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Showcasing a century of football

When UNC quarterback Marquise Williams graces the cover of Thursday’s season-opening game program, it will be a far cry from the 50-cent publications that fans held in the stands when UNC and South Carolina met at the 1955 Oyster Bowl. Sixty years ago, that program featured a hand-drawn picture of nondescript players on the front page — a far cry from today’s glossy magazines (UNC.edu)

UNC-South Carolina: Tale of the Tape

The Tar Heels will face a defense that was 94th nationally in total defense a year ago. The good news for South Carolina is most of the contributors from last season have returned and assuming there is even natural improvement, the unit should be better. It should be noted last season South Carolina's biggest issue was stopping the run. (Tar Heel Blog)

FCS Opponents Place Premium on 7 Wins For UNC

North Carolina’s 2015 football schedule includes two FCS opponents, which could potentially bring recently updated NCAA bowl eligibility requirements into play if the Tar Heels finish the regular season with a 6-6 record for the third consecutive season. UNC hosts MEAC member North Carolina A&T on Sept. 12 and CAA member Delaware on Sept. 26. (Inside Carolina)

About 20,000 empty seats expected for UNC-South Carolina game

Old ACC rivals South Carolina and North Carolina will be playing in front of an expected 20,000 empty seats on Thursday in the Belk College Kickoff in Charlotte. Despite the game opening the college football season and being a close drive for fans of both schools, the executive director of the Charlotte Sports Foundation, Will Webb, expects 50,000 to 55,000 tickets will be sold in the Carolina Panthers’ 73,298-seat stadium. (The State)

UNC, South Carolina each getting $3 million in appearance fees

North Carolina’s and South Carolina’s athletics departments will each receive appearance fees in excess of $3 million to play Thursday night’s football game at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium. The Charlotte Sports Foundation put together this matchup. Will Webb, its executive director, said the schools and the foundation explored a variety of ways to compensate the schools for giving up a home game to play at a neutral site. (Greensboro News & Record)

Gameday Guide: USC-UNC TV details, parking, FanFest info, key players, more

This will mark the 57th meeting between the two schools. UNC leads 34-18-4 (Tar Heels lead 2-0 at neutral sites). (The State)

Tar Heels To Face Gamecocks In 2019 & 2023

The University of North Carolina and the University of South Carolina have agreed to two additional season-opening football games in 2019 and 2023 to be played in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium, the Charlotte Sports Foundation announced Wednesday. The exact dates have not been decided, but the game will be played over Labor Day weekend, which may include Thursday night. (GoHeels.com)

Turner's Take: The Charlotte Connection

Twenty-two current Tar Heels hail from Charlotte or the surrounding area. It wouldn’t be all that surprising to see full plays involving nearly all Charlotte players on Thursday night. Marquise Williams (Mallard Creek) could take the snap, fake a hand-off to Elijah Hood (Charlotte Catholic), get a block from left tackle Bentley Spain (Providence) and whip a pass to Austin Proehl (Providence). (GoHeels.com)

Predicting the top 10 high-impact seniors for 2015-16

2. Marcus Paige, guard, UNC: While his overall numbers dropped a bit this past season, Paige ranked third in the ACC during conference play in offensive efficiency. All of this came while battling plantar fasciitis in his right foot and bone spurs in the same ankle, for which he underwent surgery in April. A healthier Paige may be the nation’s best point guard. (Sports Illustrated)

Mikey Bart discusses his role, defensive changes

CarolinaBlue caught up with UNC starting junior defensive end Mikey Bart after a recent Tar Heel practice. A Georgia native, Bart is 6-foot-3 and 270-pounds. He moved from the bandit position to power end in 2015. As a sophomore Bart appeared in all 13 games and finished with 12 tackles (nine solo) and one sack. (Carolina Blue)

Video: Ryan Switzer Makes Mollie's Day

North Carolina wide receiver Ryan Switzer takes a special fan and her family on a tour of the Kenan Football Center. View Video...

Lucas: A Bond Beyond Football

Jason Wade is the very rare father who doesn’t seem to mind that his three-year-old daughter has a boyfriend. Of course, it helps that Mollie Jean Wade’s boyfriend is Ryan Switzer. That’s what the youngster laughingly calls Switzer, who has developed a deep friendship with the Wade family over the past 12 months. The Tar Heel receiver first met them through the power of social media. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Eager for Challenge Presented by Spurrier’s Gamecocks

Two years ago the UNC football team opened its season with a disappointing 27-10 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia. On Thursday, the Tar Heels will get a chance at revenge when they collide with legendary Head Coach Steve Spurrier and the Gamecocks at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. (Chapelboro.com)

For Gamecocks’ defense, opener offers an immediate chance at redemption

On paper, it looks like a terrible matchup. Abu Lamin sees it as something else entirely. “This is an opportunity to make everybody know that South Carolina is ready to play,” the Gamecocks’ junior defensive tackle said of Thursday’s season opener against North Carolina in Charlotte. “This is a different team. We’re ready to show the world this is not the same Carolina.” (Charleston Post and Courier)

UNC vs South Carolina: Six team storylines

We are just a day away until the Carolinas clash in a Queen City border battle. Both teams are coming off lackluster seasons where defensive struggles constantly held them back. The two squads go into Thursday night’s duel with a multitude of unknowns. Let’s take a look at a few storylines that could define each team’s 2015 campaign. (Carolina Blue)

Renewed UNC defense prepares for debut against South Carolina

Now a redshirt senior, Jeff Schoettmer knows when UNC opens its season against South Carolina on Thursday, the underclassmen on the Tar Heels’ defense will look to him for the same encouragement he once sought. “I’m the older guy, and I’ve got to help the younger guys around me,” he said. “That’s going to be my job. It’s kind of funny how my role has reversed in two years.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Defense bears watching, but consistent offense key to UNC’s chance in opener

After a change of defensive scheme and the hiring of a high-profile new coordinator, not even those associated with UNC know exactly what to expect for the first time out. “We’ve been running this new defense against our offense and we’re excited to go out, play it against somebody else and see how we’re doing,” senior linebacker Shakeel Rashad said. (Wilmington Star News)

UNC hurry-up is 'challenging'

There will be no easing back in to the college game for first-year South Carolina co-defensive coordinator Jon Hoke. In his first game back at the college level since departing from Florida for 13 years as an NFL secondary coach, Hoke's defense will face what will likely prove to be one of its toughest tests of the season. (Orangeburg Times & Democrat)

ACC Football Preview: North Carolina

Offensively, QB Marquise Williams has taken a more active role in repairing the bad chemistry that existed among his teammates while gaining more flexibility in his movement after offseason hip surgery. He is surrounded by an abundance of weapons, including WRs Ryan Switzer, Quinshad Davis and Bug Howard, along with a full stable of RBs and a line that returns all five starters. (Wilmington Star News)

Despite loss, a dream come true for Jamie Loeb

With Yankees legend Derek Jeter and many of Jamie Loeb's family and friends cheering her on, No. 5 seed Caroline Wozniacki dispatched Loeb, 6-2, 6-0 in 67 minutes under the midday New York heat on the Arthur Ashe Stadium Court. "It obviously wasn't the result I wanted, but I definitely enjoyed myself and I know that I can compete at this level," said Loeb. (Durham Herald-Sun)

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