Davis, No. 18 UNC in ‘holding mode’ before opener

Coach Butch Davis says No. 18 North Carolina remains ”in a

holding mode” as he waits to find out if any players will be held

out of Saturday night’s opener against No. 21 LSU.

Speaking Wednesday during the ACC’s weekly coaches’

teleconference, Davis said he was unable to answer specific

questions about the investigation into possible improper

agent-related benefits and potential academic misconduct.

He says he can’t say if he expects any eligibility decisions by

Thursday because ”that kind of falls into this entire review

thing, and I think we’re all in a holding mode as far as that’s


Team officials canceled all scheduled media availability with

players in advance of Saturday’s game in Atlanta. Players had been

scheduled to talk with reporters Wednesday afternoon.