Tag:Da'Norris Searcy
Posted on: May 9, 2011 3:53 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2011 4:02 pm

North Carolina says goodbye to McAdoo, 3 more

Posted by Chip Patterson

North Carolina redshirt freshman Jared McAdoo has been dismissed from the football team for a violation of team rules, according to a university release.  McAdoo was one of four players the school announced were leaving the team for various reasons, along with linebacker Herman Davidson, linebacker Shane Mularkey, and defensive back Brandon Felder (no relation to our friend Michael Felder of InTheBleachers.net).

McAdoo played in 12 games in 2010, collecting 19 total tackles as a redshirt freshman.  He was likely going to play a prominent role in the defensive tackle rotation next season, adding to an already talented line anchored by Quintin Coples and Donte Paige-Moss.  The team rule was not specified, but the dismissal is likely a result of several off-field incidents - the most recent of which being a misdemeanor weapons on campus charge.

Brandon Felder and Herman Davidson have decided to transfer from Chapel Hill.  Davidson entered spring practice as a starter on the two-deep, but fell out of favor with the staff by the end of the spring game.  Felder was not excited about leaving, but is doing so because of family issues.  He redshirted in 2010 and had hoped to earn some playing time in a secondary looking to replace Kendric Burney, Deuntae Williams, and Da'Norris Searcy.  

"Brendon's family is going through some tough times," said head coach Butch Davis. "His grandmother is sick and he wanted to be closer to the family for support. I wish nothing but thebest for Brendon and his family as they deal with this situation."

Shane Mularkey decided to leave the team and conclude his career after undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery in 2010.  His time at North Carolina has been plagued by injuries. 
Posted on: September 30, 2010 4:21 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 4:37 pm

UNC's Searcy cleared by NCAA for ECU game

Posted by Chip Patterson

Until Thursday afternoon, the North Carolina athletic department had not had a very good day.  It began late Wednesday night, when a Yahoo! Sports report traced a paper-trail that linked NFL agent Gary Wichard to recently resigned assistant coach John Blake and Marvin Austin.  Then on Thursday, highly touted basketball recruit Austin Rivers cancelled his final visits with North Carolina and Kansas, verbally committing to Duke.

But there was some good news from Chapel Hill on Thursday, with the Tar Heels learning that senior safety Da'Norris Searcy had been cleared by the NCAA and will be on the field Saturday when the Tar Heels host the East Carolina Pirates.

Searcy was one of ten players still waiting for a verdict on their eligibility due to the ongoing investigations into academics and improper contact with agents.  Fellow defensive backs Deunta Williams (four games) and Kendric Burney (six games) received suspensions, but are appealing them on Friday.  

While North Carolina has been competitive through the first three games of the season, the secondary has been sorely missed.  Losing all four starters put inexperienced defensive backs on the first team defense earlier than head coach Butch Davis had hoped, which led to holes in the special teams which needed to be filled by potential redshirts.

North Carolina's appeal on Friday will be for shorter suspensions for Williams and Burney.  As it stands, Williams will be back on the field October 9 against Clemson, while Burney will be out until October 23 against Miami.

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