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Source: Johnny White moving up draft boards

North Carolina running back Johnny White is generating a lot of buzz in NFL scouting circles and is rising on draft boards, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation. He's scheduled for three individual workouts and three official visits. White has drawn high marks for work ethic, finishing runs, hands, pass protection, special teams and background in a pro-style offense. (Rivals.com)

Chicago Bears looking at T.J. Yates

Despite not succeeding in their effort to groom a young quarterback last year, it appears the Chicago Bears are once again in the market for a developmental passer. Quarterbacks coach Shane Day is conducting a private workout in North Carolina on Tuesday morning with the Tar Heels' T.J. Yates, according to an NFL source. (Fan Nation)

Kendric Burney's desire burns bright

Kendric Burney has a chip on his shoulder to be sure. He's undersized by NFL standards for a cornerback, but he often came up big for the Tar Heels. His senior season was short-circuited by a seven-game suspension for accepting benefits from an agent, but over a 44-game career he picked off 11 passes. Burney returned two of his interceptions for touchdowns and totaled 358 interception return yards, the second most in ACC history. (Carolina Panthers)

Dallas Cowboys will let Gerald Sensabaugh test market

The Cowboys are ready to say goodbye to defensive end Marcus Spears, almost six years after Bill Parcells took him in the first round of the Big Tuna’s first draft class in Dallas. ESPN.com’s Calvin Watkins also reports that safety Gerald Sensabaugh will be allowed to test the market. Both players are six-year veterans and were stuck as restricted free agents last year. (Pro Football Talk)

Former UNC coach Carl Torbush recalls Mike O'Cain's first foray into play-calling

When Carl Torbush brought Mike O'Cain over to Chapel Hill in 2000 to be UNC's offensive coordinator, Torbush already had a pretty good idea what he was getting. It's hard for guys in the coaching business to ignore each other when they've crossed paths for nearly two decades. "We hit it off immediately and we've basically been friends ever since," said Torbush, who is now the defensive coordinator at Kansas. (Daily Press)

Furman Adds Antonio Goss To Football Coaching Staff

Furman head football coach Bruce Fowler announced the hiring of Antonio Goss as the Paladins' cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator. Goss, who spent seven years in the NFL, most recently served as safeties coach and special teams coordinator at Louisville for the 2009 season. Goss starred as a linebacker and safety with the Tar Heels under former coaches Dick Crum and Mack Brown. (Furman Paladins)

5 questions for next week’s NFL Combine

Will Robert Quinn and Marvin Austin erase doubts after last year’s suspensions? Both Robert Quinn (DE) and Marvin Austin (DT) were lost for the year and now must work to show NFL teams that their past transgressions are exactly that—a thing of the past. Quinn’s battle will be the easier of the two, as the freakishly talented defensive end is pretty much a lock for the first round. (Rivals.com)

Swofford shares how ESPN contract came to be

In a speech at The Raleigh Sports Club Wednesday, John Swofford, commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference, shared some of the behind-the-scenes details in the deal that landed the highly-coveted men's football and basketball games on the ESPN family of networks. As the ACC negotiated with ESPN, Swofford said, the initial offer for broadcast rights was $1 billion. "I thought it was an insult," Swofford said he told his negotiating partners. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Despite changes, Darian Durant looks forward to next season

It has been an off-season of mixed feelings for Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant. Durant was saddened by the recent departures of veteran centre Jeremy O'Day and slotback Andy Fantuz, but is excited about the new coaching staff that is in place for the 2011 CFL season. (Montreal Gazette)

Ex-UNC star Greg Little seeks redemption in NFL

In the ex-North Carolina wide receiver's first interview with a media member since he was suspended for the 2010 season for improper dealings with an agent, Greg Little told Sporting News that he made a "terrible mistake." "Not to say that it excuses my behavior, but I understand there are consequences for every action that you do," said Little. (Sporting News)

Jesse Holley Made NFL Dream A Reality

Needing more from their special teams coverage four games into the 2010 season, the Cowboys signed Jesse Holley off the practice squad and he quickly made a difference on multiple units. A couple of his 16 tackles prevented deep return gains. Offensively, he did not record a catch, stuck behind receivers Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, Roy Williams and Sam Hurd. (Dallas Cowboys)

Jupiter Wilson named head coach at his former high school

Hickory turned to an alum – and a former standout lineman at North Carolina – to be the Hawks’ new football coach. Jupiter Wilson, 29, was hired Wednesday to replace Tim Sitterson, who resigned in December. Wilson was an All-Tidewater lineman at Hickory, graduating in 1999. He then was a three-year starter on the offensive line at North Carolina and played in the Arena Football League. (Virginian-Pilot)

Chris Hanburger worked his way to Hall of Fame

As a two-way football player at UNC from 1961-1964, Chris Hanburger often expressed his displeasure with a game that required so much energy and seemed to give little in return but pain. "I never saw a guy who hated football so much play so hard and play so well," former UNC offensive line coach Joe Mark said. "He used to say, 'What am I doing playing this game?' Then he'd get on the field and good Lord have mercy he was tough." (Raleigh News & Observer)

Kentwan Balmer has his high school jersey retired

Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Kentwan Balmer will have his No. 90 high school jersey retired at halftime of Weldon’s boys basketball game Friday at Weldon. “I don’t know what to say,” Balmer, 24, said. “It’s nice to be recognized by your hometown. I’m humbled by it.” The 2004 Weldon graduate went on to star at UNC before becoming a 2008 first-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers. (Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald)

Chris Hanburger Elected To Pro Football Hall Of Fame

Former University of North Carolina football player Chris Hanburger was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday. Induction ceremonies are Aug. 6 in Canton, Ohio. Hanburger was a center and middle linebacker for the Heels from 1962-1964 and was twice named All-ACC. (Tar Heel Blue)

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