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Carolina Football

On the list of records to emulate from his time at the University of Miami, North Carolina football coach Butch Davis hopes to avoid one in particular. In Davis' third season there, Miami went 5-6 in 1997, one of only two losing seasons for the program since 1980. The path Davis has set UNC on is familiar and yet unique from the one he took at Miami -- and that has been by design. The Tar Heels enter Davis' third season in Chapel Hill coming off their first winning season since 2001. At No. 21, they're ranked in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since 1998.
UNC's Davis uses old formula
The News and Observer

Starting his third lap at North Carolina, Butch Davis is on track to rate as the best football coach in school history. Hold the drum roll, though. Davis might also be the new Dick Crum.
History mixed at UNC
The News and Observer

The results after the offseason not only have produced a slimmer and fitter defensive line —Thomas lost 15 pounds — but have increased the expectations for the unit. The Tar Heels return all four starters from 2008 and four reserves who have seen significant playing time.
Tar Heels trim down on defense, look to apply even more pressure
The Durham Herald-Sun

Before he suited up for his first practice, North Carolina's Greg Little knew he would be under a microscope. As the most experienced member of the unit that many see as the Tar Heels' biggest question mark entering the season, the junior is aware of the stakes.
Tar Heels' fate could be in young hands
The Burlington Times-News

Carolina Basketball

Why the fuss, especially when FIU will be heavy underdogs against either team? I can think of only two reasons: Michael Jordan and Larry Brown. As any Isiah history buff will tell you, Thomas has been at odds with Jordan for years (Air Jordan kept Isiah off the Dream Team) and a few years back Thomas and Brown had a bit of a falling out. You may have read about it somewhere. Considering that history, do you really think Isiah wants to begin his college coaching career by getting blown out by 30, 40 or 50 points to the Tar Heels. Remember, UNC's current coach Roy Williams is tight with both Jordan and Brown. No thanks. Isiah would rather take his beating at Bobby Knight's alma mater.
Thomas wants to duck Heels
The New York Daily News

Florida International still is expected to open the Coaches vs. Cancer basketball tournament against North Carolina on Nov. 9, said Rick Giles, president of the company that set the matchup. But if the Golden Panthers opt to pull out of the season-opening basketball tourney because they don't want to play the defending national champion Tar Heels, it appears the Gazelle Group will have quite a few other options.
FIU reluctance to play Heels is puzzling
The News and Observer

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