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Former UNC LB Jeff Longhany making name for himself in NHRA

You couldn't ask for a much hotter start to a racing season than Jeff Longhany has enjoyed. In three NHRA Southeast Division meets, the Stock racer (and four-year UNC football letterman) has a win and two runners-up. To put it another way, in head-to-head competition this season, Longhany's record is 16-2. And, oh, by the way, he's leading the national points on the strength of that kind of success. (Fayetteville Observer)

Julius Peppers selling lakeside mansion in North Carolina

Former Tar Heel and Carolina Panther Julius Peppers is selling his 8,800-square-foot mansion on North Carolina’s Lake Norman. Peppers purchased the house in 2006 for $4,179,0000 and is now listing the property for $4 million. It’s a 5-bed, 6.5-bathroom home with panoramic views overlooking 900 feet of private shoreline. (Charlotte Sun Times)

Titans poised to land ex-Bills safety Da'Norris Searcy

The Tennessee Titans are looking for someone to replace Bernard Pollard, and former Bills safety Da'Norris Searcy has emerged as the likely candidate. The Titans are poised to land Searcy when the free agency period begins on Tuesday at 3 p.m., according to sources familiar with the situation. Searcy has played in 62 games over the last four seasons with the Bills, with 23 starts. (Nashville Tennessean)

Conversation with Gene Chizik, Part II

In the second part of Inside Carolina's sitdown with Gene Chizik, the UNC defensive coordinator discusses his time away from coaching, and blending a great defense with a hurry-up, no huddle offense. "We’re still figuring out personnel. It is a little bit of a small sample size, two days worth, but I feel good about it. Our goal is to make sure that we have a good solid two-deep by the end of spring." (Inside Carolina)

Falcons Sign T.J. Yates to Extension

The Atlanta Falcons today announced that they have signed quarterback T.J. Yates to a contract extension. Yates, 6-4, 217 pounds, was originally selected by the Houston Texans in the fifth round (152nd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. He was traded to the Falcons in exchange for LB Akeem Dent on June 19, 2014 and appeared in one game. (Atlanta Falcons)

Report: T.J. Yates to return to Falcons on one-year deal

T.J. Yates served as the backup to Matt Ryan in Atlanta last season after being acquired in an offseason trade from the Houston Texans. Despite a change in coaching staffs, Yates will apparently remain in that role this season for the Falcons. According to Adam Caplan of ESPN.com, Yates has agreed to return to the Falcons on a one-year deal worth $1.5 million. (NBC Sports)

Competition, Toughness Frame UNC Football Spring

Lost in the Madness of March, especially in this area, is a formative part of the college football season – spring practice. The Tar Heels, following a subpar 6-7 2014 season, have been grinding it out at Navy Field for weeks now rain, snow or shine. And for the Tar Heels, that means Blue Dawn, a grueling wake-up call that sets an exacting tone for each season. (Chapelboro.com)

Tray Scott Joining UNC Coaching Staff

North Carolina is completing its football staff with the hiring of Tray Scott, who will replace departed defensive line coach Keith Gilmore. Monday Scott began contacting the current Tar Heel defensive linemen. Scott arrives in Chapel Hill following a two-year stint as the defensive line coach for FCS-level UT Martin. The Skyhawks combined for 52 sacks and 85 quarterback hurries under Scott’s direction in 2013-14. (Inside Carolina)

Conversation with Gene Chizik, Part 1

It looked like the office of a very busy man. There were stacks of materials covering the desk, and a pile of recently worn clothing spilling over a side chair. Gene Chizik apologized for the state of his office. UNC’s new defensive coordinator is in his third month on the job and has had little time to tidy up. (Inside Carolina)

ACC Football Top 15 Spring Player Rankings for 2015

9. Marquise Williams, QB, North Carolina: Williams will miss spring practice due to a hip injury, but the senior isn’t expected to miss any snaps in the fall. He ranked second among ACC quarterbacks (conference-only games) by completing 62.9 passes last year. Williams ranked second in the ACC by averaging 296.6 total yards per game. (Athlon Sports)

UNC defensive line coaching candidate emerges

According to sources, North Carolina is interested in a rising coach from the FCS ranks to fill its open defensive line position. UT-Martin defensive line coach Tray Scott is a potential candidate for the vacant defensive line coaching position for the Tar Heels. Scott just completed his second season with the Skyhawks. In 2013, his defensive line had 28 sacks and 36 quarterback hurries. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Reaches Out To Help Ryan Hoffman

UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham says he and others at the university are looking to find a way to help Ryan Hoffman. “Your heart goes out to anyone who is homeless and down on their luck,” says Cunningham. “To think that it was a Carolina grad and former football player, it’s just tragic. It’s a sad story.” (Chapelboro.com)

Cleveland Browns re-sign RB Shaun Draughn

The Cleveland Browns have re-signed exclusive rights free agent running back Shaun Draughn, general manager Ray Farmer announced Friday. Draughn, 27, joined the Browns for the final month of the 2014 season. He appeared in four games and saw playing time as a third-down back. He was a key contributor on special teams and ultimately returned four kickoffs for an average of 19 yards. (Cleveland Browns)

Extra Points: Kick Starts

Corbin Daly and Freeman Jones, both redshirt freshmen, are focal points of the Tar Heels’ spring and summer development process as coach Larry Fedora and his staff seek to identify and groom new kickers at two of the three spots. Junior Nick Weiler returns to handle kick-off chores after a stellar performance last year. (GoHeels.com)

UNC offense has been historical under Fedora

With 99.5 percent of the 2014 offense returning in 2015, it's a safe bet, as we've discussed, that North Carolina will be mighty potent on that side of the ball in 2015 and should have a vastly-improved running attack to go along with an explosive pass game. A deeper look reveals that this could be the continuation of a historical trend at UNC under head coach Larry Fedora. (Carolina Blue)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 38
Baylor: 49
Tue, Dec 29 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia
Sat, Sep 3, 5:30 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10, 7:30 ET BTN Tickets

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17, 3:30 ET RSN Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Scoreboard
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at NC State0
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Georgia Tech0
at Boston College0
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at Virginia Tech0
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at Pittsburgh0
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at Virginia0
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at North Carolina0
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at Duke0
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at Miami0
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at Auburn0
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ACC Football Standings
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(4) Florida State0-00-0
(19) Louisville0-00-0
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