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Carolina Football

North Carolina sophomore Ryan Houston's favorite feeling is lining up 2 yards from the goal line, staring down his panting opposition, and then barreling through them to score. "It's just a lot of pride, because you're down there, with the crowd hyped ... everyone down there is counting on me to get in there,'' he said. "And even if I see a tiny squeak of a hole, I'm going to get through it and get a touchdown." Houston has done that seven times this year -- all within 3 yards. But it was his hulking "Thunder" to speedy starter Shaun Draughn's "Lightning" (which each had written on their respective eye black strips last weekend) that may have proven he can be more than a short-yardage back.
Heels find some 'Thunder'
The News and Observer

North Carolina tailback Shaun Draughn became friends with Virginia Tech's Josh Oglesby in high school, when they met during a recruiting trip. So being the competitor he is, Draughn couldn't help but give his running back buddy a verbal nudge on the phone earlier this week. "I'm looking forward to the palm trees in Tampa,'' he told Oglesby, a former standout at Garner High. "So I'm waiting for you all to lose." All of the Tar Heels will be cheering against Oglesby and the Hokies when Tech plays at Miami tonight.
Heels' Draughn rooting against pal
The News and Observer

Deunta Williams and Kendric Burney are planning on having teammates over to the house they share with three other North Carolina defensive backs tonight to hang out, play Rock Band and watch some of the Virginia Tech-Miami game.
There's little doubt whether Tar Heels will be pulling for Canes or Hokies tonight
The Durham Herald-Sun

Frying pan meet fire. The heat will be on the University of Maryland's defense this week against No. 17 North Carolina. After Virginia Tech's Darren Evans gave the Terps problems in last week's 23-13 loss to the Hokies, the Tar Heels' ground game could be double trouble. Maryland gave up 273 yards rushing last week - including 256 by Evans - and most of it came on straight-ahead surges up the middle. But this week will be much different, since North Carolina has two main runners in speedy Shaun Draughn and overpowering Ryan Houston to boost the temperature. The double-duty format is something Maryland will have to contend with after having problems with just one Evans.
Terps try to survive Heels' heat to stay in ACC kitchen
The Herald-Mail

It's a delicate dance, this job of rebuilding programs. It takes, first and foremost, players. Any coach worth his weight in cheesy cliches will tell you players win games. But those players must buy into what's being sold and must grow and develop and need to win every week. It goes way beyond wanting to win. This is where North Carolina is after just 21 games under Davis, and why Davis--whose team is 7-2 and in the race for the ACC title--is the coach of the year.
Head-to-head: Butch Davis is coach of the year
The Sporting News

Despite reports that say a $3 million-plus deal may be coming his way from Tennessee, North Carolina coach Butch Davis said Wednesday his agent hasn't been contacted by officials from that school and he has no interest in replacing Phil Fulmer next year.
$3M not enough to lure Davis away from Heels
The Fayetteville Observer

Asked again Wednesday about the job opening at Tennessee, North Carolina football coach Butch Davis gave his most definitive answer yet. "I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in the University of Tennessee job," Davis said during the ACC teleconference. "It's a great job, but I have no interest in it," he said. "As I've said for the last couple of weeks, I love being here, my family loves being at Carolina. We're building with the administration everything we can every single day to build a championship football program here."
Davis: 'No interest' in Tennessee job
The News and Observer

Carolina Basketball

Of all the remarkable talents on this year's preseason No. 1 team — from the speed and court vision of Ty Lawson to the smooth shooting stroke of Wayne Ellington to the unrestrained tenacity of a kid named Tyler Hansbrough — no North Carolina Tar Heel has become a better role player than senior guard Bobby Frasor. So it was no surprise on Oct. 24, the first night these Tar Heels put themselves on display for the public, that Frasor reprised his most popular role — as coach Roy Williams.
Having fun could be key to UNC's success
The Fayetteville Observer

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