Any time Durell Mapp feels himself tiring or finds his mind wandering, one thought drives him back to the task at hand. North Carolina gave him a chance to play big-time college football when no one else did.
Tar Heels' Mapp relishes chance
"Trickery won't win the game," Duke coach Ted Roof said. "It will be decided by blocking and tackling."
Devils look to ground Heels
Raleigh News & Observer
Senior linebacker Giuseppe Aguanno was asked if there is anything he doesn't like about Carolina.
"The question should be, is there anything we like about Carolina," Aguanno said.
Duke players don't hide UNC disdain
"They're Carolina and I don't like them," Stanford said. "That's it. I'd play in a wheelchair if I had to."
Blue Devils relish rivalry with Tar Heels
Two straight wins over UNC not only would keep the Heels out of the bowl picture, it would mean Roof would have accomplished something six of eight Duke coaches over the last 38 seasons couldn't do -- beat UNC more than once.
Dascenzo: Can Duke beat UNC two years in a row?
Roof said he was "cautiously optimistic" that cornerback Kenneth Stanford would be able to play in his final college game, but Stanford himself threw caution to the wind.
The most likely destinations for North Carolina and Clemson, should they become eligible, are the Continental Tire and MPC Computer (formerly Humanitarian) bowls.
A look at ACC bowl picture
Turns out, the right man has been on the sideline all along – the mustache-sporting, strong-talking former linebacker who Carolina hired after firing Carl Torbush.
It's time to eat some crow
Rocky Mount Telegram
Dr. Tim Taft, the team surgeon, examined McCants on Sunday and cleared him to practice Monday, said North Carolina assistant athletics communications director Matt Bowers.
McCants expected to play opener
Defense, not shooting, will determine if the Tar Heels are good or great this season. With their top eight scorers returning, fourth-ranked North Carolina has the offensive ability to make a run at the Final Four.
A host of highly touted teams will battle for the ACC title