Almost everything is settling into place at North Carolina as Butch Davis begins his second season as coach. The adjustment period is over. The players know Davis' system better, and the coaches no longer have to question whether someone is playing at the right spot. Now comes the serious business: winning.
The Winston-Salem Journal
Former North Carolina kicker Connor Barth has plenty of reasons for wanting to beat out Nick Novak for the Kansas City Chiefs' starting job. There's the paycheck, of course. And the dream of playing in the NFL as a rookie.
And then there's the bye week.
"That's the weekend UNC plays Notre Dame," he said in a phone interview this week. "And it would be a dream come true -- me kicking in the NFL, then being able to come back to Kenan Stadium and watch my brother kick for the Tar Heels.
Following in his brother's Heels
The News and Observer
Here's what frustrates Kendric Burney when he hears North Carolina's cornerbacks are going to be the defense's biggest question mark this season: Burney guards Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Tate and Brooks Foster every day in practice.
Show Stoppers: UNC corners go looking for respect
The Durham Herald-Sun
McNeese State began to get a look at North Carolina on Thursday, the team the Cowboys open the season against on Aug. 30 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
McNeese starts prep for UNC