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Talking UNC & Butch Davis With In The Bleachers

The podcast is run by Mike Felder, a former safety for the Tar Heels. He’s a college football junkie who’s a very astute observer of the game. In this case though, he’s clearly got a dog in the fight, so there’s plenty of emotion to go with his analysis of the situation in Chapel Hill. And we also recorded this on Wednesday night, when the wounds were still very fresh for Mike. (ACC Sports Journal)

Browns rookie WR Greg Little has opportunity

Two days into training camp, rookie Greg Little has moved up the Cleveland Browns' depth chart. The wide receiver made the most of getting the opportunity Sunday under new coach Pat Shurmur while three key receivers sat out. Shurmur said it all means that Little will get a chance in the new West Coast offense. "When the lines get shorter, guys get more reps and it helps them," Shurmur said. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

T.J. Yates signs with Houston Texans

On the day they report to training camp, the Texans have signed three more of their draft choices — outside linebacker Brooks Reed, cornerback Brandon Harris and quarterback T.J. Yates. Yates, 24, is the fifth-round pick who has an opportunity to become the third quarterback behind Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart if he does well in camp and preseason. (Houston Chronicle)

St. Louis Rams Sign First Round Pick Robert Quinn

The St. Louis Rams have finally inked their first round pick Robert Quinn. Rams training camp started today, so the team will be anxious to get their new defensive end on the field as soon as possible. Quinn had some issues with his former agent and recently signed a new one, which complicated his situation. Though rules have complicated his signing, Quinn and the Rams have agreed to a deal. (SB Nation)

Panther newcomers feel at home

For free agent acquisitions Omar Gaither and Olindo Mare and for undrafted free agent Kendric Burney, the opportunity to join the Panthers family is like coming home. "When I got the phone call asking me to join the Panthers, I smiled big-time and I said, ‘Well, God worked out a way for me to get here,'" Burney said. "Having the opportunity to sign with the Panthers and try to make this team is a blessing." (Panthers.com)

Mack Brown to North Carolina?

The Mack Brown-back-to-UNC-as-athletic director theory has bubbled up over the years, but there always were two problems. 1) Mack had a dang good job at which he was very successful; and 2) the Tar Heels had an athletic director. The problems are lessening. Mack has a dang good job but the success came to a crashing halt last season, and Dick Baddour has announced he will step down as athletic director. (NewsOK.com)

Bills sign Da'Norris Searcy and Johnny White

Buffalo’s front office was determined to get every one of their nine draft choices signed and to camp by report day Friday. The Bills are very close to doing so after top pick Marcell Dareus signed along with fourth-round pick Da’Norris Searcy and fifth-round pick Johnny White. (BuffaloBills.com)

Deems May Talks About UNC’s Future

Former Tar Heel Deems May calls in to talk with Taylor Zarzour of Charlotte station WFNZ about these dark days for the Heels. (CBS Charlotte)

David Glenn Chats With Mark Paschal, July 29

Among the topics they discussed: Mark Paschal’s reaction to the firing of Butch Davis; his feelings towards UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp and why he feels Thorp may have mismanaged this situation; why Paschal believes that Davis cannot be held accountable for violations committed under his watch; and how difficult it will be for UNC’s players and football team to rebound from this. (ACC Sports Journal)

Deunta Williams On Butch Davis Firing

What was your initial reaction when you heard that Coach Davis had been let go? “I was very sad and shocked. More than anything, I was hurt. Hurt for the majority of the people involved. I was hurt because this is a tough time for this to go down for the program, as far as everything that went on last year and all of the distractions that we had. One thing that we could count on was the leadership and vision of Coach Davis." (Inside Carolina)

Shaun Draughn set to begin NFL career; shocked by Butch Davis' firing

Tarboro native Shaun Draughn was leaving the Washington Redskins’ practice facility Wednesday evening when he heard the news his former coach at UNC, Butch Davis, had been fired. “I was shocked,” said Draughn, who learned of Davis’ firing from current Tar Heel defensive lineman Linwan Euwell, along with Tarboro High senior Todd Gurley. “I loved coach Davis. Everybody respected him. He changed our whole attitude about winning.” (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Former UNC players react to news of Butch Davis' firing

“I think it’s going to set the program back 10 years,” said Ryan Taylor, a tight end on last year’s team and a seventh-round pick of the Green Bay Packers. Taylor was making a reference to the school’s 3-9 and 2-10 finishes in 2002 and ’03 respectively. John Bunting, Davis’ predecessor, won eight games in a season only once in his six-year tenure. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Deunta Williams still playing the waiting game

The NFL lockout is finally over, but Deunta Williams is still playing the waiting game. The former White Oak High School standout and University of North Carolina safety is still trying to recover from a devastating leg injury, which he says is the reason he wasn’t selected in April’s NFL draft. Still living in Chapel Hill, Williams has been in contact with NFL teams “through different sources” while rehabilitating his leg. (Jacksonville Daily News)

NFL teams sign area players

Tight end Zack Pianalto (Buffalo Bills), cornerback Kendric Burney (Carolina Panthers), running back Shaun Draughn (Washington Redskins), guard Alan Pelc (Oakland Raiders) and tackle Mike Ingersoll (Kansas City Chiefs) joined the nine former UNC players who were taken in the NFL draft in April with training camp spots. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Buffalo Bills reach agreement with tight end Zack Pianalto

The Bills have reached a contract agreement with undrafted free agent tight end Zack Pianalto from North Carolina. Pianalto is 6-3, 256 pounds. He likely would have been drafted, but broke his collarbone after six games. He was fourth in the ACC in receiving when hurt. Pianalto was a top recruit of Tar Heels coach Butch Davis out of high school, picking UNC over Texas and some other big schools. (Buffalo News)

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