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Tar Heel RB Elijah Hood reconsidering NFL draft decision?

North Carolina running back Elijah Hood announced on Dec. 22 that he will return to Chapel Hill for his senior season in 2017. According to a report by CBS Sports, that decision might not be final: "Word out of Chapel Hill is RB Elijah Hood is having second thoughts and is now leaning towards entering the NFL Draft. Stay tuned…" (ACC Sports Journal)

Audio: Bryn Renner opens up on joining Butch Davis' staff, playing career

WRAL's Mandy Mitchell catches up with former North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner and talks about his time at Carolina, his NFL career, and joining Butch Davis' staff at Florida International University on the latest Conversations podcast. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Bowls boost ACC QBs' stock

Mitch Trubisky had a flat performance – by his standards – but the college football bowl season turned out to be just as fruitful for ACC quarterbacks as the league itself, which has won eight of 11 bowls thus far. At day’s end, Trubisky’s stock slipped some but not very much and yet to come in the pre-draft process are Combines and private workouts. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Five With Fedora: The Sun Bowl

The 2016 football season came to a close in El Paso for North Carolina. The Sun Bowl was a hard-fought game with the Tar Heels falling one play short to Stanford, 25-23. It was not the result coach Larry Fedora wanted, and you could tell by the emotions on the field afterwards that his players wanted to win this game badly. Here’s what coach Fedora had to say. (GoHeels.com)

3 reasons Buffalo Bills must re-sign LB Zach Brown

In the 2016 NFL offseason, a signing that went under the radar around the league was the Buffalo Bills inking linebacker Zach Brown to a one-year, $1.25 million contract. After struggling to establish himself with the Tennessee Titans, Brown enjoyed a marvelous season at inside linebacker in Rex Ryan’s defense. (USA Today)

UNC punter Tom Sheldon had big year for Tar Heels

One of those bright spots in Australian punter Tom Sheldon. The 27-year-old is a freshman at UNC and had a fantastic first year for the Tar Heels Football team. Sheldon is from Echuca, Victoria, Australia and was a member of the Aussie Rules Football club, the same one that New York Giants punter Brad Wing is from. (Keeping It Heel)

Who Tar Heels fans should root for in the NFL Playoffs

The Green Bay Packers employ probably the NFL’s most prominent Tar Heel, Julius Peppers. He’s still rushing the passer effectively, accruing 7.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles on the year. The only thing missing from his resume is a Super Bowl ring before he likely becomes UNC’s third Pro Football Hall of Famer. The Packers host the New York Giants on Sunday. (Tar Heel Blog)

NFL Draft decision looms for North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky

His high school coach hasn't heard a thing. Nor has a former Mentor and current college teammate. Even his family is waiting to find out the big decision. That decision is if North Carolina quarterback and Mentor graduate Mitch Trubisky is declaring for the 2017 NFL Draft or returning for his senior season in Chapel Hill, N.C. (The News-Herald)

A New Year for UNC Football

The Tar Heels conclude the 2016 season with an 8-5 record and now have the contrasts of an 11-1 regular season in 2015 with an 8-4 ledger one year later—with many of the same players. The difference was a play here, a play there. “You don’t flush it,” Larry Fedora said of moving on to 2017. “You let it eat at you the whole rest of the year until you play again." (UNC Lettermen)

Jonathan Cooper Signs With Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys signed free agent guard Jonathan Cooper on Wednesday to provide depth during the playoffs. Cooper, a former 2013 first-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals, was released last week by the Cleveland Browns. He was traded by the Cardinals to the New England Patriots in the off-season before being released in October and joining the Browns. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Dallas Cowboys work out former first-rounder Jonathan Cooper

The Dallas Cowboys have worked out former first-round pick, guard Jonathan Cooper, according to multiple sources, and are discussing whether to add him to the active roster. Cooper, who was the seventh overall pick in 2013 by the Arizona Cardinals, was released last week by the Cleveland Browns. He started three of the five games he played for the Browns. (ESPN.com)

T.J. Yates's tips for success as an unknown, untested playoff starting QB

Brock Osweiler, the $72 million clunker of a quarterback, will start for the Texans over currently concussed Tom Savage. Rookie Connor Cook is the likely starter for Oakland now that Derek Carr is out with a broken leg and backup Matt McGloin is nursing an injured shoulder. T.J. Yates knows about nationally unheralded postseason games like this one. (Sports Illustrated)

UNC Football: A sweet spot in time

The 2016 Sun Bowl marked North Carolina’s thirty-third bowl appearance going back to the 1947 Sugar Bowl. Of the thirty-two previous games, the Tar Heels have won fourteen going back to the 1963 Gator Bowl. Hugh Morton collection volunteer Jack Hilliard takes a look back at the 1963 season and Carolina’s first bowl win played fifty-three years ago. (UNC.edu)

Carolina Insider Podcast: Weekend Recap

The latest episode of the Carolina Insider podcast recaps the football team's heartbreaking loss in the Sun Bowl, as well as the men's basketball team's loss at Georgia Tech to begin ACC play. Join hosts Jones Angell of the Tar Heel Sports Network and Adam Lucas of GoHeels.com for all the latest Carolina news to start the new year. (GoHeels.com)

Julius Peppers on Dean Smith

Julius Peppers: "I used to see Coach Smith all the time. He used to always hang around the practices, even though he wasn't the coach. He was the greatest coach of all time in college basketball, and we learned so many things from him off the court. How to be a man. Coach Smith, he taught us a lot. And just acknowledging of others who helped you." (Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 23
Stanford: 25
Fri, Dec 30 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Cal
Sat, Sep 2, TBD

UNC vs. Louisville
Sat, Sep 9, TBD

UNC @ Old Dominion
Sat, Sep 16, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(16) Virginia Tech6-310-4
North Carolina5-38-5
(20) Miami5-39-4
Georgia Tech4-49-4

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-114-1
(21) Louisville7-19-4
(8) Florida State5-310-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest3-57-6
Boston College2-67-6

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