Outside the 3,600-square-foot house John Bunting and his wife had built after he lost the only coaching job he ever really wanted, a breeze rustles the boats in the marina. The Intracoastal Waterway is quiet on a Wednesday afternoon. Inside, Bunting is walking up the stairs, past framed pictures of a lifetime in football – there he is at North Carolina, and with the Philadelphia Eagles; there’s when he snapped his arm landing on Calvin Hill.He’s being inducted on Sunday into the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame. He’s expecting more than 90 people to come.
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett and offensive lineman Joe Thuney spent the past two years together at N.C. State. Now they’ll have the chance to team up again in New England thanks to the Patriots using third-round selections on both players Friday night during the NFL Draft.
The Olympics qualifying mark for the women’s long jump is 6.5 meters. N.C. State’s Alexis Perry topped it. In July, she and the Pack’s Jonathan Addison will be going to Eugene, Ore., for the U.S. Olympic Trials, with a chance to go to Rio for the Big Show later this year.
NC State has an ACC series against Duke that begins Friday at Doak Field as the Wolfpack, ranked sixth in D1Baseball’s national poll, starts a run of 12 straight conference games to close out the regular season.
Jeremy Cash, a former Duke safety, has a chance to hear his name called Friday night, during the second and third rounds of the NFL Draft. If not then, expect him to be selected on Saturday, during rounds four through seven. CBS projects Cash to be a third-round pick. NFL.com projects him to come off the board in the fourth or fifth round. ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has him ranked No. 140 on his big board, and ESPN senior writer Todd McShay has him at No. 110. Cash wasn’t in ESPN’s latest three-round mock draft.
Raleigh hasn’t produced an abundance of talent for the NFL draft. High schools in Raleigh have only produced seven NFL draft picks since 2000, compared to 17 from Charlotte. Juston Burris and Keith Marshall are hoping to boost those numbers this weekend.
Monday afternoon’s release of a new notice of allegations that dropped an extensive impermissible benefits charge against UNC in the academic-athletic scandal drew an immediate and substantial debate about what the NCAA can do in academic misconduct cases.
For nearly a year, UNC coach Roy Williams had said as much – that neither he nor his men’s basketball program nor anyone associated with it was named in the original notice of allegations that the NCAA delivered to UNC last May. He had said that there were no allegations against men’s basketball. Even so, it was something of a matter of semantics. Men’s basketball, after all, did appear in the original NOA, though Williams was correct that his program wasn’t specifically charged with wrongdoing. Now, though, it’s not semantics: There’s no mention of men’s basketball in the amended NOA UNC received on Monday.