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Casey Barth’s pro career alive and kicking, thanks to unexpected opportunity

Casey Barth traveled west recently to attend a kicking camp and, perhaps, make a few contacts that could eventually lead to a future pro football opportunity. He ended up with a full-time job and an unlikely reunion with an old friend. The former Hoggard High and North Carolina star agreed to a contract Monday to spend the rest of the season kicking for the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League. (Wilmington Star News)

Julius Peppers Brings Pep to Packers' Step

“It's fun to see Julius,” said Aaron Rodgers, who called the 6-foot-7, 287-pound Peppers “a specimen” and said he “looks great” during strength and conditioning drills. “It'll be fun to get him into the fold, encouraging him to be a leader for us. I think he brings a lot to the table -- on the field and in the locker room. I'm just excited about not having to run away from him anymore.” (ESPN.com)

North Carolina spring football wrap

Larry Fedora said from the outset that the UNC QB job was up for grabs, and the spring game didn’t bring much closure to the debate. Neither Marquise Williams nor Mitch Trubisky looked particularly sharp -- both throwing a pick, neither tossing a touchdown. Fedora said he wants the competition to continue, and while Williams has an edge in experience, it’s clear Trubisky is a legitimate contender. (ESPN.com)

Rams Exercise Fifth-Year Option on Robert Quinn

The St. Louis Rams have executed the fifth-year option in the contract of DE Robert Quinn, the team announced Monday. Quinn is now under contract through the 2015 season. Quinn was selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft. Last season, he earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl and was also a First-Team All-Pro selection after recording a Rams-record 19.0 sacks. (St. Louis Rams)

UNC 0-for-This Year in ACC Team Titles?

Barring UNC winning one of the last three championships, the Heels will finish the 2013-14 season without winning a single official ACC title in any team sport. What's worse UNC only had one team finish in the first place. The women's tennis team ended up in a four way tie for first during regular season play. Per UNC, the Tar Heels have never not won at least one ACC title in something. (Tar Heel Blog)

Deeper Look: UNC's Offensive Line

Going into spring practice, the offensive line was the one major question mark for the Tar Heels. With an abundance of talent and experience at the skill positions heading into the third year of Larry Fedora's system, UNC is expected to be very explosive offensively. But, the hope of a flourishing offense will depend on the young offensive line's development and ability to come together quickly. (Carolina Blue)

Hearing in NC sports agent case delayed until June

The next hearing for five people charged with violating North Carolina's sports agent law by providing benefits to former Tar Heels football players has been delayed until June. Patty Mitchell with the Orange County district attorney's office says a hearing scheduled Tuesday is now set for June 25. Prosecutors provided about 40,000 pages in investigative records to defense attorneys before a December hearing. (WRAL.com)

Q&A With Kareem Martin

Kareem Martin could be the next in a great lineage of North Carolina defensive linemen. He has the build that has almost become synonymous with Tar Heel pass rushers and he was able to turn in a big senior year, helping to lead his team to a bowl victory over Cincinnati. Martin discusses what it takes to be a defensive linemen at UNC and why so many of them have been successful. (With the First Pick)

Preparing for NFL draft, QB Bryn Renner sticks to following Brett Favre

Bryn Renner's nickname through college was "The Gunner." He grew up imitating Brett Favre, scrambling and flipping the ball to teammates in Pop Warner football. He even looks like Favre, right down to the man-possessed stare and the hat hair. No, he won't be going on Day 1 or 2 of the NFL draft. But he is hoping all those years watching Favre has an osmotic effect. He sees similarities. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Column: Recapturing The Carolina Way

As Charlie Justice’s statue silently watches from its post outside Kenan Stadium, the university has an opportunity to emerge again as a national leader in a movement to reestablish the integrity of another time, when games were played for the thrill and intrinsic value of the endeavor, and The Carolina Way was something more than empty rhetoric. (Greenville Daily Reflector)

New York Jets ‘really like’ Eric Ebron

According to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, the Jets “really like” Eric Ebron and, of course, view him as a nightmare matchup for defenses as a “joker” (flex) tight end. Ebron can comfortably line up in the slot, and he also has the athleticism to line up outside to create even more mismatches. That said, Ebron probably won’t be there for the Jets at the 18 pick in the NFL Draft. (NFL Spin Zone)

So Who is Really Taking Advantage of College Athletes?

HBO’s Real Sports only features two disgruntled former UNC football players and implies that these two guys weren’t given an education and they are now suffering. I have college friends who were not athletes and did get a “real education”. Some of them couldn’t find decent jobs after graduating and they are now working “low skill jobs”. But HBO won’t be featuring them. (GreenvilleHeadlines.com)

Interview with an NFL Director of College Scouting

Eric Ebron is an athletic freak. Ran a 4.5 40yd at the combine. That’s a big man moving that fast. Great hands, great routes, and he breaks tackles. He had one play against Miami this year that went for 71yds after breaking a couple of tackles and then outrunning the DBs to the end zone. Last time I checked Miami has fast DBs. (Sports Glutton)

Lucas: Out Of The Spotlight

One of the best things about working with college sports is they renew every year. Each fall, a whole new batch of student-athletes moves in, and each fall, there are dozens of them who remind you how smart and how involved college students can be. Here are six stories about Carolina athletics you might not have read in the paper: (GoHeels.com)

Carolina Panthers' all-time draft picks: No. 2 Julius Peppers

Julius Peppers, 1st round, No. 2 overall, 2002 out of UNC -- The Texans had a chance to take Peppers first, but opted for David Carr, considered one of the worst quarterback busts in draft history. The Panthers wound up with Peppers, who went on to become the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2002, the team's all-time sack leader (81) and an eight-time Pro Bowl selection. (ESPN.com)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 38
Georgia Tech: 31
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UNC vs. Virginia
Sat, Oct 24, 3:30 ET RSN Tickets

UNC @ Pittsburgh
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