Coach Everett Withers is concerned about North Carolina's inability to make significant plays in promising situations that showed last week in a victory over East Carolina. "We called it 'meat on the bone,'?" Withers said. "We left a lot of meat on the bone." Withers wants North Carolina (4-1) to cash in more of its chances Saturday at home against Louisville (2-2) in its last nonconference game of the season.
Withers says Tar Heels missing too many opportunities
The Winston Salem Journal
North Carolina players might have thought Sunday's meeting was going to have a celebratory tone, given that it was the day after the Tar Heels went into Greenville and defeated East Carolina 35-20.
Instead, they were shown tape of missed opportunities against the Pirates — open receivers ignored on offense, tipped balls that fell to the ground on defense and failed blocks that prevented big returns on special teams.
No time for Tar Heels to celebrate
The Durham Herald-Sun
The committee in search of a new athletics director for the University of North Carolina moved into full interview stage on Monday, screening candidates in face-to-face sessions that lasted almost nine hours.
The candidates weren't identified, and university officials attempted to keep their travels and whereabouts hidden. But at least one potential candidate, Rick Steinbacher, was seen leaving the interview site late in the afternoon. When asked whether he'd been interviewed, Steinbacher smiled but offered no comment.
UNC interviews AD candidates
The Winston-Salem Journal
North Carolina, which faces visiting Louisville (2-2) on Saturday, forced the Pirates into four turnovers. But Withers spotted two more instances where his defense should have come away with an interception.
Tar Heels raise bar, want better play
The Burlington Times-News
With North Carolina ahead by 25 points at halftime Saturday night at East Carolina, Tar Heels interim coach Everett Withers entered a festive locker room.
Cornerback Charles Brown said players were laughing and having a good time when Withers explained that he wanted them to play the second half as if the score were tied.
The day after the Tar Heels' 35-20 victory in Greenville, the scene repeated itself in Chapel Hill on Sunday, as Withers pointed out to players what they did well but showed them a tape of all the mistakes they made.
Tar Heels being pushed for more
The Charlotte Observer
North Carolina is quietly 4-1 and in position to make a charge at nine or 10 wins, which would be its most since finishing 11-1 in 1997.
That Tar Heels team, the last at UNC coached by Mack Brown, finished the season ranked No. 4 in the nation and was loaded with future NFL players, especially on defense. The current squad, which hosts Louisville this weekend, is chock full of NFL talent on defense, too, though it hasn't exactly performed to expectations.
North Carolina under the radar at 4-1
Fox Sports Carolinas
The Cardinals (2-2) are preparing for a two-game trip starting Saturday at North Carolina (4-1) in their last nonconference game. Chances are the Marshall loss got the Cards' attention, and they'll practice better than they did last week.
But here is where coach and player don't appear to be on the same page: The players thought they were ready against the Thundering Herd in the same way they were ready before the Kentucky game.
Louisville football team, coach Charlie Strong not in tune
The Louisville Courier-Journal