Dailey chooses Tar Heels over Rutgers, Maryland

LINCOLN, Neb. — Former Nebraska quarterback Joe Dailey says he plans to transfer to North Carolina.

Dailey told the Lincoln Journal Star on Monday that he chose the Tar Heels over Rutgers and Maryland. He said his plans could be finalized Tuesday, when he will sign scholarship papers.

Dailey did not immediately return a message left on his cell phone by The Associated Press.

"It's a prestigious school," Dailey told the Journal Star. "I'm excited about it."

North Carolina was 6-6 last season, including 5-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Dailey must sit out the 2005 season and then will have two years of eligibility.

He started all 11 games at Nebraska as a sophomore last season. The Cornhuskers finished 5-6, the program's worst record since 1961.

Dailey announced his plans to transfer April 18, two days after Nebraska's spring game. He began the spring as the Huskers' No. 1 quarterback, lost his job to junior college transfer Zac Taylor and was demoted to fourth string.

Last season Dailey completed 49.4 percent of his passes for 2,025 yards and 17 touchdowns, with 19 interceptions.