Preseason concerns about the depth along North Carolina's offensive line could come into play on Saturday against Connecticut. The 19th-ranked Tar Heels will be without left guard Jonathan Cooper unless his injured right ankle improves significantly in the next 24 hours. Cooper, a redshirt freshman, sprained his ankle on the third play of UNC's 40-6 win over The Citadel last week and missed the second half. He did not practice Wednesday and was going to test the ankle again Thursday, UNC coach Butch Davis said.
It's on the line for Heels
The News and Observer
North Carolina freshman wide receiver Josh Adams admitted he had some jitters before the season-opener against The Citadel.
In fact, Adams said he had butterflies a week before UNC's 40-6 victory to open the year.
But he said his nerves had nothing to do with a dropped pass in the second quarter of the victory.
Tar Heels aim to be more receptive
The Durham Herald-Sun
Starting strongside linebacker Scott Lutrus, who sustained a stinger in the fourth quarter and left the game at Ohio University last week is questionable for Saturday's game against No. 19 North Carolina.
UConn coach Randy Edsall said Thursday that it will be a game-time decision on Lutrus, but added there's a "50-50" chance the Brookfield product — and the Huskies' leading tackler in 2008 — will play in the important nonconference game at Rentschler Field.
Key UConn Defender Questionable For Tar Heels
The Hartford Courant
North Carolina coach Butch Davis watched his team surrender a paltry 30 rushing yards in a victory against The Citadel last week. With backups playing most of the final quarter, it is an even more impressive number.
UNC concerned about Huskies' ground game
The Waterbury Republican-American
As elections go, this was no cliffhanger. They didn't need to send out for an extra gallon of Starbucks the night the honors committee got together at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "Let's see. Who are we going to vote for -- Coach Vladimir Kondrashin, Brazil's Maciel Ubiratan Pereira, Richie Guerin, Red Kerr or Michael Jordan?" It didn't happen quite like that -- the 2009 winners needed 18 yes votes from 24 members -- but you get the picture. The greatest player in basketball history was automatic, unless someone despised Carolina, the Chicago Bulls, Nike, feverish gambling or an overcooked steak served by a surly waiter at Michael Jordan's restaurant.
The Best Ever: Michael Jordan heads into Hall of Fame after transforming promise into unimagined production
The Winston Salem Journal
Getting inducted into basketball's Hall of Fame doesn't sit well with Michael Jordan.
Jordan does consider it a tremendous honor -- a validation for the kid from Wilmington who blazed onto the scene in Chapel Hill and morphed into a basketball and cultural legend in the NBA.
But Jordan's famously competitive streak means that, even at 46, he hates to admit basketball is over for him.
Jordan flies to top of NBA summit
The News and Observer
They'll induct our state's most celebrated athlete into his sport's most hallowed shrine today. No one ever deserved it more.
Maybe now Michael Jordan will accept his state's sincere gesture, too.
Enshrining Michael Jordan
The Greensboro News-Record