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The future of North Carolina's football program can be found in free safety Deunta Williams.
Williams, UNC safety, learning on the job
The Winston Salem Journal

Once again, there is passion and spark about an old rivalry that will be rekindled this week. Once again, it is North Carolina vs. South Carolina on Saturday at Chapel Hill, the first football confrontation between the two teams in 16 years.
Teams refresh rivalry
The News and Observer

This time around, the eye-opening upset of Miami didn't come iced with a wild all-night celebration in Chapel Hill. The North Carolina students, more relieved than rowdy, didn't storm the Kenan Stadium turf or rip the goal posts from the ground. For whatever reason, the Tar Heels' 33-27 upset of the Hurricanes on Saturday didn't incite the same boisterous reaction as a similar 31-28 triumph three years ago.
How big UNC's win over Miami? Time will tell
The Fayetteville Observer

Deunta Williams could have been a big-play wide receiver in Steve Spurrier's offense at South Carolina. But Williams chose to attend North Carolina instead, and now he finds himself on defense as UNC's starting free safety. In an interesting twist, his job this week is to stop Spurrier's wide receivers from making big plays when the No. 7 Gamecocks (5-1) visit the Tar Heels (2-4) on Saturday.
UNC's Williams now is glad he made move to 'dark side'
The Durham Herald-Sun

When Rod Elkins enters Kenan Stadium for Saturday's North Carolina vs. South Carolina football game, his thoughts will race back 26 years to another Carolinas confrontation.
1981 meeting flattened Heels
The News and Observer

Big-time football will be thrust upon North Carolina this weekend. South Carolina comes to Chapel Hill. The memories will wash over some of us. Others will be in denial. But there was a time in this state when football was still on a level with basketball and we could dream of 80,000-seat stadiums and national television, a time when the football scores would scroll across the screen of the "Prudential College Scoreboard" and chills would roll across your body as you anticipated the outcome from far-flung places.
Gamecocks to bring their own brand of football
The Greensboro News-Record

The photograph hangs prominently in Steve Spurrier's office at Williams-Brice Stadium, the same picture that adorns a wall at the Yoh Football Center here on the Duke University campus. Many players on that 1989 Duke team display the photo on their mantels in their homes or on their office desks.
LOVE HIM / HATE HIM: HOW IT ALL BEGAN
The Columbia State

The return of Steve Superior, or, er, Spurrier will take place Saturday afternoon when North Carolina hosts South Carolina. Why is this such a big deal, you ask?
UNC fans awaiting Spurrier's return
The Charlottesville Daily Progress

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