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Carolina Football

With five wins apiece, North Carolina and Clemson are one short of becoming the primary candidates to land the ACC's berth in the Continental Tire Bowl on Dec. 30 in Charlotte.
On the heels of a bowl
Raleigh News & Observer

When North Carolina's football players look at the scoreboard in Kenan Stadium this week, they can see a giant picture of Duke fans celebrating with the Victory Bell last year. That photo also is posted in other areas of the football building, a reminder of the Tar Heels' stunning loss to their archrival last season.
Heels want to reclaim bell
Raleigh News & Observer

UNC's Jason Brown, an All-ACC candidate at center, went one inflammatory step further Tuesday describing the Tar Heels' mood after the defeat, which ended a string of 13 straight wins over their 15-501 rivals. "Who wants to get beat by Duke?" Brown said. "That's like getting beat by a girl."
UNC's Brown: Losing to Duke 'like getting beat by girl'
Durham Herald-Sun

"Who wants to lose to Duke? You know, that's like getting beat up by a girl. ... That's like you're in elementary school and you get beat up by a girl and all of your friends just look at you. And you have to walk around the campus that you love so much and where all the people love you, and yet they are looking at you and thinking, 'You got beat up by a girl.' It's not a good feeling."
UNC fires first salvo at Duke
Raleigh News & Observer

He didn't want to sound arrogant or cocky heading into North Carolina's season finale Saturday at Duke. But Brown, North Carolina's senior center, said it anyway.
Tar Heels center fuels Duke feud
Charlotte Observer

"The bell was a part of us," Brown said. "It's tradition. You never really know the value of something or how much you miss something until you lose it. And to tell you the truth, the significance of the bell was probably taken for granted. (It) was taken advantage of."
Brown, Heels hope to pay Devils back
Winston-Salem Journal

A picture of the Victory Bell perched at midcourt in Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium will reside on the big scoreboard screen at Kenan Stadium for most of the week. The schools meet noon Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium. The winner gets the bell, and the Heels (4-3 ACC, 5-5 overall) would get a bowl berth, too
Tar Heels know about the toll of missing Victory Bell
Greensboro News & Record

"I don't think there is a more improved team than Duke," Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe said after the Deacons beat Duke 24-22 on Oct. 30.
Duke's record deceiving
Raleigh News & Observer

Carolina Basketball

It isn't easy to replace a point guard like Raymond Felton, so North Carolina coach Roy Williams said Tuesday that he might try to do it with a "committee" that includes freshman Quentin Thomas, sophomore Wes Miller and senior shooting guard Melvin Scott when the Tar Heels open the season Friday night at Santa Clara.
It isn't as easy as 1-2-3 at UNC
Raleigh News & Observer

"We'll be more conservative with Quentin because he has the least experience," Williams said when asked how the Tar Heels might change with different point guards. Wes can shoot it from deeper than Quentin. It's a much different basketball team (without Felton), no question."
Freshman point guard in mix
Charlotte Observer

ON THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THIS YEAR'S TEAM AND LAST YEAR'S TEAM: "We are communicating more, especially at the defensive end. They are understanding the work ethic. Practice is so much more fun this year. A couple of weeks ago, I left practice and felt, 'We're gonna be pretty good.' Not after one practice did I have that kind of feeling last year."
According to Roy Williams...
Raleigh News & Observer

"Guys aren't going to like it when they look down at the itinerary and on Thursday we have two different one-hour study halls plugged into the day," coach Roy Williams said. "They won't like it when they look down and see that happening in Maui, as well, but it's something we have to do when you're missing class like this."
Tar Heels hit books to try for Hawaii 4.0
Greensboro News & Record

With four potential NBA lottery picks in the starting lineup, how could North Carolina not be an ACC and national power this season?
Tar Heels' challenge: Keep minds off the glitter and in the game
Asheville Citizen-Times

Oakland Tech graduate Quentin Thomas went to college 2,200 miles from home, but will play his first college game five minutes from his house.
UNC guard gets to debut at home
San Francisco Chronicle

"The relationship I saw with him and his teammates is just overwhelming," she said. "I just have so much confidence in them. Quentin told me, 'Mom, I couldn't be in a better place.'"
Alameda Times-Star

If Felton and the Tar Heels can be as effective on the other end of the floor, look for Carolina to cut down the nets in St. Louis in April -- and keep the rims in the Dean Dome up for good.
Scouting Report: North Carolina
Sports Illustrated

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