After whooping Duke 45-20 last week, North Carolina began the traditional spray painting of the victory bell on the field. They then wheeled it into the locker room to continue the job, and that's where things got out of hand.
According to sources at both schools, light blue spray paint caused "significant" damage to the visiting team locker room in Duke's Brooks Practice Facility as well as the adjacent Field Turf practice field. Both are adjacent to Wallace Wade Stadium, which also had some areas spray painted...
Interior and exterior walls in the locker room as well as the carpet were painted. The letters "UNC" were also painted on a wall next to a door entering the facility and elsewhere in the locker room.
UNC coach Larry Fedora and AD Bubba Cunningham each called their counterparts at Duke to apologize, and earlier today North Carolina announced it would cover the cleanup—which is expected to exceed $25,000.
The statement from Fedora and Cunningham:
"We would like to apologize to the Duke Football program and Duke University for some inappropriate actions after last Thursday night's game in Durham. Our team took the celebrations too far when they were painting the bell, resulting in damage to some of the facilities at Duke. We take full responsibility for our actions and will be paying for all costs associated with the cleanup. We view this as a rivalry built on mutual respect and we expect our players to behave better in a way that is more befitting of the rivalry."
Despite all that, the home locker room was probably a messier sight.
UNC celebration damages Duke locker room [Herald Sun]