North Carolina will have to finish its football season without the services of Brandon Tate, its top offensive playmaker, after serious damage was found in his injured right knee. An MRI exam at UNC Hospitals Sunday revealed a torn anterior-cruciate ligament and a torn medial-collateral ligament. The test confirmed the initial diagnosis made Saturday by the UNC Sports Medicine program after Tate was injured in a game against Notre Dame, according to school athletics officials.
Tate's North Carolina career is over
The Winston-Salem Journal
Even as doctors tended to his injured right knee in the training room Saturday, Brandon Tate was cheering as his North Carolina teammates rallied to beat Notre Dame.
"I was jumping around -- trying to anyway," he said.
Less than 24 hours after learning that the injury is a torn anterior cruciate ligament and torn medial collateral ligament, sidelining him for the rest of his senior season, the Tar Heels' top playmaker remained surprisingly upbeat Monday -- saying he will recover, he will play in the NFL, and he will be his football team's biggest cheerleader.
UNC loses Tate
The News and Observer
North Carolina did not release an updated depth chart Monday. Probably because it would have had so many OR's.
With versatile playmaker Brandon Tate sidelined for the rest of the season with torn ligaments in his right knee, No. 18 UNC is still looking for players to fill his roles of wide receiver, punt returner, kickoff returner -- and occasional rusher.
Tate injury leaves huge void
The News and Observer
Brandon Tate spent the second half of North Carolina's win over Notre Dame on Saturday in the trainer's room at Kenan Stadium, watching on television as the Tar Heels beat the Fighting Irish.
Tate to miss rest of season
The Durham Herald-Sun
Three of the conference's six weekly awards for football went to U.Va. players yesterday. Senior tailback Cedric Peerman is the ACC's offensive back of the week, senior tackle Eugene Monroe is offensive lineman of the week and redshirt freshman defensive end Matt Conrath is rookie of the week.
The news wasn't as good for Virginia's next opponent. North Carolina learned that its most explosive player, wide receiver Brandon Tate, will miss the rest of the season.
Loss for UNC before game
The Richmond Times-Dispatch
Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes is in the process of securing the series of games against the North Carolina Tar Heels that he has wanted for several years. The Longhorns and Tar Heels are close to finalizing a date — Dec. 19, 2009 — for a game at the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium in Arlington, a matchup that could be the first in a four-game series, a team spokesman said. The second game would be played in Greensboro, N.C. The schools are discussing playing subsequent games in Austin and Chapel Hill, N.C.
Texas, North Carolina discussing basketball games
The Austin American-Statesman