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UNC awards three scholarships; lose two on defense

Posted August 5, 2011

— Interim head coach Everett Withers announced Friday he has awarded scholarships to fullback Curtis Byrd, deep snapper Mark House and holder Trase Jones.

Also announced by Withers Friday, Junior cornerback Mywan Jackson and sophomore defensive tackle Brandon Willis will each leave the University of North Carolina football program.

Willis and Jackson are both facing personal and familial issues that led to their departures.

Willis completed spring and two weeks of fall camp with UNC in 2010 before making the decision to head west in a move with his father. Family decisions also triggered a transfer back to UNC in March of this year when his grandmother was battling health problems. He sat out 2010 at UCLA due to NCAA transfer rules.

It was reported by the Orange County Register in California, which covers UCLA football, that Willis was released from his scholarship in early March to make the move. They also reported that UNC was seeking a waiver from the NCAA to gain immediate eligibility. A UNC spokesman said that the waiver was sent, but they have yet to hear back from the NCAA.

Jackson, a Florida native, played in six games in 2009 as a freshman and 12 a season ago making five starts. Withers said that it was a personal decision for Jackson to transfer and be closer to his family.

“Mywan is working through some personal issues right now with his family and he felt it was in his best interest to stay in Florida until he decides where to continue his education,” said Withers. “He indicated he would like to attend a school closer to his home and we support his decision. I wish him nothing but the best.”

Byrd, a senior who joined UNC as a walk-on in 2007, appeared in 10 games last year and started six. He had 11 receptions for 77 yards.

A senior from Wilmington, House is entering his third year as the Tar Heels' starting deep snapper.

Jones, who walked on in 2007, has served as Carolina's holder for the past two seasons and is the back-up place kicker in addition to having punt return experience. 

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  • kickmeoutroy69 Aug 9, 8:58 a.m.

    Okay, lesson# 1 billion and one:

    Jackson to transfer and be closer to his family.

    “Mywan is... View More

    — Posted by TarheelTurtle

    TT-The Reckoning getting after it. There are a few that are weak and can't take any smacking... View More

    — Posted by GhostofSmitty

    yes, Turdyke, keep making fun of their dead mothers.......Ismith, you are almost as awful as she is.......nice job ladies.

  • GhostofSmitty Aug 6, 1:15 a.m.

    You may be the most st*pid poster here. Willis was not even on the Spring depth chart and it was... View More

    — Posted by GhostofSmitty

    Smitty, Basing your evaluation on what you've read? - 8 carries, 35 yards over 2 yrs - obviously... View More

    — Posted by ACCInsider

    Keep trying to blow that smoke up my rear. Not happening. I watched Furr play. If you are a... View More

    — Posted by GhostofSmitty

    No smoke here kemosabe.

    So, you know more than the game commentators? Yeah, I see you really... View More

    — Posted by ACCInsider

    BTW, check out the inside info posted that Furr had lost his spot to Riley. Like I said, a great kid, filled some roles, was not an impact player. Tell you what, querry most one here and tell them that Furr was so important and see how far you get. Accept the fact you are wrong and quit trying to talk everyone in to your lame point of view.

  • GhostofSmitty Aug 6, 1:12 a.m.

    Coaches leave....players leave. You all just went through it with Lowe and Harrow did you not?

    — Posted by TarHeels 23

    Actually, we did. We fired Lowe and lost a couple of recruits and Harrow BECAUSE of it.

    Same as... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    Yeah, and they just lost a little know player who recomitted to another school, I think his name... View More

    — Posted by GhostofSmitty

    No, just you HOLES!!! :)

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    Make sure you question that doctor who has your whole life in his hands. Call him a liar since he is a Tar Heel. See how far that goes. But you are a pansy, you won't do it. Pathetic Wolfturd.

  • ACCInsider Aug 5, 9:49 p.m.

    Hey Smitty. Two more down. Brandon Willis transferring from UNC.......AGAIN!!!! Has anyone... View More

    — Posted by pskunk119

    You may be the most st*pid poster here. Willis was not even on the Spring depth chart and it was... View More

    — Posted by GhostofSmitty

    Smitty, Basing your evaluation on what you've read? - 8 carries, 35 yards over 2 yrs - obviously... View More

    — Posted by ACCInsider

    Keep trying to blow that smoke up my rear. Not happening. I watched Furr play. If you are a... View More

    — Posted by GhostofSmitty

    No smoke here kemosabe.

    So, you know more than the game commentators? Yeah, I see you really watched Furr in the FL State game..."yard average is pathetic when D is not keying on him." Didn't notice you in the FSU huddle. If you had actually watched the game you would have known that Furr was given the ball on virtually every play during that last series. After his 1st carry, FSU was sending multiple linemen at him. And, he was continuously breaking tackles at the line until he was finally stopped at the 4 yard line. It doesn't matter that he got to play due to injuries. What a weak statement. Bottom line is that when given the opportunity Furr delivered during the most critical time of the game. "Bush league"...typical personal response when when facts are absent.

    Yes, it's a huge loss for 2011 and especially 2012.

  • TarheelTurtle Aug 5, 9:49 p.m.

    Oh I get it..that same Corey Miller that's posing in that photo with Brandon while being recruited by UT with the "hostesses." Yeah, that picture. The one that's only part of the NCAA investigation into Tennessee. Yeah, good point skunk. Pffft.

    Here's your link (can't provide the others you're missing, that's just nature's way)

    http://www.aolnews.com/2011/02/02/ncaa-to-smack-tennessee-lane-kiffin/And now, back to Lord of the Rings.

  • pskunk119 Aug 5, 7:52 p.m.

    Brandon Willis was a high school teammate of UT D-Lineman Corey Miller. The same Corey Miller that accused Black Santa of trying to bribe him to go to UNC with this tweet:

    and since we on this lets talk about how ya under tha table DL coach wanted to pay me to come to school.....???? No answer??? and how he showed me to diff chicks he put on my ??? OOhhh UNC is so much better! U a lame yung gunna

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Aug 5, 7:49 p.m.

    The idiocy of the comments from the ABC'ers is so absurd, it's not even frustrating or... View More

    — Posted by kornfan2448

    Have you read any of forautumn's posts?

    Apparently not. I stopped reading them days ago. There is no redeeming purpose in them, whatsoever. Just a complete and utter waste of time. At least some people, like lsmithiii, make an effort. Not forautumn, She is just here to antagonize, period.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Aug 5, 7:47 p.m.

    Coaches leave....players leave. You all just went through it with Lowe and Harrow did you not?

    — Posted by TarHeels 23

    Actually, we did. We fired Lowe and lost a couple of recruits and Harrow BECAUSE of it.

    Same as... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    Yeah, and they just lost a little know player who recomitted to another school, I think his name... View More

    — Posted by GhostofSmitty

    No, just you HOLES!!! :)

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Aug 5, 7:38 p.m.

    This is hilarious. Two more leaving the football program for "family reasons".

    When 40 players... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    Btw, no I don't really think 40+ players will leave Carolina's program.

    Had to say that before... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    Too late. I've already called you out again. You should have had your brain functioning before... View More

    — Posted by GhostofSmitty

    Nope, YOU are too late. I explained it well before you called me on it!

    Gotta be quick to pull one over on the badger!

  • kornfan2448 Aug 5, 7:01 p.m.

    The idiocy of the comments from the ABC'ers is so absurd, it's not even frustrating or irritating...it's laughable at this point.

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