The first Thursday night game at Kenan Stadium in North Carolina history has required detailed planning by at least 11 school departments and public-service agencies, a concession by a television network, and major adjustments by the football team in preparing to play. UNC will play Florida State at 8 p.m., which will be the only major-college game that day. School officials had resisted for years requests to play a Thursday home game because of parking issues during the school week, but Holden Thorp, the UNC chancellor, and Dick Baddour, the athletics director, led the effort to clear the way.
UNC is forced to adjust schedule
The Winston Salem Journal
After a week of self-examination, North Carolina is ready to resume its football season and make a stab at notching its first ACC win.
Last week's open date allowed Coach Butch Davis and his assistants to examine every facet of play after the season's first six games. UNC (4-2, 0-2) will play struggling Florida State (2-4, 0-3) on Thursday night at Kenan Stadium, and the players are confident that a strong run can be generated in the last six games.
Tar Heels say they're confident
The Winston-Salem Journal
As far as North Carolina is concerned, the Florida State team coming to town Thursday night is the Seminoles powerhouse of an earlier decade, not the current version that's winless in the ACC and mired in coaching turmoil.
"They're still Florida State," UNC cornerback Kendric Burney said Monday. "[When I was] growing up in the '90s, Florida State was pretty much all you heard about in the ACC."
UNC expects Florida State's best
The News and Observer
The North Carolina Tar Heels spent the past week catching their breath thanks to a break in its schedule, but now they turn their attention to the final six games on the schedule.
The Tar Heels face a stretch of six consecutive ACC games, which kicks off with a nationally televised matchup against Florida State on Thursday (8 p.m., ESPN).
UNC's readies for Thursday matchup
The Durham Herald-Sun
Over the years UNC officials have consistently rejected the idea of the Thursday night football game.
In addition to complaints about athletics corrupting academia, campus opponents of Thursday night games worried about the traffic nightmare they would create for UNC because the university's football stadium is located slam-up in the middle of campus.
They fear gridlock at every turn, with thousands of UNC employees attempting to leave at 5 p.m., and thousands of fans streaming into Chapel Hill for the game.
Well, get ready for a little gridlock.
UNC braces for Thursday night football
The Durham Herald-Sun
Altered practice schedules and working through logistical issues should all be worth it this week, members of the North Carolina football team said Monday.
The Tar Heels are preparing for back-to-back midweek games, with Florida State arriving for the first one. It will be the first Thursday night home game in school history.
Tar Heels hope to make it all worth the trouble
The Burlington Times-News
Will Graves considers himself a leader, a role model for the youngsters on the North Carolina men's basketball team. Chances are, the 21-year-old junior from Greensboro wouldn't have said that seven months ago. Suspended for the final 18 games of the Tar Heels' national championship run, Graves wasn't even allowed to sit on the bench or wear his No. 13 uniform during the NCAA tournament.
Graves: UNC's unlikely leader
The Greensboro News-Record