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UNC's Nazair Jones starts youth mentoring program

UNC defensive tackle Nazair Jones knows the impact a strong mentor can have on a young person's life. With that in mind and looking to make a difference in his community, Jones started M.A.D.E Man Mentoring, an outreach program that helps guide young men towards their dreams. "I started this program in memory in my mentor, Mac Booker Sr.," Jones said. (Carolina Blue)

ACC post-spring position rankings: Secondary

5. North Carolina: The Tar Heels had the No. 3 pass defense in the ACC last season under first-year assistant Charlton Warren, another sign of the defensive overhaul coordinator Gene Chizik conducted. With almost all the familiar faces back -- including corners Des Lawrence and M.J. Stewart -- UNC could find itself climbing up this chart throughout the season. (ESPN.com)

Lawrence Taylor helps Brooklyn Bar Association raise $45,000 for scholarships

The Brooklyn Bar Association's fourth annual Hon. Theodore T. Jones Jr. Memorial Golf Outing, held at the Colonia Country Club in New Jersey on Monday, got a little help from football legend Lawrence Taylor and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani as it raised $45,000 total and $23,500 for law school scholarships. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

The John Bunting story: 10 more things

Bunting was “not very happy” for a while after his tenure at UNC ended and it took him a while to heal. He said Joe Miller, the beloved longtime football coach at New Hanover High who died in 2014, was instrumental in helping him heal. Bunting said Miller “was absolutely in my corner." "And he watched out for me,” Bunting said. “He really helped me get through the first couple of years. Because I wasn't doing very good.” (Charlotte Observer)

Video: Larry Fedora slides into Wilmington for a Rams Club visit

UNC football coach Larry Fedora spoke to the Wilmington Rams Club meeting on Wednesday at Cape Fear Community College. “We are selling the program,” Fedora told WWAY. "I’ll be talking about what we did last year and what’s going to happen in the future. We are excited about next year. We’re 122 days away from that opening game and looking forward to it.” (WWAY)

Larry Fedora, B.J. Surhoff Earn $20k For Charity

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora and UNC baseball great B.J. Surhoff teamed to post a three-under-par total to earn $20,000 for charity at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge. Team winnings will be split evenly between endowed scholarships at the universities and foundations or charities of the coach’s choice. (GoHeels.com)

ACC football post-spring position rankings: Front seven

9. North Carolina. There is no question last season ended with a disastrous performance against Baylor, and most of the blame went to the front seven. Three starters return on the line, including tackle Nazair Jones. But the bigger question is at linebacker, where two of its best players -- Jeff Schoettmer and Shakeel Rashad -- are gone. (ESPN.com)

North Carolina football faces different set of expectations this offseason

North Carolina is no longer being asked about failing to live up to expectations. Rather, North Carolina is being asked what it will take to exceed the high expectations that already have the Tar Heels pinned as a favorite to repeat in the Coastal. “I think the thing that you can see in all of their eyes is that they've tasted it,” coach Larry Fedora said. (ESPN.com)

Landon Turner brings unmeasured element to New Orleans Saints

One unmeasured element to what Landon Turner believes he can bring to the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent came early in his senior season at North Carolina. That was when the first-team All-American guard began a rallying cry his college line coach said helped carry the Tar Heels to an 11-game win streak. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

North Carolina LB Shakeel Rashad excited to join Texans

Houston Texans' undrafted rookie Shakeel Rashad was a third-team All-ACC selection, starting every game and recording a career-high 126 tackles, 8 1/2 for losses and three forced fumbles with one interception. The Texans hold an undrafted rookie minicamp this week. "I'm excited to be with the Texans," Rashad said. "I just want to contribute and help the team win." (Houston Chronicle)

Former Tar Heel Safety Jeff Battle Earns A Degree — and more

Former Tar Heel safety Jeff Battle won’t be going to the NFL, but his future still includes football. Battle, who graduates Sunday, used his experiences on the field and his lessons in the classroom at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School to start a new company. Battle Soles makes heat-resistant inserts for athletes to put inside their cleats to help avoid blisters. (UNC.edu)

Buccaneers release Connor Barth after picking rookie kicker in draft

Veteran place-kicker Connor Barth was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, two days after the team drafted his replacement in the 2016 NFL draft. The Buccaneers traded up into the second round Friday night to select former Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo at No. 59 overall. (ESPN.com)

ACC post-spring position rankings: Quarterback

5. North Carolina. Mitch Trubisky earned raves during spring practice, and now he has to fill the big shoes Marquise Williams leaves behind. He has every opportunity to elevate the deep passing game. Behind him, the Tar Heels are completely inexperienced. (ESPN.com)

UGA presents ‘a lot of unknowns’ for UNC

When UNC decided to open its 2016 season in the Georgia Dome against Georgia, the Tar Heels knew they’d be in for a challenge. However, an offseason change for the Bulldogs has made this particular nonconference matchup even tougher for UNC. “It’s a lot of unknown,” UNC coach Larry Fedora said Monday at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament. (Dawg Nation)

Robert Dinkins knows UNC's defense has a lot to learn

Robert Dinkins and UNC's returning players are not the only ones getting lesson plans on the field. Four defensive players enrolled early this spring and had to pick up Coach Gene Chizik's system quickly. But Dinkins knows once they know where to be, watch out. "They have a whole lot of talent, those guys are so athletic" said Dinkins. (Carolina Blue)

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
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Georgia Tech1-73-9

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

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