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"It was funny because at Thanksgiving we were going around a (family) circle, telling each other what we were thankful for, and my uncle looked at me and said, 'Yeah, you say you're thankful for your family, but you don't want to be around us at Christmas time,'" Brown said.
Heels say bowl appearance will be best Christmas gift
Winston-Salem Journal

"Sometimes you don't have to say 'I told you so,'" the offensive lineman said yesterday, managing to both say the words and deny they needed to be said. "Believe me, the doubters clearly expressed their doubts during the preseason and even during the season. I'm sure they've already made fools of themselves without me having to add anything to it."
North Carolina shuts up all of its doubters

As is the case for most bowl-bound teams, Bunting's coaching staff plans to use the extra practice sessions to prepare the underclassmen who figure to play a bigger role next year. That could include several high school recruits who will report to school in the spring semester.
Heels eyeing next season; Preparing for Boston College at the same time
Jacksonville Daily News

"I feel good," said Tranquill, who has pondered retirement for the last half-decade but said he decided to stay about two weeks ago, though he didn't tell his boss until Monday. "I still think I've got something to contribute, and I think we have a chance to be a pretty good football team next year."
Tranquill says he'll be back
Raleigh News & Observer

Wide receiver Jesse Holley patted Gary Tranquill on the shoulder outside the North Carolina locker room. "Yeah, coach Tranq," Holley shouted. "Coming back, baby."
Tranquill won't retire yet
Charlotte Observer

UNC assistant coach Gary Tranquill isn't exactly Mr. Smiley. If a play isn't run correctly, Tranquill is quick to throw his hat or toss out some invective. But folks around the Kenan Football Center were all smiles as news spread Tuesday that Tranquill, UNC's 64-year-old offensive coordinator, had decided to come back for another season, his 44th as a coach.
Coach 'Tranq' signs back on with Heels
Durham Herald-Sun

Tranquill and his wife, Shirley, agreed about two weeks ago that he'd remain in coaching on a year-to-year basis. He and Bunting had a final conversation Monday during which the decision became official.
UNC's Tranquill to stay
Greensboro News & Record

North Carolina has had some of the most prolific offenses in the ACC under Tranquill. This season's team averaged 393.1 yards and 26.8 points a game, finishing 6-5 and getting a berth in Charlotte's Continental Tire Bowl against Boston College on Dec. 30.
UNC's Tranquill to stay on as coordinator another year
Winston-Salem Journal

UNC officials said they have sold 27,000 tickets to Tar Heels fans. Bank of America Stadium holds 73,367 spectators, and good seats are available through both schools and Ticketmaster, Kay said. Upper-level seats are $27.50 apiece, lower-level seats $52.50.
Tire Bowl ticket sales top 50,000
Raleigh News & Observer

Carolina Basketball

Lawing's new seat is one of 48 created for this basketball season in an attempt by the Educational Foundation -- the fund-raising arm for Carolina athletics -- to bring in more money. Along with the standard $485 season-ticket price, these seats require an annual donation of $20,000.
Ram's Club hopes to bring in nearly $1M by seating fans courtside
Durham Herald-Sun

But McCants won't be easy to shove aside. Perhaps the most gifted offensive player of the bunch, he needs to continue to show improvement on the defensive end and avoid the negative perceptions that have too often overshadowed his stellar play
Hot wings
Durham Herald-Sun

Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State will be in the Sweet 16 in March. You read it here first. If I'm wrong, feel free to let me know. And if I'm right, it's OK if you don't remember that I said it before you did.
Dascenzo: Five things to expect ahead
Durham Herald-Sun

The Tar Heels, like most teams, are cutting back on basketball this week to make room for final exams. Monday began a five-day stretch in which none of the in-state Atlantic Coast Conference teams play a game.
UNC basketball turns focus to finals
New Bern Sun Journal

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