Tuesday, October 16, 2012
UNC's 'secret' scrimmage is at Georgetown
By Robbi Pickeral
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Wondering about that hole in North Carolina’s preseason schedule?
For the fifth straight season, the Tar Heels will play one exhibition game at the Smith Center (this time, Shaw on Oct. 26), while playing another “secret scrimmage” (this time, at Georgetown on Oct. 28) that is closed to the media and public.
Under NCAA rules, teams can replace one of their two preseason exhibition games with a scrimmage against a Division I team, as long as it is closed and not promoted by the school. Official score cannot be kept, and it is often run more like a practice than a preseason game.
Coaches have opted more and more often for the closed-scrimmage approach in recent years because it allows their teams to test themselves against a high-caliber opponent before the regular season gets underway.
UNC opens its regular season Nov. 9 at the Smith Center vs. Gardner-Webb.