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Carolina Football

The University of North Carolina will name Lawrence "Bubba" Cunningham as its next athletics director today, three sources close to the hiring process said Thursday. Cunningham, 49, is the athletics director at the University of Tulsa, where he has worked since 2005. He will replace Dick Baddour, who is retiring after 14 years of leading UNC's athletics department.
UNC to name Tulsa's Bubba Cunningham today
The Winston Salem Journal

One month after starting at wide receiver in North Carolina's Motor City Bowl victory over Tennessee, Joshua Adams was diagnosed with a serious kidney disorder. But the sophomore has been improving rapidly, and Adams is closer than ever to returning to the field.
UNC's Adams may return after being sidelined kidney ailment
The Durham Herald-Sun

The University of North Carolina will turn to a rising star in the collegiate world to lead its athletic program. Lawrence "Bubba'' Cunningham, a Notre Dame graduate who has spearheaded programs at Ball State and Tulsa, is scheduled to be approved as UNC's new director of athletics today.
UNC set to hire Tulsa's Cunningham as athletic director
The Fayetteville Observer

Miami's football program has consistently been one of the most athletic in the nation, and this year's team is no different. "They bring speed and explosiveness to the table," UNC quarterback Bryn Renner said. "They have a lot of speed." Miami's offense is led by tailback Lamar Miller. Miller, who leads the ACC in rushing with 135.4 yards per game, will likely pressure the Tar Heel front seven to limit his impact and get off the field.
Miami football to bring ‘speed and explosiveness' vs. UNC
The Daily Tar Heel

Lost in North Carolina's sloppy play and Giovani Bernard's rushing milestone was Zach Brown's performance against Louisville. The linebacker recorded 11 tackles and intercepted a pass that can only be described as a good read.
Tar Heels hope to race past Miami
The Daily Tar Heel

North Carolina placekicker Casey Barth and center Cam Holland are unlikely to play Saturday against Miami, but the availability of three other injured Tar Heels football players will be a game-time decision, interim coach Everett Withers said. Senior linebacker Ebele Okakpu (ankle), senior safety Jonathan Smith (ankle) and junior linebacker Kevin Reddick (ankle) are all questionable for Saturday's 12:30 p.m. kickoff, Withers said, along with reserve tailback A.J. Blue (ankle). Only one win away from becoming bowl eligible, however, Withers and the Tar Heels (5-1, 1-1 ACC) were in good spirits Thursday.
UNC injury update in air
The News and Observer

Since taking over as coach, Al Golden has focused on fixing three problems that plagued the 2010 Hurricanes: offensive turnovers, conditioning and penalties.
Miami Hurricanes' penalty problems irritate Golden
The Miami Herald

Carolina Basketball

Reggie Bullock knew his knee just wasn't right last season. Bullock, a 6-foot-7 guard, played through pain much of his freshman season at North Carolina before finally suffering an injury to his left knee that required arthroscopic surgery and sidelined him for the final nine games. His return this season could prove critical for the Tar Heels, who need outside shooters to take the pressure of their touted inside game and have already lost top outside shooter Leslie McDonald to his own knee injury this summer.
Bullock's return gives UNC another shooter
The Winston Salem Journal

While the majority of people may consider North Carolina to be the prohibitive favorite entering the college basketball season, Coach Roy Williams isn't among them. As the team got ready for tonight's "Late Night with Roy," Williams said there wasn't one team that clearly stood above the rest.
Tar Heels head into ‘Late Night' with lineup intact
The Durham Herald-Sun

When North Carolina coach Roy Williams would ask visiting alums who was playing well in on-campus pickup games this summer, they often mentioned Leslie McDonald's name first. Kids from UNC's summer camps couldn't stop talking about McDonald, either. How he fits into the Tar Heels' plans for 2011-12 remains unclear. McDonald injured his right knee in mid-July, requiring surgeries to reconstruct his ACL and repair his meniscus. Williams has told McDonald they won't discuss his prospects for returning until December.
Leslie McDonald has goal of being healthy before 2011-12 season ends
The Fayetteville Observer

Harrison Barnes said when he talks to friends of his who are in the NBA, the subject of the lockout usually doesn't come up. "It's kind of awkward," Barnes said. " ‘Oh hey guys, you aren't playing this year. You need to come to our games.' There's kind of that awkward territory." On Thursday, when North Carolina held its media day, Barnes, forward John Henson and center Tyler Zeller posed for pictures and sat in the Smith Center standers, fielding questions from reporters.
Tar Heels trio likes decision to wait on NBA
The Burlington Times-News

North Carolina coach Roy Williams sees the comparisons to the 2009 championship coming. Like '09, this year's team returns multiple players who turned down the chance to enter the NBA draft early. Like '09, these Tar Heels feel they have something to prove after finishing short of their national title goal last season.
UNC has look of '09 championship squad
The Charlotte Observer

Marshall, a fairly un-athletic, non-shooting point guard, is what makes this Tar Heels team one that puts the fear of God into opponents. He's the one chiefly responsible for turning North Carolina from a train wreck -- which is what it was for much of the first two months a season ago -- into the buzzsaw that is ranked by just about everyone as the No. 1 team in the land entering the 2011-12 campaign.
Marshall makes Tar Heels a title contender
CBS Sports

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