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Carolina Football

The news articles and TV reports said that John Bunting lost his job as North Carolina's football coach. What they left out was that Alyssa Cignetti might have lost her school. Or that Payton Sanders might have lost his teammates. Or that Kathryn Weber might have lost the house she loves so much.
UNC coaches, families facing unknown
Durham Herald-Sun

UNC's decision to terminate Bunting has a wide-ranging effect. Because he'll finish the campaign, maintaining the players' attention and continuing to command respect are challenges.
Bunting faces challenges in final weeks
Wilmington Star-News

"But if there's no music," Neinas said, "there won't be any dancing." And Neinas is the one playing the violin.
His job: Find a coach for the Tar Heels
Greensboro News & Record

In sports, fans begin looking at the top of the organzation when a coach fails. Baddour sits at that zenith and has drawn the ire of many fans and boosters, some of which give bundles of money to support his $203,000-a-year contract.
UNC AD will have a bull's-eye on him, too
Rocky Mount Telegram

Navy head coach Paul Johnson has no desire to discuss the coaching vacancy at North Carolina, for which he is a reported candidate.
Johnson stiff-arms UNC talk
Annapolis Capital

Kragthorpe has said on numerous occasions that he is happy at Tulsa. He said he hasn't had any contact with North Carolina.
Rumors swirling around Kragthorpe

If it weren't LSU's open date week, LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher said he probably wouldn't have taken the call Thursday from a Raleigh, N.C., radio station.
Fisher: No contact with North Carolina
Baton Rouge Advocate

"I think our job got tougher," Grobe said of his 3:30 p.m. kickoff in Chapel Hill. "With John being fired, certainly their players are going to come out in an already emotional and energy-packed football game. It will get ratcheted up a notch with the players wanting to come out and play well for John."
Bunting news bad for Wake
Baltimore Sun

There's a theory that athletes suddenly come alive for lame-duck coaches; talent and passion that's been missing for an entire season suddenly appears when they realize their coach is soon to be gone.
Can Wake feast on lame duck?
Asheville Citizen-Times

Carolina Basketball

May and Felton return to UNC for the second time in two weeks today, when the Bobcats play the Atlanta Hawks at the Smith Center (8 p.m.) in a preseason game. The contest has been dubbed "The Return," with the Hawks originally scheduled to feature former UNC star Marvin Williams and former Duke All-American Shelden Williams. But Marvin Williams, the No. 2 pick in the 2005 draft, suffered a broken bone in his left hand during practice Thursday and is slated to be sidelined 6-8 weeks.
May is back with something to prove
Durham Herald-Sun

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