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Audio: Hakeem Nicks Interview

Charlotte resident and Giants star WR joined the guys to discuss the Super Bowl, his rise to stardom, and whether or not he will salsa in the end zone against the Patriots. (WFNZ)

Coples, Brown lead next group of Tar Heels going pro

The pipeline from Chapel Hill to the NFL is alive and well, and evident at this year's Senior Bowl in the form of four Tar Heels looking to continue a new tradition. and are joined in Mobile by college teammates WR and DT . Under , the players got coaching from someone who had plenty of NFL experience, and it showed. (Pro Football Weekly)

Senior Bowl: Stock down for UNC's Dwight Jones

The latest notes from ESPN's Scouts Inc. crew featured two former North Carolina players, receiver , and linebacker , as both struggled on Day 3. Kevin Weidl wrote that Jones' stock went down: "Given all the issues we've seen today and over the rest of the week, Jones could end up dropping from a second-rounder entering the season all the way out of Day 2." (

UNC's Coples sees a chance to bolster rep

Tony Pauline, draft expert for, said UNC coaches have been telling scouts that played cautiously his senior season to avoid getting hurt - a charge Coples denies. Coples has had a good week at the Senior Bowl practices, beating blockers during 1-on-1 drills and looking like the kind of impact pass-rusher that draws big contracts in the quarterback-centric NFL. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Quinton Coples In All-Star Football Challenge

University of North Carolina's will participate in the 14th annual All-Star Football Challenge, an exciting, live skills competition featuring college football's brightest stars. The program is scheduled to air Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and will have encore airings at 4:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 12 and Feb. 26 on ESPN. (Tar Heel Blue)

Former UNC defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano named coach of Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts have hired Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano as head coach, the team announced Wednesday. Pagano spent three years as the Ravens' secondary coach before being named defensive coordinator in January 2011. He also spent two years as defensive backs coach in Oakland and four years with Cleveland, in addition to college jobs at Miami and North Carolina among others. (

Video: Senior Bowl analysis by Butch Davis

Ex-North Carolina coach sits down to talk about some of his former defensive players while they practice at the Senior Bowl. (

UNC players shine on Day 1 at Senior Bowl

Former North Carolina defensive end and receiver were among several players who stood out on Monday, which was Day 1 of Senior Bowl preparation. Todd McShay of Scouts Inc. said they got off to a fast start, and Coples has lived up to the hype so far. (

New owners for Chapel Hill's He's Not Here?

A former UNC football player and another man are expected to become new owners of He's Not Here, the well-known Chapel Hill eatery that is perhaps best-known for its beer. The Daily Tar Heel reported Tuesday that David Kitzmiller, who took over ownership of the West Franklin Street beer garden about a year ago, plans to sell the place and move back to Canada. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC's Ken Browning ponders his next step

For the first time in 44 years, Kenny Browning doesn't know where he will be coaching football next fall. Or if he will be coaching. Or even if he wants to be coaching if the right situation doesn't come along. "I'm taking a little time," the former Northern Durham High head coach and University of North Carolina assistant said recently. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Kendric Burney Q&A

Former UNC football player sat down with The Daily News’ sports editor Rick Scoppe and prep sports writer Chris Miller for an hour-long conversation. In a wide-ranging interview, Burney talked about the disappointment of not being picked in the NFL draft and subsequently being signed by the Carolina Panthers and later the St. Louis Rams for their practice squads. (Jacksonville Daily News)

Julius Peppers added to NFC Pro Bowl roster

Bears defensive end on Monday was added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster. Voted a first alternate, Peppers will replace the Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul, who will be playing in the Super Bowl. Peppers has now been selected to seven Pro Bowls in 10 NFL seasons (

Giants receivers Cruz, Nicks spell double trouble for foes

A New York story: Ramses Barden has the most unfortunate of locker stalls at the Giants' facility. He is situated between Cruz and , which means he can barely towel off after practice without having 50 cameras and digital recorders invading his space. Nicks was the one to blame Monday. (

David Glenn Chats With T.J. Yates, Jan. 20

Among the topics they discussed: If has any interest in watching more NFL since the Texans’ loss; how prepared he was making the jump to starter from third string; the pro-style offense at UNC and its impact on his transition to the NFL; Yates’ future as an NFL quarterback; the amount of Carolina blue he still wears in Texas; (ACC Sports Journal)

Former UNC safety Deunta Williams now pursuing career in radio

A devastating leg injury was too much for to overcome. The former North Carolina safety is no longer pursuing a career as a football player. But that’s just fine with the 24-year-old Williams. “My football days are done,” he said in a recent telephone interview. “It was one of those career-ending injuries and there is nothing I can do about that. But I have so many opportunities for big things and big projects.” (Jacksonville Daily News)
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