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Extra Points: Next Man Up
One of Gene Chizik’s former bosses, Texas head coach Mack Brown, said a month ago that one element of the Chizik dossier he liked was that Chizik’s schemes were in essence quite simple but that he worked in enough slight-of-hand and had sufficient moving pieces to keep the offense off-balance. Chizik says that’s by design and the goal is to not over-think and get into paralysis-by-analysis mode.
Carolina Announces Football Home Game Designations
The University of North Carolina has announced several home game designations for the 2015 football season, including Homecoming on Nov. 7 vs. Duke. The other special events and dates are as follows:
Jaguars sign tackle Brennan Williams
Offensive tackle Brennan Williams signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday. Williams was a third-round draft pick of the Texans in 2013, chosen 89th overall out of North Carolina. He missed his entire rookie year after undergoing microfracture surgery on his knee. The Texans waived him at the start of 2014 training camp after Williams failed a physical.
Woody Durham Named Recipient of Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Media Award
Famed photographer Rich Clarkson and broadcaster of more than 40 years Woody Durham are the 2015 Curt Gowdy Media Award recipients. The two will be acknowledged for their contributions to basketball during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement events September 10-11 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Details of UNC damage to Duke locker room
North Carolina athletics director Bubba Cunningham and Tar Heels football coach Larry Fedora covered the cost of repairing the Duke locker room that was damaged by UNC football players and coaches following last November’s Duke-UNC football game.
North Carolina to hire Nebraska secondary coach Charlton Warren
Nebraska secondary coach Charlton Warren is joining North Carolina in the same role, according to a source. The move reunites Warren and Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora, who were together at Air Force from 1997-98. Warren was a defensive back for the Falcons when Fedora was the service academy’s quarterbacks and wide receivers coach. Warren, 38, replaces former UNC cornerbacks coach Dan Disch.
John Papuchis Q&A
UNC defensive assistant John Papuchis, who served as Nebraska's defensive coordinator from 2012-14. "The thing that was most intriguing to me was the opportunity to work with Coach [Larry] Fedora and Coach [Gene] Chizik. I had known Coach Fedora a little bit and I always had a ton of respect for him. Then I got a phone call from Coach Chizik and it really became a no brainer for me. "
Four UNC Football Student-Athletes Earn All-ACC Academic Honors
North Carolina’s Elijah Hood, Caleb Peterson, Nathan Staub and Mitch Trubisky have been named to the 2014 All-ACC Academic Football Team, announced Wednesday by ACC Commissioner John Swofford. Staub, a sophomore linebacker from Chestnut Mountain, Ga., is a repeat selection, also earning the honor in 2013. Hood, Peterson and Trubisky are first-time selections.
Miami Dolphins sign TE Ryan Taylor
The Miami Dolphins signed tight end Ryan Taylor, a journeyman last with the Cleveland Browns. Taylor — 6-3, 254 pounds — has appeared in 58 games since being drafted by the Packers in the seventh round in 2011. Taylor, who went to North Carolina, has eight career NFL receptions and a touchdown.
Report: Former UNC linebacker Tommy Thigpen turns down UNC assistant coaching position
WMNL reported on Tuesday that Tennessee defensive assistant Tommy Thigpen had offers from other schools. "UT had 3 aides that stayed despite offers: LB Tommy Thigpen (A&M, UNC), WR Zac Azzani (unnamed SEC school), DB Willie Martinez (unknown) — Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams)" Thigpen played college football at North Carolina and coached linebackers there from 2005-08.
Larry Fedora On Passing Of Dean Smtih
UNC head football coach Larry Fedora: "My deepest condolences and prayers are with the Smith family at this time. Coach Smith was a Tar Heel legend and his impact on UNC athletics, and the Chapel Hill community can not be understated. He was someone I always admired. Every coach – regardless of the sport - learned lessons from the way he ran his program and, most importantly, treated his players and staff."
One-on-one with Dre Bly
One of the things I was blessed with coming out of Chesapeake, Virginia was having ball skills and being very instinctive. I think a lot of that has to do with me playing baseball at a young age. Me prepping myself and working hard when I was young.
'Financial Football': Lions' Eric Ebron jumps into game
Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron admitted that as a college student he could spend money as easily as anyone else on shoes and shirts. But he also told a group of high school students that as a professional football player he's learned to budget every month so he doesn't end up broke like many athletes. "Money's here to spend, but you don't have to spend it all," Ebron said.
NFL's Tre Boston takes time out for Southwest Florida
When Tre Boston had success at UNC, then was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 2014, then had a rookie season in which he played well at safety during a playoff run, he still didn't forget about Southwest Florida. He didn't forget about his family, or North Fort Myers, or his coach, Barry Goettemoeller, or the pediatric division, or the hundreds of fans that still followed him throughout his career.
Quinton Coples visits with students at Kinston school
Former Kinston High School football and basketball player Quinton Coples visited Southeast Elementary School on Friday. The New York Jets player partnered with Nike to provide QC success packs to help students succeed. It's all part of his Student of the Month initiative. Coples often comes back to Kinston with his foundation to host camps and clinics, as well as talk to students.