Travis Haney examines six spring "sleeper" college football programs that could contend for their divisions and/or conferences in 2013. North Carolina, which returns a lot of talent and experience on both sides of the ball, tops the list.
An attorney has released cellphone records for fired North Carolina football coach Butch Davis to media outlets, saying it should prove "once and for all" that Davis did nothing wrong regarding misconduct by players.
The NCAA infractions committee has hit North Carolina's football program with a one-year postseason ban, a reduction of 15 scholarships and three years of probation following an investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct.
Former North Carolina coach Butch Davis has posted a video on YouTube defending himself from allegations following an NCAA investigation into the UNC football program, saying he is "absolutely committed to a clean program."
The North Carolina Secretary of State's office wants a court to force the NCAA to turn over documents from its investigation of UNC's football program to see if the state's sports agent laws were broken.
North Carolina has self-imposed deep penalties on its football program after university and enforcement staff concluded several players had received impermissible benefits in violation of NCAA bylaws governing agents, runners and preferential treatment.
North Carolina fired football coach Butch Davis, saying the past year of turmoil amid an NCAA investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct was doing too much damage to the school's reputation.
UNC has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA outlining violations in the football program, including unethical conduct by a former assistant coach as well as failure to adequately monitor the conduct of a former and current players.