Has 'Woobie' qualified?

As of the end of practice Thursday evening, UNC coach John Bunting said he had not heard anything official concerning the academic qualification of junior college recruit Lionell "Woobie" Green. However, a couple of media outlets are reporting the defensive back believes he has already qualified.

Along with Bunting, UNC Athletic Communications officials have not yet confirmed he has met requirements for admission.

In a best case scenario situation, Green would fly into the Raleigh-Durham International Airport Friday night, go through a physical on Saturday and join practice Saturday night.

Two outlets are reporting Green believes he has indeed qualified. 850TheBuzz's Dave Glenn reported it on his radio show yesterday, and Friday morning's Herald-Sun published an article saying the same.

Green said he had completed academic work at Wharton County Junior College in his hometown of Wharton, Texas, and would be on a plane to RDU on Saturday.

Practice started Wednesday without Green, who said finished course work on Tuesday and would have a final transcript to UNC today. He must first send his Wharton transcript to Reedley, which would then award him an associate degree and send the completed transcript to UNC.

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Green is ranked as the No. 4 junior college player in America by SuperPrep. He registered 56 tackles, three interceptions, broke up 32 passes, blocked 10 kicks (six punts, four field goals), forced one fumble and recovered one fumble as he helped lead Reedley College to a 12-0 record and the national junior college championship.

Green could become the first junior college player at North Carolina since Sherrod Peace (1998-99). He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining should he qualify.

The Insiders' Miller Safrit is on top of this story and will be reporting the minute the official word on Green comes down.

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