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UNC Turning Agony Into Victory

"Overcoming adversity of a game that you felt like you should have won, you felt like you dominated most of the game but you made too many mistakes to win it," offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic said of the South Carolina game Tuesday. "Those are the ones that hurt the most. We learned the lesson that we needed to bounce back and not feel sorry for ourselves and we did that." (Carolina Blue)

UVa receiver Thorpe set for homecoming

T.J. Thorpe’s expression never changed Monday when he said he thought Virginia was playing North Carolina State this year and not the University of North Carolina. “He’s lying,” said Virginia quarterback Matt Johns during a later interview. “There’s no way he didn’t know that. That’s just T.J. being T.J.” After four years at North Carolina, Thorpe should have known — and probably did know — that UVa and UNC play every year as fellow members of the ACC’s Coastal Division. (Roanoke Times)

Chase Rice changing his tune with deeper, more meaningful songs

The momentum from his fan base has been key to propelling the career of Rice, who has long looked to country music legends for guidance on how to stage a truly rocking country show. “I grew up watching guys like Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney,” recalls Rice, who played Soldier Field this summer, opening for Chesney on his Big Revival Tour. (Chicago Sun-Times)

UNC football likes its chances on third down this season

For most things, a 50 percent chance doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence. But for the North Carolina football team, 50 percent makes it one of the best teams in the nation at converting on third down. UNC currently ranks fourth in the country in third-down conversion percentage, moving the chains at a 50.7 percent clip. That’s a 40-spot improvement from 2014. (Daily Tar Heel)

Fedora Live: UNC Overcoming Negative Recruiting

Negative recruiting is something that will come up with virtually every standout recruit, regardless of sport. That tactic is more of a waste of time than anything else, according to UNC head coach Larry Fedora. “I think it affects some kids, no doubt about it,” Fedora said during his weekly radio show at Top of the Hill Restaurant. “I know for a fact it does, so what you do is you defend yourself.” (Inside Carolina)

ICTV: UNC's Ryan Switzer 'Clears' The Air

The Tar Heels have been making statements on and off the field during the 2015 season. They did both on Saturday. A tweet several weeks back from Bug Howard garnered attention and served as a rallying cry. And after the rout of Wake Forest it was Ryan Switzer making waves with fewer than 140 characters, as he had a particular Wake Forest coach on his mind Saturday. (Inside Carolina)

Cleveland Browns waive RB Shaun Draughn

The Cleveland Browns have waived running back Shaun Draughn to make room for linebacker Jayson DiManche, signed off of Kansas City's practice squad, the team announced on Tuesday. Draughn, signed by the Browns as a free agent in December 2014, is in his third year out of North Carolina. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Washington Redskins in 2011. (Cleveland.com)

Midseason Stats Check: UNC Offense

UNC is halfway through the season with a 5-1 mark and 2-0 in ACC play. Here is how the numbers look so far for the Tar Heel offense. Despite some inconsistency at times and a few lapses from Marquise Williams, the offense has been incredibly good. In fact the offense this season is operating in "as advertised" territory. Of particular interest is how well UNC is doing on a per play basis. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC HC Larry Fedora's Statistical Success

More websites pop up each year, offering a unique look on a vast array of stats. “I think those things are really interesting,” Larry Fedora said on Monday. “Every time they put something out, I’m reading it. I’m kind of fascinated by numbers." It’s hard to argue with the results. UNC ranks 10th in passing efficiency, 20th in rushing offense, 21st in total offense, and 34th in passing offense. (Inside Carolina)

ACC Stands Behind Phantom Fair Catch Call

The ACC league office on Monday defended its officials' actions in Saturday night's UNC-Wake Forest game in which a Ryan Switzer punt return was blown dead after officials thought he called for a fair catch but replays showed he clearly did not even come close to doing so. (Tar Heel Blog)

ICTV: UNC's Strong, United Start

Improved team chemistry and a revamped defense are two key factors directly influencing North Carolina's strong start to the 2015 season. In addition to the 5-1 record, UNC is undefeated in conference play. A win against Virginia this Saturday would advance that conference record to 3-0, a mark accomplished only twice in the last 33 Tar Heel Football seasons. (Inside Carolina)

Art’s Angle: What Good Programs Do

The North Carolina football team did not pummel Wake Forest Saturday night. The North Carolina program did, with players of all ages, shapes and sizes getting into the game. And that is an important distinction in Larry Fedora’s quest to bring championships back to Chapel Hill in the oblong sport. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC football looks to maintain hot start, intensity against Virginia

The North Carolina football team sits at 5-1 entering Saturday’s contest against Virginia. It marks the first time since 2011 that UNC has opened the season at 5-1, as well as the best start for Coach Larry Fedora during his four-year tenure. And having grown accustomed to such poor starts over the past two seasons, he confessed there’s a sense of relief surrounding him and his team. (Daily Tar Heel)

ACC stands by controversial call that negated Ryan Switzer punt return

Ultimately the play didn’t affect the outcome of UNC’s 50-14 win against Wake Forest Saturday but the question has persisted: Why was Ryan Switzer’s 70-yard punt return called back in the third quarter? The ACC stood by the call Monday, saying the decision to blow the play dead came because Switzer gave an “invalid signal” before his return – not because the official thought Switzer had given a fair catch signal. (Charlotte Observer)

ACC Second-Half Predictions and Midseason Review

Biggest Surprise: Coastal Trio of North Carolina, Duke and Pittsburgh - Take a look at the Coastal standings after Week 7. The usual contenders – Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech – are at the bottom, while Pittsburgh, Duke and North Carolina have combined for a 10-0 start in conference play. The Coastal Division could have a first-time representative in the ACC Championship. (Athlon Sports)

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

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ACC Football Scoreboard
at Boston College36

NC State41
at Vanderbilt17

at Wake Forest34

at Northwestern31

#17 West Virginia14
at #23 Miami31

at #16 Virginia Tech35

#12 Stanford25
at North Carolina23

#10 Michigan32
at #8 Florida State33

#14 LSU29
at #20 Louisville9

Georgia Tech33
at Kentucky18

#6 Ohio State0
at #1 Clemson31

#1 Clemson35
at #2 Alabama31

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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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