Thursday, July 31, 2014
ACC's lunchtime links
By Matt Fortuna
The season really cannot get here soon enough, can it?
Until then, no news is good news, and North Carolina is the latest to find that out, with multiple reports saying that three scholarship Tar Heels are no longer on the team.
A school spokesman confirmed the departures to ESPN.com.
Defensive tackles Shawn Underwood and Greg Webb and linebacker Clint Heaven will not be with the Heels when fall camp kicks off Friday. Offensive guard J.J. Patterson is not a part of the 105-man roster, the spokesman said.
Underwood and Webb are no longer a part of the program due to personal reasons, the spokesman said, while Heaven has transferred to Northern Iowa.
Underwood is the most decorated of the four, having been on the two-deep up front and coming off a 10-tackle junior season.
As Insider Carolina's Greg Barnes notes, 15 UNC scholarship players with eligibility remaining will not return for the 2014 campaign, a number that would be staggering if it wasn't so familiar in the conference already. As Andrea Adelson noted last week, fellow Coastal division foe Georgia Tech has lost 13 non-seniors since last season ended.
Here's to relatively quiet camps this next month.
Elsewhere across the ACC: