October 30, 2013

UNC wants “to do talking on the field” and not through Eric Ebron’s Twitter account

Ebron, the Tar Heels’ tight end, hasn’t been available to speak with reporters since promising N.C. State fans a “rude awakening.”

North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron created a bit of buzz when he recently told reporters that “ain’t nobody worried about N.C. State,” which is the team the Tar Heels play against on Saturday.

Ebron made the comments after the Tar Heels’ 34-10 victory on Saturday against Boston College.

Ebron also took to Twitter after the game and wrote: “All Of These Wolfpack Fans Are In For RUDE AWAKENING Come Saturday! #BeatState #BADLY”

Two things, to me, stand out about that tweet. For one, Ebron likes to capitalize words. Second, this is the kind of stuff that’s typical of a rivalry game.

Ebron’s comments have caused a stir on Twitter, as you’d expect, and UNC decided not to make him available to reporters on Tuesday, which is the day of the week on which the Tar Heels’ offensive players usually are available to reporters.

Blake Anderson, the UNC offensive coordinator, pulled the ol’ question-the-context maneuver after practice on Tuesday and said he wasn’t sure if Ebron’s postgame comments from Saturday received proper context from reporters (I wasn’t present when Ebron made the comments).

“But he said it,” Anderson said, “and I think he realizes that he just needs to be careful and we don’t want to add any fuel to the fire. We know what this game is about. We want to do our talking on the field.

“We didn’t make a huge deal of it.”

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