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Carolina Football


In the February chill Friday afternoon, Matt Baker was thrilled to be on the football field, spiraling passes to a coterie of North Carolina receivers. Asked on this first day of spring practice if he was ready to step in for departed, record-breaking quarterback Darian Durant, Baker flashed a big smile and said: "Yes, sir!"
Baker now the man for UNC
The News and Observer

Bunting would not divulge his reasons for dismissing Thomas and Bowman when talking to reporters after UNC's first day of spring practice. "They are no longer going to be part of the team," Bunting said. "We told you that when things changed that we would let you know. And that's where it's at. We all know what they did before. I think it's a shame that they're not here and it's too bad."
Thomas, Bowman are dismissed from football team by Bunting
The Winston-Salem Journal

North Carolina on Friday announced it had booted two football players who seemed on track to return to workouts after misdemeanor drug charges last fall. Wide receiver Adarius Bowman told several people close to him that he would be returning to the team. Isaiah Thomas had been seen working out at the Kenan Football Center since he, Bowman and a third player were charged with possession of marijuana in a dorm room.
Two Heels kicked off team
The Durham Herald Sun

Last month, suspended North Carolina football player Isaiah "Puff" Thomas said he expected to rejoin the team for spring practice. UNC's spring practice, however, began Friday without both the defensive tackle and wide receiver Adarius Bowman, two of three players suspended last fall after being charged with possession of marijuana.
Pair off UNC team
The News and Observer

Carolina Basketball


Theoretically, playing without leading scorer Rashad McCants for a game or two could help North Carolina in the long run because it will give reserves more minutes to hone their games. But that theory only works, UNC coach Roy Williams said Friday, "if you get the injured player back at full speed."
Opportunity arises
The News and Observer

The North Carolina Tar Heels have begun contemplating the long-term absence of Rashad McCants. The leading scorer on the nation's second-ranked basketball team, McCants was a spectator rather than a participant at Friday's practice and is likely to miss his second straight game because of an intestinal virus he can't seem to shake.
McCants' digestion is the question for UNC
The Greensboro News and Record

Rashad McCants' health hasn't improved despite rest and a change of medicine and he is unlikely to play on Sunday in a game at Maryland, Coach Roy Williams of North Carolina said yesterday.
McCants likely out against Terps
The Winston-Salem Journal

Rashad McCants put on his practice gear, and he was on the Smith Center court, but North Carolina's ill scoring leader did little more than stand around Friday.
McCants still sidelined
The Durham Herald-Sun

There has been no change in Rashad McCants' condition, which leaves second-ranked North Carolina to prepare for Sunday's game at Maryland without its leading scorer.
McCants still missing for Tar Heels
The Shelby Star

Rashad McCants, North Carolina's leading scorer, is doubtful for tomorrow's game against Maryland at Comcast Center because he was still feeling the effects of an intestinal disorder yesterday afternoon.
Tar Heels' McCants Is Doubtful
The Washington Post

When you're 18 and not yet jaded, life can move at a pace that promotes stress-free exuberance. Yesterday is a fading memory, tomorrow at least six hours of PlayStation away. At 18, you're not in a hurry to figure out dinner, much less the next 20 years of your life. And so it is with an appropriate blast of 18-year-old innocence that North Carolina freshman Marvin Williams is living his life in Chapel Hill.
Marvin, we barely got to know you
The Fayetteville Observer

There's pressure defense, and then there's North Carolina's pressure defense.
Smith, Devils get second shot at Heels
The Durham Herald-Sun


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