Friday, October 17, 2008

Heels hoopsters behind football team, too

CHAPEL HILL — While most of the basketball world is predicting a national title for North Carolina’s basketball team, Roy Williams is busy forecasting wins for the football team — including an end to the Tar Heels’ 13-game losing streak at Virginia on Saturday.

“I said last week before the week we were going to beat Notre Dame and I think the streak stops this weekend, too,” Williams said. “I think that’s going to be a fun time for (football coach) Butch (Davis) and his staff. I think we’ll play great up at Virginia.”

The football team’s success was a frequent topic of discussion at the basketball team’s media day Friday, with a number of players talking about their experiences at games and their friendship with senior quarterback Cam Sexton, who is sort of the unofficial football player of the basketball team.

“(Running back Shaun Draughn) was saying how great it was that the football team was doing so good now, and how they even have basketball players coming up to them and saying they're behind them,” forward Marcus Ginyard said. “I just want to put it out there that I’ve always been behind them. It’s nothing new for me. They haven’t always been the best, but I’ve always been behind them. …

“They just have to keep it up – I have pretty good friends that go to Miami. I get to talk junk to them now. I’ve got friends who go to Virginia. Hopefully I’ll get to talk junk to them.”

-- Luke DeCock