Tar Heels Face Syracuse and Texas on National TV

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.-- UNC head football coach John Bunting and several Tar Heel football players met with the media Friday afternoon at the Kenan Football Center to discuss the upcoming season.

In addition, Carolina announced kickoff times for its first three games of the season. Carolina will play two of its first three games of the 2002 football season on national television. After its season-opener against Miami (Ohio) on August 31 at 1:30 p.m., Carolina faces Syracuse on September 7 at 8 p.m. on ESPN2 and plays host to Texas at Kenan Stadium on September 14 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

The Miami (Ohio) game will not be televised. Last season, the RedHawks finished 7-5 overall and tied for second place in the Mid-American Conference.

Both of the previous meetings between North Carolina and Syracuse were broadcast nationally by ESPN. In 1995, Syracuse defeated the Tar Heels, 20-9, in Chapel Hill on ESPN. The following season, Carolina beat No. 9 Syracuse, 27-10, in the Carrier Dome on ESPN2. Syracuse finished 10-3 last year and was ranked 14th in both the Associated Press and Coaches' Top 25 polls.

The Carolina - Texas game will be a split nationally televised game. The other game is Nebraska at Penn State. Texas, led by former Tar Heel head coach Mack Brown, won the Big 12 South title last year and finished fifth in the country in both polls. Last year, Carolina lost at No. 4 Texas, 44-14, at Darrel K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium.

Since 1995, 67 of Carolina's 81 football games (83 percent) have been televised.

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