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Marquise Williams no longer enrolled at UNC

Marquise Williams, a top recruit in North Carolina's 2011 signing class, is no longer enrolled at UNC. ROBERT WILLETT

CHAPEL HILL — Marquise Williams, the quarterback who was one of the top-rated members of North Carolina’s 2011 recruiting class, is not enrolled at UNC for the spring semester, a team spokesman said on Monday.

UNC defensive line coach Deke Adams departs for South Carolina

UNC coach Larry Fedora will be in the market for a new defensive line coach. ROBERT WILLETT

CHAPEL HILL — Deke Adams, who has spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach on Larry Fedora’s staffs at Southern Miss and North Carolina, has accepted a position on Steve Spurrier’s staff at South Carolina.

Adams last season coached the Tar Heels’ defensive line, and he will have the same responsibility at South Carolina.

UNC WR Jordan Fieulleteau among four early enrollees

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora on Wednesday welcomed four early enrollees. ROBERT WILLETT

CHAPEL HILL — Four incoming football players enrolled early at North Carolina and began classes on Wednesday. The Tar Heels’ four early enrollees are: wide receiver Jordan Fieulleteau, running back Khris Francis, offensive lineman R.J. Prince and quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

Fieulleteau, who arrives at UNC from Wakefield High in Raleigh, caught 111 passes for 1,669 yards during his senior season. He earned Associated Press All-State honors. Francis, from Hillside High in Durham, ran for 2,100 yards and 27 touchdowns during his senior season. ranks him the No. 31 running back in the country.

Prince, from Albemarle High, was a member of North Carolina’s Shrine Bowl team (along with Francis). And Trubisky, from Mentor (Ohio) High, earned was named Ohio’s Mr. Football by the Associated Press. He threw for 4,063 yards and 42 touchdowns during his senior season.

UNC RB Giovani Bernard to enter NFL Draft

UNC running back Giovani Bernard will enter the NFL Draft. ROBERT WILLETT

CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard will forego his final two years of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft, he announced earlier today in a statement.

Bernard led the ACC in rushing, all-purpose yards, punt return average and scoring. After missing two games earlier in the season, he ran for 1,228 yards and averaged 122.8 rushing yards per game. His average of 198.1 all-purpose yards per game ranked fifth nationally.

Bernard produced his share of spectacular plays, but he’s likely to be most remembered for his game-winning 74-yard punt return for a touchdown in the final moments against N.C. State. That play broke a tie and allowed UNC to break a five-game losing streak against the Wolfpack.

Here’s the full statement, courtesy UNC:

UNC coach Larry Fedora convinces recruit that he will remain Tar Heels coach

Larry Fedora convinced a North Carolina recruit "100 percent" that Fedora will remain the Tar Tar Heels' coach. ROBERT WILLETT

CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina coach Larry Fedora has declined publicly to dispel speculation about whether he might be interested in the head coaching vacancy at Tennessee, but a recent conversation with Fedora left one of his recruits convinced he’ll remain the Tar Heels coach.

Jordan Fieulleteau, a wide receiver at Wakefield High in Raleigh, told The News & Observer that he spoke with Fedora for about 10 minutes earlier today. Fieulleteau had been concerned, he said, amid speculation that Fedora might interview for Tennessee job.

UNC AD Bubba Cunningham: We won't address coaching rumors

Neither Larry Fedora nor Bubba Cunningham will address coaching rumors. ROBERT WILLETT

CHAPEL HILL — Amid continued speculation that North Carolina coach Larry Fedora is a candidate for the head coaching vacancy at Tennessee, Bubba Cunningham, the UNC athletic director, has released a statement.

And that statement, basically, is this: We won’t address the speculation.

Here’s Cunningham:

No contact between Tennessee and North Carolina about talking to Larry Fedora, source says


Speculation is swirling about Larry Fedora and the head coaching vacancy at Tennessee. ROBERT WILLETT

Amid speculation that North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora would interview today for the head coaching vacancy at Tennessee, a source close to the UNC athletic department said there has been no contact between Tennessee and UNC about Fedora, and that neither Tennessee, nor any entity representing it, has requested permission to interview Fedora.

1354645999 No contact between Tennessee and North Carolina about talking to Larry Fedora, source says The News and Observer Copyright 2011 The News and Observer . All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

UNC grad changes view about big-time college sports

Sports Illustrated senior writer S.L. Price, a 1983 UNC graduate and a Daily Tar Heel alum, wrote in a recent issue of the magazine that his views about college sports' "white hats" have changed. 

In the Nov.  5 issue, Price contributed a five-page piece about Penn State a year after the revelations about former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky rocked that university. Price interviewed Russ Rose, the highly successful Penn State volleyball coach. Rose pointedly asked Price: "Did you take those classes when you were there (at UNC)? The ones that didn't exist?"

"It's a nasty swipe, and more than apt," Price wrote. "After all,  North Carolina was, like Penn State, a school with overweening pride in its own rectitude." Price graduated nearly 30 years ago but Rose's point was that individuals, not a community, should be held to account.

Yet Price wrote that "attending a school that 'did it the right way' marked me more than I knew. The UNC ethos embodied by basketball coach Dean Smith had burrowed deep. I spent the last 30 years actually believing that big-time sports can be folded into an academic environment without warping it...Yes, college sports can be dirty, but places like Notre Dame, Duke and Stanford prove that white hats can thrive too." Price wrote that he no longer believes that. Even schools with the best intentions, he wrote, are unduly influenced by the money from big-time football and basketball.

--John Drescher









N.C. State fires Tom O’Brien: What it means for UNC

UNC coach Larry Fedora probably didn't mind recruiting against former N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien. ROBERT WILLETT

CHAPEL HILL — Though no one at North Carolina is likely to come out and say it, Sunday was probably a disappointing day inside the Tar Heels’ football offices. Why? Because after six seasons, N.C. State fired coach Tom O’Brien.

This isn’t to say that O’Brien was a poor coach. He leaves N.C. State with a 40-35 record and a 5-1 record against UNC, with the only loss coming in late October after Giovani Bernard’s 74-yard punt return for a touchdown in the final seconds.

UNC vs. Maryland: Live from the press box

It's senior day at Kenan Stadium. ROBERT WILLETT

CHAPEL HILL — And welcome to the press box here at Kenan Stadium, where in a little more than an hour North Carolina and Maryland will play their season finales. Has anyone made an ACC-Big Ten Challenge joke yet? No? Good. Don’t look for one here, either.

That said, this is likely the last time we’ll see the Terrapins in Kenan Stadium for a long, long, long time to come.

Since I didn’t get to it earlier, some things to know about this game today:

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