For North Carolina center Lowell Dyer, returning for the Virginia Tech game last Thursday after sitting out for the past six weeks with a shoulder injury was, in a word, "awesome." After starting the first game of the season against The Citadel on Sept. 5, the senior injured his shoulder during practice later that week and had been watching the Tar Heels' roller coaster season from the bench ever since.
Dyer finally back in the game
The Durham Herald-Sun
Duke and North Carolina started playing each other in 1888, when Duke was known as Trinity College. They have put on some of the great shows in college football history, but the rivalry started slowly. Trinity won four of the first five, and one tale has it that Trinity simply had a superior knowledge of the rules and tactics of the relatively new game.
Bitter rivals since 1888
The News and Observer
Six players instrumental in last season's title run are gone, four swept away in June's NBA Draft. Coach Roy Williams will craft another team, built on holdovers from last season and a freshman class rated among the nation's best. Williams has dealt with change before.
Back to the Blueprint: Williams takes yet another new group of Tar Heels out in search of a crown
The Winston Salem Journal
The first coming of Larry Drew II hardly stirred any Roman Colosseum dust.
He was a bit player on the largest stage, a point-guard understudy to the maddeningly unique Ty Lawson. If Lawson seemed larger than life -- right down to a sore big toe further inflated by his father's old-time remedy of warm salt water -- Drew seemed smaller than the fine print on North Carolina's NCAA trophy.
No more. When you listen to the drumbeats of a new season, the secret rhythms sound a curious message: Carolina can win a third title in six years if Drew excels as the floor manager.
A Toehold on the ACC Heels need Lawson-esque performance from Drew in order to stay atop the league
The Winston-Salem Journal
Rarely will Belmont Abbey College face longer odds in an athletic sporting event than Friday night when the Crusaders basketball team plays defending national champion North Carolina in a 7:30 p.m. exhibition game at the Dean Smith Center.
Abbey faces tall task vs. Tar Heels
The Gaston Gazette
This will be UNC's only exhibition game before Monday's season-opener against Florida International.
Belmont Abbey at North Carolina
The News and Observer