UNC's 44-12 win over Rutgers Thursday night was so impressive that surely it must be time to give Butch Davis another contract extension.
Ha! The Tar Heels got so much bad publicity the last time they did that, I'm just kidding, of course.
But this was an out-and-out whipping. That 20-game losing streak outside the state of North Carolina -- undoubtedly one of the most embarrassing numbers in UNC football history -- is finally history. Davis finally has a road win as UNC coach. The Brandon Tate-Hakeem Nicks combo looks like one of the ACC's best at wide receiver. That sort of win in front of a national TV audience won't hurt recruiting in baby-blue land, either.
My good friend Adam Lucas notes that UNC's new pants may have been a factor. Robbi Pickeral's game story that ran in The Charlotte Observer is here.
And suddenly, UNC's next game -- in Chapel Hill vs. Virginia Tech on Sept.20 -- looks a lot more interesting. Virginia Tech is obviously vulnerable. If the Tar Heels win that one, they may actually keep people's attention away from anticipating the start of men's basketball practice for the entire month of September.