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Carolina Football

North Carolina safety Cooter Arnold will miss his second game this weekend for breaking team rules. And although teammates may miss him on the field, the reserve's indefinite suspension -- coach Butch Davis' third major disciplinary action since he was hired in November -- has sent a positive message through the locker room.
Davis instills no-nonsense discipline
The News and Observer

Perhaps it's just cautious optimism, but North Carolina football coach Butch Davis was pretty excited Monday when discussing his new football team.
Are the Heels up for an ECU challenge
The Wilmington Star

Talk to Khalif Mitchell about playing his former school and football team Saturday, and he makes it sound as though they're meeting for drinks at 6 p.m. that evening, not getting together to knock skulls.
One-time Heels prepare for former team
The Daily Reflector

T.J. Yates was so prepared for the first game of his college football career that nothing surprised him. Well, almost nothing.
Front and center: Dyer gets his chance to lead UNC's line
The Durham Herald-Sun

East Carolina quarterback Patrick Pinkney has seen the photo "once or twice'' that is one of his father's favorite possessions. "Guard it with your life,'' Reggie Pinkney told someone recently when they asked to borrow the picture. It's faded and covered with a brownish tint from spending most of the last three decades in a scrapbook Reggie Pinkney now keeps in his office at Hillsboro Street School where he's the principal. But clearly visible in the photo of the old pressbox at the University of North Carolina's Kenan Stadium is a scoreboard reading: Carolina 17, Visitors 38. The day was Oct. 25 and the year was 1975.
Pinkney gets chance to relive history
The Fayetteville Observer

Carolina Basketball

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams braced himself in April for a phone call informing him he was not Hall of Fame ready, while his mentor Dean Smith wondered what was taking so long for the Hall to recognize Williams' credentials.
Williams ready for Hall's call
The News and Observer

During his 34 years as a basketball coach, Roy Williams believes he has prepared exactly three speeches. Through all the countless camp functions and booster club meetings and season-ending banquets, Williams has typically carried nothing more than a 3x5 index card decorated with a few key talking points. Only three times has he stepped to a lectern with his words carefully planned. Twice, it was for graduation addresses he gave at his old high school, T.C. Roberson in Asheville. The third prepared monologue will be delivered Friday night on center stage at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
Williams prepares long list of thank yous
The Fayetteville Observer

Roy Williams had it all planned out. The North Carolina men's basketball coach received a note from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame telling him that he should expect a call concerning his status for induction, and he didn't want the conversation to be awkward.
Williams prepares for Hall of Fame induction
The Durham Herald-Sun

When Dean Smith talks, people don't just listen, they tend to gawk, too. A Smith sighting, even in the Dean E. Smith Center, is more rare than you'd think. He comes and goes like an illusionist.
Smith set an example that Williams follows into Hall
The Durham Herald-Sun

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