CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina cancelled its home-and-home series with Colorado more than a year ago, but it is still looking for quality opponents.
UNC coach Butch Davis said Wednesday that UNC had sent letters to Penn State, Texas A&M — and he wasn’t sure about Oklahoma — last spring asking if any had interest in home-and-home series in the future.
“We tried to find some high profile games to fill the schedule,’’ Davis said.
The Tar Heels still have one nonconference opening next year (a game they were supposed to play against the Buffaloes), and then have full schedules until 2012, according to UNC's web site. McNeese State replaced the Colorado game this season.
Davis said the decision to cancel the series with the Buffaloes “kind of comes from my background at Miami.”
At one time, he said, Miami had a long-term contract in which it agreed to play a Pac-10 team every season.
“And when I came back as a head coach, we had to play Washington. And us losing to Washington had nothing to do with it, it just seemed like a five, six, seven hour plane trip from Miami to the West Coast [didn’t make sense], when you don’t really recruit out there, and it’s hard on your kids.”
The Tar Heels play UConn this weekend and Notre Dame on Oct. 11 in games, like Colorado, that were scheduled before he was hired. In the future, he said, he’d like to see most nonconference games played in September.
“I don’t know if that will ever happen,’’ he said. “I know the conference dictates a lot of that, I know television dictates a lot of that.”
BRIEFLY: Davis said the coaches had not yet decided when redshirt freshman quarterback Mike Paulus will enter the game on Saturday. Cameron Sexton will start, but Davis has said Paulus will play.
Last weekend at Miami, it was predetermined that Paulus would play the first two series, with Sexton coming in for the third.