Sitting at a podium alongside seven fellow coaches Sunday morning -- clad in a baby blue Hawaiian shirt with the shimmering Pacific Ocean as his backdrop -- North Carolina coach Roy Williams nonetheless looked as if he would rather be somewhere else. Preferably, on a basketball court.
Tar Heels look to bounce back
Raleigh News & Observer
"We talked all preseason about guarding people, and the first team we play shoots 50 percent," Williams said "We didn't have the intensity that they had. I was dumbfounded by that."
Roy hopes Heels find defense in paradise
North Carolina needs to create turnovers to fuel its transition game, which didn't get rolling Friday. The Tar Heels will face Brigham Young, which prefers a more deliberate style, taking advantage of its size in a half-court game.
Tar Heels carry loss into 'paradise'
Paradise is all around North Carolina today, but Coach Roy Williams and his players have more on their minds than palm trees, beaches and body surfing.
REBOUND? UNC to open play in Hawaii
Not only does Brigham Young have to face a talent-laden North Carolina basketball team, it has to play a bunch of angry Tar Heels.
Cougars face riled-up Tar Heels
Salt Lake City Tribune
Most likely it will be either the Dec. 30 Continental Tire Bowl in Charlotte or the Dec. 27 MPC Computers Bowl in Boise, Idaho. It still was uncertain Sunday. Both bowls rank UNC and Clemson as their top choices, and MPC Computers Bowl executive director Gary Beck said a decision could come early this week.
Tar Heels waiting on bowls
Raleigh News & Observer
"I was surprised and very pleased," Bunting said Sunday of the extension. "I think it's something that was very necessary for us. As you might guess, for a couple of years now people have said negative things relative to the stability of this staff and program [on the recruiting trail]. This now shows exactly where we're at."
UNC Monday Morning QB
Coach John Bunting and his players at North Carolina began a wait yesterday that could require a week's patience to find out if a bowl game wants their services.
North Carolina football coach John Bunting's eventual dismissal was considered a forgone conclusion a month ago. Anyone willing to offer an opinion did so confidently stating they didn't see him surviving to coach a fifth year at his alma mater.
At end of season, Heels' Bunting has last laugh