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Jeff Saturday to coach high school football team in native Georgia

Hebron Christian Academy (Dacula, GA) has a new head football coach with at least one notable similarity to its previous one — he is a former NFL offensive lineman. The Dacula private school announced Friday that six-time NFL Pro-Bowler and Super Bowl XLI champion Jeff Saturday has been hired for the head coaching vacancy left by Kevin Shaffer’s resignation. (Gwinnett Prep Sports)

Why the Packers are driven to win a Super Bowl for Julius Peppers

Win one for Julius. That was the battle cry the Green Bay Packers had when they entered the NFC Championship Game during the 2014 season. Julius Peppers has been one of the best defensive players of his generation. He is certainly ticketed for the Hall of Fame when he decides to hang up his cleats for the final time. (FanRag Sports)

Julius Peppers not thinking about retirement, focused on Falcons

Julius Peppers turned 37 years old on Wednesday, so he knows the end of the NFL tunnel is near. However, Peppers wants to win a Super Bowl before he calls it quits. On Wednesday, media asked Peppers about his NFL future during his press conference and that is something that is very far from his mind. (247 Sports)

Win one for Julius: Peppers doesn't want Super Bowl run to be about him

It's hard to forget the look of devastation on Julius Peppers' face exactly two years ago, when he stood in the visitors locker room at Seattle's CenturyLink Field and tried to put into words what just happened to the Green Bay Packers. They had just blown a 12-point lead with four minutes to play and lost the NFC Championship Game in overtime to the Seahawks. (ESPN.com)

The 5 college teams hurt most by early departures

The Tar Heels lose three underclassmen, and each of them important to the team. Defensive tackle Nazair Jones was the team’s most disruptive run defender. Running back Elijah Hood averaged 3.8 yards after contact, and forced one missed tackle for every 3.21 touches, an impressive rate. The biggest loss is unquestionably quarterback Mitch Trubisky. (Pro Football Focus)

Darian Durant signs with Montreal Alouettes

The Montreal Alouettes announced a contract agreement with Darian Durant on Thursday, less than a week after acquiring the rights to the marquee quarterback from the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Alouettes signed Durant to a three-year contract. (Regina Leader-Post)

North Carolina Tar Heels must fill huge quarterback hole for 2017

Even without a quarterback issue, North Carolina Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora had some holes to fill entering 2017. The Tar Heels already entered the offseason needing to overhaul their offense in an effort to replace departed players who accounted for 4,567 of 5,707 produced in 2016 – and 41 of 50 touchdowns scored. (Gridiron Now)

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Julius Peppers living in moment as he prepares for 5th championship game

The Packers are two wins from a Super Bowl title and must get through the Falcons on Sunday in the NFC championship game to reach Super Bowl LI in Houston. It's the fifth championship game Julius Peppers will play, but he's still chasing a Super Bowl ring. "I've been here before, man," he said. (Chicago Tribune)

Deke Adams Rejoins Larry Fedora's Coaching Staff at UNC

Deke Adams is returning to UNC as defensive line coach, according to multiple sources. Adams, who coached under Larry Fedora for three years at Southern Miss before transitioning with the staff to Chapel Hill for the 2012 season, spent last fall as the defensive line coach at ECU. He left UNC for a three-year stint as South Carolina's defensive line coach in 2013-15. (Inside Carolina)

Football Signing Day Celebration Set For Feb. 1

Carolina fans are encouraged to join coach Larry Fedora and his staff for a signing day celebration at the Blue Zone Concourse Club on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. The program, hosted by Jones Angell, will include comments from Fedora, assistant coaches and current players. Tickets are $25 and include hors d'oeuvres and a wide range of beverages. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heel kicker who beat FSU popular with Gators fans

Nick Weiler made 193 kicks at UNC, but he's known best for a 54-yard field goal as time expired to give the Tar Heels a 37-35 upset of Florida State in October, ending a 22-game home winning streak for the Seminoles. "I've had to sign a couple Florida State game pictures for Florida and Miami fans," said Weiler, back in Florida for Saturday's East-West Shrine Game. (Tampa Bay Times)

Early ACC Football Predictions for 2017

Coastal Division: 5. North Carolina - With the departure of quarterback Mitch Trubisky and running back Elijah Hood to the NFL, 2017 appears to be a rebuilding year for Larry Fedora. Nathan Elliott spent 2016 as the backup to Trubisky, but the competition will include redshirt freshmen Logan Byrd and Chazz Surratt and possibly a graduate transfer (Malik Zaire?). (Athlon Sports)

2017 UNC Football: Wide Receivers

Let this settle in for a second: The Tar Heels lost to graduation three receivers whose combined career totals are 448 receptions, 6,340 yards and 53 touchdowns. That’s what left the program when Ryan Switzer, Bug Howard and Mack Hollins played their last games. And what’s returning isn’t exactly looking like a potential replica of that trio. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Julius Peppers turns 37 but not looking ahead

Julius Peppers turned 37 years old Wednesday. Rather than reflect on his career and where he might be after this season, Peppers only wanted to think about the NFC championship game. Peppers is in the final year of his contract with the Packers but hasn't said whether he'll play next season. Winning a Super Bowl might be the perfect way to go out. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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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