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Carolina Basketball

Williams had the most tumultuous season of his 22-year coaching career last season, when UNC finished with a losing ACC record and missed the NCAA Tournament after winning the title the season before. He's determined that his program will not suffer again.
Williams doing whatever he can to put Tar Heels back into the upper echelon of college basketball
The Winston-Salem Journal

North Carolina will raise the curtain on another basketball season today, with the sole purpose of purging the memory of last season.
Last season still haunts Tar Heels
The Winston-Salem Journal

A week after North Carolina lost to Dayton in the NIT championship game in April, Coach Roy Williams wanted to start practicing again to erase the memories of the 20-17 season. Instead, Williams and the Tar Heels had to wait seven months to get back on the court. But tonight No. 8 UNC finally will turn the page on the worst season in Williams' 22-year coaching career when it hosts Lipscomb in the season opener for both schools (7 p.m., FSS).
Return ready
The Durham Herald-Sun

The start of a men's basketball season is often special around the University of North Carolina. After last season's less-than-standard 20-17 record, there's a sense among the Tar Heels that they can't wait to write another chapter.
New season brings fresh start for North Carolina
The Burlington Times-News

Sitting in the empty Smith Center recently, North Carolina point guard Larry Drew II pointed to the rafters when asked his reaction about his Tar Heels notching the eighth spot in the preseason Associated Press poll.
Tar Heels hope to live up to ranking
The Charlotte Observer

If there was one player who summed up all of North Carolina's struggles last season, it was probably John Henson. After the Tar Heels lost four starters to the NBA, the highly touted freshman forward was asked to do too much, too soon. It took him almost the entire season and a position change to start playing up to (lofty) expectations, just like the Tar Heels.
Henson could be the key
The Charlotte Observer

Following up on the program's second national championship in five seasons under Western North Carolina native and coach Roy Williams, a 20-17 record (5-11 and tied for ninth in the ACC) left the program angry and embarrassed.
North Carolina seeks basketball redemption
The Asheville Citizen-Times

Carolina Football

North Carolina coach Butch Davis said Thursday no decision has been made yet whether or not to burn senior Ryan Houston's redshirt to help the depleted running back unit for the final three games of the regular season. But if Davis decides not to play Houston, it will leave senior Shaun Draughn, senior Anthony Elzy and little-used sophomore Hunter Furr to carry the load.
Still no call on Houston vs. VT
The Durham Herald-Sun

Perhaps the most noteworthy thing about North Carolina's football season is not just that the Tar Heels have won six of their past seven games, after an 0-2 start, to keep themselves in position to win the ACC's Coastal Division.
Tar Heels reloaded on defensive front
The Richmond Times Dispatch

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