UNC-SMU might not happen this Saturday

John Bunting

CHAPEL HILL, NC—On a day when the United States is under terrorist attacks in New York City and in Washington D.C., discussion of football is not the top priority of UNC head football coach, John Bunting. Addressing the needs of his players and coaches who may be affected is number one on his list.

"Obviously, with the attack on our country today, there are a lot more pressing issues than football to talk about," began John Bunting as he addressed a gathering of reporters. "The only thing I will say is that I will be meeting with my team later today to talk to the team to try to help them understand. That's what is most important to me. We are concerned that there might be some relatives of some of our players involved [in the attacks on NYC and Washington, DC]. We are going to try to find that out.

"Right now we don't have a plan or a schedule for this afternoon, with the exception of saying that we will meet with the players. Other than that, I'm not sure what we will do with the players this afternoon."

In light of the events of the day, it is possible that the UNC-SMU football game could be postponed or cancelled all together.

"It's entered my mind," remarked Bunting to the notion that that game might not be played against SMU on this coming Saturday. "It has entered my mind that the game might not be played. There has been a discussion in our office but not outside of our office."

No official announcement has yet been made regarding the status of the UNC-SMU football game. The UNC Athletic Communications Department will release updates when the decision is made.

"I was in Kansas City when Oklahoma City [bombing] took place, and that was absolutely shocking," continued Bunting, "and this seems 10 times—100 times—more shocking. And I was 13 years old when President Kennedy was shot… I consider myself a true American, and this really hurts."

James M. Bunting, father of UNC fooball coach John Bunting, is fluent in Russian and is a former decoder for the National Security Agency and was involved in the security of the United States for 20-25 years. He retired around the early 70's.

Bunting's best friend lives in New York and works in lower Manhattan, and another of his close friends works in the stock market. Bunting had not received word on their whereabouts as of 11:00 a.m.

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