The Tradition Continues: The Old Well Walk

CHAPEL HILL, NC – Last year, University of North Carolina head football coach John Bunting started a new tradition in "The Old Well Walk" prior to the first home game – a 41-9 victory over Florida State.

"What I want to see this Saturday when we take the bus in and drop the players off at The Old Well is I want to see a whole bunch of Carolina fans as we walk through the quad," Bunting said a year ago. "It's one of my favorite places on campus. It's a new tradition we want to start, and we want to walk down through all those fans to the great stadium of ours and see a full house of people that are pulling for Carolina and pulling for this program."

This year, he wants to continue that tradition and build upon it. At approximately two hours and 15 minutes prior to kick-off of each home game, the team will exit the bus at The Old Well. Then they will make a walk through Polk Place to Dey Hall, past Wilson Library and the Bell Tower, to Kenan Stadium. Saturday's walk, prior to the Miami (OH) game, will take place around 11:15 a.m.

"It's a new tradition, and we are going to do it every game," Bunting said on Thursday evening. "I think the fans really enjoyed it, and I know the players did. They get goose bumps, they appreciate it, and they love being out there on our beautiful campus. It's really a special situation where it gives them an extra amount of motivation."

While it is named the "Old Well Walk," not everyone should congregate at the Old Well. The team wants fans to gather all along the path they will take to Kenan Stadium, especially the area between Dey Hall to and around the Bell Tower.

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