One point that Coach Butch Davis has stressed at North Carolina since summer practice began is that a defensive line can set a program's personality by its play, strong or weak. The linemen, according to Marvin Austin, believe Davis' theory and are hopeful of giving the team at least a slight nasty streak for the 2009 season, a trait that hasn't been seen in Kenan Stadium very often. "We want to go out there and blow some people up," said Austin, a junior defensive tackle. "We want to go out there and punish. When they snap the ball, the ball is the issue. "If you've got the ball, we're going to come and get you. If your momma's got the ball, we're going to come and get her, too."
Tar Heels work on punishing opponents
The Winston-Salem Journal
As he prepped for his third preseason with North Carolina, defensive tackle Marvin Austin — whose disposition appears to be permanently stuck on sunny — seemed to exude a little more excitement than usual.
As part of a defense that could turn out to be one of the best in the Atlantic Coast Conference, it's not hard to see why.
Tar Heels mature on defense
The Burlington Times-News
On Oct. 22, UNC-Chapel Hill workers will be sent home two hours early to make room for a big football crowd on campus.
But workers will have to make up the time, and that isn't sitting well with some.
Football 'time out' irks some at UNC
The News and Observer
At the start of preseason practice, Citadel football coach Kevin Higgins was hoping for a running back to step up.
Now, he's hoping for a running back to take a step without getting hurt.
The Bulldogs lost their top two running backs to broken bones during practice Monday, continuing a remarkable run of bad fortune at the position for The Citadel.
Bad-luck Bulldogs quickly running out of backs
The Charleston Post and Courier
North Carolina "will be happy to play whichever team shows up" for its basketball season opener at the Smith Center on Nov. 9, associate athletic director Steve Kirschner said Tuesday. The question is: What team will that be? When the ACC schedule was released Tuesday, Florida International -- with new coach Isiah Thomas -- was listed as UNC's opening-game opponent in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament.
FIU resists matchup against UNC
The News and Observer
The final ACC basketball team to play a game in the 2008-09 season will be the first to take to the court this season.
Reigning national champion North Carolina will tip off the schedule by hosting Florida International on Nov. 9 and neighbor N.C. Central on Nov. 11 in the preliminary rounds of the 2K Sports Classic.
The ACC released its entire schedule Tuesday, a slate that will feature 281 televised games.
Tar Heels open season against FIU, then NCCU
The Durham Herald-Sun
At Thomas's introductory news conference, Garcia announced that Thomas's first game as FIU coach would be at Ohio State. The news of possibly opening against the Tar Heels instead of the Buckeyes surprised Thomas.
``I had no idea,'' Thomas said. ``No one contacted me or our athletic director, no one. Maybe in 2010, 2011 we can play North Carolina, but not this year.''
In regards to the switch of opponents by the Gazelle Group, Garcia said he has no doubt television ratings were the main reason. Regardless of the opponent, Thomas' first game as FIU coach is expected to be shown on ESPNU.
Confusion with FIU opener
The Miami Herald