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Thanks to an extensively decorated past, North Carolina basketball enters each and every season with high expectations. But after losing four potential lottery picks to the NBA, the 2012-2013 campaign could be a bit different at Chapel Hill.Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, Kendall Marshall and John Henson all will be playing in the association this upcoming year, but five McDonalds All-Americans remain on the current roster.Led by sophomore sensation James Michael Mcadoo, the Tar Heels look to do something that they haven’t had the chance to do in years.
UNC-Chapel Hill Athletics Director Bubba Cunningham says that he expects a new investigation into academic improprieties will turn up more evidence of irregularities prior to 2007.UNC already has conducted one investigation into academic improprieties, which looked only at the academic years from 2007 to 2011. That investigation found 54 “irregularly taught courses” in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies. The primary irregularity was that courses were listed as lecture courses, meaning students would attend class, but were in fact conducted as independent study. In independent study classes, students are supposed to meet separately with a professor.
At 6-foot-3 and 310 pounds, Jonathan Cooper is a mountain of a man, every bit the modern college offensive lineman. He’s also one of the nicest and most sincere people you could ever hope to meet, traits that have always served him well but are even more valuable given the circumstances surrounding North Carolina’s football program.With all the other turmoil and changes that have swirled through and around the team over the past three years, Cooper’s continuing cheerful presence offers a reassuring modicum of stability. It doesn’t hurt that he’s also pretty good at what he does, a second-team all-ACC pick at left guard the past two seasons and a top prospect at his position for next spring’s NFL Draft.
North Carolina: Quinshad Davis, WR. Davis missed some early practice time because of a medical issue but has returned in the last week and has a big chance to make some noise. The Tar Heels are lacking depth at this position, and the way Larry Fedora likes to spread the ball around, he will take as many good receivers as he can.
It is that time of year again. No, it’s not time to sweat through your clothes thanks to 100+ degree heat. It’s that time when kids across the country are heading back to school and experiencing their first day of class.Remember those days? Putting on the new clothes and shoes you were given that hopefully were cool enough, that moment you realized you’ve moved up in the world again and getting to see old friends you hadn’t seen in awhile.There was something magical about that time. Especially how it all made you feel special and excited to be a part of something. Although he’s no longer going to class, Suns rookie guard Kendall Marshall got the opportunity to feel a little bit of that childlike excitement again earlier this week (minus the awkwardness of having to meet the new, slightly strange, teacher).
Marshall, who was in New York for the NBA rookie orientation and rookie photo shoot , experienced a moment he had been waiting a lifetime for.
A Valentine’s Day date between the Tar Heels and Blue Devils had been a possibility based on the shell of the ACC schedule the conference previously released, but that Feb. 13 meeting does come on Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s 66th birthday.
Larry Fedora offered up a rare bombshell toward the end of his media availability when he told reporters that, as of Wednesday afternoon, first-team All-ACC running back Gio Bernard would be the likely starter at punt returner.
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