They're all part of Tuesday's UNC news and notes.
** Reggie Bullock has been named the ACC's Rookie of the Week after his career-high 18-point outburst against Clemson that kept the Tigers winless in Chapel Hill. Hard to believe, but Bullock is UNC's first winner of the ROW honor since Brandan Wright in 2007. Bullock has been a solid offensive weapon off the bench and hopefully the week off has allowed the swelling in his knee to subside and he can return to 100%.
** On his radio show Monday night, Roy Williams confirmed the long-rumored game-on-an-aircraft-carrier against Michigan State has been booked for Veterans Day, November 11, 2011, in San Diego. Inside Carolina is reporting that speculation is the game could be played on the USS Ronald Reagan, but that particular detail has not been worked out.
** As UNC's senior football players involved in the NCAA investigation are headed out on their own to combines and interviews with NFL team and away from the protective veil of the University, it is logical to expect heretofore unknown details about specifics and the scope of the inquiry to start coming out. In his preparations for the Shrine Bowl, Marvin Austin said he would be truthful about his situation with NFL teams and to expect those details to be leaked.
The latest former Tar Heel to pierce the cone of silence is Da'Norris Searcy, who is practicing for the Senior Bowl this week. Ken Tysiac of ACC Now writes that Searcy says he was exonerated of any wrongdoing as it related to the academic prong of the UNC football mess. Searcy was held out three games as a precaution but says he doesn't blame UNC officials as he understood they were seeking to avoid playing anyone who might be ineligible.
Searcy's story provides a cautionary tale for those who would seek to make presumptions of guilt or innocence on anything related to the academic prong of the investigation. At some point between now and 2037 the NCAA will get around to showing their hand about what went on within the Tar Heel football program and what they plan to do about it. Until then, ABCers can dream about letters of inquiry and lack of institutional control while the Butch-bots can stick their heads in the sand and pretend it was all a bad dream like Bobby Ewing on Dallas.