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Fedora: We wrote 100 problems on the board

The 2014 UNC football season was full of issues. Beyond an inept defense, other problems with leadership, buying-in, and player/staff relationships led to a 6-7 season and two disastrous end-of-season losses to N.C. State and Rutgers in the bowl game. UNC head coach Larry Fedora and his staff worked to identify the problems, talked about the issues, ways to improve, and then moved on from there. (Carolina Blue)

Clock Ticking On Steelers' Cam Thomas

When it comes to commentary on the value Cam Thomas brings to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2015 roster, calling it a mixed bag of opinions is, well, generous. Thomas, who in 2014 signed a two-year, $4 million contract, has often been bandied about as the right guy to cut. Though he had his moments last season, he failed to bring the reliable impact. (Steel City Insider)

US News & World Report: UNC Hospitals Ranks Nationally

US News and World Report has just released its annual list of “America’s Best Hospitals,” and UNC Hospitals were recognized all across the board. The list ranks UNC Hospitals as the no. 3 hospital in North Carolina and no. 2 in the Raleigh-Durham area. (Duke University Hospital ranked no. 1 in the state.) UNC Hospitals also ranked in the top 50 in the nation in five specialties: cancer, gynecology, pulmonology, urology, and ear, nose and throat. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC Sports Year in Review: No. 5-6

Sweet Redemption: The Tar Heels were more competitive in this year’s NCAA Tournament than they had been since 2012. UNC advanced through the Jacksonville pod by escaping Harvard then beating No. 5 seed Arkansas in the Round of 32. The Tar Heels then traveled to Los Angeles for the Sweet 16, where they had eventual national runner-up Wisconsin on the ropes before taking a 79-72 loss. (Carolina Blue)

Rams' Robert Quinn talks football, hobbies

During his four-year career, Robert Quinn has recorded 45 sacks, including a career-high 19 in 2013 - the most in a single season by a Rams player. In a sit-down interview with NFL Media's Akbar Gbajabiamila, Quinn discussed football, his hobbies off the field and his goals after his playing career is over. Quinn allowed he likes to go fishing, listens to country music and still drives his car from college. (FOX Sports)

Vince Carter working hard to keep up with the kids

Vince Carter spent Tuesday morning shuffling around the Mainland High Gym trying to keep up with the youngsters who packed the house for his annual camp. “We've got 150 kids,” Carter said, smiling. The 38-year-old Carter, a Mainland product and current Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard, said most of his time these days is spent trying to keep up with kids. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

Darian Durant "as good as I can be" one month after injury

Darian Durant is feeling as good as he can be considering he's once again out for the season with an injury. On Tuesday, the Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback visited the CJME Morrning News to talk about how he's been doing since his season-ending injury on June 27. "Right now it's just me sitting around in a cast. I have to keep my foot elevated at least 22, 23 hours a day." (News Talk 980 CJME)

North Carolina looks to shake underachiever label

North Carolina is an underachiever only in the context that outsiders constantly expect a top-25 program. History suggests that just isn't so; the Tar Heels finished a season ranked five times before 1972, six times between 1972 and 1982 and four times since. To paraphrase Jack Nicholson, maybe 8-5 is as good as it gets (unless Mack Brown's around). (Syracuse.com)

Larry Fedora wants to put more of the workload on North Carolina's running backs

North Carolina returns quarterback Marquise Williams and nine other starters on offense, a big reason why there is optimism for the Tar Heels this season. But what coach Larry Fedora is waiting on is for one of his running backs to emerge. UNC has relied heavily on Williams in the run game the past two seasons, partly because the Tar Heels have not had one running back they could rely on. (ESPN.com)

Countdown UNC’s 10 Best Players: #9 Nazair Jones

Nazair Jones is a 6’5, 295 pound redshirted sophomore from Roanoke Rapids, NC. Barring injury, he should be one of the rotational, if not starting, defensive tackles in new defensive coordinator Gene Chizik’s 4-3 defense. As a 4-3 defensive tackle there are three main things you need to be able to do: (Keeping It Heel)

UNC Football Player Countdown: #10 Des Lawrence

Rising junior Des Lawrence stands 6’1, 185 pounds and is looking to make a major impact at cornerback for the Tar Heels in 2015. Finishing his sophomore year with 71 tackles, Lawrence hopes to be a lock-down stalwart on the defensive side of the ball. Let’s take a look at his career thus far and tack a prediction to his 2015 campaign. (Keeping It Heel)

Mack Hollins' Survival Guide

Mack Hollins — the kid who led North Carolina in receiving touchdowns as a sophomore in 2014 though he’s only had a scholarship for about a year now — surely has a purpose. He dreams of a world in which his parents don’t have to pay any more bills. One in which he can have his own fish store and a tank big enough for him to swim in. (Scout.com)

Most fearsome offensive players UNC will face in 2015: No. 6-10

High-flying offenses seem to become more of the norm in college football nowadays. This rise in spread attacks has also increased the effect a skill player can have on the game. So let’s take a look at ten skill players that could be giving the Carolina defense nightmares this coming season. (Carolina Blue)

ACC full of quarterbacks to chase

Three of the ACC’s leading ground gainers in 2014 were quarterbacks. Tyler Murphy of Boston College and Justin Thomas of Georgia Tech both topped 1000 yards. UNC’s Marquise Williams piled up 788 yards, leading his team in rushing by a wide margin. But we’re just getting started. Syracuse has Terrell Hunt, who has rushed for 792 yards in his career. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Q&A with Larry Fedora, Part II

What are you telling recruits about the NCAA and why are you so confident in what you’re telling them? Larry Fedora: "You know I’m a very positive person. There’s plenty of people out there that are going to look at the negative side of everything that we do. I’m pretty positive that it’s turning to turn out good for us. One, because I believe we do things the right way. I think that plays a role in it, I really do." (Inside Carolina)

Chase Rice to headline own tour this fall

Chase Rice has been learning lessons in entertaining crowds while on Kenny Chesney‘s The Big Revival tour this summer, and after taking notes for over 40 shows, it’s time to put that knowledge to the test by embarking on his own tour this fall. “When I was playing football in college, I learned the most about my peers, and competitors, by studying their moves,” shares the North Carolina native. (Taste of Country)

UNC Football: Time For An Upgrade To Facilities?

The way Larry Fedora sees things, it's all about keeping up with the Joneses. That's the way things are in college football these days. UNC's head football coach acknowledged earlier this week at the annual ACC Kickoff that his program has several needs, and each requires considerable cash investments. But they are needs nonetheless, and it starts with an indoor football practice facility. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Jim Martin Claims He Misspoke on UNC Scandal

Former North Carolina Governor Jim Martin now says he misspoke about the UNC scandal when he told trustees: “This was not an athletic scandal. It was an academic scandal, which is worse; but an isolated one.” These revelations were put forward in a new book slated for an October release that was previewed by the News & Observer of Raleigh. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC Sports Year in Review: No. 7-8

UNC’s most significant win during the arduous football season was against against Duke on a Thursday night at Wallace Wade Stadium. UNC showed up and dominated Duke in every facet of the game. The Tar Heels built a 38-7 lead by the mid-third quarter of a game that was televised by ESPN and was supposed to be Duke’s next step into national relevance. (Carolina Blue)

Chizik Emphasizes Simplicity Over Scheme

While North Carolina’s schematic change from a 4-2-5 to a 4-3 has been the offseason talking point, the teaching method employed and the fundamentals involved will have a more significant impact on the 2015 Tar Heel defense. Gene Chizik has focused on fundamentals and limiting the complexity of his new scheme. (Inside Carolina)

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Hey @CoachFedora u need an extra LB this year call me. I'm pissed off for greatness and I hear our Heels are ready. #ourstate
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