Coach Butch Davis believes that North Carolina still has a lot to play for in its final two games, even though it can't finish with a winning record or reach a bowl game.
Davis would like to have more balance
The Winston-Salem Journal
For much of the season, inexperience was the problem for North Carolina's football team. Now, without the prospect of a bowl game to keep them motivated, the Tar Heels might find that youth is their biggest advantage. There isn't much to play for in the short-term, but the long-term goals are still there for most of the squad.
Carolina's youth being served
The Greensboro News and Record
With a 31-27 loss against cross-town rival N.C. State this weekend, North Carolina is no longer bowl eligible in head coach Butch Davis' first season. However, that does not mean the season is over.
Tar Heels aim to hit the road running
The Daily Tar Heel
North Carolina's players talked with youthful exuberance about surprising everybody and contending for a bowl game in Butch Davis' first season. Ultimately, it turned out to be little more than wishful thinking.
Reality sets in: No bowl for Heels
The Associated Press
North Carolina coach Butch Davis said the Tar Heels' last two games of the season are no less important to him than the first two.
"I told the players, 'Every time we play is an opportunity for this football team to get better,'" Davis said Monday. "That can't get lost. For 95 percent of the guys on this football team, their career is just getting started."
Tar Heels continue to work
The Rocky Mount Telegram
Butch Davis doesn't have a definitive answer, but he has developed a theory.
That's about all North Carolina's football coach can do when it comes to explaining his team's tendency to get off to poor starts this season. The Tar Heels (3-7, 2-4 ACC), who play at Georgia Tech (6-4, 3-4) on Saturday (noon, WRAL), have gone scoreless in the first quarter in seven of their last eight games, including the last four in a row.
Davis perplexed by UNC's early missteps
The Durham Herald-Sun