Friday's UNC Links

In today's links ---- Buildup to Saturday's season-opener at Kenan vs. William & Mary; Roy Williams talks about his Olympic experience, comments on Bohlander's decision ...

Carolina Football

When the Tar Heels begin the 2004 season Saturday against William & Mary at Kenan Stadium, the game will begin what friend and former UNC teammate Don McCauley calls the "defining year" of Bunting's coaching career.
Under a microscope
Raleigh News & Observer

The Tar Heels' offense will give Bunting that opportunity, too, in his fourth season. But if this unit isn't good enough to produce a winning record for UNC, it's doubtful that Bunting and his staff will be able to piece together a better one in the near future.
A cure for what ails Bunting, UNC
Raleigh News & Observer

William & Mary doesn't sound scary to most Division I-A football teams. But if you're North Carolina, coming off a 2-10 season, you don't take anybody lightly.
Tribe has Heels' attention
Raleigh News & Observer

For the past nine months, he lifted hundreds of pounds of weights every day until his arms ached. Every day he ran until his clothes were soaked, in order to win a game in Kenan Stadium.
SACRIFICE: Brown eyeing a new season
Winston-Salem Journal

Forcing turnovers. The Tar Heels picked off only two passes last season and have a minus-41 turnover ratio the past three seasons. Bunting has said improving that stat will be key to the season.
Quick Hits: UNC
Raleigh News & Observer

Bunting is a target this fall, and he knows it. The radio talk shows already are full of questions of how many games do the Heels need to win for Bunting to still be coaching next season.
Dascenzo: 'Bunting Watch' is underway
Durham Herald-Sun

Almost 14 months after breaking his neck in a wicked, one-car accident, Cason will be in uniform Saturday and almost certainly will see action when William and Mary opens the season at North Carolina.
W&M cornerback Stephen Cason overcomes a broken neck to return to the football field
Daily Press

Carolina Basketball

But fresh off his stint as an assistant coach for the bronze medal-winning Olympic men's team, Williams has an opinion about how USA Basketball can return to the top of the international standings: Make the players try out.
Trials ... or tribulations
Raleigh News & Observer

The United States' tenure as the world's dominant basketball power is over and likely won't return, according to Coach Roy Williams of North Carolina, an assistant on this year's U.S. Olympics team.
Williams: U.S. basketball dominance over
Winston-Salem Journal

"It was a little frustrating at times with our team not being able to play to the best of our abilities and win a gold medal -- there's no question there," Williams said Thursday morning during a media gathering at the Smith Center.
Williams, Goestenkors have golden Olympics of different sorts
Durham Herald-Sun

Roy Williams cheered on Paul Hamm's controversial, yet stirring gold-medal comeback. He rose with 60,000 fans to watch the blurry 10 seconds that crowned Justin Gatlin the world's fastest man. He watched Gary Hall remove his robe and swim for victory in the 50-meter freestyle. And just about every moment he could steal away from basketball, he absorbed an Olympic memory he won't soon forget.
Despite U.S. men's basketball outcome, Roy Williams did have fun at the Olympics
Greensboro News & Record

"It was a fantastic experience. In a lot of ways, it was the most gratifying and sensational experience I've ever had," Williams said Thursday, upon his return to Chapel Hill to resume his duties as North Carolina's men's basketball coach.
UNC coach Williams takes positives from Olympics
Fayetteville Observer

"He was very concerned about how he was doing academically and realized how important that was to him. It's something I have no problems with."
Bohlander's decision was no surprise
Winston-Salem Journal

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