Chapel Hill, N.C. — At the risk of conveying a tad too much information, I can tell you that, as of 8 a.m., I’d decided I wouldn’t be covering this game. I’d fallen ill during the night, and the morning brought no relief. But I finally fell asleep for an hour or so, and I awoke feeling, if not refreshed, then at least able to walk without it hurting.
So here I am, ensconced in the press box atop lovely Kenan Stadium, which is a tad less lovelier this visit. The old fieldhouse that sat behind the South end zone has been razed, replaced by trailers and scaffolding and, unless my eyes deceive me, a green Port-a-Potty. The idea is to build new end-zone luxury suites, which will push Kenan’s capacity to 63,000.
About the game: Georgia Tech needs this one. It stunk out the joint at Kansas, which just lost again. (The KU season to date: Lost to North Dakota State, beat Tech, lost to Southern Miss.) But nobody knows what to make of North Carolina, which nearly ran down LSU in the Dome without 13 players and will function down 12 this week.
Beat Carolina and Tech will be 1-0 in the ACC and, more important, 1-0 in the Coastal Division. Beat Carolina and Al Groh will be happier, if not to say happy. Beat Carolina and Tech — its misadventure at Lawrence notwithstanding — will have given itself a shot at defending its conference title.
And I hope to be here to watch and report. Join me for a day of high-level ACC football — that’s not an oxymoron, is it? — and I’ll do my darnedest to muddle through. I thank you, as ever, in advance.