The team meeting on the second floor of the Frank H. Kenan Football Center started at 2:15 p.m. like it does every Monday.
Members of the North Carolina football team watched highlight film from their victory against Duke on Saturday. The players later voted on offensive and defensive MVPs for the season.
UNC coach Carl Torbush went in front of the team to tell his players he was lobbying for a bowl berth. Torbush wanted them - when asked - to say they thought they deserved a spot in a postseason game.
Then he broke the news.
Torbush, with a composed and straight-forward look, told his team that he had been fired as its head coach.
"A lot of us were stunned," UNC junior Kory Bailey said. "We didn't think that decision was even being discussed. Dick Baddour had to do what he had to do, that's his job as the athletic director, to make those kind of decisions.
"As a team we didn't agree with it, we didn't like it, but we respect that that was his decision."
Bailey sat with teammates Merceda Perry and Alge Crumpler on a leather couch in the Bowles Room with that same stunned expression when Baddour made the official announcement before 5 p.m.