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X-rays negative on fallen cheerleader

The North Carolina cheerleader who took a hard fall during the Tar Heels' win over Elon on Thursday night was released from the hospital after X-rays showed no fractures, a team spokesman said. With 3:01 left at the Smith Center, the game was delayed when the female cheerleader was knocked off another cheerleader's shoulders when an official inadvertently bumped into the them. (ESPN.com)

From Fetzer To Finley: Norm Sper & The Victory Bell

Norm Sper was best known as the head cheerleader during the Charlie Justice era and the first UNC swimmer or diver to ever be named an All-America by the NCAA during all four years of his eligibility. As the Tar Heels prepare to face Duke this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Kenan Stadium it's time once again to reflect on one of Sper's most enduring legacy as a UNC cheerleader and student athlete -- the Victory Bell. (Tar Heel Blue)

From Fetzer To Finley: Norm Sper--A Life Well Lived

Norm Sper's was a name that from time to time came up in the history of Carolina athletic lore. One of the most multi-faceted collegians to ever grace Chapel Hill, he was best known as the head cheerleader during the Charlie Justice era and the first UNC swimmer or diver to ever be named an All-America by the NCAA during all four years of his eligibility. (Tar Heel Blue)

Third Jason Ray golf tournament set for Sept. 26

Organizers have announced plans for the third annual Jason Ray/Liberty Mutual Invitational Golf Tournament on Sept. 26 (River Run Country Club, Davidson, NC). Ray was the Tar Heel mascot killed in a pedestrian accident while attending the 2007 NCAA Basketball Tournament in New Jersey. All proceeds support the Hospital Organ Transplant Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. (Huntersville Herald)

Remembering Ronald Griffin, who received the gift of life from late UNC mascot

The family and friends entered the small Irvington church dressed in black, but they also carried a small sliver of baby blue. It was a decal featuring the University of North Carolina ram mascot, and as the mourners walked past Ronald Griffin’s casket, they placed it inside. The gesture, coming a few hundred miles away from Tobacco Road, might have seemed strange to anyone who did not know this story. (Newark Star-Ledger)

Ronald Griffin forever tied to Jason Ray

Ronald Griffin, the New Jersey man whose life was saved four years ago when he received the heart of former University of North Carolina mascot Jason Ray, died this week. He was 62. Ronald's wife Stephanie said she was driving home from their granddaughter's graduation in North Carolina on Wednesday when she grew concerned that her husband had failed to show up for his dialysis appointment back in New Jersey. (ESPN.com)

After a Death, a Gift of Life Is Enduring

No one from this host city for the East Regional of the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament will be rooting harder for North Carolina when it plays Marquette on Friday night at Prudential Center than Antwan Hunter. His love for the Tar Heels is practically a matter of life and death. (New York Times)

A true UNC mascot …

I remember the day well. It was the end of March almost four years ago, and UNC was in the middle of the NCAA tournament. Carolina had won its sweet sixteen game the night before when a friend of mine told me that Jason Ray, who played UNC’s beloved mascot Ramses, had been hit by a car. It was a very sad day for Chapel Hill, because every single Carolina student knew Jason – either inside of his costume, or out of it. (UNC Health Care Blog)

Mascot’s Death Reveals True Madness of Sports

The madness of March -- not to mention the accompanying euphoria, despondence and despair -- seems like the perfect backdrop to remind sports fans of Jason Ray, who loved his college basketball team as much as anyone. First, though, a little about Jason’s father, Emmitt, who just can’t get worked up over the final score of a basketball game. Not anymore. Win or lose. Buzzer-beater or blowout. Doesn’t matter. (Business Week)

Sports Illustrated Cheerleader of the Week: UNC's Brittney Tanee' Jeffries

Year: Junior Major: Editing and Graphic Design, Spanish, My friends would be surprised to know that I: Am obsessed with Monster Trucks, particularly Grave Digger. Last February, Grave Digger got out of his truck and came in the stands just to take a picture with me. My dad and I are actually going to the national rally this March in Las Vegas! (Sports Illustrated)

NCSU genetics experiment could spell the end for UNC's mascot

When the Tar Heels rush onto the football field for the season opener at Kenan Stadium, Rameses, the beloved mascot, will lead the way. Although the face-off is against the Citadel Bulldogs, it is the Heels' archrival, N.C. State, that poses the bigger threat to a tried and blue Carolina tradition. About 60 years ago, Wolfpack livestock scientists engineered a dastardly plot that just might do away with rams like Rameses for good. (Raleigh News & Observer)

UNC Mascot Tyler Treadway Receives Jason Ray Spirit Award

Tyler Treadway, a senior from Mt. Pleasant, N.C., is the 2008-09 recipient of the Jason Ray Memorial Spirit Award given by the UNC Department of Athletics. Treadway played the mascot, Rameses, for the past three seasons. The award is named in honor of Jason Ray, another former Tar Heel mascot, who was tragically killed in 2007 in a pedestrian/vehicle accident in New Jersey during the NCAA Men's Basketball East Regional. (Tar Heel Blue)

Man charged in UNC mascot's death

Grand jurors in northern New Jersey have indicted a man in connection with the death of a UNC-Chapel Hill student from Cabarrus County about 18 months ago. The indictment involves the March 2007 death of Jayson Ray, 21, who was the mascot for the Tar Heels' athletic teams. Ray, of Concord, had been in New Jersey with the UNC basketball team at the NCAA East Regional finals. Charged in the case was Armen Hovsepian. (Charlotte Observer)

Carolina pulls curtain up on 2008-2009 season

Though neither has a “Y” chromosome, Nikki Jones and Elizabeth Edmonds took the floor with North Carolina’s men’s basketball team Friday night at the Smith Center. That’s because Jones and Edmonds co-captain UNC’s dance team. The lone seniors on the squad, they played a major role in putting on this year’s Late Night with Roy events – where the women’s and men’s basketball teams make their first appearance of the season in front of fans. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Lauren Joyner: Sports Illustrated Cheerleader of the Week

My one guilty pleasure is: Quoting The Office and stalking Harry Potter Web sites. My friends would be surprised to know that I: Am too nervous to dance in clubs, but I never get nervous dancing at Carolina games. The next risk I want to take is: Skydiving with my Dad. My gameday superstitions are: I always make sure to wave at my family and take pictures with Mom before pre-game. (Sports Illustrated)

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