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Travis Hughes making most of new chance

Coming off a solid junior season last fall, in which Travis Hughes finished fifth on the UNC roster with 76 tackles, five quarterback hurries, one sack, and one fumble recovery, he was looking to mend some fences among his coaches this spring, while also proving that he was still in position to be looked at as a leader among the Tar Heel linebackers going into his senior season of 2014. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Can UNC Expect a Return Visit From the NCAA?

The latest Kane Klassic raises the hopes of ABCers everywhere that information from Deborah Crowder may bring the NCAA back to campus. But history and the NCAA's own rules make that likelihood remote. As expected, Dan Kane of the News and Observer responded to Friday's beatdown by three independent reviewers of his golden goose Mary Willingham by not acknowledging it at all. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: UNC Tar Heels 2013-14 Highlights

Highlights from the North Carolina Tar Heels' 2013-2014 basketball season. View Video...

Season In Review: James Michael McAdoo

This isn't quantifiable in the stats, but James Michael McAdoo's even-keeled approach helped keep Carolina on the rails during a season that could have teetered on a couple of occasions. It was impossible to tell from his demeanor whether he was struggling or excelling, which was exactly what the Tar Heels needed from one of their few veteran leaders. (GoHeels.com)

What Is Missing from Paper Class Inc.?

No one can doubt any longer that the Paper Class Inc. campaign is scarce on academic discourse, transparency, and professional ethics. Considering Mary Willingham’s dishonesty about her research and the independent review’s thorough repudiation of her findings, UNC detractors and supporters alike should be skeptical of any claims Willingham has proffered. (Coaching the Mind)

Video: Roy Williams congratulates student readers

UNC basketball coach Roy Williams congratulated Wake County Public Schools middle school students who read 40,000 books this school year as part of the Ticket To Reading Rewards challenge. 3,000 students from 10 schools took part in the challenge supported by college basketball coaches. View Video...

UNC Football Plotlines After the Spring

Saturday's spring game in Kenan Stadium brought an end to UNC's spring practice and provided great insight as to how the Tar Heels will look in 2014. In the third season under coach Larry Fedora one would expect there to be more overall depth and a greater sense of comfort in the offensive and defensive schemes and systems. (Carolina Blue)

Video: UNC Rammys - Best Play

Marcus Paige and Ryan Switzer shared the 'Best Play' for their game-winning layup at N.C. State and game-winning punt return at Pittsburgh respectively. View Video...

UNC D looking to continue momentum

North Carolina safety Tim Scott is well aware of the surging expectations surrounding his offensive teammates this spring -- further motivation for the Tar Heels’ defense to catch up this fall. “We feel as if we’re not talked about or we’re not even respected,” Scott said. “Everyone talks about our offense and how explosive they are, but we also have an explosive, physical, fast defense.” They’ve got some work to do. (ESPN.com)

Turner's Take: Marching Orders

Saturday’s scrimmage was the culmination of spring practice for Larry Fedora and the Tar Heel football team. After 15 practices, including one each in Charlotte and Greensboro, Carolina now moves to the off-season period. When the Tar Heels reconvene this summer, the coaches will be able to tell who has put in the necessary work to succeed on the field in the fall. (GoHeels.com)

George Karl, unplugged

George Karl wants to coach again. “We’d like to go on one more rodeo,” he said during an interview on ESPN 102.3's The Locker Room on Monday. George Karl (above, a few days before he was fired) can’t figure out why he’s still not coaching the Nuggets. “I’ve been looking for that reason all year long,” he said. (Colorado Springs Gazette)

Professor Chuck Stone taught to 'tell it like it is'

During my time at the university, Stone's larger-than-life character filled the corridors of the "J School." His funky, large-framed glasses, convertible cars, motorcycles, opulent bow ties and sharp wit made him a campus icon. He was one of my heroes for many reasons, but primarily because of how his approach to journalism emboldened students to listen without judgment and write without fear. (Lexington Dispatch)

Adam Warren thriving early in new role

Adam Warren hasn't gone back to the minor leagues since that September 2012 recall - in fact, since then, the 26-year-old righty has ridden an adaptation of roles, a few departures and/or injuries around him, and some good old effectiveness all the way to becoming Joe Girardi's top set-up option. What a difference a major-league year makes. (YES Network)

The SI 64: No. 25: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

The new wave of TE production around the league has left teams searching for players who can produce like Eric Ebron. We’re talking about the top talent at this position, with plenty of room to grow. With average speed, Ebron would be a viable NFL prospect because of his size; with 4.6 speed and the post-catch abilities he displayed at UNC, he gives off the appearance of a future Pro Bowler. (Sports Illustrated)

Ranking the ACC's Quarterbacks for 2014

2. Marquise Williams, UNC: Williams passed for 1,527 yards and 14 touchdowns through the air but added 490 yards rushing and six more scores on the ground. With a year of development, Williams could be the ACC's best signal caller without a Heisman Trophy on his mantle. Of course, that's assuming he holds off a challenge from Mitch Trubisky this preseason. (Athlon Sports)

Marcus Paige Wins MVP, Eight Other Team Awards

Sophomore guard Marcus Paige won nine awards, including the Dean Smith Most Valuable Player honor, at the men's basketball team's awards ceremony Tuesday evening. The Marion, Iowa, native also was named team co-captain, won the team's top academic award and the Carolina Way Award, was named the best defensive player and earned statistical awards for leading the team in scoring, assists, three-point and free throw shooting. (GoHeels.com)

Heels, Pack washed out at DBAP

The baseball game scheduled for Tuesday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park between UNC and NC State was cancelled due to inclement weather. The call came just before 7:30 pm after sustained rains throughout the day made the field unplayable. There is not yet a date for a make-up game, which was scheduled as a non-conference meeting between the traditional conference rivals. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC researcher's work helps unfinished Boston Marathon runners find closure

A year after the twin explosions at the Boston Marathon, a local statistics professor is helping the nearly 6,000 runners who never made it to the race's end get some closure. The Boston Athletic Association provided an estimated finish time for those runners but then reached out to Richard Smith, a statistician at UNC, to come up with a scientific formula to predict more accurately their likely finish times. (WRAL.com)

How is UNC’s brand doing after years of scandal?

Robert Morse, director of data research at U.S. News and World Report, said he does not think the recent scandals have affected North Carolina’s undergraduate academic reputation, so far. Morse helps write the U.S. News and World Report’s annual college ranking, which placed UNC 21st in academic reputation. (Daily Tar Heel)

Mary Willingham's Response to UNC’s Independent Evaluation of Research

To avoid technical discussion and to get right to the heart of the matter, I will simply say that the three outside experts who conducted the “independent” review of my data did not come close to replicating my analysis. They were unable to do so because they were denied access to the full range of test scores that formed the basis of my critical judgment. (PaperClassInc.com)

Ryan Switzer Among Top Sophomores Heading into 2014 Football Season

11. Ryan Switzer, North Carolina wide receiver/punt returner: Ryan Switzer didn't get many touches during his freshman season, but he more than made the most of them—especially when it came to lining up to return a punt, an exercise he turned into a work of art in 2013. He returned five punts for touchdowns last season, tying the FBS season record. (Bleacher Report)

Matt Harvey Went to a Knicks Game with Model Asha Leo, New York Tabloids React Accordingly

Matt Harvey attended Sunday night’s Knicks game with British model Asha Leo by his side. Stop the presses! If you’re lucky to live outside the New York media bubble the location of Harvey’s rehab from Tommy John surgery actually turned into a talking point during Spring Training. Harvey wanted to do it in New York, while the team preferred he stay in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (The Big Lead)

UNC investigator meets with Mary Willingham

The reading specialist who questioned the literacy level of athletes who were admitted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has met with an investigator looking into academic fraud at the school. In an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Mary Willingham said she met with Kenneth Wainstein for more than two hours Monday in Chapel Hill. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Roy Williams, Larry Fedora team up for 2014 Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge

An 11-team field of NCAA head coaches and celebrity alumni is set to compete in the eighth annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament. North Carolina will be represented by men's basketball coach Roy Williams and football coach Larry Fedora. They will be vying for a share of the $520,000 scholarship purse for UNC. (GoHeels.com)

UNC, N.C. State spring football games: What did we learn?

In Chapel Hill, the most obvious takeaways from the Tar Heels’ Blue-White Game were that coach Larry Fedora wasn’t kidding about redshirt freshman quarterback Mitch Trubisky, that the backfield is loaded with talented running backs and that UNC’s offense will only go as far as its thin, young line will allow it. (Wilmington Star News)

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