"Coach Bunting and (Director of Athletics) Dick Baddour preferred to play a Division I-A opponent, but at this late date because of expansion, we are grateful William and Mary had an opening and was willing to play just a one-game series," says Senior Associate Director of Athletics Larry Gallo, who assists the head coach and athletic director in arranging the football schedules. "As soon as expansion went through, we began contacting a number of teams about replacing Virginia Tech, and we signed an agreement with William and Mary in early August.
"It's almost impossible these days to line up a Division 1-A opponent one year out, so it¹s a real plus to be able to play one of the better I-AA programs," says Gallo. "We would prefer to play a Division 1-A team, but we would only be able to return a 2004 home game in 2006. We already play at Notre Dame in 2006 and that would leave us with only five home games. The same thing applies in 2009, when we already have an away game scheduled at Connecticut."
Carolina's other non-conference games in 2004 include the season-opening game on September 4 at Utah and a home game against Louisville on September 25.
College football returns to an 11-game regular-season schedule in 2004. The 12-game schedule does not return until 2008.