Sunday, July 25, 2010

UNC's Yates says team will learn from adversity

GREENSBORO — A month ago, the talk surrounding North Carolina's football team was about its top-notch defense, its opener against LSU, and whether it might have a shot to make it to the league championship game.

So quarterback T.J. Yates admitted Sunday that is it frustrating that chatter has instead turned to the ongoing NCAA investigation.

"It's a little bit of a distraction, but the good thing is we're not in school right now -- so we get a little bit of a break before, and when we come back hopefully this will all be resolved, and we'll be ready to play,'' he said.

The NCAA is looking into violations that may have been caused by improper contact between agents and college athletes. Greg Little Sr., the father of Tar Heels receiver Greg Little, said his son was interviewed by the NCAA. The Charlotte Observer and News & Observer have confirmed that defensive tackle Marvin Austin also was interviewed. Investigators also have met with University of South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders, who is from Durham, and Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.

Yates, a senior, said he learned about the investigation via team chatter, "and then of course it blew up in the news and on the internet."

But he is trying to take a positive approach. "No matter what happens, we're going to learn from it -- get through it,'' he said at the ACC Kickoff. "The adversity is hitting us early, so we're going to be able to get over it, and come together as a team.

-- Robbi Pickeral


Anonymous said...

UNC's Robert Quinn, Wilmington Star, 7/26/10:

"We’re in the category with Southern Cal and Florida, two big programs, so with all this craziness going on, it’s a good thing,” the junior defensive end said Sunday at the ACC’s annual Football Kickoff media event. “We must be doing something right.”

Arrogant and stupid. A wonderful combo Robert.

Anonymous said...

I see his point. No agents would wasting their time targeting UNC players unless the talent is there. Gotta take whatever positive the situation allows I guess.

Any word if Sturdivant? will be playing the LSU opener?

Anonymous said...

LEARN? Really...a week into the investigation and Yates takes shots at the NCAA on his Twitter feed and then Robert Quinn. Bob....comparisons are good when they are for doing the RIGHT things. UNC is being compared to USC and Florida right now for doing the WRONG things.

Right vs. Wrong - it's an age old lesson that even the simplest education should provide....

Butch Davis has got to be a muzzle on this dogs. They keep barking...

Anonymous said...

Yea but the bark is more of a yelp from a yorkie. These guys have beaten NO ONE (in decades) and are brashly talking like world beaters - epitome of "The Carolina Way."

Even when they were somewhat palatable in football - FSU came in and waxed em. That was Mack Brown's best team and he bailed. UNC will always be basketball first. North Carolina loses too much top talent to SEC that would help it compete.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Anon 11:31am - They haven't learned anything and continue to talk WAY too much. BD needs to issue a "no comment" to his team much like he is doing. Why are they not following their coaches lead on this? Makes you wonder who really controls this team...and would explain all the talent with no wins to back it up.

Anonymous said...

The USAO is going to make this a federal investigation later this week.

Anonymous said...

You can't really hold Yates accountable for what he says. He's been freight-trained so many times the past three years his brain doesn't work the way it's supposed to anymore.