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Back to training camp for Connor Barth

Training camp opens this week for Connor Barth and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The former UNC kicker will be the Bucs' kicker once again, even though Barth missed all of last season with a torn Achilles. "Shoreline Physical Therapy did a great job with my rehab," Barth said. "I had a great surgeon. Hopefully it'll be stronger than it's been and I'll go out and have the best year of my career." (WWAY)

UNC professor dies after Chapel Hill mugging

A professor at UNC died Thursday morning from injuries suffered during a robbery and assault on West University Drive in Chapel Hill, police said. Feng Liu, 59, of Durham, was assaulted at about 1 p.m. Wednesday in a residential area near the intersection of West University Drive and Ransom Street, police said. He was a research professor in UNC's School of Pharmacy. (WRAL.com)

NCAA rule keeps UNC's Fedora, other college coaches from visit to Texas high school coaching clinic

Because of a new NCAA rule that excludes all NCAA Division I coaches from speaking, or even attending, the THSCA coaching clinic, North Carolina’s Larry Fedora’s had to cancel his appearance. “I disagree with it 100 percent,” said Navasota head football coach Lee Fedora, Larry’s brother. (The Eagle)

Photo: UNC Coach Larry Fedora Gave One Of His Assistants A Ridiculous Welt Playing Paintball

As fun as a day trip to play paintball with your friends can be, there is also a downside to the activity – the welts. Anyone who has ever played paintball knows that getting hit hurts, regardless of how tough you are. Tuesday afternoon, North Carolina football head coach Larry Fedora shared a photo of what he did to his tight ends coach Seth Littrell. (College Spun)

Freshmen bring toughness to Tar Heels

The Tar Heels have long had a perception of leaning toward finesse well before Roy Williams tenure began. But Carolina’s freshman class of Joel Berry, Theo Pinson and Justin Jackson could alter that perception this season. The trio arrived on campus with the kind of hunger -- better yet heart -- that has been missing in Chapel Hill for some time. (ESPN.com)

Video: One-on-one with Antawn Jamison

Former UNC All-American and 1997-1998 National Player of the Year Antawn Jamison talks Dean Smith, the Carolina basketball family, Coach Guthridge and more. View Video...

My Carolina Experience: Meghan Lyons

"UNC provided the perfect environment to channel my competitive fire. My time management skills allowed me to immerse myself in several important leadership positions and university organizations, in addition to my academic and athletic responsibilities," says Meghan Lyons. "I was fortunate enough to have a coach who believed that leadership and academic success are positively correlated with success on the field." (GoHeels.com)

ACC's Coastal Division parity provides opportunity for North Carolina

Asked about the potential ceiling for his team, North Carolina coach Larry Fedora replied with a question of his own. “How many games could we play, possibly?” Fifteen, which includes the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and both games in the new College Football playoff. (Burlington Times-News)

New program to allow former UNC athletes to complete unfinished degrees

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt announced a new program on Thursday that will allow athletes who did not finish their degrees to return to the university to do so. The initiative, called "Complete Carolina," will be funded by the university's athletic department. Folt announced the measure during Thursday's Board of Trustees meeting. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Ed Davis Poised to Prove his Worth

In the NBA game of seeking out "upside" that typically focuses on the draft, it's not too often that a team can acquire a young player with plenty of room to grow after four seasons, but the Lakers may have done just that in signing Ed Davis. The 6-10, 225-pounder just turned 25 after his fourth NBA season, but spent much of the last two season behind All-Star caliber big men in Memphis. (NBA.com)

Cowboys’ Bruce Carter sets expectations high

The Dallas Cowboys haven’t made the playoffs since 2009. Havelock native Bruce Carter, who was selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft, hasn’t sniffed the postseason. Heading into his fourth season with the Cowboys, Carter wants that to change. “I want to make it to the playoffs and go deep into the playoffs,” Carter said. (New Bern Sun Journal)

The ACC's Top 10 Heisman Candidates for 2014

5. Marquise Williams, QB, North Carolina: Williams flashed a lot of ability last fall and should only continue to develop. The Tar Heels went 6-1 over their final seven games and the offense averaged over 40 points per game due in large part to his play. With a full season of making plays, Williams has a chance to get into the national conversation. (Athlon Sports)

Fedora: NCAA investigation used by opposing coaches on recruiting trail

The ongoing NCAA investigation into academic fraud at North Carolina hasn't been a focal point in the Tar Heels' locker room, coach Larry Fedora said at Monday's ACC Kickoff, but it's been an ever-present speed bump on the recruiting trail. The NCAA last month reopened the investigation, which had been concluded in 2012 and which Fedora said he'd believed was closed for good, sparking another round of negative recruiting from competing schools. (ESPN.com)

Tar Heels aim to reverse last season’s football start

By the end of the 2013 season, North Carolina was one of the hottest football teams in the ACC, winning six of its last seven games. But the start of the season? A rocky 1-5 overall record. Head coach Larry Fedora doesn’t expect the same this season, and he said it has less to do with UNC’s opening opponent (Liberty) than most might think. (Greensboro News & Record)

Steering the Narrative (Part 1): Mary Willingham's Original and Contradicting Claims

Rather than report verified facts, relevant details, and rich explanations, Dan Kane, with the help of his boss and colleagues, has relentlessly steered the narrative to sensationalism. In this four-part essay, I highlight four narrative aspects about which Kane and other N&O writers have not followed the facts, not solicited or provided sufficient details, and not solicited or provided rich explanations from sources. (Coaching the Mind)

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