Night football games help Chapel Hill economyFans are used to seeing Carolina Blue skies during football games, but this season, that will change. The 23rd-ranked Tar Heels will kick off their season against Liberty on Saturday at 6 p.m. It is the first of two evening home games this season. Last season’s evening game against Miami was the team’s first since the 2009-10 season. (Daily Tar Heel)
UNC to debut new TV ad during first football gameUNC has scrapped its “Minds on a Mission” TV promo and will unveil a new commercial during the telecast of the opening football game Saturday. The University hinted on Twitter Thursday that the new ad would pay homage to an older commercial narrated by the late CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt, a UNC alumnus. “What is it that binds us to this place as to no other?” the tweet read. (Daily Tar Heel)
In UNC Football Investigation, Source: ‘Twitter Accusations Wrong’The older brother of UNC football player Jackson Boyer, who alleges he was assaulted by multiple members of his team, took to Twitter Thursday calling for head coach Larry Fedora to be fired. Cole Boyer said Thursday that more than four players are responsible for the alleged injuries to his brother. Meanwhile, a UNC source close to the football team countered Cole’s tweets. (Chapelboro.com)
ACC Football Preview: North CarolinaThe Tar Heels turned lemons into lemonade last year by rallying from a 1-5 start to win six of their final seven games – punctuated by an emphatic Belk Bowl victory against Cincinnati. With many of those who contributed to that turnaround back, coach Larry Fedora and his team are hoping the momentum carries over in 2014. First, though, UNC must settle on a QB. (Wilmington Star News)
Video: UNC Football - Smart. Fast. Physical. Episode 3Inside access to training camp with the Tar Heels. Episode 3 features game week preparation for Liberty, an NFL veteran on the UNC staff in Ryan Sims, and Larry Fedora mic'd up.
No. 23 UNC Football Kicks Off 2014, ‘Locked in On’ LibertyThe No. 23 North Carolina football team will look to shrug off the off-the-field incident and the loss of two starting cornerbacks when the Tar Heels host the defending Big South co-champion Liberty Flames Saturday at 6 p.m. in the season opener. Both UNC and Liberty are looking to build off the momentum of strong finishes in 2013. (Chapelboro.com)
T.J. Yates states case to be Falcons' backup QBT.J. Yates made a strong case to be Atlanta's backup quarterback Thursday night. Yates threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in both teams' preseason finale. Yates had shown little in the team's first three exhibitions, completing 39.4 percent of his passes, with no touchdowns and two interceptions. But Yates shined against the Jaguars. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
After fixing mechanics, Dustin Ackley looking like new hitterLloyd McClendon doesn't know if Dustin Ackley is more confident now than earlier this season. But the Mariners manager does have a new nickname that reflects his stoic left fielder's barely-groomed black beard and North Carolina upbringing. "The 'Mountain Man' is a hard guy to read," McClendon said. More clear is Ackley's penchant for finding his rhythm at the plate as the season chugs along. (MLB.com)
Injured UNC walk-on's brother points finger at Tar HeelsThe brother of a North Carolina player who was reportedly the victim of a training-camp altercation has accused the program of downplaying the incident. UNC coach Larry Fedora announced Wednesday evening that four players will be suspended for the first game of the season for “a violation of team rules.” (Durham Herald-Sun)
Video: UNC Football - Almost HereAnother great video from the UNC Video crew, who reminds us that the UNC football season starts Saturday for the Tar Heels as they take on Liberty in Kenan Stadium.
UNC Top 5 Potential Breakout PlayersHeading into the 2014 North Carolina football season CarolinaBlue looks at five players (that you might not be familiar with) that we think could have big season and be major impact players for the Tar Heels. 1. Bug Howard - Sophomore Wide Receiver (6-4, 200): Howard caught 22 passes for 278 yards and four touchdowns in 2013. As a freshman he was used mostly as an endzone target. (Carolina Blue)
Next Men UpFor the first two years of his career, junior defensive end Jessie Rogers was always looking up the depth chart at Kareem Martin. With Martin off to the Arizona Cardinals, Rogers steps into a more prominent role on the Tar Heel defense. Actually, Rogers is stepping into two roles, as he’s being asked to play both defensive tackle and defensive end, depending on the situation. (GoHeels.com)
UNC has no shortage of tests with non-conference basketball scheduleNorth Carolina is one of the bluest of college basketball's bluebloods, and it has a fine history of playing challenging games before ACC play begins. This year is no different, and while there isn't a visit from Kentucky or Texas to keep the Tar Heels' season ticket holders happy like last season, North Carolina has constructed a brilliantly loaded nonconference schedule. (Syracuse.com)
Video: Ryan Switzer on "Coaching with Caleb Pressley"Caleb Pressley questions Ryan Switzer about his childhood in the second installment of "Coaching with Caleb Pressley." View Video...
One Thing to Watch: LibertyCarolina’s secondary will be tested Saturday by a veteran quarterback and a talented group of wide receivers. Liberty junior Josh Woodrum led the Big South conference in passing yards and touchdowns a year ago and was one of the nation’s most efficient passers. Woodrum led the Flames to a 5-0 start, and the team finished 8-4 with a share of the Big South championship. (GoHeels.com)
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