North Carolina will take its final break from ACC play on Saturday, but relief might not be found in a return home to Kenan Stadium.
Reality check: Tar Heels will try to bounce back from defeat
The Winston Salem Journal
North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates said Monday that the Tar Heels were more angry than deflated after being dominated by Miami on Saturday to end a four-game winning streak.
The senior said the Heels know the loss to the Hurricanes knocked UNC out of the race for the Coastal Division title, but he's hoping the team will bounce back this week against their lone Football Championship Subdivision opponent of the year, William & Mary (3:30 p.m., ESPN3.com).
Tar Heels regroup after a beating by Miami
The Durham Herald-Sun
Personal connections with the opponent will make North Carolina's task Saturday a little out of the ordinary.
The Tar Heels (4-3) take a break from Atlantic Coast Conference play to meet the nation's No. 4-ranked Football Championship Subdivision team, William & Mary (6-1), in a 3:30 p.m. matchup at Kenan Stadium.
Tar Heels to face old friends in William & Mary
The Fayetteville Observer
On some level, the real world took a holiday for North Carolina's football program for the past month.
Sure, the steady drumbeat of fresh revelations regarding the investigations into the program continued. But no scandal could dim the excitement brought on by four straight victories and a real shot at a possible Coastal Division crown in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
But reality jumped back in the picture Saturday night as Miami thrashed the Tar Heels 33-10.
Reality strikes hard on wounded Tar Heels
The Burlington Times-News
At one point during Saturday's 33-10 loss at Miami, North Carolina senior safety Deunta Williams needed a roster to keep track of his teammates.
Two starters in the secondary left the game injured, another never got in the game because of an injury and the two starters expected to play the season at cornerback were ruled out last week.
"It was kind of confusing," Williams said.
Tar Heels defense full of questions
The Charlotte Observer
Saturday's football game at North Carolina is William and Mary's latest against a Division I-A opponent in 24 years.
Since Division I split in 1982, the Tribe has played at least one I-A every season except 1997. Such road games test coach Jimmye Laycock's program against a higher level and also net hundreds of thousands in revenue.
But Laycock prefers the I-A games in early or mid-September, before his team becomes immersed in Colonial Athletic Association play. W&M opened seven of eight seasons against a I-A from 2002-09, and this year's date at North Carolina was scheduled as such.
But then organizers of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta asked the Tar Heels to open against LSU on national television. North Carolina officials approached W&M athletic director Terry Driscoll, and the Tribe-Tar Heels date was moved.
UNC game too late in season for William and Mary
The Hampton Daily Press