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Herring pushed Ahlers in QB competition

Herring pushed Ahlers in QB competition

East Carolina coach Mike Houston's his first day on the job could have named Holton Ahlelrs his starting quarterback and not raised an eyebrow among Pirate Nation faithful. Ahlers, after all, was the returning starter, having earned the job at midseason when Reid Herring...

Taking a new approach to a familiar job

Taking a new approach to a familiar job

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Mack Brown, North Carolina’s new/old coach, showed up at the Westin Hotel last week for the ACC Kickoff media days with the look of a CEO. The Not surprising since the CEO coach approach has become a bit of a trend in college football.Let the head coach with a...

North Carolina talent grows with population

North Carolina talent grows with population

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – No need for Mack Brown to click on Internet college football recruiting sites or to study population growth figures. He only needed to drive from North Carolina’s Chapel Hill campus to Charlotte for ACC media days to understand the state of North Carolina's...

Bateman brings plenty from Army to Tar Heels

Bateman brings plenty from Army to Tar Heels

Numbers aplenty explain Mack Brown luring Jay Bateman to leave Army for his newly assembled staff at North Carolina staff. But in college football, statistics are only half of story to grading a coach’s value. What about developing talent? What about recruiting? Those are parts...

Zay Jones earns trip to New York at Waldorf

Zay Jones earns trip to New York at Waldorf

Isaiah “Zay” Jones and his East Carolina teammates missed out on a bowl game, but the senior wide receiver did his best to earn a trip with NCAA records for receptions in a season and a career.He won’t be invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation on Dec. 10 in New York, although...

Ricky Williams on journey to Heisman and Hall

Ricky Williams on journey to Heisman and Hall

NEW YORK — The formerly enigmatic Ricky Williams ran for an NCAA-record 6,279 yards at Texas and another 10,009 yards in the NFL. The most important yards for his post-football career, though, were the 1,121 he gained in his 2009 comeback season.That was the start to...