North Carolina lost more than half its starters from 1997, including five NFL draft picks. The Tar Heel's head coach hit the trail to Texas, which only makes the new season more intriguing.
Dre Bly heads a cast of nine returning starters who find themselves in the spotlight as new coach Carl Torbush answers the questions about taking over what is now one of the ten best programs in the America.
The annual ACC kickoff just concluded at Lake Lanier, GA. It's the countdown until opening day. Six weeks out from his first game, Carl Torbush is as calm as the pristine waters of the hosting lake community.
"I don't feel any pressure," admitted Torbush. "Some people say `he's got to be crazy.' But I really don't."
There are new assistant coaches in Chapel Hill and a new offense, along with a confidence that the Tar Heels still enough talent to win.
"We know we can do it," Bly explained. "We have a lot of guys who played, a lot of younger guys who backed up the seniors last year. So they've got some game experience."
The key to this season is not the school's rich record of the 1990s, but the ability of the next generation of Tar Heel talent to mesh under a new leader."
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