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Hokies in dire need of a conference win at UNC

As rare as the feeling of being 0-1 in ACC play is to Virginia Tech, starting out 0-2 is even more foreign. In fact, it has never happened in the Hokies ’ 10-plus years in the league. So when Virginia Tech and UNC meet Saturday in Chapel Hill, each staring down the barrel of a potential 0-2 start to league play, it’s sure to add significance to the matchup. (Go Dan River)

Rasheed Wallace had a Nike Air Force 1 inspired birthday cake

Rasheed Wallace recently celebrated his 40th birthday and, as you can see from the photos below from former teammate Richard Hamilton, he had a pair of pretty spectacular cakes made to celebrate the occasion. (247 Sports)

The best of times: the “Golden Era” at UNC (1945-1950)

Most UNC alumni consider their time in Chapel Hill as the best. I grew up in North Carolina during the late 1940s and early ‘50s and I remember that period as being the best. Many at Carolina, however, describe the years between VJ-Day (“Victory over Japan Day” celebrated on 2 September 1945 in the United States) and the Korean War—the years 1945 through 1950—as UNC’s “Golden Era.” (A View to Hugh)

UNC 'D' hopes to get right against Virginia Tech

Maybe this is the week North Carolina's beleaguered defense will finally catch a break. Or maybe it's the week Virginia Tech — and its rather pedestrian offense — becomes the latest team to hang a big number on the Tar Heels. UNC (2-2, 0-1 ACC) has allowed 70 and 50 points in its past two games. The challenge is to keep the Hokies (3-2, 0-1) from doing the same thing. (USA Today)

Avoiding the Tar Heel Circle

Every Sunday, the UNC football team gathers on the Navy Practice Field to break down what happened the day before. Enter the Tar Heel Circle. No, isn't a fun icebreaker at summer orientation. It's no fun at all, really. The offense and defense create separate circles, and one by one, each player enters the middle and tells his teammates how many times he let the team down in the previous game. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels Announce Full Fall World Series Schedule

The UNC baseball team has finalized its annual Fall World Series dates for 2014. In addition to the three games this weekend, the Tar Heels will play six other intrasquad exhibitions, including three at historic ballparks in the state. UNC will open play this weekend beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, and 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5. All three games are free to spectators. (GoHeels.com)

Turner's Take: The Clean-Up Crew

The Tar Heels have drawn penalty flags 38 times through four games, or 9.5 times per game. The average of 78 penalty yards per game is 11th-most nationally, tied with Saturday’s opponent, Virginia Tech. The 15 penalties committed Saturday at Clemson were the second-most in Tar Heel history, and the Tigers benefited: 22 points came either directly as a result of those penalties. (GoHeels.com)

Mistakes Piling Up For UNC

Missed assignments and penalties moved to the forefront during UNC coach Larry Fedora’s press conference on Monday after missed tackles had occupied the primary talking point the previous three weeks. The most glaring mistakes have come on the defensive side. “Believe it or not, we don’t have defensive schemes where you turn a guy loose,” Fedora said on Monday. (Inside Carolina)

Larry Fedora Monday Press Conference Quotes

Larry Fedora: “We are preparing for a very good Virginia Tech football team, a team that plays great defense. They have changed what they do offensively – they have a quarterback that can throw the ball well - so they’re doing different things offensively from what they’ve done in the past. They’re still very strong on all of their special teams. Looking forward to getting back on our home field in front of our fans." (Inside Carolina)

Video: Monday Football Press Conference Recap

Larry Fedora and T.J. Thorpe talk about learning from last week's game at Clemson, improving on both sides of the ball, and preparing for Virginia Tech. View Video...

UNC-Clemson Postgame Chalkboard

Despite giving up 50 points in this game, it was a much better performance by the Tar Heels, who did not get blown off the field the way they did against ECU last week. Even more encouraging was the way the Heels refused to fold, fighting to the end and nearly pulling within one score before Marquise Williams’s final interception in the end zone with 2:25 remaining. (Inside Carolina)

Eric Ebron catches first NFL touchdown

Lions tight end Eric Ebron caught his first career touchdown in Week 4 against the Jets at MetLife Stadium. Ebron was limited to three catches for 34 yards on four targets in the first half. He caught a 16-yard pass from Matthew Stafford in the end zone for a touchdown with 22 seconds remaining in the first half. He was targeted four times and finished with three catches for 34 yards and a score in a 24-17 victory. (CBS Sports)

Virginia Tech loses freshman RB McKenzie to knee injury

Virginia Tech, which plays at North Carolina next Saturday, has lost freshman running back Shai McKenzie to a season-ending knee injury. McKenzie, who gained 269 yards and three touchdowns on 53 carries in his first five games with the Hokies and was the ACC’s Rookie of the Week on Aug. 30, suffered a tear of his right ACL in Saturday’s victory against Western Michigan. (Wilmington Star News)

SLAM Top 50: Ty Lawson, no. 42

We’ve seen the YouTube videos, tweets and the Vines for years now. Whether it was at Oak Hill where he was an All-American, North Carolina where he was an All-American and National Champion, or through his first five seasons in the League—we’ve all seen the nearly unparalleled end-to-end speed that the 5-11 point guard possesses. (SLAM Online)

Art’s Angle: Brand-Aide Needed

Despite giving up 120 points in the last two games and an average of 44 this season, all is not lost. The 2-2 Tar Heels may be playing their most important game of 2014 Saturday at home against Virginia Tech, also 2-2, and they won’t be facing another quarterback as good as ECU’s Shane Carden and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson for the rest of the season. (Chapelboro.com)

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