While members of the basketball team sat on the sidelines watching the coaches' play in the 4-on-4 game on Friday night at "Midnight with the Heels," a close look at Jason Capel revealed he was wearing a Julius Peppers practice jersey.
It was foreshadowing an announcement to come.
Later in the evening, Matt Doherty read a letter to the crowd written by Peppers, while Capel pumped up the crowd.
"I wish I could be there tonight to open the basketball season with you," Doherty read. "But as you might know, I'm in a hotel room right now getting my mind focused so I can do my thing in the football game ... But even though I can't be with you now, maybe our paths will cross later on sometime."