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Jonathan Cooper finally gets chance and then some
The Arizona Cardinals' plan all along was to finally give Jonathan Cooper a chance. He got more than that Sunday against the Falcons. The Cardinals guard said he knew he was going to split reps with fellow left guard Ted Larsen in Atlanta. When Cooper entered the game late in the first quarter with the Cardinals down 17-0, he instantly gave them a boost.
Carolina Rundown: December 4
The Independence is becoming a popular forecast for the Tar Heels. Andrew Miller is poised to become the highest paid non-closer reliever in baseball history. Danny Green had 20 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday night. Kyle Seager is a $100 million role model for how to succeed. UNC women's basketball travels to Rutgers at 7 p.m.
Cleveland Browns sign RB Shaun Draughn
The Cleveland Browns on Wednesday signed RB Shaun Draughn and placed WR Miles Austin (kidney) on injured reserve. Draughn is 5-11, 205 pounds and officially in his second NFL season out of North Carolina. Originally signed by Washington as an undrafted free agent in 2011, Draughn has appeared in 26 games and has 254 rushing yards on 73 carries with two touchdowns.
Former Tar Heel E.J. Wilson falling back on degree after short career
The average career in the National Football League lasts just 3.3 years. For E.J. Wilson, it was just two games. The former University of North Carolina defensive end always knew his future would be in football, but what the now-27-year-old didn’t realize is that his contributions would be away from the field.
Lesser bowl will not affect UNC's bottom line
While UNC fans and players could be disappointed, dropping down a tier or not going to a bowl at all will not significantly affect UNC financially. “We set our budget in February, March or April, the year before, based on a projected amount of money that the ACC tells us we’ll get, regardless of if we’re in a bowl game,” said Rick Steinbacher, senior associate AD for external communications.
Carolina Rundown: December 3
There's already talk of Marcus Paige and UNC making a return trip to the state of Iowa next year. The youth clinic, which is always a fun day, will be on Dec. 31. 24 points and 13 assists for Ty Lawson last night. Another double-double for Harrison Barnes, who had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Tyler Zeller got another start and contributed eight points and three rebounds.
Video: Connor Barth boots 64-yarder in workouts at IMG
On Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, Connor Barth made his Broncos debut and proved that his practice regimen must have worked. He booted five field goals, tying a franchise record for most in game. Jason Elam, Barth’s idol and the reason he chose jersey No. 1, last did it in October of 2002. Above is a clip of Barth’s workouts at IMG, showing him booting 64 yards with ease.
Video: Chase Rice performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Chase Rice, former UNC football player-turned country music star, performs "Gonna Wanna Tonight" on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night.
Carolina Rundown: December 2
The ACC may have more bowl eligible teams than it has slots (due to Notre Dame), which could affect Carolina. John Henson will be out a couple more weeks, and Wayne Ellington's contract guarantee increased. Ty Lawson had 15 points and 12 assists. Volleyball remains No. 7 in this week's poll and Sylvia Hatchell's team moved up to sixth in the new AP women's basketball poll.
Triangle Football Schedules by the Numbers
UNC's football schedule was pretty stout. All but one of Carolina's opponents finished .500 or above, and the only one who did not was Virginia at 5-7. Even UNC's FCS opponent, Liberty, won its conference and has already won a playoff game. Ten of the Tar Heels' opponents are bowl eligible plus Liberty qualified for the FCS playoffs. That's 11 of 12 headed for the postseason.
Eric Ebron loses bet, is forced to wear NC State gear
Eric Ebron and Stephen Tulloch are teammates with the Detroit Lions these days but still got into the spirit of rivalry week with a little wager.
Da'Norris Searcy snags a pair of picks
Bills safety Da’Norris Searcy has been a defensive back since high school, but he channeled his inner wide receiver in the Bills 26-10 win over the Cleveland Browns. Searcy had two interceptions on the day for 38 yards to post his first career multi-pick game. With Sunday’s interceptions, he now has five for his career and three this season.
Not Self-Imposing Bowl Ban Correct Move for UNC
With the uncertainty surrounding UNC’s academic scandal and the NCAA’s investigation, it does not make sense for UNC to self-impose a penalty that might not come into play. Whether much of the conduct in the Wainstein report is an NCAA violation is still an open question. How much the NCAA can corroborate is another. Self-imposed penalties are also unlikely to be helpful at this point.
Six Tar Heels Earn All-ACC Football Honors
Six North Carolina Tar Heels received all-conference honors, as announced Monday by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). Quarterback Marquise Williams was a second-team selection, guard Landon Turner and wide receiver Ryan Switzer earned third-team honors and wide receiver Mack Hollins, defensive tackle Ethan Farmer and cornerback Brian Walker were honorable-mention selections.
Video: UNC Football 2014 #ThankYouFans
Carolina Football recognizes the importance of their fans. As the 2014 season comes to a close, UNC Football and IMC Sports present this video as a tribute to the Tar Heel Football fans.