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Weekend News & Notes

Scouring the interwebs to bring you things from the past few days that you may or may not have known:

From the hardwood:

•The NCAA regularly lists Academic Progress Rates (APR) for schools, but for the first time linked APRs to specific coaches. The list of coaches APRs was released this week and who tops the list in the ACC? Roy Williams, of course. Ol' Roy and the Heels posted a 992.8 out of a possible 1000. This number will take a hit next year, thanks to the Wear twins, since transfers ding your APR.

On the other hand, Butch Davis scored a 957.7, which is slightly below the ACC average but is still better than all but two coaches in the SEC. Read into that what you will.

•The Heels are headed to San Juan for the early-season Puerto Rico Tip-Off and will open with Hofstra, followed by either Western Kentucky or Minnesota. West Virginia, Davidson, Nebraska, and Vanderbilt are in the other half of the bracket.

•Robbi Pickeral profiles Harrison Barnes in Sunday's N&O, and asserts that Barnes possesses what last season's team desperately lacked - leadership. Barnes set a 4th-of-July Sunday morning workout with strength coach Jonas Sahratian, then showed up the next day with Will Graves, Dexter Strickland, and Kendall Marshall in tow. Barnes is demonstrating a Hansbrough-like work ethic that is apparently rubbing off on his teammates. In his spare time, Barnes works with orphans and helps old ladies across the street. But it is becoming clear whose team this will be next year.

•Pickeral also reports in ACC Now that Justin Knox has graduated from Alabama, clearing the last hurdle to being eligible to play for the Tar Heels. But he will not accompany the team to the Bahamas for the pre-season trip because he was not enrolled in summer school at UNC since he was obviously finishing classes at Alabama. Still, he has been in the area this summer and working with the team, so he should not be far behind. Harrison Barnes is leading his team through example and Justin Knox works hard enough to earn his degree in three years. What a breath of fresh air to a team whose intensity and dedication were called into question last season.

From the gridiron:

•A certain unlinkable ESPN blogger reports that for the first time in recent memory, everyone on the two deep roster is healthy and in practice. She also notes there is actual competition on the offensive line, especially at left tackle where Carl Gaskins, recovered from a season-ending injury last season, is battling with highly touted freshman James Hurst. For all the talk of the defense, consistent, healthy O-line play may be the biggest key to the team's ultimate success.

J.P. Giglio of the N&O writes that college football prognosticator Phil Steele ranks Carolina #12 in the country and predicts a 10-2 record. But he still picks them 3rd in their own division.

From around the ACC:

•The NCAA summer violations tour continues, as the big dogs paid visits to Miami (improper text messages and phone calls), West Virginia (improper workouts), and Tennessee (general douchebaggery under Lane Kiffin). Obviously these have nothing to do with Agent-gate, but the NCAA seems to be working under an increased vigilance on all levels these days.

•Speaking of Miami, ever wonder how they cleared a spot for all-world lineman Seantrel Henderson just days before the beginning of camp? By declaring that a couple of returning players had academic issues and would not be returning. Only one problem: at least one of those players apparently did not have academic problems and was simply cut for a bigger name on line 2. Certain rival fan bases like to accuse Butch Davis and UNC of using the "waiver wire" but nothing compares to cutting kids either immediately before or even after they have reported to camp, like Miami, Alabama, or LSU, who released a player after he had reported to camp and moved into the dorm.