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Greg Poole returns an interception eqainst Wake Forest last vear.
... He hopes to be on the other end of a few Dan Marino passes during UNC-Pitt game.
What, us worry? UNC ready for Pitt
(Oklahoma) were just unbelievable. They were huge, they could
run; it made a difference.
By JACKIE BLACKBURN
Assistant Sports Editor
Two years ago, the North Carolina Tar Heels faced lots of hype
before their regular season football game against Oklahoma. This
year it's Pittsburgh.
But this year, the circumstances are much different.
UNC went into the Oklahoma game with a 7-0 record, but was
able to pick up only 12 first downs in their 41-7 loss. This season
the Pitt match kick offs the teams' regular season, which doesn't
give the Tar Heels much time to think about the nationally
"One of the advantages of playing Pitt so early is that the game
doesn't have the chance to get built up as much," UNC guard
Ron Spruill said at the Operation Football press conference in
Kenan Field House Tuesday. "We felt a lot of pressure because
we had such a good record (going ito the Oklahoma game). The
coaches really haven't given us a chance to think about the (Pitt)
Coach Dick Crum has led Carolina to a number of victories
over football powerhouses in the past, including Michigan, Texas,
Clemson and Arkansas.
"We were a little in awe of the Oklahoma game," UNC senior
cornerback Greg Poole said. "We've beaten teams like Arkansas
and Texas. Maybe we have a little more confidence. They
"It's a rarity for a game like this to come about," said guard
David Drechsler, the first junior Ail-American UNC has had in
about 30 years. "I think it's to our advantage to play them first.
We shouldn't have the injuries that can happen if we played three
or four teams first. If we played Pitt third or fourth, we could
have the tendency to overlook the first games, which could be
. But many are thinking that this Pittsburgh game could actually
be the ultimate test to see whether the 1981 Gator Bowl Cham
pions are for real. Because of Dan Marino's excellent passing
game, Crum said pressure will be on the Carolina defense.
"No doubt about it, they (the defense) will have the ultimate in
pressure on them," he said. "People can't sack Marino. As soon
as he makes his third and fifth step, the ball is gone. At the
seventh step, he takes more time. Blitzing them will not do.
But while their team may be just as awesome as Oklahoma,
Spruill said he felt the Tar Heels have improved and could defeat
"Our reputation has risen in the past couple of years," he said.
"We feel that we're solid, we have the people to compete with Pitt
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Former Tar Heel PascHa'
retires from Vildngs
From staff and wire reports
For Doug Paschal, the decision to retire
from professional football was easy to
make. The tough part was carrying it out.
"I thoroughly enjoyed professional
football," said the former UNC star, who
announced his retirement from the Min
nesota Vikings and the sport last month
because of a knee injury that occurred
during the final 1981 pre-season game
against Los Angeles. Paschal suffered liga
ment damage when he was tackled while
returning a kickoff.
"Football has been a part of me since I
was a little boy. The decision was easy to
call it quits and hang it up, but the actual
leaving and departing for good was the
hard part about the whole thing."
Paschal, 24, finished his career at UNC
t with 1 ,714 yards. He ran for 835 yards and
five touchdowns as a senior and was se
cond on the team in receiving with 24
catches. Paschal, the ninth-leading rusher
in North Carolina history, said he wasn't
bothered by the Vikings' claim that he left
out of fear of being cut.
"The reason I left was because I
couldn't run anymore," he said in a
telephone interview from his Charlotte
home. "I had extensive knee surgery last
year and the leg just didn't come back the
way I thought it would.
"I think I left at the right time consider
ing the pain I was in and not able to do the
things that I've always been able to do
with full force and not be as productive as
I should be. I felt that mentally and
physically it was the best time for me to
The 6-foot-2, 225 pound fullback from
Greenville spent last season on the injury
list, trying to rehabilitate the knee. He
went through a few drills at the end of the
year and through an extensive rehabilita
tion program this past summer. . .
Paschal carried the ball sparingly his
rookie season, playing mostly on special
teams. But his career showed promise. He
scored the winning touchdown against
New Orleans two years ago. '
"I was right on schedule," he said. "I
probably would have contributed a lot last
year. My own personal goal was to start
some. It was just one of those things that
happen. A lot of people bounce back and
a lot don't. My injury was fairly severe.
You've got to know when to hang it up. I
want to be able to play with my kids when
"I worked as hard as I thought I could.
But after seven days of two-a-days it was
so. painful and swollen I could hardly
walk. When it hurts in the morning to take
a shower and you can't run onto the field,
it's time to leave. I know I made the right
Paschal was in on a couple of plays in
the Vikings' 34-14 win over the Baltimore
Colts in the Hall of Fame game.
"I actually made my decision about two
days before then," he said. "I just wanted
to try it (the knee) in a game situation."
Paschal soon will enter the branch
manager training program at Charlotte's
First Union National Bank, where he
worked during this past off-season. He
said he's confident he can be happy in the
"I'm sure I will see pro football on
television and miss it," he said. "But it's
one of the things I'm just going to have to
work out mentally and understand that I
was one of the fortunate ones to go as far
as I did."
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From the DTH
Auditions for a production of Robert
Perm Warren's Brother to Dragons will be
held in Bingham Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday
Brother to Dragons, a "poem for
voices" concerning the 1811 murder of a
slave by one of Thomas Jefferson's
nephews, calls for a cast of nine males and
three females, including a black male and a
black female. The production will run Oct.
Auditions are open to all interested per
sons. Scripts may be obtained from Diane
Luce in 115 Bingham. For more informa
tion, call Howard Doll at 962-5050.
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