Coach Roy Williams took his North Carolina assistants on a retreat last Sunday to prepare for the opening of basketball practice. One thought dominated the meeting for the program that will begin defense of its 2009 NCAA Tournament title tonight with its first practice at the Smith Center.
Tar Heels ready to open practice
The Winston-Salem Journal
North Carolina junior Will Graves keeps his 2009 national championship rings right beside his bedside pillows.
After being suspended last February for violating unspecified team rules, he says they are a reminder of what he missed while sitting on the bench for the final 18 games of the season. And of what he wants to accomplish this year.
Graves grateful for 2nd chance
The News and Observer
North Carolina's Marcus Ginyard can't wait to get back on the court. After sitting out all but three games last season, including the Tar Heels' national championship victory over Michigan State in April, with an injury the redshirt senior said his foot feels fine and he's ready to contribute more than ever.
The Durham Herald-Sun
North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams said he took a few days to get away with his coaching staff and try and figure out what kind of team his 2009-10 Tar Heels squad will be.
According to Williams and his players at Thursday's preseason media day, nobody's quite figured it out just yet.
New quest, new questions: Tar Heels look for answers as practice starts
The Burlington Times-News
Larry Drew II never had to show off much of a jumpshot or take ownership of North Carolina's high-powered offense as a freshman playing behind future pro Ty Lawson.
Those pressure-free days are over.
Guard has big shoes to fill
The Associated Press
At North Carolina, freshman basketball players aren't allowed to speak to the media until after their first game.
That's been the rule since former coach Dean Smith couldn't break 90 on the golf course.
Not even George Karl and Vince Carter, who might as well have been handing out business cards that read "Have Mouth, Will Chat," dared breach the gag rule that since has been extended by Bill Guthridge, Matt Doherty and now Roy Williams.
Seeing double at UNC
The News and Observer