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Carolina Basketball

And, yes, Williams exited a recent practice thinking, "My golly, we're going to be pretty doggone good" -- something he said he never uttered after a workout last season.
UNC'S 'blue period' could be history
Raleigh News & Observer

The practice was among many crisp workouts that the Tar Heels have had since practice began Oct. 15. Williams has been pleased with his players' intensity on defense, the eagerness they have shown in talking to each other on the court, and their willingness to adapt to his system.
Williams ready to get started with Tar Heels
Winston-Salem Journal

Asking for something isn't always enough. It doesn't matter how frequently, or passionately, it's repeated. Just ask Roy Williams, who spent his first season as head basketball coach in Chapel Hill imploring his team to play better defense.
Greensboro News & Record

Last season, when faced with questions about whether he could turn around the men's basketball program in a year, he often said, "Ol' Roy's not that good." Going into the 2004-05 season, he has a new assessment: "We're going to be doggone good." Now the question is: Is he doggone right?
Tar Heels' trip ready to begin
Raleigh News & Observer

"I'm going to be in agony," Felton said. "I want to be on the court, but at the same time I'm going to be a great cheerleader on the sideline and cheer my team on."
North Carolina to open season without Felton
Fayetteville Observer

That should translate into a more mobile May, an essential element to the frenetic pace Williams likes his teams to play. Williams believes in two tempos: fast and faster. The better May is able to run the court, the more effective he can be for the Tar Heels.
New-look May ready to tip off
Charlotte Observer

Manuel worked to the point of exhaustion, firing off at least 500 and sometimes 1,000 shots a day. "It got old, but I know what I have to do," he said. "I almost passed out a couple of times, trying to shoot 1,000 shots."
Manuel finally feels at home
Durham Herald-Sun

"Quentin Thomas, the local youngster, I sort of feel like I want to start him because he is a local youngster," Williams said Thursday. "Melvin Scott has more experience, and I sort of want to start him because of that. Wes Miller is a tough little nut. I like that. He took 12 stitches in his head two nights ago and didn't miss practice."
UNC's point man up in the air for opener

Perkins and Bailey are believed to be the only all-Alaska backcourt in Division I basketball. Alaska's two Division II schools -- Alaska-Fairbanks and Alaska-Anchorage -- can't even make that claim. They have one Alaskan starting guard between them. The three other guards are from California.
Led by All-Alaska backcourt, experienced SCU ready to roll
Mercury News

The senior guard at Santa Clara gets another chance to go after a big-time opponent tonight when the Broncos face No. 4 North Carolina in the eighth annual Pete Newell Challenge at the Arena.
Perkins relishes Newell challenge
Oakland Tribune

Carolina Football

So, who's next? The likeliest player to succeed Durant is Matt Baker, a redshirt junior who has thrown 75 career passes in three seasons while playing behind Durant.
Baker learns, bides time behind Durant
Raleigh News & Observer

Football is a game of inches, but Saturday's showdown between Duke and North Carolina could well be a game of feet -- the kickers' feet.
Kickers could hold key to win
Durham Herald-Sun

If one wins and one loses, Haines and his partners will accept their automatic match-up fate. If not, the Charlotte pit crew will weigh issues such as Clemson's allure after losing to Duke and Carolina's bowl fever after two horrible seasons.
Tiring: Clemson or UNC going to Charlotte?
Winston-Salem Journal

The decision was made to have Justice in a walking pose, not an action pose. Harris worked from Morton's many photographs of Justice and also had access to rare videotape of team warmups.
Local artist does statue 'Justice'
Asheboro Courier-Tribune

The plethora of bowls now gives the average team a chance to practice longer, take advantage of television exposure and tell recruits, "You're on the right track to bigger success if you sign with us." Coaches favor this system over a postseason tournament for obvious reasons. It gives more of them a chance to finish with a victory, receive bonuses and keep their jobs.
Dascenzo: Mediocre seasons now rewarded
Durham Herald-Sun

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