Recruiting receivers was an obvious priority for the North Carolina Tar Heels when the season began because three of the top four on their depth chart — Brandon Tate, Brooks Foster and Cooter Arnold — are scheduled to complete their eligibility in 2008. Add to that list the school's all-time receiving leader, junior Hakeem Nicks, who has positioned himself nicely for an early departure to the NFL, and it's easy to recognize UNC's immediate need in that area. So, it was no surprise that just hours after signing its recruiting Class of 2008 back in February, the Tar Heels received their first oral commitment for 2009 from Cheshire (Conn.) Academy wide receiver Joshua Adams. Ten months later and the Tar Heels appear to have fulfilled their needs at receiver in a very big way.
Recruiting class should help Heels re-load at receiver
The Fayetteville Observer
North Carolina football coach Butch Davis is correct in that every game on the schedule is big, particularly given a football team only plays 12 regular season games and eight of those are in conference.
But this is also true: With each victory in a tight race, every game grows in importance.
Meaningful wins amount to more ahead
The Chapel Hill News
There's a box on the front page of North Carolina's game notes that lists the accomplishments that are within the grasp of Hakeem Nicks' oversized hands.
Career numbers: Record in hand, Nicks looks to add more
The Durham Herald-Sun
With Tennessee apparently eyeing Butch Davis, among others, for its football coaching job, North Carolina is getting a glimpse of how much it can cost to win big in both football and men's basketball.
In only his second season at Carolina, Davis makes about $2.2 million a year. That's in the same general bracket as sixth-year basketball coach Roy Williams, who makes about $2.6 million.
Success ups ante at UNC
The News and Observer
Before they can start thinking about the Seminoles, however, the Terrapins must get past No. 17 North Carolina at Byrd Stadium on Saturday.
"All we have to do now is get back on track and put all our energy and all our effort into North Carolina," center Edwin Williams said. "We have to approach each week the same way. Let things work out as they may. We can't be doing all the arithmetic."
North Carolina (7-2, 3-2) ran for 186 yards in a 28-7 win over Georgia Tech last week. That doesn't bode well for Maryland, which allowed 253 yards rushing to Virginia Tech's Darren Evans.
Terps have a chance to control their own destiny down stretch
The Associated Press
Maryland linebacker Rick Costa has been suspended from the team indefinitely after being accused of punching a police officer in the face at a local bar early Sunday morning.
Terps' R. Costa suspended
The Baltimore Sun