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Countdown to Kickoff: South Carolina

An offseason fueled by equal parts optimism, trepidation and speculation comes to an end on Thursday when North Carolina opens its 2015 campaign against South Carolina in the Belk College Kickoff Game at Bank of America Stadium (6pm/ESPN). The time for talk is over, as the lingering questions will be answered – or not – against the Gamecocks in a significant litmus test for UNC. (Inside Carolina)

Video: UNC Football Ready For 2015 Kickoff

The Tar Heel football team is ready for their season to kickoff against South Carolina in Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday, September 3rd 2015. Are you? View Video...

UNC doctor receives thousands to aid his cancer research

A Chapel Hill doctor received $250,000 to help his research into a rare childhood cancer. The money came from Hyundai Hope on Wheels to help Dr. Ian Davis research ewing sarcoma. Ewing sarcoma is a rare cancer of the bone and soft tissue. The disease primarily affects children and young adults between the ages of 10 and 20. (WNCN)

2015 Position Breakdown - Linebacker

It's the veteran group of North Carolina's defense. Two seniors and one junior. This will be at least the fourth year at UNC for all three starters. The group has to improve from last year where they missed tackles and were often out of position. The linebackers will be looked to this season for leadership and to make plays in the revamped 4-3 base defense (Carolina Blue)

Breaking down the ACC schedules of UNC, Duke and N.C. State

North Carolina, which returns nine of the top 10 players from a Sweet 16 appearance, will have three consecutive road games during a span of nine days in early February. The Tar Heels will play at Louisville on Feb. 1, at Notre Dame on Feb. 6 and at Boston College on Feb. 9. For UNC and Duke, the first meeting on Feb. 17 in Chapel Hill will be the 13th league game for each school. (Fayetteville Observer)

10 Best New College Football Uniforms for the 2015 Season

1. North Carolina: Whoever it was who spoke up during a hypothetical meeting between Nike and North Carolina and said, “I think we should put argyle on the football uniforms, too!” deserves a huge raise. UNC went back to basics for 2015 with an all-Carolina blue home uniform and an all-black alternate and it pays off. The argyle looks outstanding. (Lost Lettermen)

Five Questions With ... UNC Offensive Lineman R.J. Prince

The North Carolina Tar Heels get the college football season started on Thursday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte against the South Carolina Gamecocks. Former Albemarle star R.J. Prince will be there on the sidelines for the Tar Heels. Prince played as a true freshman on the offensive line last season, seeing back-up action on both sides of the line. (Stanly News & Press)

Rapid Reactions: UNC Basketball Schedule Release

The most unique characteristic of the 2015-16 schedule comes in late January, when Carolina will make just the second three-game ACC road trip in the program's history. This year's version might be even tougher. It includes games at Louisville, Notre Dame and Boston College. That means UNC will travel 3,190 air miles in the span of nine days, a nearly NBA-like schedule. (GoHeels.com)

North Carolina Tar Heels vs. South Carolina Gamecocks: Preview and Prediction

Points should be plentiful as the two Carolinas square off just north of the border. While South Carolina’s defense was not very good in 2014, North Carolina’s was especially atrocious. The Tar Heels, though, return just about everyone on offense. I think the Tar Heels hold the Gamecocks to field goals on a few occasions, giving UNC the opening-night victory. Prediction: UNC 42, South Carolina 37 (Athlon Sports)

2015-16 UNC Men's Basketball Schedule Released

UNC opens the 2015-16 basketball season on November 13th against Temple in the Veterans Classic at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The six non-ACC games against teams in the 2015 NCAA Tournament include three home games against Wofford, Davidson and Maryland, road games at Northern Iowa and Texas and a neutral site contest vs. UCLA. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Roy Williams Analyzes 2015-16 Basketball Schedule

Head coach Roy Williams breaks down the newly released 2015-16 basketball schedule which includes games at the Naval Academy against Temple, UCLA at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and ACC/B1G showdown against Maryland including an aways competitive ACC conference schedule. View Video...

McCrory, Haley make BBQ wager as Heels, Gamecocks kick off season

Tomato, vinegar or mustard? Plenty is on the line Thursday night when North Carolina opens the college football season against South Carolina in Charlotte, and that includes dinner for either Pat McCrory or Nikki Haley. The governors announced a friendly wager Wednesday morning, saying that the leader of the losing side will ship a BBQ dinner to the winner. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Gamecocks QB Mitch faces familiar faces in 1st start vs. UNC

Connor Mitch will probably be a little too busy Thursday night to do much reminiscing. But South Carolina's sophomore quarterback will see some familiar faces when he makes his first career college start against border state rival North Carolina in a neutral site game. Mitch played for Wakefield High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, and said he knows many of the Tar Heels. (Associated Press)

ICTV: Landon Turner's Guide to Offensive Success

Landon Turner knows what goes into a well-played game. The senior Tar Heel offensive guard detailed to Inside Carolina what the UNC offense will have to do in order to get the upper hand over South Carolina's defense. Turner said keeping energy high and mistakes low are both crucial aspects to UNC's offensive success. (Inside Carolina)

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)

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