College football's bowls season won't provide exactly what North Carolina wants, but no one in the program will admit to being disappointed at what will be available. The Tar Heels will play in Charlotte's Meineke Car Care Bowl at Bank of America Stadium for the second consecutive season on Dec. 26, in a game against Pittsburgh of the Big East Conference. All the sights and bowl festivities will be familiar, but defensive tackle Marvin Austin said that playing again in the home of the Carolina Panthers beats the alternative the Tar Heels could have had.
Tar Heels happy to be going bowling
The Winston-Salem Journal
The North Carolina Tar Heels will head to postseason play in Charlotte for second straight year with one of its top players pondering an early jump to the National Football League.
UNC's Austin prepares for bowl game, future
The Fayetteville Observer
Instead of a bowl trip to Florida, the Tar Heels (8-4, 4-4 ACC) were invited back to Charlotte for the second time in as many years and third time in six years. All joking aside, Austin said the short in-state trip to play No. 17 Pittsburgh in the Dec. 26 Meineke Car Care Bowl at Bank of America Stadium beats the alternative.
Positive approach by Heels
The News and Observer
North Carolina coach Butch Davis opened Thursday's press conference by restating how excited the Tar Heels were to be headed to the Meineke Car Care Bowl for the second straight season and for the third time in the past five years.
Even though it looked like UNC could end up in the Gator Bowl a few weeks ago, a regular season-ending loss to N.C. State and the retirement of Florida State coach Bobby Bowden knocked the Tar Heels down in the bowl pecking order.
A welcome opportunity
The Durham Herald-Sun
In an area and a state dominated by North Carolina basketball fans, news that their favorite team is planning a game in Asheville should create a huge demand for tickets. UNC coach Roy Williams said Thursday he will bring the Tar Heels to the Land of the Sky to open UNC Asheville's new basketball arena.
Buncombe's Roy Williams, Tar Heels to open new UNC Asheville arena
The Asheville Citizen-Times
A few months into his life as a college student, David Wear has played a basketball game in Kentucky's Rupp Arena and several others in what fans of his North Carolina team refer to as the Dean Dome.
Next week, the freshman forward from California will go one-on-one against a Spanish class final exam. He's slated for another in American history and a third in health. His first-semester work in an English course essentially ended earlier this week when he handed in a term paper.
Exams are tough opponents for athletes
The News and Observer