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Carolina Football

North Carolina is dealing with unexpected success this season, but a plan devised by Coach Butch Davis is helping players handle the burden. Each week, as the wins mount, UNC draws more attention at home, across the nation and in the polls. Davis doesn't worry about any of it. His concern is his team and what it must do to play better. Davis has instructed his players to do the same and think only of what went wrong in the last game and what they need to correct.
Davis cites focus as key to Heels' success
The Winston-Salem Journal

Coach Butch Davis said the goal for this season's North Carolina team was to play meaningful games late in the season. With a ranking of 17th in The Associated Press football poll and a shot at the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division title still alive, Saturday's trip to take on Atlantic Division contender Maryland certainly qualifies. But while the goal of facing a big game in the season's final stretch has been reached, the Tar Heels don't appear satisfied.
Tar Heels climb in rankings, focus on stretch drive
The Burlington Times-News

North Carolina's football team plays at Maryland on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on ABC/ESPN. UNC's basketball team tips off against Penn at the Smith Center a half-hour later on Fox Sports Carolinas. What's a Tar Heels fan to do?
Heels fanatics face TV dilemma
The News and Observer

Ryan Houston can't help but tease Shaun Draughn a little bit that North Carolina's starting running back had better have some long runs if he wants to find the end zone. "Every time he breaks a long one, I'm like, 'You better score, because you know if it gets to the goalline, I'm going to get a touchdown,"' Houston said with a chuckle.
No. 17 Tar Heels attacking on the ground
The Associated Press

"Thunder" and "Lightning" nicknames for running-back combinations hardly are novel. There's James Davis and C.J. Spiller at Clemson. A couple of years ago, it was LenDale White and Reggie Bush at USC. The list could go on.
Storm warning: Tar Heels' version of 'Thunder' and 'Lightning' have the offense rolling
The Durham Herald-Sun

If certain games go certain ways, the 21st century could suddenly look like 1970 all over again, with Wake Forest playing North Carolina for the ACC championship. Wake Forest (6-3 overall, 4-2 ACC) holds the tiebreaker over FSU (7-2, 4-2) in the Atlantic Division and therefore controls its destiny. Wins over N.C. State on the road and Boston College at home would ship the Deacons to the Tampa Bay Bucs' stadium for the conference title game Dec. 6. Carolina (7-2, 3-2) needs help because it lost 20-17 to Virginia Tech, the Coastal Division co-leader. To stay alive, Carolina probably must win at Maryland, at home against N.C. State and at Duke.
Parity In the ACC: League's championship game in Tampa could match Wake Forest and North Carolina
The Winston-Salem Journal

North Carolina athletics director Dick Baddour has a longstanding policy not to discuss whether any other school has called him to inquire about a coach, or whether he has called any school to ask about one of their coaches. So when asked Monday whether Tennessee has asked permission to talk to football coach Butch Davis about its head coaching vacancy, Baddour said he wanted to stick with that policy. However, "Coach Davis has spoken clearly and loudly about his commitment to North Carolina," Baddour said. "... All of us, especially Coach Davis, are so focused on the team and this week's game at Maryland ... and I'm just so proud and happy for this program, and what he has done."
Heels focus on team, not Vols
The News and Observer

Carolina Basketball

Before he was diagnosed with one in his right shin last month, Tyler Hansbrough and three of his North Carolina teammates caused their own "stress reaction" across the college basketball landscape last spring. These guys, again?
Veteran Tar Heels are talented and deep
The Virginia Pilot

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