Video: North Carolina ends longest active NCAA streak

Sean TapleyNot many knew what to think of the North Carolina Tarheels after a blow-out victory of Idaho and then a 27-6 win over East Carolina. Would they be able to hold up against rival Virginia Tech?

We did know we would see a steady dose of Gio Bernard who is now at 100 percent after a knee injury held him out of two games.

What we found out was, North Carolina held on to their best win of the season as ACC play starts with a 48-34 victory.

We also found that Sean Tapley, the 6’1 sophomore is starting to find his role in the offense and has a knack for big-play ability.

Tapley, was only 2 years-old when Virginia Tech last gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown, but Tapley is now responsible for ending the longest active NCAA streak according to USA Today.

The Tar Heels trailed early after giving up a touchdown but on the Hokies’ kickoff after the score, Tapley broke through and took it to the house with a 94-yard touchdown return.

It was Tapley’s first career kickoff return for a score and ended the 237 game streak of the Hookies.  The record dates back to a win over Syracuse on Nov. 13, 1993.

Hakeem Nicks played while academically ineligible


As if the North Carolina football program didn’t have enough scars from the past few seasons, the NCAA has concluded that former Tar Heels star wideout Hakeem Nicks played while academically ineligible during the 2008 season, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

Nicks received improper academic help from a tutor.  The NCAA specifically called the situation “academic fraud.”

Nicks’ agent, Peter Schaffer, essentially rolled out the “don’t know/don’t care” defense.

“We have no knowledge of that whatsoever,” Schaffer said, adding that “[i]t’s low on the totem pole of relevant issues.”

Nicks previously was found to have received $3,300 in “impermissible assistance” as part of a broad and multi-layered scandal that resulted in coach Butch Davis being fired and multiple players being suspended. Read more here…