Gameday UNC Football Links

Saturday's links from around the 'net.

"Having seen their football fortunes decline, UNC and ECU are winless going into their first game ever in Greenville, but both programs still have plenty to lose today."
Meeting at the bottom
The News and Observer

"Two 0-5 football teams don't usually attract a sellout crowd or play in a game touted as one of the season's most anticipated matchups. But because it's taken nearly 30 years to happen, North Carolina's first visit to play East Carolina in Greenville is an exception to the rules."
Excitement high as UNC, ECU meet
The Fayetteville Observer

"It took the intervention of the state legislature to create North Carolina's first visit to East Carolina's Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium today. Safe to say, this is not exactly what the honorables had in mind when they strong-armed the Tar Heels into making the long bus ride to Greenville."
No-win situation: Pirates to host Tar Heels
The Charlotte Observer

"Greenville -- heck, all of Eastern North Carolina -- has waited years for this day."
A matter of win: ECU fans finally have Tar Heels where they want them
The Durham Herald Sun

"Either North Carolina or East Carolina - two exasperated college-football teams - will finally win today."
Tar Heels, Pirates set for 0-5 bowl
The Winston-Salem Journal

"No one in power at North Carolina wants to fire John Bunting as football coach. That much became obvious earlier this week when athletics director Dick Baddour said he expects Bunting to be back next season and beyond."
Popular Bunting need to win to retain job security
The News and Observer

"James Webster will go back to Greenville on Saturday for the first time since he moved three years ago. He will go to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, with which he is intimately familiar, but on this occasion he will stick to the visitors' locker room and the opposing sideline.."
Five UNC coaches used to be with Pirates
The Fayetteville Observer

"North Carolina coach John Bunting heard that the fans in and around East Carolina don't like the Tar Heels very much. Actually, it might go farther than simple dislike. "People have told me that they hate us," Bunting said this week. "Do they really? That's not nice."
Tar Heels make long-awaited trip to Pirates home stadium
The Shelby Star

"I used to live in Eastern North Carolina and coached at Havelock High School back in the early '80s," Lawing said. "East Carolina is a good sell to kids down there. A lot of the players in that part of the state take pride in that university. They grow up going to games at East Carolina. That is a factor in recruiting."
Brad Lawing
The News and Observer

"When the North Carolina Tar Heels hit Bagwell Field at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, East Carolina fans and players will see several familiar faces."
The wait is over, Pirates finally get the chance to take on the Tar Heels on their home turf
The Daily Reflector

"Saturday afternoon's football game between East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina features a pair of lackluster squads, yet the contest's drawing power remains strong. Expect a major influx this weekend as the Tar Heels make their first-ever trip to Greenville. All 23 Pitt County hotels are booked Saturday night, said Andrew Schmitt, sales and marketing manager at the Pitt-Greenville Convention and Visitors Bureau. Hotels stopped taking reservations at least a month ago."
Game a victory for Greenville
The Daily Reflector

"The presidents of the ACC's nine current institutions will conduct a conference call Sunday morning to discuss Boston College's possible admission as the league's 12th member, sources at two schools said Friday. The sources declined to speculate on whether BC would receive the seven votes currently necessary for an invitation or if a vote would be taken. They described the situation as unsettled."
Boston College back on radar
The Greensboro News-Record

"The future of the Atlantic Coast Conference may include membership for Boston College, but it won't include a lawsuit filed by Big East schools. The Charlotte Observer reported Friday that a decision on whether to invite Boston College to become the ACC's 12th member could come Sunday morning when leaders of the nine current league schools hold a conference call to discuss the matter."
ACC's out of lawsuit
The Durham Herald Sun

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