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Morning Heel: UNC Tar Heels Daily News Links

Welcome to another edition of the Morning Heel, a daily feature here at Keeping It Heel. Along with The Hub we want to bring you not only our original content but a collection of all the best UNC news. Have a link to suggest? Send it to keepingitheel@gmail.com!


Jonathan Cooper’s ‘giant’ NFL opportunity an answer to his father’s prayers
While Jonathan Cooper’s size was once an obstacle that appeared to hold him back, to the point that he was barred from playing youth football because he was too big, it has now developed into his greatest asset. That giant of a baby has grown to into a 6-foot-2, 311-pound man whose superior athletic skills helped him become an All-America offensive guard at both Hoggard High and UNC. (Wilmington Star News)

UNC, LSU thrive in college baseball’s new era
It’s been three years since college baseball zapped the power from its metal bats, causing the once ubiquitous slugfests to largely disappear. Nobody has adjusted better than North Carolina and LSU. Instead of complaining, the Tar Heels and Tigers have discovered the blueprint to success in the new era. (Yahoo! Sports)

Lucas: Marcus Paige Gets Report Card
When Marcus Paige sat down for his postseason meeting with Roy Williams recently, the veteran coach pulled a favorite trick of many teachers. “Marcus, how would you grade yourself this season?” Williams asked Paige. “I was kind of nervous about it,” Paige admits with a laugh. “I had to think about it for a second. I played it safe and went with a ‘B.'” (GoHeels.com)

Raymond Felton Leaving Linsanity in the Dust
Raymond Felton is leaving Linsanity in the dust. Remember when some fans and talking heads criticized the Knicks last summer for signing Felton and choosing not to re-sign Jeremy Lin? That seems like ancient history now.Felton went for 16 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 0 turnovers Tuesday night as the Knicks beat the Celtics, 87-71, to take a 2-0 lead in the series. (Zags Blog)

Recapping the 2013-14 league opponents for North Carolina, Duke, N.C. State and Wake Forest
North Carolina will have home-and-away matchups with Duke, N.C. State, Wake Forest and Notre Dame, home-only meetings with Pittsburgh, Boston College, Clemson, Maryland and Miami and road-only meetings with Syracuse, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Virginia Tech. (Fayetteville Observer)

ACC Baseball Roundup: Power Rankings Edition
1. North Carolina (39-2, 18-2, No. 3 RPI) So much of baseball is based on luck: You can barrel a ball right into a fielder’s glove or you can shatter your bat into a million pieces and sneak a short blooper into the shallow outfield. Just think about everything that can go wrong in a single game. Think about how much can go wrong in a three-game series. Now look at UNC’s record and marvel at it. (ACC Sports Journal)

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