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Carolina Football

A year ago when North Carolina was preparing to play rival N.C. State, the Tar Heels were still sensitive about the announcement that head coach John Bunting wouldn't be returning for 2007. UNC defensive tackle Kentwan Balmer remembers being upset during warmups prior to the kickoff in Chapel Hill when unnamed Wolfpack players reminded him of the coaching situation.
Tar Heel seniors seeking sweep
The Fayetteville Observer

In its first season under Coach Butch Davis, UNC is starting to play more competent defense and is shedding its image as one of the nation's worst defensive teams.
Focus on defense is paying off for UNC
The Winston-Salem Journal

North Carolina players have come to expect to beat North Carolina State, winning the last three times the teams have met on the football field.
Tar Heels must earn it
The Burlington Times-News

It's a standard throwaway line when it comes to rivalry football games such as North Carolina vs. N.C. State. The game is almost always deemed to have a huge impact on in-state recruiting. The only problem with the statement is that neither head coach buys it.
Recruits not always won over
The Greensboro News-Record

John Bunting will be in Wisconsin this weekend, unable to watch Saturday's North Carolina-N.C. State football game live on TV. But he still plans to check the score often.
More than just a game
The News and Observer

North Carolina's football players want to win every game they play. But there's something special about playing against N.C. State, right?
Balmer: Heels enjoyed turning table on Pack
The Durham Herald-Sun

The biggest game on the N.C. States football schedule is Saturday at noon. Trust me, it's the biggest game on N.C. State's schedule every year.
Records don't matter when State, UNC meet
The Durham Herald-Sun

N.C. State quarterback Daniel Evans recalls being ragged and ridiculed when the Wolfpack lost to North Carolina. "Kids get ruthless," Evans said Monday.
O'Brien knows about football rivalries
The News and Observer

N.C. State's road to a three-game winning streak had North Carolina coach Butch Davis sounding a bit envious Monday.
Tar Heels take note of Wolfpack rebuilding plan
The Charlotte Observer

Carolina Basketball

Tyler Hansbrough's junior year at North Carolina has begun much the same way his sophomore campaign did, as the leading vote-getter on The Associated Press' preseason All-America team.
Hansbrough tops voting for team
The Fayetteville Observer

North Carolina flexed its basketball recruiting muscle Monday when it received a commitment from Tyler Zeller, one of the top high school basketball players in the country.
Heels get commitment from Indiana big man
The News and Observer

North Carolina's sparkling Class of 2008 recruiting haul grew even more impressive Monday afternoon when 6-foot-11 forward Tyler Zeller out of Indiana pledged a verbal commitment to the Tar Heels.
Tar Heels land 6-11 recruit
The Fayetteville Observer

With Indiana, Purdue and Notre Dame all in the final four in the Tyler Zeller recruiting sweepstakes, the state of Indiana had a 75 percent chance of keeping the 7-foot center within its border.
Zeller makes his decision: N. Carolina
The Indianapolis Star

Struggling with his collegiate decision, Tyler Zeller and his parents met with Washington High School basketball coach Gene Miiller in his office last Thursday.
Zeller finds comfort in Tar Heels
The Evansville Courier-Press

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