North Carolina will be trying to erase a bitter memory on Saturday when its rivalry with East Carolina resumes in Kenan Stadium. ECU won the last game in the series in 2007, taking a 34-31 win in Greenville in Coach Butch Davis' first season. The winning points came on a field goal in the final seconds. Deunta Williams, a junior safety, still thinks that UNC's 4-8 season would have been successful had it won that game.
Tar Heels say their 2007 loss to Pirates still stings
The Winston-Salem Journal
Thanks to the H1N1 virus — commonly referred to as swine flu — North Carolina defensive back Deunta Williams has added a piece to his must-have-at-all-times list of accessories.
"Here at Carolina, everybody is so friendly," Williams said. "Everybody wants to shake your hand or high-5 you. So, we carry around … a bottle of hand sanitizer."
Tar Heels try to keep it clean -- off the field, too
The Burlington Times-News
North Carolina beat Connecticut without three injured starters on offense and lost a fourth during the dramatic 12-10 road win.
Coach Butch Davis doesn't know what his lineup will look like for East Carolina on Saturday, but the 24th-ranked Tar Heels started the week with good news on the injury front.
Tar Heels recovering
The News and Observer
While No. 24 North Carolina's defense has lived up to its preseason billing, unfortunately, so too has the Tar Heels' uncertain offense.
Two games into the season, North Carolina's defense has allowed just 16 points and ranks among the nation's best in several categories. The unit is having to carry more than its share of the burden, though, while a young offense fights through poor execution, dropped passes and bad blocking.
Defense carries Heels
The Associated Press
East Carolina might be without leading rusher Dominique Lindsay this weekend when the Pirates visit No. 24 North Carolina.
Coach Skip Holtz said Monday that Lindsay injured his right shoulder in last week's 35-20 loss at West Virginia and isn't very hopeful that Dominique will play.
Holtz lists Lindsay as doubtful and says the senior will have an MRI on the AC joint in his shoulder.
Lindsay doubtful vs. UNC
The News and Observer
East Carolina football coach Skip Holtz had as good a view as anyone of the big plays West Virginia unloaded on his team last Saturday.
He had the same vantage point as the ECU offense sputtered in Morgantown and was shut out in the second half for the second consecutive week.
The fifth-year coach, however, is not panicking as his 1-1 team prepares to renew its rivalry with No. 24 North Carolina Saturday in Chapel Hill.
The Daily Reflector
After ECU's 35-20 loss to West Virginia this weekend, in which the offense posted zeroes in the third and fourth quarters for the second consecutive week, Pinkney and the Pirates' offense must recapture the chemistry from recent seasons, before it reverts back to its ways of the past.
ECU offense looks to get back on track
The Washington Daily News