Bunting Resignation Report Refuted

Local radio station WCHL 1360 AM is reporting Friday that John Bunting will resign before the end of the season -- possibly as early as this weekend. However, Bunting and North Carolina have denied the report.

The report by local radio station WCHL 1360 hit the airwaves in the early afternoon. "Sources tell WCHL News that North Carolina head football coach John Bunting will offer his resignation before the end of the season."

However, the WCHL web site didn't exactly say the same thing. The site reported -- "Unnamed Administrative sources have told WCHL News that Head Coach John Bunting indicated that if the football team didn't reverse its direction with a win in Charlottesville last night, that he would offer his resignation by the end of the season – possibly as early as this weekend."

A UNC official told Inside Carolina Friday afternoon that John Bunting was on the road recruiting, adding that he was still the head coach and that there was no press conference planned for his resignation.

Bunting and UNC sports information director Steve Kirschner informed the local media late Friday that the report was false. "I have heard it," Bunting said, when asked of the report by the Raleigh News & Observer. "It is absolutely not true." Kirschner called it an "inaccurate report."

WCHL is owned by Jim Heavner, who was the president of the company that owned the independent UNC web site, Goheels.com, which was sold and given to the University in 2002.

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