U NC FOOT BALL
( 1'm very pleased
Mike O'Cain is back where he's most comfortable.
both, and you can consider the source
there. Brown's No. 1 strengths are recruit-
ing and managing a big-time program. As
Torbush spent the latter part of 1999 put-
ting out political fires surrounding his job
starus, the day-to-day crunch work in the
defensive film room fell to his assistants.
He seemed comfortable during this spring's
15 practices, roaming the field and devot-
ing more attention to the offense than
before and popping in and out of a hands-
on role where appropriate.
defensive package the Tar Heels have used
for five years-crowd the line, man cover-
age on the corners, attempt to create havoc
at all times-but it should work better in
2000 simply because of the players he has
to work with. Julius Peppers has emerged
as an all-star at defensive end, Spoon is back
following his early season injury in 1999,
and highly coveted cornerback Michael
Waddell is making his debut after being
ineligible as a freshman.
O'Cain's offensive philosophy is based
on establishing the run and having a
wrecking crew up front, then vexing and
stretching the defense with a card deck full
offormations, motions, personnel groups,
pass patterns and packages. He's a proponent
of the option as well. How it all comes
together depends on whether Curry is fully
recovered from his torn Achilles tendon, if
Carolina can get production at tailback
and how well the offensive line develops
around five new starters.
''I'm very pleased with what we
accomplished this spring," O'Cain said.
"We've laid a good foundation. Now we've
got to come back in August and get this
thing back on the right track."
It's a track that Tar Heel fans hope will
lead back to big bowl games instead of
six-inch miracles in front of a half-empty
stadium in Charlotte. .lID.
LEE PACE ' 79 is afreelance writer and publisher
'!iExtra Points, a newsletter covering Carolina
S e pf e lllb e r l OClober 2000