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Larry Fedora mentioned among candidates for Mississippi State coaching vacancy

One interesting whisper we’ve heard is that Larry Fedora might be considered for the Mississippi State position. Fedora had a great run at Southern Miss before his current position at North Carolina. Word has been that Fedora has been eyeing SEC opportunities for the past year or so. Perhaps this is the one. Fedora definitely fits the “ball coach” description. (Football Scoop)

Julius Peppers, Josh McCown make up lonely fraternity, but Panthers DE has upper hand

It’s a lonely club, but a proud one. Carolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers, 37, and New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown, 38, make up two-thirds of the only members of the 2002 draft class still active in the NFL. The last is Dwight Freeney, 37, who just signed with Detroit. The two are close friends, Peppers said, and caught up before the game. (Charlotte Observer)

Much improvement on tap for UNC football

Now begins a long offseason in which the Tar Heels will have much to improve, starting with getting healthier. But the quarterback position remains a question mark heading into 2018. The defense needs to find a way to finish games, and the offensive line needs to be rebuilt into a cohesive unit. Landing a few difference makers in the 2018 recruiting class would also help. (Wilson Times)

North Carolina wide receiver Austin Proehl honored for devotion to patients

Hospital staff gathered Thursday to honor senior Austin Proehl, a wide receiver for the UNC football team, for his devotion to patients in the UNC Hospitals' Bone Marrow Transplant unit. Kelly Kivette, LRT/CTRS senior recreational therapist at N.C. Cancer Hospital, said Austin stood out for his commitment to visiting patients on the unit since his freshman year. (UNC Lineberger)

With failures mounting and hope fleeting, Mitch Trubisky must learn to endure

Mitch Trubisky’s postgame news conference lasted only four minutes Sunday. Four joyless minutes. It wasn’t an all-out interrogation. But it certainly had the feel of a visit to the principal’s office with the Bears rookie left to answer a series of pointed questions on the team’s latest unraveling. For the first time as an NFL starter, Trubisky had a two-interception game to explain. (Chicago Tribune)

Anthony Ratliff-Williams Earns First-Team All-ACC Football Honors

Anthony Ratliff-Williams was named to the All-ACC first team as a return specialist, the league office announced Monday. The sophomore from Matthews, North Carolina, was also named a third-team selection as an all-purpose back. Senior cornerback M.J. Stewart and sophomore punter Tom Sheldon earned honorable mention at their respective positions. (GoHeels.com)

Five With Fedora: Nov. 27

Larry Fedora: "Some of these guys were pressed into action well before they expected to be. We knew we were going to have to live through those growing pains. We haven't had the success we wanted to have this season. But each rep we got with the guys we have coming back was valuable to their development. I think that showed here in the last month of the season." (GoHeels.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: UNC's Nightmare Football Season Over

Perhaps the longest fall in Carolina football history has come to a merciful end. The Tar Heels have had bad seasons before, most of them to begin what turned out to successful coaching reigns of Bill Dooley and Mack Brown or the start of troubled tenures for other UNC coaches. The season that ended with Saturday’s loss at N.C. State must be considered an aberration. (Chapelboro.com)

Recap: Former UNC Players in the NFL - Week 12

Zach Brown (Washington Redskins) led the team with nine tackles (one for loss) in Washington's 20-10 Thanksgiving day victory. He has 110 tackles this season. Julius Peppers (Carolina Panthers) had three tackles including one sack. At 37 years old, he leads the Panthers with 8.5 sacks on the season. Ryan Switzer (Dallas Cowboys) returned four kicks for 102 yards. (Inside Carolina)

The Good, Bad, & Ugly Report: NCSU

By now it’s a familiar story: the under-manned Heels hung tough as long as they could but with 21 players out Saturday, including the entire starting linebacking corps (UNC only had two scholarship linebackers available), it was a matter of time before the Wolfpack exerted its offensive will. It was a valiant effort but moral victories don’t mean much in rivalry games. (Old North Blog)

Tar Heels stall in frustrating finale

Nathan Elliott’s perfect mark as a starting quarterback for UNC came to an end Saturday as the Tar Heels’ season concluded with a 33-21 loss to host North Carolina State. He bemoaned his two interceptions, which came as part of his 21-for-45 passing for 277 yards with three touchdowns. North Carolina won its previous two games, both with Elliott as the starter. (Burlington Times-News)

Video: N.C. State's Jaylen Samuels hits UNC assistant with cheap shot

North Carolina lost to in-state rival N.C. State 33-21 on Saturday in their regular season finale. North Carolina finishes the season 3-9 overall, while N.C. State moved to 8-4 overall. During one sequence, N.C. State senior tight end Jaylen Samuels accidentally runs into a UNC assistant. However it’s what he does next that has Tar Heels fans furious. (DieHards.com)

Extra Points: The Bounce

With no bowl to prepare for, Larry Fedora is left with the tasks of recruiting and serious reflection. Can he find the right buttons to push as Mark Dantonio did at Michigan State, flipping a 3-9 season in 2016 to 9-3 this year, and as Brian Kelly did at Notre Dame, flipping a 4-8 ledger to 9-3 this fall? "We'll go back and we'll evaluate everything that we do in this program," he said. (GoHeels.com)

Julius Peppers is part of dwindling NFL club

Josh McCown and Julius Peppers will greet each other on the field Sunday before their teams square off, knowing they're part of an exclusive — and dwindling — NFL club. The New York Jets quarterback and Carolina Panthers defensive end are two of only three active players selected in the 2002 NFL draft. Detroit signed defensive end Dwight Freeney on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Mack Hollins says former Tar Heels teammate Mitchell Trubisky in 'trouble' vs. Eagles

There’s an undercard to this matchup, which features Eagles rookie receiver Mack Hollins and Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky seeing each other again for the first time since their days together at North Carolina. "We’re not at UNC anymore. He’s still my friend, of course, but more important, one week out of the year against each other, it’s a little different." (USA Today)

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Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 21
NC State: 33
Sat, Nov 25 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ California
Sat, Sep 1, TBD

UNC @ East Carolina
Sat, Sep 8, TBD

UNC vs. UCF
Sat, Sep 15, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(13) Miami7-210-3
(24) Virginia Tech5-39-4
Georgia Tech4-45-6
Pittsburgh3-55-7
Virginia3-56-7
Duke3-57-6
North Carolina1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(4) Clemson8-112-2
(23) NC State6-29-4
Wake Forest4-48-5
Boston College4-47-6
Louisville4-48-5
Florida State3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8


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