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Durant to Start Thursday Night
QB Darian Durant will get
his first start Thursday night
because of a hamstring
injury to Ronald Curry.
Bv Mike Ogle
And so, the great two-quarterback
experiment ends - at least for one
North Carolina coach John Bunting
said Tuesday at his weekly press confer
ence that redshirt-freshman Darian
Durant will start Thursday night’s
nationally televised game at No. 23
Georgia Tech. Ronald Curry is still ail
ing from a hamstring injury he suffered
Oct. 20 at Clemson.
“It’s hard to say (Durant) hasn’t had
a lot of experience,” Bunting said. “He’s
played in every single ballgame. He’s
earned a significant role in the last five
wins. He has a lot of confidence. He’s
had a good week of practice so far. I feel
very good about Darian Durant starting
for us and playing the whole game.”
A shot at the ACC Championship
will be on the line at Bobby Dodd
Stadium for No. 22 UNC (.5-3 overall,
4-1 in the ACC). Maryland and Florida
State each have a conference loss, as
well. Both schools have Clemson and
N.C. State remaining on the schedule,
and FSU also has to play the Yellow
“I feel like I’m prepared,” said
Durant, who has completed 78-of-124
passes for 949 yards, nine touchdowns
and seven interceptions. “Coach gave
me an opportunity to play early in the
last five games, and I feel like I’m ready
to step it up.”
Durant and Curry began rotating
every two series in the Florida State
upset that kickstarted UNC’s five-game
winning streak. But Curry has started all
Curry, the Tar Heels’ all-time leader
in total yards, needs 30 passing yards to
become UNC’s career leader in that
Girl Wins Courtside Seat for MJ's Return
The Associated Press
NEW YORK -Jessica De Rubbio’s
seat to watch Michael Jordan in his
comeback game Tuesday night cost
$101,300, but she won’t be getting a bill
The courtside seat at Madison Square
Garden is one of two belonging to direc
tor Spike Lee. It was auctioned off to
benefit the Widow’s and Children’s
Fund set up by the New York Fire
The fund selected 12-year-old Jessica,
daughter of firefighter David De
Rubbio, who was killed Sept. 11 in the
NCAA Committee Endorses Bowl Eligibility Standard
The Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS - An NCAA over
sight panel endorsed a proposal to require
football teams to win six games in an 11-
game season or seven in a 12-game sea
son to be eligible for postseason bowls.
The Football Study Oversight
Committee’s endorsement Monday puts
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Redshirt freshman Darian Durant (11) runs from Clemson's defense in North Carolina's
38-3 victory Oct. 20. Durant has completed 78 of 124 passes for 949 yards.
category. Durant needs 27 yards to
break Curry’s freshman passing record.
Curry has not been taking his snaps
in practice. Durant has gotten them, and
Aaron Leak has been taking the backup
spot while Curry has nursed his leg.
“I feel good,” said Curry, who is 43
for 101 with 672 yards, four touchdowns
and five interceptions in 2001. “Yeah, I
could play (Thursday).
terrorist attacks at the World Trade
Center. The 38-year-old De Rubbio was
from Engine Cos. 226 in Brooklyn.
The auction winner has insisted on
“I just thought about what I could do
to have the most impact,” said Lee, a
rabid New York Knicks fan. “And then I
had to clear it with my wife. It’s her seat."
Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to
six NBA championships, returned to the
court against the Knicks after a 3-1/2-
Jordan: Watch Out for Wizards
Michaeljordan offered some wisdom
it at odds with the NCAA Division I
Management Council, which last week
approved a measure that would permit
a team with just six wins in a 12-game
season to go to a bowl.
The NCAA’s Board of Directors is
scheduled to consider that proposal later
The Football Study Oversight
“I think (Durant) might play better
(because he’s starting). He might have a
more productive day because he won’t be
playing two series on, two series off. He
can get in a groove and stay in a groove.”
Bunting said Curry told him Monday
he would be ready if needed. Bunting
said he would rather be safe than sorry
with three games and a possible bowl left.
“If Ronald’s available, with so much
Tuesday to all the Washington Wizards’
doubters out there.
“You know, the unknown is danger
ous,” Jordan said before his comeback
game against the New York Knicks. “No
one knows. Everyone speculates, but no
one knows -and I think that’s a part of
“This young team, although they’ve
never won anything and have never
really been put in a situation to win, may
be a story in the making.”
The Wizards, with Jordan as team
president, won only 19 games last sea
son, and many observers don’t expect
them to do much better this time
Committee includes eight college presi
dents, a representative from the Bowl
Championship Series and other college
and conference representatives.
The panel said it did not concur with
the proposal approved by the
The oversight panel also requested
Monday that legislation be considered
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football left in this season, I probably
will not play him unless there is a situa
tion that we absolutely desperately need
him in the game,” Bunting said. “I
would not want to risk it. But he is avail
able, at least that is what he’s told me.
We’ll wait and see.”
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around, even with the former All-Star
on the court.
Jordan, who keeps track of national
NBA predictions, has taken note. To
those who doubt him, he offered some
of his most tantalizing quotes of the
“I have a strong sense of confidence
about winning. Hopefully that fuels
some of my teammates and the attitude
of my team,” Jordan said after the
Wizards’ shootaround at Madison
“That’s the way I go about doing it.
Anything can happen if you put forth
to allow a Division I-A school to count a
game against an I-AA opponent in a
12-game season for bowl-eligibility pur
The panel also recommended that the
NCAA hold off from legislating a maxi
mum number of bowl games and suggest
ed that conferences use an “open market”
concept to negotiate their bowl games.
Peppers Selected As
The four finalists for the
award, which is given to the
nation's top linemen, will be
announced early next month
From Staff Reports
North Carolina defensive endjulius
Peppers has been named one of 12
semifinahsts for the 2001 Rotary
Lombardi Award. The award is given
annually to the nation’s best lineman.
Peppers, also a candidate for the
Bronko Nagurski Award (best defensive
player) and the Heisman Trophy (best
overall player), has 43 tackles this sea
son, including 8.5 sacks and 17 tackles
for losses. He leads the Tar Heels with
three interceptions and has more inter
ceptions this season than any other
defensive lineman in the country.
Peppers made a spectacular intercep
tion in the Tar Heels’ 38-3 win at
Clemson two weeks ago and is ranked
eighth in the ACC in interceptions.
Peppers has 29.5 career sacks and 51
career tackles for losses. He is just three
sacks shy of the UNC record of 32.5
sacks established by former first-round
NFL draft pick Greg Ellis (1994-97).
Peppers is six sacks shy of the ACC
record of 35.5 set by Virginia’s Chris
Slade from 1989-92.
Peppers has more sacks in a two-year
period than any other player in
Carolina history. Peppers has 23.5 sacks
in the last two seasons, including 15 in
2000 and 8.5 this year. Ellis combined
for 21.5 sacks in 1996 and 1997, and
Lawrence Taylor had a total of 21 sacks
in 1979 and 1980.
The four finalists for the Lombardi
Award will be announced the week of
Nov. 11 after a second round of voting
nearly 300 members of the
selection committee made up of sports
writers, broadcasters and Division I
head coaches from around the country.
The winner will be announced in
Houston on Dec. 5.
Men's Soccer Slips in Polls
The North Carolina men’s soccer
team dropped two spots in this week’s
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falling from No. 6
to No. 8 after
going 1-1 in two
games last week.
UNC shut out
Old Dominion 2-0
and lost a 4-2 deci
sion at No. 21
Wake Forest last
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has 43 tackles
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8.5 sacks and
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son. Virginia is No. 2, Stanford is No. 3,
Indiana is No. 4 and Saint Louis is No. 5.
Ball Picks Up Honor
North Carolina sophomore forward
Elizabeth Ball and Duke sophomore
goalkeeper Thora Helgadottir share this
week’s ACC Women’s Soccer Player of
the Week honor after leading their
respective teams to conference victories
Ball came off the bench against
No. 13 Virginia and scored two goals
and had two assists in the 6-1 Tar Heel
victory. Ball has yet to start this season
but is second on the team with eight
goals and 21 points this season.
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