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Keeping all eyes on Liberty in wake of incident

Fortunately for UNC, the suspensions come against a considerably weaker FCS opponent, Liberty. The Flames finished 8-4 last season behind standout seasons from quarterback Josh Woodrum and running back Desmond Rice. But Rice won’t be on the field Saturday after a knee injury suffered in the spring will keep him out of the entire season. Still, Woodrum isn’t to be taken lightly. (Carolina Blue)

Countdown to Kickoff: Liberty

No. 23 North Carolina opens the 2014 season against Liberty at Kenan Stadium on Saturday (6pm/ESPN3). The Tar Heels are favored by 26 points over the Flames, a FCS program that returns 14 starters from a 2013 team that closed an 8-4 record with five straight wins. UNC represents the first ranked FBS opponent Liberty has faced in school history. (Inside Carolina)

Mother of UNC player awaits school's investigation

The mother of the football player involved in an alleged hazing incident at North Carolina said Friday the family is ''worried about justice'' for her son. In a brief phone interview with The Associated Press, Kimber Boyer said the family is waiting for the university to complete its investigation into an incident that reportedly left walk-on receiver Jackson Boyer with a possible concussion. (Yahoo! Sports)

Incident Details Emerge

An attempted Gatorade shower at the Aloft Hotel earlier this month ultimately resulted in the injury of a wide receiver and the one-game suspension of four defensive backs, sources familiar with the situation told InsideCarolina.com. The situation made national headlines on Tuesday when Yahoo Sports reported that the incident escalated from “an alleged hazing into a group assault of a teammate.” (Inside Carolina)

No. 23 Tar Heels hope to torch Flames in 2014 opener

Whether it was 62-0 over Elon and 66-0 against Idaho in 2012 or 80-20 over Old Dominion last season, North Carolina has blown out lower-level opponents under Larry Fedora. After an eventful week, the 23rd-ranked Tar Heels hope to continue that trend in their season opener against Liberty Saturday at Kenan Stadium (6 p.m., ESPN3.com). “You hope that it’s the culture we create,” Fedora said. (Durham Herald-Sun)

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)

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