VOLUME 112, ISSUE 114
MOESER, BADDOURTO RECOMMEND 2-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION
BUNTING TO REMAIN
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UNC coach John Bunting (left) embraces Chancellor James Moeser.
Moeser will recommend a two-year contract extension for the coach.
BY EMMA BURGIN
STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
RALEIGH Many of the
UNC system’s campus leaders
met Saturday to approve a couple
of new officers and discuss the
system’s tuition situation.
But one student body presi
dent’s absence was glaring that
of UNC-Chapel Hill Student Body
President Matt Calabria.
He had car trouble that morn
ing that prevented him from mak
ing the drive to Raleigh, and he did
send a delegate to the association’s
General Assembly meeting.
But some members of the
Association of Student Governments
particularly those on the Council
of Student Body Presidents feel
SEE ASG, PAGE 5
BY RYAN C. TUCK
The Downtown Economic
Development Corporation has
struggled to find how to fill its mis
sion of representing the mutual
interests of the town, University
and downtown community in an
economically healthy downtown.
But it was a misunderstanding
of its obligation to the N.C. Open
Meetings Law that caused its
chairman, Bob Epting, to offer his
resignation last week.
Epting offered his resignation to
Mayor Kevin Foy after a disagree
ment, about whether to move por
tions of the corporation’s Wednesday
meeting into closed session.
Corporation member Andrea
Rohrbacher said member Tom
Tucker moved that two items be
moved into closed session.
One detailed short-term holiday
promotions downtown, and the
other concerned a list of transition
items for the group to consider in
relation to the downtown commis
sion, which lost its town funding
SEE EPTING, PAGE 5
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The North Carolina football team repaints the Victory Bell after the Tar Heels reclaimed it by defeating Duke 40-17 in Durham on Saturday.
Tar Heels ring bell
by defeating Duke
It was a
UNC STRONG SAFETY
BY JACOB KARABELL
DURHAM After rumors of
a coaching change as recently as
a few week ago, UNC Chancellor
James Moeser said Saturday
that he will recommend a two
year contract extension for foot
ball coach John Bunting to the
University’s Board of Trustees.
Moeser made the announce
ment after Saturday’s 40-17 win
against Duke alongside Director
of Athletics Dick Baddour and
Bunting, whose team had just
clinched a winning record and
“We believe in this man; we
believe in this program,” Moeser
said. “It’s headed in the right
direction, and we’re going to be
competitive at the very highest
level. I’m extremely proud of
John and his staff and his team.
It really represents Carolina at its
UNC 40 DUKE 17
BY DANIEL BLANK
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
DURHAM North Carolina quar
terback Darian Durant went down
with a shoulder injury late in the first
quarter against Duke, and for a little
while, it looked like the Tar Heels’
postseason dreams would go down
But after missing two drives in
which UNC had a field goal blocked
and a three-and-out, Durant returned
to help the Tar Heels coast to a 40-
17 win against Duke at Wallace Wade
Stadium on Saturday.
The victory almost certainly assures
North Carolina (6-5,5-3 in the ACC)
a bowl bid.
“I wasn’t going to let a little shoul
der injury keep me out of possibly my
last game,” Durant said. “So I sucked
it up and just did what I’ve been doing
Based on the opening drive, it
looked like it would be an easy win for
the Tar Heels, as they needed just four
Bunting’s current deal runs
through 2008, so the extension
would keep the North Carolina
alumnus under contract through
2010. He previously received an
extension the winter after his first
season in 2001.
“It’s really important that every
body associated with the program
has a strong sense of stability in
the program,” Baddour said. “We
need to get out of this transition.”
And while Baddour said after
the game that Bunting would
have received support for an
extension even with a Duke vic
tory Saturday, the win culminated
not just a turnaround of the sea
son, but potentially the program
“I think it’s terrific to have the
extension because it’s going to
help us with recruiting because so
many people have been saying so
many things out there,” Bunting
said. “They always want to take
runs by Chad Scott to move the ball 56
yards and get a 7-0 lead.
After the Blue Devils (2-9,1-7) cut
the score to 7-3, UNC, with backup
Matt Baker under center, drove into
field goal range.
But Duke’s Casey Camero broke
through the line
and stuffed Connor
Stanford picked up
the ball on a hop
and scampered 70
yards to put the
of the Year
Blue Devils up 10-7.
After Duke and UNC exchanged
three-and-outs, Durant returned to
the field and promptly marched the
Tar Heels 67 yards for the go-ahead
“We were concerned big-time (when
Durant went out),” said Scott, who ran
for 144 yards and two touchdowns. “I
didn’t notice he went into the locker
room until I saw Matt Baker go in
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shots at you, and that’s unfortu
nately the nature of recruiting.”
The win assured the Tar Heels
no worse than a fifth-place fin
ish in the ACC, besting teams
like Clemson and Maryland that
were ranked in the preseason
The extension was announced
to the players in the locker room
after the game, and the team
greeted it with an uproar.
“We owe it to that man,” said
senior Jason Brown. “He bleeds
Carolina blue, and we have no
bigger fan than Coach Bunting.
We truly owe it to him, and we
So, instead of the program
spending the upcoming weeks
searching for a head coach,
Bunting and his team will con
tinue to practice awaiting bowl
SEE BUNTING, PAGE 5
there. Darian’s a good mobile quar
“I think with him out, we thought
the team would have stacked the box
and stopped the run, and that was our
game plan, so we didn’t want them to
do that. So we knew with him coming
back, they had to respect the running
game and the passing game.”
The drive started when Durant was
flushed from the pocket and scram
bled nine yards to the sideline.
“Darian’s got so much doggone
character, and he’s so doggone com
petitive,” said UNC coach John
Bunting, who was doused with water
in the closing seconds. “If he has any
negatives, he always makes up for
them with the way he plays and the
way he competes.”
But UNC only held a 20-17 lead
going into halftime, despite gaining
202 more yards than Duke and hold
ing the ball for nearly eight more min-
SEE FOOTBALL, PAGE 5
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TUESDAY Showers, H 64, L 55
WEDNESDAY T-storms, H 72, L 54
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2004
A WINNING SEASON
Coach John Bunting's Tar Heels
have persevered through the
ups and downs of the season.
■ SEPT. 11 Bunting laces into
his team in a post-game tirade
after Virginia embarrasses UNC
56-24 in its conference opener.
■ OCT. 9 A fierce goal-line
stand preserves a 30-24 win
against archrival N.C. State.
■ OCT. 16 The Tar Heels allow
a school-record 669 yards in a
blowout loss to No. 11 Utah.
■ OCT. 30 Connor Barth's 42-
yard field goal clinches UNC a
shocking upset of No. 4 Miami.
■ NOV. 20 After a 40-17 win
against Duke assuring bowl
eligibility, Bunting is likely to
receive a contract extension.
Dedication is end
of 35-year process
BY STEPHANIE NOVAK
Traffic on South Road passed by
the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery on
Friday afternoon as drivers focused
on reaching their destinations.
As they drove by, a small group
gathered in front of the cemetery
and stood in silence as Erin Davis,
president of the Black Student
Movement, led the dedication of
a marker the group has worked
many years to realize.
The western part of the cemetery
contains the burial sites of slaves and
freedmen who contributed to the
University’s growth. Many graves
are unmarked, save a large stone.
The marker is a step to recognize
those buried and, many attendees
said, a step in the right direction.
“It shows that the University
is taking steps to recognize its
past,” said BSM secretary Fatimah
Davis explained that the marker
was one of the original 22 demands
the BSM made to former Chancellor
J. Carlyle Sitterson in 1968.
She also explained that attaining
the marker has been carried out
during the last four or five years.
SEE CEMETERY, PAGE 5
Erin Byrd, director of Southerners
for Economic Justice, stands with
her son, Jai, looking at graves in
the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery.