Update #2: Official word is Stepheson is still in CA and will return to UNC early next week. Also, Quentin Thomas is expected to play.
Update: I am taking the complete lack of confirmation from UNC on this to be a sign that Stepheson will not be back and I assume is still with his family.
The hot rumor on Inside Carolina right now says Alex Stepheson is due back in practice on Saturday and would presumably be available for the Clemson game. Awaiting UNC's confirmation of this.
This followed up an interesting rumor that apparently was started on the UCLA message board and actually included in the UCLA premium version of the Wear twins announcement that Stepheson was possibly transferring.