North Carolina backup center Ben Lemming will not play Saturday against Wisconsin because of a right shoulder injury. Senior Steven Bell will make his second start, and senior Arthur Smith will move into the backup role.
Lemming to miss Badgers game
Raleigh News & Observer
The loss of Lemming, one of the offensive line's most versatile players, depletes the unit's depth at more than one position.
"It forces our hand a little bit, with some of those young freshmen," Bunting said at his weekly press conference Tuesday. "Kyle Jolly and Garrett Reynolds — those are good players. I'd like to get through the season and not play them, keep them for five years.
Lemming injury puts Bell in the spotlight
Daily Tar Heel
North Carolina is bracing for Bludgeon Ball in Kenan Stadium on Saturday.
That's the term that Coach John Bunting used yesterday to describe the playing style of the Wisconsin Badgers, the Tar Heels' opponents for their home opener.
Beware of the Badgers
Nevertheless, Bunting, whose defense gave up 475 yards Saturday at Georgia Tech, has legitimate worries. His concerns start with Brian Calhoun, a Colorado State transfer who ran over Bowling Green for 258 yards and five touchdowns in a 56-42 Badgers victory.
'Bludgeon ball' coming to Chapel Hill
Greensboro News & Record
Doug Justice said it is "just a coincidence" that North Carolina captured its biggest football victories last season under the lights. The senior linebacker insists that he doesn't look at the schedule, see a night kickoff and think "that's a win."
Night time appears like right time
Here's what we know about the University of Wisconsin football team after its first two games: the Badgers can score a lot of points against inferior defenses, and they'd be a force to be reckoned with in the Mid-American Conference.
Badgers have lot to prove Saturday
Green Bay Press-Gazette
"I can't think, right now, of a running back that we've played in my four years and one game here that's as good as No. 2 (Calhoun)," Bunting said at his Tuesday news conference.
Run defense Carolina's Achilles' heel
Wisconsin State Journal
Meet Brandon Williams, Mr. Efficiency. "Brandon gives us someone who has speed, who likes to be there, who likes the challenge," Wisconsin football coach Barry Alvarez said of his senior wide receiver / return specialist
Triple threat: Williams shows playmaking skills
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Volunteers travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., Sept. 24, 2011, before the Tar Heels make the trip to Neyland Stadium Sept. 8, 2012. The home-and-home agreement with UNC renews a border-state rivalry that featured 31 meetings between 1893 and 1961.
Tennessee Sets Football Series Against North Carolina
The Dukes and North Carolina have signed a contract to play two games in Chapel Hill, one in 2007 and one in 2011.
UNC will pay Madison $300,000 for the Sept. 1, 2007 game, JMU athletic director Jeff Bourne said Tuesday, and $350,000 for the Sept. 3, 2011 game.
JMU To Play UNC In Football
"Playing the University of North Carolina fits into our master plan for scheduling quality I-A programs throughout the country," said Kevin Higgins, The Citadel's first-year coach. "We're happy to have the opportunity to be playing the Tar Heels."
Citadel, UNC will square off in 2009
"There's a balance between an attractive schedule that your fans and TV partners want to see and a reasonable schedule that's fair for coaches and student-athletes to not have to play 11 or 12 bowl opponents every year," Kirschner said.
With scheduling, Tar Heels should wish cautiously
The problem on Saturday night, at Kenan Stadium, is that Wisconsin is likely to put more points on the scoreboard than the Jackets, and they had Reggie Ball at quarterback.
Heels must find ways to cash in more often than their opponents
Trophies fill the sill of the picture window in Willie and Lorraine Parker's home. They no longer serve simply as proud mementoes of their children's athletic achievements, they're symbols of what's possible for those who play sports across the street at Royal Lane Park.
Steelers' Parker is the pride of Clinton
The one year Sanders had left on his two-year contract gave him peace of mind as he sought another job before landing in Chapel Hill in January 2004. The multiyear contract that Sanders signed with UNC adds security to his family, Sanders said.
"Would I love to be a head coach? Yeah, but if I have security and I'm happy like I am here at UNC, why would I necessarily leave?"
Raleigh News & Observer