The Tar Heels' energetic defensive coordinator, who said he received interest from two Big 12 schools, has agreed to a new contract and a "significant" pay raise, UNC athletics director Dick Baddour said on Monday.
UNC's Sanders earns extension
Raleigh News & Observer
"The best place for me and my family is North Carolina," Sanders said. "It had absolutely nothing to do with the financial aspect. No. 1, it had to do with my belief in John Bunting and the direction he is taking this football program."
Defensive coordinator stays at UNC
The offer from new Kansas State head coach Ron Prince, thought to be for three years at $225,000 per year, came last week. Another Big 12 school -- Texas A&M, according to published reports -- was prepared to make an offer to Sanders this week.
Sanders decides to remain with North Carolina
Greensboro News & Record
During his tenure in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels have gone 9-7 in ACC play with wins over Miami, Boston College, Virginia and NC State (twice). UNC's defense improved to No. 45 in the nation in 2005, up 64 spots from the previous year. The Tar Heels allowed 349 yards per game, the fewest since 2001.
UNC's defensive coordinator stays put
Bunting gave Sanders, 38, permission to look into both situations. Sanders has agreed with North Carolina on a new contract, likely with a pay raise. Sanders' current contract will not end until June 30, 2007, and his annual salary is $135,000
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Jacksonville White Oak's Deunta Williams is expected to get plenty of work Saturday in the 69th Shrine Bowl at Wofford's Gibbs Stadium.
But not at his usual positions of safety and wide receiver.
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North Carolina (5-1, 0-0): Their first game after a surprising win at Kentucky went somewhat as expected: the Tar Heels struggled to beat St. Louis. The Billikens aren't bad, but on a good day UNC should win relatively comfortably. This wasn't an easy win, but UNC, which got a great floor game from Bobby Frasor (12 assists, 1 turnover), learned a great deal in pulling away very late. Grade: B.
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"I think it's good that we're looking at it and I hope we really stick with it early and see if we can make the kids change," said North Carolina coach Roy Williams. "But hopefully we don't do a halfway job of (calling) it during the regular season and then not be consistent with it from one official to the next and when we get late in the year in some crucial, crucial games, then all of a sudden the calls come out of the blue."
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