In happier news for the Tar Heels, senior safety Da'Norris Searcy has been cleared in the plodding, neverending NCAA investigation of UNC footbal malfeasance, and will be on the field and active against East Carolina. His services will be most welcome against the high-scoring Purple Pirates:
The senior safety missed the first three games while the NCAA and the school determined his eligibility status. He was a starter last season and registered 35 tackles and ranked fifth in the nation with an average of 14.9 yards per punt return.
With Searcy's return, nine UNC players remain in legal limbo.