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Role-players in the UNC football investigation: Where they are now

As UNC faces an NCAA hearing on allegations regarding the football team, find out where the major figures in the investigation are now. (Reese News)

David Glenn Chats With Andy Staples, Oct. 28

David Glenn recently caught up with Sports Illustrated college football writer Andy Staples to talk about Staples’ story on former UNC coach John Blake. Among the topics they discussed: if Staples found John Blake to be a credible guy; Blake’s reaction to Butch Davis’ comments about wishing he hadn’t trusted Blake; and Blake’s explanation for why he was getting money wired to him from Gary Wichard. (ACC Sports Journal)

Marcus Wall's career remembered fondly

Marcus Wall earned the nickname, "Super Gnat,'' while playing receiver for the Tar Heels from 1992 to 1995 because of his tenacious style. He still graces the pages of UNC's school record books, ranking second to Hakeem Nicks in single-season touchdown receptions (9 in 1994) and No. 4 in career kickoff returns (2,120 yards, 24.4 average and 2 TDs). (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Cowboys rookie LB Bruce Carter expects to play Sunday

According to rookie linebacker Bruce Carter, the countdown to his NFL debut has begun. Carter said he expects to play Sunday after returning to practice last week. Carter, a second-round draft pick, suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during his senior season at North Carolina. While Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he has been pleased with Carter's progress, he wouldn't divulge the linebacker's status for Sunday. (Dallas Morning News)

John Blake prepares defense on NCAA charges

Former UNC associate head coach John Blake will appear in front of the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions on Friday in an attempt to clear his name, his lawyer, Wade Smith, said in a telephone interview today. Blake is named in three of the nine major allegations against UNC in the Notice of Allegations sent by the NCAA to UNC in June. He stands accused of recruiting players for his friend, the late sports agent Gary Wichard. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Letterman's Roundtable, October 26

Deems May: "We can’t worry about Wake’s intensity. We need to concentrate on nothing but how we are going to play this week. Our whole team needs to watch Sylvester Williams’ game last week and commit to playing like he did. If we do that, we will not have to worry about how much intensity Wake plays with." (Inside Carolina)

An inside look at case against former UNC assistant John Blake

On Friday, former UNC assistant coach John Blake is scheduled to appear before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions to answer charges that he steered players to agent and longtime friend Gary Wichard. Blake adamantly denies the charges, some of the most serious the NCAA has handed down in years. He says he never steered a player to any agent and he wants to fight to clear his name. (Sports Illustrated)

Questions swirl around Darian Durant as season winds down

Durant’s status will also be part of those discussions. Durant has started the last two games while nursing a broken bone near his left pinky toe and a sprained left ankle. Concerns about playing Durant in Friday’s meaningless game proved to be well-founded when the quarterback left early after being rocked by a fourth-quarter sack. (Vancouver Sun)

Rams rookie Robert Quinn knows what it feels like to be Jerome Harrison

Two football players, two brain tumors, two unbelievable stories. Detroit Lions running back Jerome Harrison reportedly underwent surgery for a brain tumor on Friday. As amazing as it is that Harrison could play in the NFL with a brain tumor, it’s even more amazing that he’s not the only one. Robert Quinn, a defensive end drafted No. 14 overall by the Rams this year, has a tumor the size of a dime still inside his skull. (Sporting News)

Butch Davis' objection again delays '216' records

The objection filed Tuesday by attorneys for former UNC head football coach Butch Davis again delays the potential release of records of his calls on a personal cell phone. A coalition of media partners, including WRAL News, had set Friday as the deadline for release of the records. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Hakeem Nicks could rewrite NY Giants single-season record book

We all knew Hakeem Nicks was off to a good start this season. How good? The bye gave us some chance to crunch some numbers. And with 508 receiving yards in six games, the third-year receiver is on pace to finish with 1,354 yards. That would break Amani Toomer's nine-year-old single-season team record for receiving yards (1,343). (New York Daily News)

Letterman's Roundtable, October 19

This Saturday the Tar Heels face an undefeated and eighth-ranked Clemson team in Death Valley. The Tigers have a lot of weapons offensively – Andre Ellington, Tajh Boyd, Dwayne Allen, and maybe the best true freshman in the nation in Sammy Watkins. Can UNC’s defense regroup enough to have a chance to win on Saturday? (Inside Carolina)

UCLA Football: Brandon Willis Denied Eligibility For 2011 Season

Defensive tackle Brandon Willis has experienced an interesting journey during his brief college career. Between the University of North Carolina and UCLA, Willis has transferred a few times and has been hindered in his quest to play on the field as a result. After the most recent transfer (from UNC to UCLA this summer), Willis applied for immediate eligibility this season. The NCAA has denied that request. (SB Nation)

Davis responds to subpoena for personal cell phone records

The attorney representing former University of North Carolina head football coach Butch Davis responded Tuesday to the subpoena requesting Davis' phone records and bills in relation to the NCAA investigation into the UNC football program. Ellis & Winters LLP filed a motion to quash the subpoena and moved for the entry of a protective order. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Julius Peppers plays with sprained MCL, racks up 2 sacks in Chicago win

The Chicago Bears' company line had Julius Peppers doubtful for Sunday night with an MCL sprain. In reality, Peppers' teammates knew all along the six-time Pro Bowl defensive end would be active and start for the Bears in a must-win game against Minnesota. "I knew he was playing all week," Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher said. "Tough guy. As players, we knew he'd play." (ESPN.com)

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