CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina kicker Casey Barth, who played in three games before aggravating a groin injury that sidelined him the rest of the 2011 college football season, has been granted an additional year of eligibility and will be able to play for the Tar Heels next fall.
The ACC granted Barth his fifth year, according to a statement released Monday by UNC.
Barth was limited in the Tar Heels' first three games with the groin injury. Then he strained his groin in the first half of UNC's game against Virginia on Sept. 17, and he didn't play for the rest of the season.
Barth has made 51 of his 63 field goal attempts during his time at UNC, and has converted a school-record 82 consecutive extra points. His brother, Connor, kicked a school-record 54 field goals.
In 2010, Casey Barth received honorable mention All-ACC honors after making 19 of 22 field goal attempts.
N.C. State assistant leaves for Gamecocks: South Carolina has hired Everette Sands to be its running backs coach, the Gamecocks announced. Sands spent the 2011 season as an assistant coach at N.C. State.
Sands, who's from South Carolina, was an assistant at The Citadel before joining Wolfpack coach Tom O'Brien's staff last year. Sands will get a chance to coach one of the best running backs in the country in South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore, who ran for 1,164 yards as a freshman in 2010 before getting his sophomore season cut short by a knee injury.
N.C. State will need to hire its third running backs coach in as many years. Sands replaced Jason Swepson after the 2010 season.
Sands replaces Jay Graham, who left for Tennessee. Coach Steve Spurrier also hired Joe Robinson, North Carolina's defensive line coach in 2011, to be the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach.
Senior Bowl selects four Tar Heels: North Carolina will send an ACC-best four players to the 2012 Senior Bowl. Defensive end Quinton Coples, defensive tackle Tydreke Powell, linebacker Zach Brown and receiver Dwight Jones have all accepted invites to the Jan. 28 game in Mobile, Ala.
Coples was a first-team All-ACC selection after leading the Tar Heels in tackles for loss (15.5) and sacks (7.5). He ranks fourth in the country among active players with 24 sacks.
Powell was an honorable mention All-ACC player in 2011 after starting all 13 games at defensive tackle, recording 46 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and a forced fumble.
Brown earned first-team All-ACC honors and was a Butkus Award semifinalist after leading the Tar Heels with 105 tackles. He posted 13.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and four pass breakups.
Jones was a second-team All-ACC pick in 2011 after leading the league with 85 receptions and 12 receiving touchdowns. He totaled 1,196 receiving yards and averaged 92 yards per game. His 85 receptions were the fifth-most in ACC history for a season.
Duke's Daniels To Play In East-West Shrine Game: Safety Matt Daniels will participate in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. (4 p.m., NFL Network).
One of 14 players in Duke history to record 300-plus tackles, Daniels ranks 13th in tackles, tied for sixth in pass breakups and third in caused fumbles on Duke's all-time charts.
In 2011, Daniels served as a team captain and earned first team All-ACC and second team All-America accolades after leading the Blue Devils and ranking third in the conference in tackles per game (10.5).
Auburn: Quarterback Barrett Trotter isn't coming back for his senior season. The seven-game starter doesn't plan to transfer.
Miami: Boosters may no longer provide occasional meals for the university's athletes or host them at their homes, even though those acts are typically allowed by the NCAA. AP