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Tar Heels Readying For Another Triple-Option Foe

The triple-option is a unique offense in college football. On Saturday, UNC will face the triple-option for the second time this month when it plays FCS-opponent The Citadel. The Bulldogs (10, 8-0 SoCon) have run the unorthodox offense to perfection this season, leading the FCS with 359.9 rushing yards per game. (Inside Carolina)

Carolina Insider Podcast: Basketball Tips Off, Football Falls to Duke

Last week included the Thursday night football game at Duke, the men's basketball opener at Tulane in New Orleans and the hoops home opening win over Chattanooga. Jones Angell, the voice of the Tar Heel Sports Network, and Adam Lucas of GoHeels.com break down all the action in the latest episode of the Carolina Insider podcast. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels still without interception, hoping to avoid history

After facing 279 pass attempts over 10 games this season, the North Carolina Tar Heels are still seeking their first interception of the season. And hoping to avoid making history in the process. NCAA official Jeff Williams told the Charlotte Observer that he couldn't find any record of an FBS team finishing a season without an interception since 1989. (ESPN.com)

UNC football prepares to face The Citadel's triple-option offense

Dwelling on the past can undermine a team’s ability to prepare for the future. Coming off an upset loss to Duke last week, it seems especially important for the UNC football team looking forward. “You can’t let one loss become two,” senior cornerback Des Lawrence said. But the best way for the Tar Heels to prepare for next week might be to look back two. (Daily Tar Heel)

Julius Peppers nominated for Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award

Packers LB Julius Peppers is one of 32 player nominees for the third annual Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award. Each NFL team nominated one of its players for the award, which recognizes players around the league who demonstrate outstanding sportsmanship on the field. The award honors the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Art Rooney, Sr. (Green Bay Packers)

UNC's 'Ascending’ Defense Stalls Out

North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik offered some harsh words of criticism for his defense following Tuesday’s practice in the aftermath of last week’s loss to Duke. The Tar Heels built a 14-0 lead before the Blue Devils exploded in the second quarter for 21 points and 169 yards to tie the game at 21-21. “It was very disappointing,” Chizik said. “I (Inside Carolina)

Robert Quinn out of hospital after non-football illness

Rams defensive end Robert Quinn is out of the hospital. The Pro Bowl pass-rusher admitted himself Monday morning with a non-football related illness, the Rams announced. He was released Tuesday, NFL Network's Steve Wyche reported, per a team source. Quinn is now at the Rams' practice facility. There is no word on when Quinn will return to the field, Wyche added. (NFL.com)

Bucky Brooks: Week 11 grade for UNC QB Mitch Trubisky

Mitch Trubisky has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the NFL scouting community after completing more than 70 percent of his passes and posting a 22:4 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Scouts have fallen in love with his athleticism, arm talent and playmaking ability. Trubisky once again teased evaluators with his talents in a spotty performance against Duke. Grade: B- (NFL.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: Butch Is Back

You have to know Butch Davis was delighted to be named Florida International’s new football coach this week. You can bet Davis will begin putting a staff together by trying to hire his former offensive coordinator John Shoop, who is out of football right now and living in Asheville with his family after serving as offensive coordinator at Purdue. (Chapelboro.com)

LSU contacts Larry Fedora, Jimbo Fisher

Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron have emerged as strong candidates in the school's search to replace Les Miles as head football coach. Other names being considered are North Carolina coach Larry Fedora, Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy and Houston coach Tom Herman. Fedora's reps have been contacted by LSU, according to sources. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Mitch Trubisky reflects on late interception in loss to Duke

The interception was UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s second pick of the night, bringing his season total to four. Trubisky also said the Tar Heels felt the absence of wide receiver Mack Hollins, which allowed Duke to double-cover Ryan Switzer and vary its coverages. “Duke did a good job of mixing it up,” Trubisky said. “They’re disciplined enough to do that.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Donnie Miles on Duke loss, looking ahead to The Citadel

The North Carolina Tar Heels are still picking up the pieces after last Thursday's disappointing loss to rival Duke. Both the offense and defense faltered in a game that UNC couldn't stand to lose. Safety Donnie Miles said the loss was painful but that he and the team must move on. "Obviously it hurts," Miles said. "But we all try to correct the mistakes and keep going." (CBS Sports)

FIU hires ESPN's Butch Davis to be its next head coach

Former Miami and North Carolina coach Butch Davis told ESPN on Monday that he is leaving the network immediately to accept the head coaching position at Florida International. Davis agreed to a five-year contract. FIU executive director of sports and entertainment Pete Garcia said Davis will be introduced Tuesday afternoon. (ESPN.com)

UNC Football's Revamped Goals

UNC remains in contention for the ACC Coastal Division crown, tied with Virginia Tech at 5-2 in the ACC. With both teams losing last week, little has changed in the divisional race, save for one fewer game to be played. A UNC win over N.C. State next weekend, paired with a Virginia win over Virginia Tech, sends the Tar Heels back to the ACC Championship Game. (Inside Carolina)

Rams' Robert Quinn in hospital with non-football related illness

Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said defensive end Robert Quinn remains hospitalized and is undergoing tests after falling ill. Quinn checked himself into the hospital in the Los Angeles area Monday morning. Quinn was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor as a teenager. Fisher said it is “highly unlikely” his current episode is related to the tumor. (USA Today)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 21
NC State: 28
Fri, Nov 25 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Stanford
Fri, Dec 30, 2:00 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Scoreboard
Clemson42
at Virginia Tech35
FINAL
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(22) Virginia Tech6-39-4
North Carolina5-38-4
Miami5-38-4
(23) Pittsburgh5-38-4
Georgia Tech4-48-4
Virginia1-72-10
Duke1-74-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson8-112-1
(13) Louisville7-19-3
(11) Florida State5-39-3
NC State3-56-6
Wake Forest3-56-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Boston College2-66-6

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