Tuesday Notebook

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina head coach Butch Davis spoke to reporters on Tuesday afternoon about votes of confidence in him, who will practice this week and highlighted the play of Jhay Boyd.

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* North Carolina chancellor Holden Thorp and athletic director Dick Baddour have voiced their support of Davis, and the UNC head coach is confident in the votes of confidence that his superiors have directed his way.

"I am, yes, very much so," Davis said. "As I said the other day, the things that we're doing with this football program – every single day, we are emphasizing character, integrity, academics, get an education.

"Every kid that I've ever recruited in my college coaching career, I talked to them about the importance of going to college, getting an education, that football is a great vehicle, it provides opportunities for scholarships. It doesn't necessarily provide you the opportunity to go to the National Football League. Your No. 1 objective is to go to school, get a good education and make sure you can provide for yourself and your family long after football is going to be over with."

* Twelve of the 13 Tar Heels that were either held out or deemed ineligible for Saturday's 30-24 loss to LSU took the Navy Fields for practice on Tuesday afternoon.

"They were practicing last week and they'll continue to practice until we get some kind of resolution," Davis said. "I know that's one of things that [athletics director Dick] Baddour and the compliance department and everybody is working as hard as they possibly can to work with the NCAA to try to find out exactly what we can.

"It's probably a good thing that we have an open date this week. That gives us a little bit more time for maybe some of this resolution to become a little bit clearer."

Davis confirmed that senior defensive tackle Marvin Austin would be the only player not practicing this week. Austin and Davis met for an hour on Monday and had a "very healthy conversation."

* On the actual football field, sophomore Jhay Boyd garnered national attention with his rousing performance against LSU on Saturday, catching six passes for 221 yards and a touchdown, including a 97-yard school record touchdown reception.

"Jhay Boyd obviously was the highlight of the game from a receivers' standpoint," Davis said. "He did a very, very good job."

Boyd told reporters on Tuesday afternoon that he is no longer a one-dimensional wide receiver.

"Just improving on my short routes and working on my route tree a lot this year," Boyd said. "Last year I was more so a deep threat with the long balls and deep posts, but I feel like over the past summer, I've worked on a lot of different routes to improve my receiver game."


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