Durant returns to football team

Rising sophomore quarterback Darian Durant will not transfer after all. "I made a mistake," he said Monday, and will return to the practice field today.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- University of North Carolina quarterback Darian Durant will not transfer from UNC and will begin practicing with the Tar Heel football team today, head coach John Bunting announced on Monday.

"I made a mistake," said Durant. "I haven't felt comfortable since I made the announcement that I was going to transfer. I've learned a lot about myself in the last month and I'm looking forward to joining the players and coaches back on the field.

"I'm thankful for the opportunity to come back to the team. I realize how much the coaches and players care about me and I want to earn their respect. I look forward to competing for playing time in the fall and demonstrating to the team that they can count on me."

On February 25, 2002, Durant said he was going to transfer because of personal reasons. However, Durant remained in school and is taking classes this spring. He will join the Tar Heels at today's spring practice.

"I think Darian realized in the last month how much the University of North Carolina, his teammates and Carolina football meant to him," said Bunting. "We are like a family here and he missed being a part of it.

"I said in February I would leave the door cracked open for him. I did that because of the respect his teammates have for him and the kind of person I believe he is. I also felt in talking to Darian that he may have a change of heart. I've told him he will have to compete for playing time this fall with all the other quarterbacks and he understands that."

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