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ACC Announces 2016 Early Season Football Game Times and TV Schedule

The ACC will compete in three games featuring ACC-SEC teams on the opening weekend of the season, beginning with North Carolina facing Georgia in the Annual Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome which will be nationally televised by ESPN (5:30 p.m.) on Saturday, Sept. 3. The Tar Heels are ranked 19th, while Georgia is ranked 13th. (The ACC)

Warrant: Former NCSU booster gave improper benefits to UNC student-athlete

A former N.C. State football player currently under investigation for allegedly providing benefits to N.C. State student-athletes also provided impermissible benefits to a student-athlete at UNC, according to an application for a search warrant. The warrant, taken out by state agents to search Eric Leak's Raleigh home, doesn't identify the UNC athlete. (WRAL.com)

M.J. Stewart Named to Lott Award Watch List

Forty-two of the top defensive players in the country have been nominated for the 2016 Lott IMPACT Trophy, it was announced Wednesday at a luncheon in Newport Beach, California. M.J. Stewart, CB, North Carolina (5-11, 200, Arlington, VA): His 18 passes defended tied for most in the ACC; 62 tackles on the season; 4 interceptions, Second team All-ACC. (Lott IMPACT Trophy)

Tar Heels LB Jeff Schoettmer is Easy to Root For

Undrafted free agency gave the New Orleans Saints a bounty of young talent, ranging from offensive linemen Landon Turner and Jack Allen to defensive backs Trae Elston and De’Vante Harris. But another possible contributor signed on after the 2016 NFL Draft: North Carolina linebacker Jeff Schoettmer. (Who Dat Dish)

Shakeel Rashad details NFL prep and free agent process

Shakeel Rashad's UNC career ended with a loss to Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl, but after the game it was on to the next challenge --- a chance for an NFL career. Rashad, who finished the season with 126 tackles and was a key part of the 11-3 ACC Coastal Champion Tar Heels, wasted no time getting started on what would become a busy next few months. (Carolina Blue)

Bryn Renner Released by San Diego Chargers

San Diego added former Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger. He reunites with offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, who coached him the past two seasons in Tennessee. Mettenberger will compete with Kellen Clemens to be the primary reserve behind Philip Rivers. Quarterback Bryn Renner was waived in a corresponding move. (San Diego Union Tribune)

Lucas Crowley Among Rimington Award Watch List Candidates

The Rimington Trophy Committee has released its 2016 Spring Watch List, which includes the top centers in Division I football. In order to create this list, the committee accepted nominations from programs across the country that submitted their current starting centers for consideration. UNC senior center is among eight ACC centers listed. (GoHeels.com)

Book about Kenan Stadium to be released this summer

'Football in a Forest' is about to be copied onto a flash drive, dropped into an envelope and shipped to a printer in the Midwest. Within two months, some trucker will drive into Chapel Hill with palettes of brown cartons containing these books that will tell a story long overdue. (Kenan Journal)

Texans rookie Shakeel Rashad got $10,000 signing bonus

The Houston Texans gave a $10,000 signing bonus to undrafted rookie North Carolina inside linebacker Shakeel Rashad. A former third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, Rashad received a $10,000 signing bonus as part of his three-year, $1.63 million contract, according to NFL Players Association figures. The deal includes an injury waiver. (Houston Chronicle)

Ranking the ACC's College Football Coaches for 2016

7. Larry Fedora, UNC: Fedora delivered a breakout year in his fourth season in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels finished 11-3, won the Coastal Division and finished No. 15 nationally in the AP poll. The 11-win season was a huge boost for Fedora after 6-7 mark in 2014. Fedora has a solid 32-20 record over the last four years and has never finished below .500 in ACC play. (Athlon Sports)

Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game Sets Kick Time for Georgia-North Carolina

The (13) Georgia Bulldogs will face the (19) North Carolina Tar Heels to open the 2016 college football season September 3 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. Kick time has been set for 5:30 p.m. ET and the game will be nationally telecast on ESPN. The Georgia-UNC rivalry has been on hiatus for over 40 years, but will continue the series for the first time since 1971. (Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game)

UNC vs. Georgia kickoff time set

The No. 19 North Carolina Tar Heels will kickoff their 2016 football season against the No. 13 Georgia Bulldogs at 5:30 PM on Saturday Sept. 3rd. The game will be played in Atlanta's Georgia Dome and can be seen on ESPN. The matchup against Georgia will be Tar Heel junior quarterback Mitch Trubisky's first career start. Georgia went 10-3 in 2015. (Carolina Blue)

5 Reasons Why North Carolina Will Repeat as ACC Coastal Division Champions in 2016

Larry Fedora seems to be building something special in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels football coach generated considerable interest in his team by winning the Coastal Division and playing Clemson to the wire in the ACC Championship Game. UNC, ranked No. 22 in Athlon Sports' Preseason Top 25, is the favorite to win the Coastal again and here are five reasons why. (Athlon Sports)

North Carolina's 'yard sale' brings the shoppers out

Normally items sold -- such as jerseys, shoes and lacrosse sticks -- get forwarded to the state's surplus store because technically, at a public university, the equipment purchased is state property. That is why the Tar Heels didn't just give the jerseys to the former players who used to wear them and it's also why the university had to allow the public equal opportunity to purchase them. (ESPN.com)

North Carolina Football 2016 Preview and Prediction

UNC will go as far as its new quarterback and unproven defense can take it. The Tar Heels need Mitch Trubisky to be as good in a starring role as he was in cameo appearances a year ago. They also need him to stay healthy, because his backups have combined for one career pass attempt. The schedule is more difficult this season, leading to less margin for error. (Athlon Sports)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 38
Baylor: 49
Tue, Dec 29 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia
Sat, Sep 3, 5:30 ET ESPN

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10, 7:30 ET BTN

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17, 3:30 ET RSN

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(15) North Carolina8-111-3
Pittsburgh6-28-4
Miami5-38-5
Duke4-48-5
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Virginia3-54-8
Georgia Tech1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson9-014-1
(14) Florida State6-210-3
Louisville5-38-5
NC State3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Wake Forest1-73-9
Boston College0-83-9

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