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UNC Football's History As The No. 1 Team In The Nation

Number 1 rankings aren’t uncommon for many of North Carolina’s sports teams. Men’s basketball has been in that spot often, so have the men’s and women’s soccer teams, both lacrosse clubs, field hockey, baseball and even women’s basketball have been No. 1. The football Tar Heels, however, have sat in the top spot just one time in the program’s history. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

T.J. Thorpe eager to fill void on Winnipeg's special teams

T.J. Thorpe is likely to take any role he can with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. But nothing would be greater than the chance to return kicks — a job he’s been doing since his first day of Pop Warner football. "I love it. I feel like it’s one of the few plays you can change a game or just the momentum of the game with one play, just 10 seconds," he said. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Rams' Robert Quinn drawing inspiration from DeMarcus Ware

One of the things you'll notice about Robert Quinn's locker is an Instagram post, printed out and taped to one of the panels that hold his personal belongings. It came from DeMarcus Ware, the retired former defensive end and outside linebacker who seems like a lock for the Hall of Fame. Ware's career accomplishments are highlighted along the bottom. It keeps Quinn going. (ESPN.com)

Oakland Raiders Sign Seventh-Round Pick RB Elijah Hood

The Oakland Raiders have signed seventh-round draft pick RB Elijah Hood, the club announced Friday. Hood was selected 242nd overall by the Raiders in last month’s draft. He played in 34 games with 25 starts over three years at North Carolina, totaling 2,580 yards on 431 carries (6.0 avg.) with 29 touchdowns and added 38 receptions for 204 yards (5.4 avg.). (Oakland Raiders)

Who has the sweeter deal, Fedora or Doeren?

Larry Fedora got a new contract extension from UNC on Thursday, aimed at keeping him in Chapel Hill through at least 2022. Dave Doeren's last extension came back in 2015 and locks him up through 2019. Because everything's rivalry fodder, I thought it'd be fun to compare the contracts of the two Triangle rivals. (Duke's David Cutcliffe works at a private school, so he didn't want in on this party). (ABC 11)

Carolina Insider Podcast: 2017-18 Basketball Roster, QB Competition

In the latest episode of the Carolina Insider podcast, hosts Jones Angell of the Tar Heel Sports Network and Adam Lucas of GoHeels.com discuss Tony Bradley's decision to remain in the NBA Draft, the 2017-18 Carolina roster, the football team's quarterback competition and more. Carolina Insider is a production hosted by Angell and Lucas. (GoHeels.com)

Giovani Bernard to be limited in OTAs, six months after ACL tear

Bengals running back Giovani Bernard has come along well enough after last season’s torn ACL that he can get at least some work in at organized team activities. Bernard is expected to be a limited participant at OTAs, Katherine Terrell of ESPN reports. In 10 games last season, Bernard had 91 carries for 337 yards and 39 catches for 336 yards. (NBC Sports)

Chase Rice writes next chapter since ‘Ready Set Roll,’ co-writing ‘Cruise’

Chase Rice enjoyed his “Cruise” in co-writing a country music seismic shifter, then going “Ready Set Roll” to break through on his own first hit recording, followed by “Gonna Wanna Tonight.” On a phone interview last week, a few hours before his concert in Birmingham, Ala., Rice spoke about the chapters in his career, and the next one he’s writing. (Myrtle Beach Sun News)

Larry Fedora's Contract Formally Extended Through 2022

UNC head football coach Larry Fedora's contract was approved Thursday by the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees, extending his deal though the 2022 season. “We are pleased that the Board of Trustees has approved the terms of Coach Fedora's contract, which will allow him to continue our football program's success into the next decade,” said UNC AD Bubba Cunningham. (GoHeels.com)

Checking in on the new Tar Heels in NFL Training Camp

As the North Carolina Sports calendar begins to wind down for the summer (but go Diamond Heels!), the football grad transfers start arriving, and Tony Bradley’s plans for next season have, however bittersweetly, become clear, the six Tar Heels in the 2017 NFL draft class are starting to report to camp. Here’s some of the early news on how they’re doing: (Tar Heel Blog)

Ryan Switzer makes quick first impression with Cowboys

A hamstring strain kept Dallas Cowboys receiver Cole Beasley from taking part in Wednesday’s session of organized team activities. Early on in the workout, Lucky Whitehead suffered a similar injury and headed to the locker room. As a result, Ryan Switzer received a lot of work in the slot, and the fourth-round pick did not disappoint. (ESPN.com)

Athlon's ACC Football 2017 Preseason All-Conference Team

Athlon Sports' 2017 all-ACC football team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year. North Carolina: Offensive Lineman Bentley Spain, 2nd Team Offense; Defensive Lineman Aaron Crawford, 4th Team Defense; Linebacker Andre Smith, 4th Team Defense; Safety Donnie Miles, 4th Team Defense; Punter Tom Sheldon, 2nd Team Specialist; (Athlon Sports)

Top 2017 college football graduate transfers

Brandon Harris saw the field early with the Tigers and started 12 games as a sophomore, but after struggling to start the 2016 season, was supplanted by Danny Etling and elected to transfer this spring. He steps into an ideal situation at North Carolina, replacing future first round pick Mitch Trubisky and having a chance to help his own NFL stock. (Rivals.com)

Jim McMahon enjoyed Mitch Trubisky's alias with Bears

Mitchell Trubisky endeared himself to fans of the Bears by using the alias "James McMahon" when making reservations for dinner when Bears brass went to North Carolina ahead of the draft to meet with him. After catching wind of the story over the weekend, Jim McMahon, who helped lead Chicago to a victory in Super Bowl XX, took to Twitter to respond to the young quarterback. (Bears 247)

Zach Brown an immediate upgrade for Redskins’ run defense

New Washington Redskins signing Zach Brown ranked fourth among all inside linebackers in total stops, with 38 in 2016. His run-stop percentage of 8.9 percent betters Washington’s incumbents. Brown put on a stellar performance against New England in Week 4 of the 2016 season, where he accounted for 11 solo defensive stops. (Pro Football Focus)

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Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 23
Stanford: 25
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Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Cal
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UNC vs. Louisville
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UNC @ Old Dominion
Sat, Sep 16, 3:30 ET

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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