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The best thing that ever happened to Durell Mapp was an evaluation from a college recruiter that he took as an insult. The perceived slight made him angry. And it helped make him the football player that he is today.
Man on a Mission: UNC's Mapp, a former walk-on, wanted to prove he deserved to play for a major-college program
The Winston Salem Journal

Contrary to a blog report, first-year North Carolina football coach Butch Davis does not have an exit clause in his contract that would allow him to leave penalty-free for Arkansas.
Davis denies interest in Arkansas
The News and Observer

Coach Butch Davis said he is happy at North Carolina when asked Tuesday evening about reports that he might be wooed to coach at Arkansas. "I am thrilled to be here," Davis said after practice. "...There are so many positive things that have gone on with this program. I'm excited about the future."
Hogs interested in Heels' Davis?
The Charlotte Observer

The impossible return of an All-American from a decade ago notwithstanding, there's little to laugh about in the Tar Heels' thinned defensive backfield. The indefinite suspension of starting cornerback Jermaine Strong - who earlier this month replaced injured starter Kendric Williams - has Davis searching for answers as he prepares for Wake Forest's unique misdirection offense.
Tar Heels need ways to boost thinning defense
The Associated Press

What Coach Butch Davis, in his first season at North Carolina, would really prefer is to make up ground on the only Big Four program to rise above mediocrity. Only then can the Tar Heels regain the dominance among high-school recruiting in the state they enjoyed in the 1990s when Mack Brown was head coach.
Deacons' success has aided recruiting
The Winston Salem Journal

"A.J. Blue has been offered a scholarship by the University of North Carolina,'' Clark said. "But I spoke to him this morning about 11:30 and he has not made any type of commitment. He is honored and flattered by the scholarship offer and he'll be making a decision as time moves on. "I really think he's going to enjoy what's going on here now and hopefully we can get into the playoffs and make a run. Then, after all that's over, he will sit down with his mom and make a decision.''
Recruiting: Soap opera involving A.J. Blue
The Fayetteville Observer

A suspended UNC football player facing a misdemeanor marijuana citation could have his charge dismissed in four months if he goes to drug education classes, pays a fine and stays out of trouble, an Orange County prosecutor said Tuesday.
UNC's Barbour agrees to deal
The News and Observer

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