According To Bruce...

Andrew Jones, Publisher
Tar Heel Illustrated
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(Bruce Young, aka The Man of Many Talents, in spite of his horrible taste in music, is THI's social coordinator, official bureaucrat, no-longer-available bachelor even though he's still our International Playboy, back seat driver, back alley brawler, Hug master, wig harasser, cheap hotel clerk impersonator, Rupp Rude Boy, hornet's nest poker, 2nd biggest Orioles' fan, photographer and resident Tar Heels' fan)


Don't know about all you Tar Heels out there, but I am disgusted, still, over the loss to Duke. I know I speak for everyone when I say it's TOTALLY unacceptable to lose to them! However, as hard as it is to say, they were the better team last Saturday.

I came away from Saturday's game very sad because we keep losing fine young men to season ending injuries at a rate unlike anything we've ever seen.

I'm amazed at how many of these players can still have smiles on their faces after suffering these injuries. After the team walked through the large crowd of Tar Heel Fans, 2 hours and 15 minutes before kickoff, I was walking back to the stadium when I ran into injured junior linebacker Andre Smith walking on crutches towards the locker room. I stopped him an asked how he was doing and joking asked if the team wouldn't let him ride them. He smiled and said "that's not it at all and I'm doing fine". I told him how much I've enjoyed watching him play over the last 3 years. What a gracious young man, smiling as he walked away.

Walking on the sidelines on Saturday before the game, injured Offensive Lineman William Sweet came slowly walking out of the tunnel. I made a point to go over and shake his hand and tell him how sorry I was for him and how much I've enjoyed watching him grow into the player he's become. Not really knowing what else to say, I told him, he will come back stronger than ever. A big smile came across his face as he gave me an unexpected bear hug and thanked me for my words of encouragement. I was in shock, I didn't expect that, but it tells you what kind of young men we have on this team. What an impressive young man he is!

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Bruce Young, THI

We look at these players sometimes as larger than life characters. I know I did and sometimes still do. When I have opportunities to meet players like Andre and William, and I see first-hand what nice and respectful people they are, even under adverse conditions, I could not be more proud to be a Tar Heel!

Something I didn't like after the Duke game was the number of Tar Heels fans on social media that were calling for Head Coach Larry Fedora and Offensive Coordinator/O-Line Coach Chris Kapilovic to be fired. Really?

It's no secret my admiration for Coach Kap and Coach Fedora. It's not their fault we've had so many injuries on the O-Line and in other areas of the team. What they've done in their time in Chapel Hill, in my estimation, gives them the right to continue to work through what the football God's have put in front of them. No Coach in America would be able to do any better faced with the injuries they've had to deal with.

It won't get any easier this weekend in Atlanta when the Heels face a hungry Georgia Tech team that has lost to the Tar Heels 3 straight times. Unlike most people, I believe the Heels have a chance in this game. My wish is to leave Atlanta on Saturday evening with a WIN and NO MORE INJURIES! Go Heels!

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Bruce Young, THI

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