Brandon Tate was scheduled to undergo tests in Chapel Hill late yesterday to determine the severity of the knee injury that he suffered in North Carolina's game against Notre Dame on Saturday. Tate was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam at UNC Hospitals at 5 p.m. on his right knee. Coach Butch Davis said he did not know the results when speaking to the UNC beat writers in his 5:45 p.m. teleconference yesterday. A source in Chapel Hill said last night that UNC officials fear that Tate might have suffered ligament damage and could be out for an extended period of time.
Heels say they will reveal Tate's MRI results today
The Winston-Salem Journal
North Carolina's football team, newly ranked at No. 18 in the country, is making plans to be without receiver / return specialist Brandon Tate.
Tate's status wasn't revealed by coach Butch Davis on Sunday, but his injured right knee is reason for concern.
Tar Heels make post-Tate plans -- just in case
The Burlington Times-News
After beating Notre Dame in a gutty 29-24 performance Saturday and moving up to No. 18 in the Associated Press poll, North Carolina will travel to Virginia next weekend just one win short of bowl eligibility.
And the question now is whether the team will have to accomplish it without senior playmaker Brandon Tate.
UNC Clipboard: Heels await word on Tate
The News and Observer
It's hard to say whether Cam Sexton's cleats ever touched the ground on his sprint off the field Saturday night. His feet spinning like the wheels of a stock car, his giddiness overflowing like an over-shaken bottle of champagne, Sexton had the thrill of a 29-24 win over Notre Dame spread all across his mug.
And in his fist pump.
And in the way he appeared to be floating on air like Iron Man in baby blue.
Sexton, Heels are finally ‘having fun'
The Fayetteville Observer
Notre Dame has turned out some fine priests at the feet of Touchdown Jesus. North Carolina has turned out some fine doctors just across the hospital parking lot from Kenan Stadium.
So why is it, after 120 years of gridiron learning, that these colleges have turned football over to the lawyers?
It Was Chaos: The game that would never end
The Winston-Salem Journal
Charlie Weis conceived Notre Dame's final offensive play Saturday on the sideline during a timeout, but the Notre Dame coach wasn't the only one adjusting on the fly during North Carolina's 29-24 victory. Tar Heels coach Butch Davis had to improvise, as well.
Weis had his team in five-receiver sets early in the game because he hadn't seen North Carolina play a dime defense (six defensive backs) this season. There was a reason for that. The Tar Heels, who like to keep their athletic linebackers on the field even in passing situations, didn't have a dime package -- at least until Davis and his assistants scrambled to make the necessary adjustments during the game.
Irish force Heels to turn on a dime
The Chicago Sun-Times
One day after its dramatic victory over Notre Dame, North Carolina sobered up with the news that Brandon Tate could miss significant time with a knee injury.
Tate's fate up in the air after injury
The Durham Herald-Sun