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Carolina Football

When North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates dropped back in the pocket a year ago, he automatically looked for one of his three top wide receivers - Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Tate or Brooks Foster. But the loss of those three players to the NFL left behind a receiving corps with little college experience, and is part of the reason why the Tar Heels will be looking for more balance in their passing game this year.
UNC quarterback Yates looking for new targets
The Fayetteville Observer

Bigger and brighter, Kenan Stadium will look different for North Carolina's opener tonight against The Citadel. The Tar Heels' home since 1927 now has a new upper level on the Kenan Football Center in the west end zone and new lights on the north and south sides of the field. In addition, the $18 million renovation project dubbed Phase I includes an upgraded locker room for the home team, complete with new lockers, carpeting and flat-screen televisions. Senior defensive end E.J. Wilson predicts the fans will notice the difference in the lighting before the 6 p.m. kickoff.
The lights will shine brighter on the Kenan Stadium crowd
The News and Observer

Jonathan Cooper has known since the end of spring practice that he'd be starting at left guard for the North Carolina football team this season. It just took until midsummer for the reality to hit.
Former Hoggard star steps into spotlight Saturday vs. Citadel
The Wilmington Star

North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates said he has never felt so confident entering a season. When prodded for an area that concerns him with the Tar Heels, he declined to reveal one. But he said that confidence and the preseason respect engulfing the 21st-ranked Tar Heels goes only so far.
Confident Tar Heels look for early validation
The Burlington Times-News

All summer, Kenan Stadium was a work in progress. Signs warned of "Hard Hat Only" areas. Dust and debris lay everywhere -- the residue of hard, manual labor. At first glance, it didn't seem possible all the work would be done and the stadium ready for today's opening game. Kind of like North Carolina's team. The Tar Heels were a work in progress all through summer training camp. The practice field was a hard-hat only area, and sore muscles and sweat were the residue of hard work.
Tar Heels renovate stadium and team
The Greensboro News-Record

When North Carolina takes the field against The Citadel today for its first game of the 2009 season, the Tar Heels hope to make a better statement than in the 2008 opener against McNeese State, another Football Championship Subdivision team. A year ago, the Tar Heels were leading 14-0 before rain and lightning stopped the game for an hour and 48 minutes.
Tar Heels don't want to weather another storm
The Durham Herald-Sun

Butch Davis watched film of The Citadel's game at Clemson last season, and was impressed by what he saw of the Bulldogs. "Andre Roberts catches your attention instantly," North Car- olina's football coach said this week. "... And from a quarterback perspective, they did an outstanding job against Clemson. They threw for 300 yards in that game. Their schemes are sound, their techniques are sound, all the things they tried to do were sound."
Bulldogs must control the ball vs. Tar Heels
The Charleston Post and Courier

Carolina Basketball

The North Carolina men's basketball program began its year-long celebration of its centennial season last night, drawing a sellout crowd of nearly 22,000 to watch a charity game featuring its alumni playing in the NBA or overseas. The rosters featured some of the program's biggest stars of the past two decades, including NBA All-Stars such as Vince Carter, Antawn Jamison and Jerry Stackhouse. They also included 10 members of the Tar Heels' 2005 and 2009 national-championship teams.
Former stars return to mark 100 years of UNC basketball
The Winston-Salem Journal

For a moment on Friday night, the Four Corners offense returned to North Carolina. The fact that it was being run by 2009 Naismith Award winner Ty Lawson -- and against 1978 National Player of the Year Phil Ford, who was coaching the opposite team -- was just another memory to add to 100 years worth in Tar Heel blue.
For UNC, A 'family' reunion
The News and Observer

With cameras flashes flickering from every angle of the pregame darkness and turning things all the more spine-tingling, Roy Williams coaxed Dean Smith out of his seat and onto the floor. There the patriarch of North Carolina's storied basketball program was greeted by a star-studded collection of former Tar Heels and the thunderous embrace of a sold-out building bearing his name. It was a stirring reception that dwarfed the roar showered upon Michael Jordan seconds earlier.
Tar Heels alumni game overflows with special moments
The Burlington Times-News

Antawn Jamison never has forgotten the feeling of walking onto the court at the Smith Center. And Friday, the current Washington Wizard got a chance to relive that feeling one more time.
UNC alumni thrill fans
The Durham Herald-Sun

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