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According to several Internet sources, North Carolina has agreed to terms with Butch Davis to replace John Bunting as its next football coach. A source within the athletic department, who is in South Bend, Ind., for the Tar Heels' game against Notre Dame today, could not confirm the hiring, but told The Fayetteville Observer that negotiations have been under way for several days with the former University of Miami coach.
Carolina closes in on Davis
The Fayetteville Observer

Butch Davis and North Carolina could be closing in on an agreement that would bring him to Chapel Hill as head football coach.
Davis may be close to accepting UNC job
The Winston-Salem Journal

The next coach at North Carolina could be Butch Davis. If he so desires.
Report: Davis can have UNC job 'if he wants it'

North Carolina athletics officials would not comment Friday night on an Internet report that the school is close to an agreement with Butch Davis to coach the Tar Heels in football.
UNC: No word on if Davis is new coach
The Charlotte Observer

To Weis, a protege of Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick, being called a jerk is the highest of compliments, second only to being called a winner. Weis, 50, has gone 16-4 at Notre Dame after the Irish went 11-13 in the previous two seasons.
Tough-guy Weis has Irish headed in right direction
The News and Observer

On the opposite sideline from Weis this afternoon, North Carolina's players will get to experience that love for football for themselves. They will play in the shadow of the giant mural of Christ on the Notre Dame library that's cleverly nicknamed "Touchdown Jesus" because his arms are stretched toward the sky beyond the goal post.
Rare touch of gold for UNC
The Charlotte Observer

North Carolina's football team won't play in a bowl game this season. But that hasn't stopped the Tar Heels from thinking about the postseason.
UNC has 'nothing to lose' vs. Irish
The Durham Herald-Sun

John Bunting won't be North Carolina's coach a month from now, but he hasn't given up on the job that he has held for the past six years. He has four games left at North Carolina and plans to make the most of them, starting today at Notre Dame.
Weis: Tar Heels have nothing to lose
The Winston-Salem Journal

North Carolina has endured a season full of distractions, from never-ending questions at quarterback to the midseason firing of its coach. Now comes a new set of diversions to test the Tar Heels' focus: Touchdown Jesus, the lore of the Gipper and all the hoopla that comes with playing at No. 11 Notre Dame.
The Irish mystique new distraction for beleaguered Heels
The Greensboro News and Record

What better team to go hardball against than North Carolina? The Tar Heels (1-7) have the fifth-worst run defense in the country, giving up an average of 205.1 yards a game.
Fighting Irish likely to step on Heels
The Gary Post-Tribune

North Carolina coach John Bunting promised he wouldn't make many drastic changes after he discovered that his alma mater was firing him after the season. But that hasn't prevented the lame duck coach from allowing his assistants to experiment a bit with the offense.
As a lame duck, Bunting allowing some freelancing
The New Bern Sun-Journal

Several times during his weekly news conference Tuesday, Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis talked about how dangerous a team North Carolina is. He was being way too generous.
Irish stretching to treat Tar Heels as a threat
The Chicago Sun-Times

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