The end of the line has come for John Bunting and the Tar Heels’ football coach will be in charge of the Blue and White football troops for the last time on November 25 against Duke.Â We all knew the end was in sight for Coach Bunting but many felt he would be given the chance to resign and that he would not be given his walking papers.Â By getting terminated I guess JB will still be entitled to the money remaining on his contract although he will never roam the Chapel Hill sidelines again.
Â It is kind of sad in some ways to see a well-known man in the football community get the pink slip but football is a game and it is also a business and the results have not been good during the recent days for the North Carolina football Tar Heels.Â By the Heels playing on national TV(ESPN) on Thursday night the ugly side of the Heels was out there for everyone to see and the big brass in Tar Heel Town have seen enough. The over-exsposure was just too much to take.Â We will miss Coach Bunting but it will soon be time to beginÂ the restoration of the UNC-CH football program.Â It will be fun to watch the Heels the rest of this season and see how hard they play the rest of the way.Â Wake Forest, N.C. State, Duke, there are some key in-state matchups left to be completed.Â Who will the new Heels coach be?Â Let the guessing begin.Â Bear Bryant, Terry Bowden, Steve Spurrier probably not, but there are still plenty of good names out there.Â How about Butch Davis, Paul Johnson, or Rich Rodriguez?
Â North Carolina got embarrassed 23-0 by Virginia and our other in-state ACC role models proceeded to lose as well.Â N.C. State found another way to get an “L” against MarylandÂ and the Pack is still a very undisciplined football team.Â Duke almost pulled it out with Miami in town but the DevilsÂ could not get in with the ball onÂ the Hurricanes’ goal line with less that 10 seconds leftÂ in the game and Duke wentÂ down 20-15.Â Wake Forest(6-1) was off but they travel to meet North Carolina this week and that should be one to keep an eye or two on.
Area teams did not come with upÂ anything to write home about unless you are a prisoner of war or MIA with NC A&T dropping theirÂ 12th straight game 26-0Â on Homecoming to Howard and Guilford and Greensboro College both getting beat up on the road. Guilford falls 34-12 to Washington and Lee and Greensboro tumbles 62-21 to Averett up in Danville, Virginia. Wofford scored 28 points in the 2nd quarter to whip Elon 35-21, East Carolina rode QB James Pinkney’s 391 yards passing and 2 TD’s to stop SMU 38-21,Â and Appalachian went to Double 0T and finally defeated Georgia Southern 27-20 despite 4 big Mountaineer turnovers.Â ASU’s freshman QBÂ Armanti Edwards rushed for 140 yards, passed for a TD and ran forÂ a touchdown.Â Winston-Salem State picked up and easy win, 38-6 over Savannah State and Western Carolina lostÂ again inÂ overtime to the Citadel, in fact there were 3 overtime games in the Southern Conference last weekend.Â