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A day after indefinitely suspending three football players who were cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession, North Carolina coach John Bunting said he did not know when the trio would be reinstated and said that his team does not have a drug problem.
Coach defends Heels
Raleigh News & Observer

Wide receiver Adarius Bowman, one of three UNC football players suspended Monday after a weekend marijuana citation, may have failed an earlier test for the drug.
UNC player may have failed drug test earlier
Durham Herald-Sun

Isaiah Thomas is awaiting the results of a drug test administered Monday by the North Carolina athletics department officials because of his suspension from the football team, his father said yesterday.
Players awaiting drug-test results
Winston-Salem Journal

"It doesn't qualify as a positive," he said. "But could it trigger a suspension or trigger the reasonable-suspicion clause and, therefore, lead to another test? Yes, it could."
Suspended UNC players might not return
Greensboro News & Record

"I've been playing fairly well," Goddard said. "I think I'm doing really well on special teams. I'm playing about as much as I thought I'd play. I'm happy with what I've done so far."
Goddard enjoys special victory with Tar Heels
Washington Daily News

"Now you're drawing me back to the whole week-by-week thing," Baddour said Monday night, when asked if beating a ranked rival and getting a third victory was enough to bring Bunting back next season.
Baddour stays quiet on Bunting's status
Raleigh News & Observer

I don't think there's a magic number for Bunting. I don't think five victories guarantees anything, although six ought to ensure that he remains football coach and doesn't have to buy dinner or a drink the entire offseason.
Bunting now in position to save his job
Charlotte Observer

UNC punter David Wooldridge received a deferred-prosecution deal and a stern judicial tongue-lashing Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge that he stole merchandise from a Durham Wal-Mart store last month.
UNC punter gets lecture, community service
Durham Herald-Sun

A victory against North Carolina (3-3) would give the Utes their third regular-season victory this season against an opponent from a Bowl Championship Series conference.
Utes aim for landmark win
Denver Post

Thanks to a $50 million expansion several years ago and a Ute football team looking to make outright conference championships an annual expectation rather than a once-in-a-generation experience, fans at Rice-Eccles Stadium say "This is the place" when it comes to local college football.
Rice-Eccles is 'the place' for Utes
Deseret Morning News

The Utes already had been installed as 18 1/2 -point favorites in their first meeting with the Tar Heels at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday night, before the indefinite suspensions of linebacker Fred Sparkman and two others were announced.
Ute notes
Salt Lake Tribune

"It's something I enjoy doing," said David Thornton, a 25-year-old North Carolina native, whose father is a Pentecostal minister who does missionary work in prisons. "Each Tuesday is my personally designated day to go out and try to make a difference in someone's life, whether it's through signing an autograph or speaking to someone and encouraging them.
Eager role model
Indianapolis Star

Carolina Basketball

"I know all about the tradition and history here, and when I got introduced and things like that, it kind of felt like usual," Jamison said. "But I have some fond memories here, playing against some great teams in some hard battles.
Jamison hears Cameron boos again
Durham Herald-Sun

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