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Robert Quinn ready to hit the ground running for Rams

Aug. 7 has been imprinted in Robert Quinn's mind ever since it was announced that the Rams would meet the Chicago Bears on that date in the Hall of Fame game. Quinn, the Rams' first-round draft pick in April, hasn't played a football game in 19 months. "Getting my first NFL sack, I think that's the main thing I'm looking forward to right now," said Quinn. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Austin's tweets providing plenty of frosting, not much cake

Marvin Austin followed up last week's Michael McAdoo inspired Twitter binge with a few more vague references to knowing all the facts regarding the NCAA investigation into North Carolina. On Saturday, Austin called out Chance Miller, the NCAA's Assistant Director of Agent, Gambling and Amateurism Activities. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Marvin Austin’s Tweets only make a bad situation worse

While it’s admirable that Marvin Austin is so passionate in defense of his former teammate and fellow rules-breaker Michael McAdoo, whose attempt to regain his playing status was shot down by a Durham Superior Court judge Wednesday, his series of angry Tweets following the ruling only served to reinforce the public perception that Tar Heels football players are anything but student-athletes. (Wilmington Star News)

Ex-QB Ronald Curry offers role model for Terrell Pryor

Despite a successful career as the Tar Heels’ signal-caller, Ronald Curry lasted until the seventh round of the 2002 Draft, ending up with the Oakland Raiders. He took three years to break into the Raiders’ rotation as a receiver, but in 2004, he broke out with 50 catches for 679 yards in only 11 games before tearing an Achilles’ tendon. Re-injuring the same tendon in 2005 cost him all but two games. (Athlon Sports)

Bruce Carter ready for NFL transition

When a scandal rocked the University of North Carolina football program in 2010, linebacker Bruce Carter said he reported to practice each day wondering what bad news his coaches would announce. But in the midst of that scandal and subsequent 0-2 start, Carter found his voice. And that carried a lot of weight with the Dallas Cowboys when they decided to select him 40th overall in April's draft. (Fox Sports Southwest)

Bruce Carter's Injured knee is 85 percent healthy

The Cowboys were so confident in Bruce Carter’s ability to rehab his injured knee that they spent the 40th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft on the linebacker from North Carolina. Many experts believe Carter would have been selected in the first round if it weren’t for the injury. Fortunately, for Jones and the Cowboys, Carter says the knee is closing in on full health. (Dallas Morning News)

Trial delayed again for former UNC player Chris Hawkins

There’s little doubt that former North Carolina defensive back Chris Hawkins has some serious ‘splaining to do when it comes to both the NCAA and the state of Georgia’s legal system — with the latter regarding his choice in, ahem, “extracurricular activities”. However, at least for now, that inquiry will be put on hold. Again. (NBC Sports)

Durell Mapp camping with Toronto Argonauts

After spending four seasons in UNC Tar Heel blue and not seeing a football field since 2008, LB Durell Mapp is in Argonauts training camp trying to make a name for himself. Mapp, who was a walk-on at North Carolina in his freshman year in 2004, earned a scholarship and turned himself into one of the top ranked tacklers in the NCAA after the 2007 season (Argonauts.ca)

Dick Crum to be Inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame

Dick Crum, former head coach of Miami’s football program, will become a member of the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 22. In 1978, Crum accepted the head coaching job at the University of North Carolina. He continued his winning ways, earning an ACC title and a record of 72-41-3, which still stands as the most wins in the Tar Heels’ football history. (Miami University)

A look at Bruce Carter

It sounds as if the Cowboys like Bruce Carter enough as an athlete to believe they can fit him into their scheme, even if he might seem an imperfect fit as a speed 'backer in a 3-4. It's not a bad way to go if you like a player and believe him to be coachable, and it sounds as if Carter has a lot about him to like as a player. (ESPN.com)

Former UNC DB Derrick Johnson coaching at Towson

During his football career at UNC, Derrick Johnson played for three different position coaches and three defensive coordinators as a defensive back. Some might see that as a negative. "For me it was a good thing," said Johnson, now working with defensive backs as an assistant coach at Towson University. "I learned three different styles from three very good coaches." (Patch.com)

Bruce Carter's Athleticism Always Stood Out

It started in 2008. North Carolina linebacker Bruce Carter, then a sophomore, blocked three punts in the second quarter of a 38-12 victory over Connecticut. With a tipped punt at Miami in the previous game, he'd gotten his hands on four straight. With each blocked punt and hit, the chorus picked up. The kid was making a name for himself: "Bruuuuuuuce." (Dallas Cowboys)

Carl Torbush retires from college football

Kansas assistant football coach Carl Torbush has announced his retirement after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Torbush was recently diagnosed with a low grade of prostate cancer and will undergo surgery. He is expected to make a full recovery. (WBIR.com)

Former UNC football player Jeff Longhany wins IHRA race

Wade's Jeff Longhany was among the winners at Saturday's IHRA Division 9 race at Farmington Dragway. Longhany is a Cape Fear High School graduate and a four-year letterman on North Carolina's football team from 2002-05. He won the Super Stock trophy at Farmington, beating Michael Crumpler of Elm City by 17/100ths of a second, or about 2 feet. (Fayetteville Observer)

Swofford among commissioners to explore paying college athletes

It's an issue that's that has already been debated for quite some time — paying student-athletes in revenue producing sports. Only now it looks like the wheels are in motion from the people who matter in college sports. (WRAL Sports Fan)

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