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Tampa Bay Bucs reportedly cut kicker Connor Barth

As of Friday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will enter the 2014 season with an inexperienced starting kicker. The team cut ties with veteran Connor Barth, per The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud. Barth was due to make a base salary of $2 million and as much as $1.15 million in weekly roster bonuses. The 28-year-old missed the 2013 season due to an Achilles injury. (NFL.com)

Game Preview: #23 UNC vs Liberty

UNC's history under Larry Fedora versus FCS opponents is a high-scoring and dominant one. The Heels clocked Elon 62-0 in the first game of the Fedora era in 2012. Last season the Heels dropped Old Dominion 80-20 giving UNC a 142-20 scoring edge over FCS schools in two games. In all likelihood the results on Saturday won't be much different. Prediction: UNC 59 Liberty 17 (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: UNC Football Coordinator Insight - Liberty

Associate head coaches for offense and defense Seth Littrell and Vic Koenning breakdown what to expect from Liberty, how much both quarterbacks will play and the impact of senior defensive tackle Ethan Farmer. View Video...

Breakin’ It Down: Liberty

Liberty got their offense rolling last season, scoring the second most points in program history with 447, good enough to rank second in the Big South. The effectiveness of the unit is thanks to the leadership of junior quarterback Josh Woodrum. What hurts Liberty is the loss of their leading rusher from 2013. Desmond Rice has been lost for the season due to injury. (Chapelboro.com)

Carolina Opens 2014 Campaign With Liberty

North Carolina opens its 124th college football season on Saturday, Aug. 30, when the Tar Heels host Liberty of the Big South Conference at 6 p.m. It's the season opener for a pair of teams looking to build off the momentum of strong finishes from a year ago. Saturday's game is the first meeting between Carolina and Liberty on the gridiron. (GoHeels.com)

No. 23 Tar Heels host Flames in season opener

The week started at North Carolina with the focus on who would start at quarterback for the No. 23 Tar Heels in Saturday night's opener against Liberty. By midweek, however, the attention had shifted to the suspension of four defensive players — a moment that overshadowed the preseason optimism for a team aiming to play for the ACC championship. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Inside the Numbers: Liberty

The Tar Heels host Liberty on Saturday at 6 p.m. Liberty ended last season similarly to the Tar Heels, by winning its final five contests and finishing the season 8-4. The Tar Heels start this season ranked No. 23 and are looking to continue the momentum they had at the end of the season, winning six of their last seven games. Take a closer look at the numbers from last year for both teams: (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Where are UNC's outside shooters?

The question that should scare those in Chapel Hill is where is the outside shooting going to come from outside of Marcus Paige? Paige is their lone proven shooter. He led the team in 3-point percentage last season converting 38.9 of his attempts. With the departure of Leslie McDonald, Paige is the only returning player on the roster to reach double digit 3-pointers. (ESPN.com)

Six storylines against Liberty

How will UNC's quarterback situation unfold? Coach Larry Fedora was rather stubborn about not announcing a starting quarterback to the public before the season begins. No matter who takes the first snap from behind center, expect redshirt junior Marquise Williams and redshirt freshman Mitch Trubisky to both see significant playing time. (Carolina Blue)

With no end game, Antawn Jamison pushes for one last shot

At this time, 16 years into his NBA career, it is safe to say Antawn Jamison has achieved a mental edge. He works out five times per week and remains as sharp as ever on the basketball court. For now, it's the tangible that escapes Jamison. Jamison said he has a few options in free agency, but he won't know the next step in his career for at least a month. (Sporting News)

Retiring Irmo coach Bob Hanna says football gave him everything he has

Bob Hanna announced his retirement months ago as the athletics director and football coach at Irmo High. He coached in October the final game of a highly successful 36-season run at five high schools in North Carolina and at Irmo. Hanna's play in high school attracted the attention of North Carolina coaches as a linebacker. Hanna earned captain status by his senior year at UNC. (The State)

Night football games help Chapel Hill economy

Fans are used to seeing Carolina Blue skies during football games, but this season, that will change. The 23rd-ranked Tar Heels will kick off their season against Liberty on Saturday at 6 p.m. It is the first of two evening home games this season. Last season’s evening game against Miami was the team’s first since the 2009-10 season. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC to debut new TV ad during first football game

UNC has scrapped its “Minds on a Mission” TV promo and will unveil a new commercial during the telecast of the opening football game Saturday. The University hinted on Twitter Thursday that the new ad would pay homage to an older commercial narrated by the late CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt, a UNC alumnus. “What is it that binds us to this place as to no other?” the tweet read. (Daily Tar Heel)

In UNC Football Investigation, Source: ‘Twitter Accusations Wrong’

The older brother of UNC football player Jackson Boyer, who alleges he was assaulted by multiple members of his team, took to Twitter Thursday calling for head coach Larry Fedora to be fired. Cole Boyer said Thursday that more than four players are responsible for the alleged injuries to his brother. Meanwhile, a UNC source close to the football team countered Cole’s tweets. (Chapelboro.com)

ACC Football Preview: North Carolina

The Tar Heels turned lemons into lemonade last year by rallying from a 1-5 start to win six of their final seven games – punctuated by an emphatic Belk Bowl victory against Cincinnati. With many of those who contributed to that turnaround back, coach Larry Fedora and his team are hoping the momentum carries over in 2014. First, though, UNC must settle on a QB. (Wilmington Star News)

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