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Carolina Basketball

Freshman Marcus Ginyard is the jokester of his class. Bobby Frasor might be the most outgoing. It's a toss-up as to who is the quietest -- Tyler Hansbrough or Mike Copeland. And Danny Green? He's pure New York. At least, that's what their upperclassmen North Carolina teammates say.
UNC reins in rookies
Raleigh News & Observer

It might lead to as many turnovers as layups, but North Carolina will keep its fast pace despite losing the top seven scorers off last season's NCAA champion basketball team.
Look for speedier Heels
Charlotte Observer

"It's my hope we'll be an unbelievably tough team mentally, that we will be able to play half-court pressure defense," coach Roy Williams said Thursday, "and I'm hoping we'll be able to run even faster than we did last year. And that's going to be my goal starting out."
Title quest begins anew for new-look Heels
Greensboro News & Record

"Life hasn't changed," Williams said Thursday at the Smith Center. He looked the same and sounded the same, and that's maybe because he made a decision not to hit the speaking trail, not to make all those appearances where people would goo-goo and gah-gah after his every step and ask him to autograph everything from basketballs to napkins.
Williams ready for challenge
Durham Herald-Sun

Roy Williams has undertaken a few rebuilding jobs in his 17-year coaching career, but none have been like the job that awaits him at North Carolina this season.
Williams faces a massive rebuilding job with Heels
Winston-Salem Journal

McGrath said she hopes the earlier start time will draw a bigger audience. "We want to encourage everyone to be in their seats by 8:45 for the basketball activities," she said. "I think (starting early) will encourage more families to come and bring their kids since it will end around 11:15 as opposed to 1:15."
Late Night comes early for UNC
Daily Tar Heel

For Jawad Williams, the adjustment to his new role on the San Antonio Spurs hasn't been much of an adjustment at all. "It's not really different," he said. "My job is to make open shots and do the little things because there are guys on this team who are already established. I'm just trying to fit in."
Williams battles for open spot with Spurs
Daily Tar Heel

Carolina Football

When University of North Carolina football player Melik Brown smacked head-first into a Utah player last season, he rocked his brain with the same force as a car hitting a brick wall at 25 mph. He got a headache. He started seeing double. And six dime-size sensors in his helmet measured the exact force of the blow.
Helmets measure the hard hits
Raleigh News & Observer

"It was clearly one of the most memorable football moments I've had,'' said Thornton, the Indianapolis Colts' starting strong-side linebacker. "It meant that even though I wasn't recruited to Carolina that, hey, I am a valuable part of the team.''
Receiving scholarship was huge day for Thornton
Indy Star

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