Saturday evening. It took less than four minutes for UNC’s second-string defensive line and secondary to enter the game, and by the end of the first quarter, seven true freshmen had gotten their first taste of college ball. (Inside Carolina)

UNC-Liberty Tar Heel Report Card

The game against the Flames was close until mid-way through the third quarter when UNC erupted for 28 points in less than four minutes of game time. Outside of that stretch the game was a good deal closer than most Tar Heel supporters would have thought. This game was definitely a mixed performance and, there's plenty of room to grow. This week's overall grade: B (Tar Heel Blog)

Fedora’s Football in Chapel Hill

The uptick in organized game day festivities over recent seasons in Chapel Hill feels like a cathartic response to four dragging years of critical publicity, an attempt at pumping some excitement back into Saturdays at Kenan as the program looks to build some fresh foundations. It seems to be working. (Raleigh & Company)

Larry Fedora Monday Press Conference Recap

Larry Fedora met the media Monday in the wake of UNC's 56-29 win over Liberty. Here is some of what he had to say. Marquise Williams is now the official starter at quarterback with the "OR" disappearing from the depth chart. Fedora thought both Williams and Mitch Trubisky played well. The plan for San Diego State is for Williams to start and Trubisky to play "as needed." (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC Quarterback Competition Over

The six-month quarterback competition at North Carolina has officially come to a close. Larry Fedora confirmed Marquise Williams as UNC’s starting quarterback on Monday. “Marquise will be our starting quarterback and we will use Mitch [Trubisky] as we need to throughout a game,” Fedora told reporters during his weekly press conference. (Inside Carolina)

A guy in a Julius Peppers jersey is UNC's newest graduate assistant

It's former walk-on QB, now graduate assistant Caleb Pressley, and he's in charge of signaling in plays. It makes sense you'd want the person in charge of putting in signs to be somewhat visible, hence why you'd want him to be wearing a piece of clothing that stands out. In this case, it's also a shout-out to a former UNC football player, which is always nice. (SB Nation)

Sacramento Kings waive Wayne Ellington

According to Marc Stein from ESPN.com, the Kings have waived Wayne Ellington on Sunday which was the last day to apply waive-and-stretch provisions for players on roster: "Sacramento, I’m told, waived Wayne Ellington on Sunday, which was last day teams could apply waive-and-stretch provision to coming season --- Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) September 1, 2014" (FanSided.com)

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