Their theme for the season was "building a champion." North Carolina's football players and coaches were unable to do it in 2005, but they left the season feeling as though UNC was closer to a return to prominence than when the year began.
Plenty of bright points in Heels' season
"We've got to work on getting out of these slow third quarters," Holley said. "We're having trouble coming out of the half and getting some things going. Every time we come out of the half, it seems like we're backed up.
Tar Heels sing third-quarter blues
"There's definitely no regrets. There's no regrets on who we played. We weren't afraid of anyone, and we went out there and played our hearts out in every game. That's all we could give. We gave everything. We left it all out there."
Tar Heels frustrated at season-ending loss, missing shot at bowl
"It was successful in some ways but not in wins and losses," Bunting said. "We're in the winning business."
Hokies slam door on 2005 Tar Heels
He looks so placid, so professorial sitting behind his desk. But looks can deceive about North Carolina coach Roy Williams.
Williams relishes rebuilding project