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Carolina Football


As quarterback Bobby Rome handed off to tailback Cooter Arnold during practice Friday -- then Jay Spence handed off to Richie Rich, and Ben Johnson handed off to R.J. Waters -- North Carolina's football coaches were hoping they weren't seeing a snapshot of anything that will happen this season.
Inexperienced Heels need youth to step up
The News and Observer

Bunting, a former UNC linebacker, has more confidence in a defense that has struggled the past three years, even though UNC went to a bowl last season. Several coaching changes occurred in the off-season, and one key frontline returner made his way back from injury. Browning moved to defensive tackles, with former line coach Brad Lawing now coaching the defensive ends alone. Also, UNC shifted linebackers coach John Gutekunst to tight ends and brought in Tommy Thigpen, a former UNC linebacker, to coach the position.
Coaching shifts could be key to UNC's D
The Durham Herald-Sun

North Carolina opened football practice yesterday with a two-hour workout in scorching heat and immediately went to work on resolving three issues that will affect its season. Coach John Bunting was pleased with the physical condition of his players and the brisk manner in which they worked the practice.
Bunting says he's pleased with Heels' first practice
The Winston-Salem Journal

Junior wide receiver Jesse Holley found the best way to beat the brutal heat on North Carolina's first day of summer football practice. Partway through Friday afternoon's sweat-drenched workout at the Navy fields, Holley bugged out to get to a weekend wedding up in Washington. Not every Tar Heel has a brother getting married out of town. Offensive tackle Skip Seagraves sure doesn't. So the sixth-year senior from Burlington persevered as temperatures hovered in the mid-90s. And he did so without complaint. Not after what he went through just to get back on the field for a senior-year do-over.
Heat no concern for Heels' Seagraves
The Greensboro News and Record

Jarwarski Pollock really wanted to come to North Carolina. In the media guide, he lists getting accepted by the school as his greatest athletic achievement.
Pollock happy to be back for fifth year at North Carolina
The Associated Press

Carolina Basketball


North Carolina has found a way to get extra early practice time for its youth-laden men's basketball team: a trip to the Bahamas. In their first international tour since they visited Europe in 1996, the Tar Heels will play two club teams, one on Sept. 3 and one on Sept. 4, at Sir Kendal Isaacs Gym in Nassau. Games tentatively are scheduled for 11 a.m. and noon.
UNC making trip to islands
The News and Observer

The first to get a shot at knocking off North Carolina, college basketball's defending national champion, will be a couple of club teams in the Bahamas over Labor Day weekend.
Tar Heels to play in Labor Day basketball tourney in Bahamas
The Greensboro News and Record

There can't be many retired NBA players who enjoy their lives as much as former Tar Heel great Hubert Davis. A 13-year NBA veteran, Davis finished his career with the New Jersey Nets after the 2003-04 season and this past year was an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks. Davis is excited about his upcoming year and future. "My family and I are going to move back to Chapel Hill in September, and I am going to be commentating college basketball for ESPN," Davis said. "I can't wait to get back here."
Davis still finds thrills on the basketball court
The Chapel Hill News


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