(Associated Press) LSU's Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne became the first cornerback teammates to lock down spots on the AP All-America team. Mathieu and Claiborne were joined on the All-America team by Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III of Baylor and finalists Montee Ball of Wisconsin and Trent Richardson of Alabama.
(By Ken Tysiac, firstname.lastname@example.org) CHAPEL HILL Whatever North Carolina interim coach Everett Withers said in the locker room at halftime must have made an impression on his players. After a sluggish, scoreless first half, North Carolina dominated the second half this afternoon to defeat Louisville 14-7 at Kenan Stadium.
(By David Scott, email@example.com) Bruce Tall, the Charlotte 49ers' new defensive coordinator, thinks coaching a fledgling program can have its advantages. "When you start from scratch, you can pick the guys who best fit what you're trying to do," said Tall, whose hiring was announced by the school Thursday. "When you've got all these pieces to the puzzle you have to fit together, you can pick them yourself."
(By Robbi Pickeral, firstname.lastname@example.org) Woody Durham, the Voice of the Tar Heels for the past 40 years, is going radio silent. The man behind the microphone for more than 1,800 of the Tar Heels' football and basketball games - including 13 Final Fours, and 23 bowls -- is retiring, the school announced Tuesday night.
(By Brian Haines, Special Correspondent) After he fielded one of the worst defenses in college football last season, there was no doubt what East Carolina coach Ruffin McNeill had placed on the top of his to-do list as the Pirates launched spring practice this week. Accompanied by defensive coordinator Brian Mitchell, McNeill announced plans for his second season with the Pirates to abandon his 4-3 defensive alignment and switch to a 3-4.
(By Ken Tysiac, email@example.com) For four months, Sharon Lee has been consumed with clearing her son's name. She is the mother of North Carolina fullback Devon Ramsay, who learned Thursday the NCAA had rescinded the permanent ban it placed on him in November.
(By J.P. Giglio, Staff writer) Russell Wilsons college football career appears to be over. N.C. State plans on moving forward without the All-ACC quarterback, Wolfpack coach Tom OBrien said Wednesday. OBrien said he doesnt expect Wilson, the starter for the previous three seasons, to return to school after he goes to training camp with the Colorado Rockies later this month.
(By Joseph Person, firstname.lastname@example.org) Panthers general manager Marty Hurney has the same seat every year at Senior Bowl practices, alone in the top row at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.p/Hurney might have the same vantage point, but he is in a different perch this year at the college all-star game - holding the No. 1 pick in the April draft.
(By Joseph Person, email@example.com) The Panthers have begun the vetting process on Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley, his high school coach said Tuesday.p/Williamson coach Bobby Parrish said Panthers college scout Jeff Beathard called him recently to ask background questions about Fairley. Parrish said other teams, including Oakland, have sent him questionnaires about Fairley, but the Panthers are the first team to call.
(Darin Gantt, firstname.lastname@example.org) The Carolina Panthers still have some work to do, but they're quickly checking off the key members of their coaching staff.p/Friday, the Panthers agreed to a deal - which is not yet signed - with former Jacksonville quarterbacks coach Mike Shula for the same job.
(By Darin Gantt, email@example.com) Ron Rivera got his man, and the Carolina Panthers appear headed for some changes on offense.p/The Panthers agreed to a deal with San Diego assistant Rob Chudzinski to be their offensive coordinator, with only a contract signing standing in the way of the official announcement.
(By Scott Fowler, firstname.lastname@example.org) The Carolina Panthers didn't scare Andrew Luck away.p/His father, West Virginia athletics director Oliver Luck, kept assuring me of that Thursday afternoon when we talked by telephone.
(By Joseph Person, email@example.com) As Carolina players walked out of Bank of America Stadium on Monday morning carrying their gear to their vehicles, many couldn't help wondering when - or if - they would be back.p/The Panthers have 28 players who are not under contract for next season, assuming there is a next season. The collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and its players runs out March 4, and there has been little optimism the two sides can avoid a lockout.
(By Scott Fowler, firstname.lastname@example.org) Do you want Jim Harbaugh to come to Charlotte and work for the Panthers?p/You can be forgiven if you have forgotten that Harbaugh, Stanford's head coach, has already been there and done that.
(By Darin Gantt, email@example.com) iReport Card from the Panthers-Falcons game on Jan. 2./ip/bQUARTERBACK: /bHey, it's not all Jimmy Clausen's fault. But he didn't do much to fix it, either. He finished the year as the league's lowest-rated passer (58.4), and there's enough of a sample size to prove that's no accident. He'll get some competition for next year, and he needs to get a lot better if he wants to play in the league again. This one's on him. bGrade: /bF.