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Brennan Williams is back in the NFL
Brennan Williams says the Xs and Os are the easy part. It’s the X-rays and the MRIs that have impeded the 6-foot-6, 314-pound offensive tackle’s NFL career. Williams, a third-round pick of the Houston Texans out of North Carolina in the 2013 draft who has yet to play a down in the NFL, signed a contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday.
Notre Dame expected to hire UNC defensive line coach Keith Gilmore
Notre Dame is expected to hire Keith Gilmore as its new defensive line coach, according to multiple sources. Gilmore is a 29-year coaching veteran that most recently has served as North Carolina's defensive line coach the past two seasons. According to one of the sources, the hiring is currently under review by Notre Dame's human resources department and is not yet official.
Tar Heel Trailblazer: Charles Waddell
Charles Waddell came to Carolina on a football scholarship with the understanding that he would have the opportunity to play basketball. Waddell’s first year on campus, 1971-72, was the last before freshman became eligible to compete in football and basketball. He participated in spring football practice that year. But in his sophomore season after the Sun Bowl that December, Waddell joined the JV basketball team.
About Gene Chizik
Gene Chizik arrives in Chapel Hill as North Carolina’s new defensive coordinator with a national championship pedigree, having won one as a coordinator at Texas and as a head coach at Auburn. Insiders at both programs went on the record about what Tar Heels fans can expect from a Chizik-led unit.
My Carolina Experience: Chase Rice
Chase Rice had no idea at the time, but playing linebacker at North Carolina turned out to be perfect preparation for the country music business. Rice rolled into Chapel Hill as a highly touted linebacker from Asheville’s Reynolds High. After a colorful post-Carolina career that included stops on the reality show Survivor and two NASCAR championships on Jimmie Johnson’s pit crew, Rice moved to Nashville and began writing and performing.
Video: Blue Dawn of a New Day
The Tar Heel football team kicked off spring conditioning with Blue Dawn which has recently undergone a change in format. Competition is king and the Heels are looking to win every rep.
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.