It's not the Orange Bowl, which is the annual post-season destination for the Atlantic Coast Conference champion. But landing a berth in the Meineke Car Care Bowl still represents a significant step forward to Coach Butch Davis in year two of his rebuilding effort at North Carolina.
Davis' Heels on the right track
The Fayetteville Observer
North Carolina won't escape winter's chill or visit an exotic locale to play its first bowl game in four years, but no one in the program is complaining about the events of Selection Sunday.
UNC will have only a short bus ride to Charlotte for the Meineke Car Care Bowl and a game against West Virginia of the Big East Conference on Dec. 27. Playing in any bowl game was one of the season's main objectives set by the players in building Coach Butch Davis' program.
UNC players say that short trip to Charlotte bowl will not be a letdown
The Winston-Salem Journal
Deunta Williams spent last winter's bowl season dodging the television. The North Carolina sophomore safety said he caught glimpses of a few bowl games, but he couldn't bring himself to sit down and watch them.
White Oak's Williams Happy Tar Heels In A Bowl
The Jacksonville Daily News
North Carolina safety Deunta Williams couldn't help but wonder "what if?" as he watched the ACC championship game on Saturday.
Which is why he turned it off after about five plays.
"We controlled our own destiny, we let some things slip away,'' the sophomore said. " ... So it's just fortunate that we're going to a bowl game right now, and every bowl game is nice, so I've heard."
Heels wonder: What if ?
The News and Observer
For a while this season, there was a reasonable chance that North Carolina and West Virginia would meet in the postseason. Just not in Charlotte.
The Tar Heels spent much of the year in the mix in the up-for-grabs Atlantic Coast Conference – and for the trip to Miami that goes to its champion – until two losses in November dropped them out of contention.
Tar Heels and West Virginia were on road to bigger bowls
The Wilmington Star
North Carolina's players are excited to go to Charlotte for a bowl game. No, really.
Tar Heels excited about exposure in Meineke Bowl
The Durham Herald-Sun