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Former UNC football player Deems May linked to $8.5 billion Ponzi scheme

Tagg Romney’s assertions, that his Solamere Advisors partners who were employed in the Stanford Ponzi scheme didn’t make “any money,” and that they their involvement in the Ponzi scheme has been “cleared,” contrasts with court documents obtained by ThinkProgress. According to documents, charges against Tim Bambauer, Deems May, and Brandon Phillips have not been dropped. (Think Progress)

John Blake contacted during controversial Cam Newton recruitment

Documents released show that Kenny Rogers had discussions about Cam Newton with multiple institutions during his recruitment. Rogers spoke with three assistant coaches at Oklahoma, sent an email to North Carolina assistant coach John Blake about Newton and contacted both Kansas State and Tennessee. The Newtons never paid Rogers for those services, according to documents submitted by Auburn. (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)

Donohoe, Sossah, Yates To Receive Patterson Medals

Women's lacrosse attacker Corey Donohoe, track and field decathlete Mateo Sossah and football quarterback T.J. Yates are the recipients of the 2011 Patterson Medals, the most prestigious awards presented to student-athletes at the University of North Carolina. (Tar Heel Blue)

Brandon Tate Earns AFC Special Teams Player Of The Week

When it was said and done, Bengals return specialist Brandon Tate posted a team-high 186 all-purpose yards against the Seahawks on Sunday, averaging 24.3 yards per punt return, including a 56-yard punt return for a touchdown that gave Cincinnati a two-touchdown lead late in the fourth quarter. Additionally Tate posted a season-high 28.3 yards on kickoff returns against the Seattle Seahawks, including a 45-yard return. He had a great game. (Cincy Jungle)

NY Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks won't rush back from injury

Hakeem Nicks knows that tailback Ahmad Bradshaw is probably going to miss Sunday’s game against the Patriots, and he knows that the Giants could use his presence on offense. But Nicks still doesn’t plan to rush himself back into action. Nicks has not practiced since injuring his left hamstring last Sunday against the Dolphins. (New York Daily News)

David Glenn Chats With Deunta Williams, Nov. 3

Among the topics they discussed: how often Deunta Williams is reminded of his career record against the Wolfpack; the impact Russell Wilson’s departure from Raleigh has had on N.C. State’s football program; the war of words between UNC coach Everett Withers and N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien; and what’s happened to his NFL dreams since breaking his fibula in UNC’s bowl game against Tennessee last season. (ACC Sports Journal)

Letterman's Roundtable, November 3

Quincy Monk: "I think you can throw out all the records, factors, and relevance leading up this game. This is a huge rivalry and I think it’s not going to matter how State played last week. In my book, this is a chance for UNC to get the monkey of its back. Losing four years in a row to NC State is a tough pill to swallow." (Inside Carolina)

Bruce Carter believes he's ready

Rookie Bruce Carter believed he was ready to play inside linebacker during his NFL debut. “I feel like I could have gone out there and helped out,” Carter said. His coaches didn’t agree. Carter, who was activated off the non-football injury list last week, didn’t play a defensive down against the Eagles. (ESPN.com)

Robert Quinn named NFC special teams player of the week

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, Lions defensive end Cliff Avril and Rams defensive end Robert Quinn have been named the NFC players of the week. Quinn won the special teams player of the week award after he blocked a punt to set up a touchdown as the Rams upset the Saints. Quinn, the Rams’ first-round draft pick this year, also sacked Drew Brees in the game. (NBC Sports)

Packers rookies Ryan Taylor, D.J. Williams form a tight bond

If only D.J. Williams had seen Ryan Taylor in college. He would have had a field day.On those scorching summer days at North Carolina, Taylor's edgy attitude would cost him. "Multiple times," the tight end admits, he got into a scuffle at practice. A fight or something close to it. And each time, Taylor knew the punishment. Under former Tar Heels coach Butch Davis, any two players that got into a skirmish were forced to run one lap around the practice field. Holding hands. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Robert Quinn makes key contribution in Rams win

Robert Quinn's blocked punt came straight from the Dream Factory. Rams special teams coach Tom McMahon approached Quinn "two or three days ago," Quinn said, and told Quinn that he had a dream that he would block a punt. "He said he had the same thing last year with Danny Amendola returning a touchdown," Quinn said. "I said to myself, 'Let me see if this is really true.'" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Video: Brandon Tate Punt Return TD

We've already talked about Pacman Jones taking his first touch of the game down the field to set up one of two crucial Cincinnati Bengals touchdowns in their beatdown of the Seattle Seahawks. Now it's Brandon Tate's turn, and the fail can't be ever more evident by Seahawks punt coverage. (The Daily Drip)

Giants' Hakeem Nicks has played through a lot of pain

This season, Hakeem Nicks has battled through a hamstring strain that resulted from his compensating for the knee injury. It was probably significant enough to sideline him for at least a practice or two, but Nicks wouldn’t allow it. The hamstring hasn’t appeared on the injury report and he wouldn’t use it as an excuse for being held to a total of seven catches over the two weeks it bothered him the most. (Newark Star-Ledger)

"Voice of the Tar Heels" conjures memories with Belmont trip

Woody Durham will resume a relationship with Gaston County next week that has long roots. They include his connection to two of biggest names in UNC’s storied athletic history – Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice and James Worthy – and his brief childhood stay in Mount Holly. The 40-year “Voice of the Tar Heels,” Durham is the featured speaker for the 25th annual Belmont Sports Hall of Fame. (Gaston Gazette)

John Blake hopeful leaving NCAA hearing

Former UNC associate head football coach John Blake left the NCAA Committee on Infractions hearing at 4:50 p.m. today hoping that his defense on three major violations was successful. Blake was asked if his reputation was restored. “All I can do is hope and pray,” Blake responded. The NCAA has the power to impose a “show cause order” with restrictions that would make it difficult for Blake to coach again at an NCAA school. (Raleigh News & Observer)

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