The curtain will fall on North Carolina's football season today, and the two most tainted years in the program's history will move closer to an end. North Carolina will play Missouri in the Independence Bowl in a battle of 7-5 teams. Kickoff will be 5 p.m. EST in the Tar Heels' bid to win a bowl game in consecutive years for the first time since the 1997 and '98 seasons.
Tar Heels hope to send Withers out with a win
The Winston-Salem Journal
Interim coach Everett Withers said that two words best describe North Carolina's seniors: talented and resilient.
The group helped reinvigorate the program — when they were freshmen, the Tar Heels had a winning season for the first time since 2001 — and then continued to have success during one of the most tumultuous times in the program's history.
With a win over Missouri (7-5) in the Independence Bowl today (5 p.m., ESPN2), the senior class would record a fourth straight eight-win season and become the winningest class at UNC since 1998.
Seniors' Bowl: Tar Heels take on Missouri in Independence Bowl tonight
The Durham Herald-Sun
While some college football teams might use a postseason opportunity to catapult into the next season, for North Carolina this is shaping up as the end of segment for the program.
The season wraps up with today's Independence Bowl matchup with Missouri in Shreveport, La.
Closure comes for Tar Heels with last game under Withers
The Burlington Times-News
Big changes are coming for the football programs at Missouri and North Carolina. Before they happen, there's one more football game to play.
Tar Heels ready for Independence Bowl
The Asheville Citizen-Times
It almost seemed like he stepped into a dream, the first time Fabby Desir raced out of the tunnel and onto Kenan Memorial Stadium.
Today, he hopes to be able to relive that moment as part of the college football holiday schedule when North Carolina takes on Missouri in the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La.
Fabby Desir is living his dream
Everett Withers is Carolina born and bred. So forgive the 48-year-old Charlotte, N.C., native if today's AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl gets a bit emotional. The forecasted gully washer may be fitting for Withers, who will lose his "interim" tag today, but also that of "head coach."
Shreveport last stop before Ohio for UNC's Everett Withers
The Shreveport Times
But behind quarterback Brad Smith's 432 yards of total offense, Mizzou uncorked a comeback like no other in school history to beat the Gamecocks 38-31.
That arguably was a springboard for all that came next, including MU's seventh straight bowl appearance today when it takes on North Carolina (7-5) at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
Bowl game was turning point for Mizzou
The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch
Washington and his three brothers lost their single mother, Sonya Washington, on Dec. 28, 2006, when L'Damian was a sophomore in high school playing in a basketball tournament. Their father had died 10 years earlier.
Missouri's L'Damian Washington grateful for family, football
The USA Today