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H1N1 equals no nightlife for the Tar Heels

Posted September 14, 2009

Last week, North Carolina became one of a growing number of college football teams dealing with the H1N1 virus.

Two Tar Heel players, fullback Bobby Rome and reserve defensive tackle Jordan Nix, tested positive last week for probable H1N1 influenza.

Rome is back in meetings now, but both players missed Saturday’s win at Connecticut.

“You know flu’s something that, it’s probably going to run throughout the entire country on all college campuses throughout the fall,” UNC coach Butch Davis said Monday. “We just hope we don’t get a huge number of those.”

The numbers are on the rise. Last week Mississippi lost as many as 30 players to flu-like symptoms, including star quarterback Jevan Snead.

Stillman College in Alabama even cancelled a game because of swine flu.

Carolina’s not doing that, but after two positive test results, they are counseling their players on ways to avoid exposure.

“We’re trying to stay out of areas that might be crowded or have a lot of guys sweating,” said UNC defensive back Deunta Williams. “Like clubs or bars.”

That “stay at home message” comes straight from the UNC staff.

“That’s one thing our athletic training staff was trying to reiterate to us,”  UNC quarterback T.J. Yates said. “Going out Saturday night after the game was not really a good idea, with people everywhere in crowded places.”

“You have to sacrifice for the greater good,” added Williams. “I want to play on Saturdays, I don’t want anything to affect my play. So I’ll stay in on Saturday night if I have to.”

Duke has already been through a swine flu scare. During the preseason, nearly half of Duke’s team was treated for symptoms related to the virus.


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  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Sep 15, 2009

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    They're in our division. Correct me if I'm wrong, but division winners are determined by the team with the best ACC record (not division record). Those two teams already have an ACC loss, which puts us a half game ahead of them in the division standings without even playing our first conference game.

    Division records are only used as tie-breakers (I believe). I looked for the rules on, but couldn't find them posted there. All I could find was information about the tie-breakers.

    That's why I called that a break for State. Every loss by teams in our division helps us win the division.

  • Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer Sep 15, 2009

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    Well that would make things a lot less fun. I hope everyone is healthy and past this by then.

  • MSN93 Sep 15, 2009

    "And we already caught a couple of breaks this year when FSU and Clemson both lost their first conference games. "

    How was this a break for State?

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Sep 15, 2009

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    I already know what will happen. NC State is cursed. We will no doubt get the swine flu all at once, and RIGHT BEFORE the Va Tech game. We'll end up losing miserably, or forfeiting the game. And our players won't be healthy enough in time to play well against Carolina, either.

    That's just the way things go for State. We very rarely catch a break. And we already caught a couple of breaks this year when FSU and Clemson both lost their first conference games. So karma (which is ALWAYS against State) has a lot of catching up to do! I'm sure it will come back with a freagkin vengeance against us!

  • Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer Sep 15, 2009

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    I understand your concern TBK. It is good to get this mess early, so that it does not have a negative impact on the season.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Sep 15, 2009

    I hope TOB has the same rule for State players. I'm worried when flu season really kicks in if it doesn't cause big problems for some teams.

  • onyourheels2 Sep 15, 2009

    cutcliff doesn't have to have this rule, who wants to go out in durham after sundown.

  • BlueDevilFan Sep 15, 2009

    "H1N1 equals no nightlife for the Tar Heels"

    Darn, there goes the beer/liqueur tax revenue for chapel hill.

  • BlueDevilFan Sep 15, 2009

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    You should be...this totally contradicts the carolina way rule 78.6 (no bad press). What has this world come to!

  • TarheelTurtle Sep 15, 2009

    Myrtlebeach, that is exactly what I was referring to...Oy vey.




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