UNC-VT: John Bunting Quotes + Audio

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina coach John Bunting spoke to reporters following the Tar Heels' 35-10 loss to Virginia Tech. Read and listen to what he had to say...

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AUDIO (10:21)

Opening remarks

"Well, you all were there, and I'm sure you see some of the things that I see. We played better defense, certainly, and that was my expectation the first week, so there's a positive there and I think the football team kept playing. It's unfortunate that we didn't make plays and do enough right things to make it a different game in the first half. But you still have the second half to play, also. To give up to any team 14 points on two yards of total offense is always disappointing and usually will cost you the game. I felt like our kids kept trying, kept working, kept trying to do things right. Probably the most disappointing thing to me was for the second week in a row we can't pick up a yard (on fourth and short). Very unhappy with that.

"In the locker room, disappointed as they are, I think they are very determined to get this thing turned around. I've been in this business a long time as a player and as a coach and seasons get turned around when you start doing things together, playing together, making things work. It's up to us as coaches to help them do it. That will be our focus when we get back on the practice field on Monday. That we do a better job of coaching, starting with me as the head coach. And we get these kids re-focused and find a way to get a win a football game. We've had two different weeks with this, that and the other relative to performance, offensively and defensively, and give up a big block on a punt today. Very disappointing. Something we worked on. We have to do a better job of coaching that unit also. It's inexcusable. That's something our coaches better do a better job of.

"I'm looking forward to getting back with this team on Monday night because they have a tremendous amount of character on this club. We've worked hard to get that. All we need to do is put the package together. There's 10 more opportunities to get that done, starting this week with Furman."

On Dailey running

"I think he is a good runner and I've also seen him throw the ball very, very well. I've seen him throw with a great deal of confidence. We will see that again the next time he plays. I have confidence in Joe, I have confidence in Cam."

On the interceptions

"There is usually something the quarterback sees and tips him in where he wants to go and where he wants to throw it. In each occasion, there was something that took place that either took the receiver's or quarterback's eyes off the target and we have to do a better job of functioning out there in the pocket, knowing where to go with the ball, what coverage it is, what you saw pre-snap and then what you see post-snap. Make better decisions, make better throws. It's usually both. It's usually a combination with the quarterback and receiver.

"I'm really pleased that Victor Worsley played like that for us. And it's good to get Durell (Mapp) out on the field. He's missed so much football.

"We did a pretty good job stopping the run. They had a couple of big ones. We expect Victor and Durell to play well. They've been in the program a long time."

Will Joe Dailey remain as your starter?

"We will evaluate that tomorrow. I would not be at all surprised if that (Dailey starting) is the decision we make as a staff. He gives us great opportunities to win. I think Cameron Sexton is going to be a great quarterback. We are going to do what we think is best for our football team to help us win next week.

"It comes down to one thing ¬ score when we have the opportunity. Today we had some great field positions, we had some great opportunities. We've got to take advantage of the opportunities presented. We've got to become more sure of ourselves. As the system becomes more in place, as our coaches and players are more confident in everything that is being done. Take it from the practice field to the game field. I really believe this. We've got to work harder in practice. We've got to coach harder in practice. I know that our kids are responsive and I know that we have talent."

By harder, do you mean more physical?

"I mean smarter."

More on interceptions

"I think it was discouraging to have those interceptions happen, but I don't think it broke these players at all. They kept grinding, they kept playing hard. They did a lot of good things, too. And I proud of the effort. There is no lack of effort. We've just got to get smarter. We've got to a better job of coaching them."

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