UNC's Austin hoping for one more day

Monday, June 29, 2009

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –North Carolina coach Sally Austin is doing her best to concentrate on golf. But knowing Saturday could be her last day coaching the Tar Heels has been weighing on her mind.

“If I’m lying in bed and wake up in the middle of the night,” Austin said. “I’m thinking about it.”

Austin, who has coached North Carolina for the past 16 years, announced earlier this year that she’d step away at the end of the season. The Tar Heels are in ninth place, two shots out of the top 8, after Day 2 of the East Regional.

So, will there be a win-one-for-the-gipper speech prior to the Heels’ final round?

“If I gave a rah-rah speech, they’d roll their eyes,” Austin said laughing. “I’ve tried it. They make fun of me when I improvise anything.

“This is not about me, it’s about them. They want to go to nationals, heck with me. They deserve to be at NCAAs.”

Something tells me the Heels will be plenty motivated Saturday morning.

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