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Video: Matt Merletti, Mary Willingham Interviewed about UNC academic issues

University of North Carolina's Mary Willingham put out a controversial study on the literacy levels of UNC athletes. The results coincided with information that some athletes were enrolled in classes that didn't actually exist. HuffPost Live talks with Willingham, former UNC safety Matt Merletti, and UNC Student Body President Christy Lambden for their insight.

Sylvester Williams' incredible journey to Super Bowl began on assembly line

This Sunday he'll line up and go to work, with men on his right and on his left. He'll be alone with his thoughts and his task. In that way, it's the same as it was after high school for Sylvester Williams. In every other way, it's completely different. Williams is starting on the defensive line for the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. A little more than five years ago, he was on an assembly line in Missouri.

Turner's Take: A Firm Foundation

The North Carolina defensive front that takes the field in September will look a lot different from the one that helped secure the Belk Bowl championship last December. To compete against a difficult schedule in 2014, the Tar Heels will have to replace the leadership and playmaking capabilities of Kareem Martin and Tim Jackson.

The Sylvester Williams Success Story

It wasn't that long ago that Sylvester Williams was working at Modine Manufacturing Company in Jefferson City, Mo., making radiator parts for trucks. Sunday, he will represent the University of North Carolina in Super Bowl XLVIII when his Denver Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks. Williams' story of perseverance is one of the best and is worth re-telling.

UK RB coach Chad Scott slept in car about 7 months while working as Carolina GA

Kentucky running back coach and former UNC running back Chad Scott on secretly sleeping in his car while working as a graduate assistant for the Tar Heels under coach John Bunting: “I didn’t want to bring it to anybody’s attention because I didn’t want anybody feeling sorry for me. I just wanted the opportunity to coach and I was going to do whatever it took to do it."

2013 ACC Top 25 player countdown: No. 9 - Eric Ebron

A first-team All-ACC selection and Mackey Award finalist, Ebron was one of the nation’s best tight ends and most consistent receiving threats in the conference. A matchup nightmare for every defense North Carolina faced, Ebron established himself as the Tar Heels’ go-to receiver for two different quarterbacks. For the year, Ebron led the Tar Heels in catches (62) and receiving yards (973).

Extra Points: The Littrell Mosaic

Say hello to Seth Littrell, the Tar Heels' new assistant head coach for offense and tight ends coach. Here is the line score for the senior fullback and co-captain on Oklahoma's 2000 national title squad: 24 carries for 78 yards, 10 catches for 109 yards, two touchdowns. Bet he had to block a bunch, huh? That's one thing that attracted Larry Fedora to the coach who for two years has run the offense at Indiana.

Top 10 ACC Defensive Linemen of the BCS Era

1. Julius Peppers, DE, UNC (1999-01): As a two-sport star in Chapel Hill, Peppers was a freshman All-American in 1999 before leading the nation in sacks (15.0) as a sophomore. He capped his junior season as a consensus All-American and by winning Lombardi, Bednarik and Willis Trophy honors. Peppers was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft.

2013 Top 25 player countdown: No. 14: Kareem Martin

No. 14 Kareem Martin, DE, UNC: Martin was able to get off blocks to make plays behind the line of scrimmage, often in spite of facing double teams. He got after quarterbacks and made game-changing plays. Martin was a first-team All-ACC selection after finishing the regular season with 78 tackles, 20.0 tackles for loss, 11.0 sacks, 14 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Picking every 2014 ACC football game

I guess I'll stick right there with UNC for the toughest schedule. In addition to that four-game stretch, they play down in Miami, and then they've got two games in six days when they play Pitt on a Saturday and then travel to play Duke on Thursday night in Durham.

UNC RB coach Randy Jordan takes job with NFL's Redskins

UNC running backs coach Randy Jordan is headed back to the NFL. The Washington Redskins announced over Twitter Saturday night that they have hired Jordan as their new running backs coach. Jordan, who played the position at UNC before graduating in 1993, had a nine-year NFL career and then began his coaching career as a special teams assistant with the Oakland Raiders in 1993.

Country musician, former UNC linebacker Chase Rice Sets Lofty New Year’s Resolution

Chase Rice accomplished plenty in 2013. He helped pen Florida Georgia Line‘s multi-platinum smash hit, ‘Cruise,’ and released his own EP, ‘Ready, Set, Roll,’ which quickly landed in the Top 5. But the singer-songwriter says that he has even bigger goals for himself in 2014. “I’d love to have my own No. 1 as an artist, as far as music goes,” Rice tells Roughstock.

UNC Student Body Pres: “Disgusted” By Athlete/Academic Accusations

At Thursday’s meeting of the Board of Trustees, UNC student body president Christy Lambden spoke out harshly against recent allegations that a majority of Carolina student-athletes struggle to read at a high-school level. “I for one am disgusted by the reputation of Carolina students being unnecessarily disparaged by the media,” he said.

Video: Seth Littrell discusses his offensive philosophy

Gerry DiNardo sits down with former Indiana offensive coordinator Seth Littrell, who was hired by UNC on Friday, to discuss his offensive scheme and philosophy.

Bubba Cunningham calls for raising academic entrance requirements for athletes

As UNC continues to face the fallout of an academic adviser's report that many of the school's football and basketball players struggle with basic reading skills, athletic director Bubba Cunningham called Friday for tougher academic standards for student-athletes. "I think it would be good to increase all the incoming requirements for freshmen," Cunningham said.

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