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UNC Football: Top five areas of improvement for 2016

With many returning starters and almost the entire coaching staff intact (except for offensive coordinator Seth Littrell), the future is bright for North Carolina football. In order for the program to become consistent winners and compete for championships every year, however, they need to build on the success of the 2015 and improve in these five areas: (Carolina Blue)

Everett Withers Named New Texas State Head Coach

Late Wednesday, after being publicly rebuffed by Doug Meacham, Major Applewhite, Houston Nutt and others, Texas State pulled a rabbit out of their hat as Everett Withers was named head football coach. Withers comes to San Marcos from James Madison, where he compiled a 19-7 record in two seasons, going to the NCAA FCS Playoffs both seasons. This past year, Withers led JMU to a 48-45 FCS-over-FBS victory at SMU. (Underdog Dynasty)

Former UNC OL Kyle Ralph wins Semper Fi Award

New Palestine head football coach and former UNC offensive lineman Kyle Ralph will be awarded the Semper Fi Coach Award by the United States Marine Corps and the Glazier Clinics. The award is presented to a football coach who has overcome significant obstacles in order to succeed, and models the USMC’s values of honor, courage and commitment. (New Palestine Athletics)

A Very Early College Football Top 25 for 2016

18. North Carolina: The momentum for coach Larry Fedora should continue in 2016, as UNC is the early favorite to win the Coastal once again. Mitch Trubisky will replace Marquise Williams at quarterback, and running back Elijah Hood is poised to build off a strong sophomore campaign (1,463 yards). The defense showed marked improvement and returns largely intact. (Athlon Sports)

Five with Fedora – 2015 Finale

What did this season mean to you personally? Larry Fedora: “I took last year really hard personally. It’s the first losing record I’ve ever had as a head coach. The final record is my responsibility and I felt like I let a lot of people down. It was my fault and I took it hard. What this season feels like to me now is a reward for a lot of hard work by a lot of great people in this program." (Sports Glutton)

Nick Weiler Named Semifinalist For Wooden Cup

North Carolina junior place-kicker Nick Weiler has been named a semifinalist for the 2016 Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, which is presented annually to the student-athlete that best displays character, teamwork, and citizenship, the attributes Athletes for a Better World deems central to transforming individuals, sport, and society. (GoHeels.com)

Catching up with Connor Barth in Charlotte after regular season finale

Wilmington native and UNC alum Connor Barth wrapped up another NFL season Sunday in Charlotte in front of thousands of Carolina Panther fans and 55 of his family members and friends. Barth scored the first points of the game with a field goal, but the Panthers responded with a resounding 38-10 win over Tampa Bay. In a way it was a short year for Barth. (WWAY)

Top five moments of UNC's 2015 football season

In head coach Larry Fedora's fourth season, North Carolina went 11-3, won the ACC Coastal Division, and played for the conference championship. Records were broken, goals were reached, and dreams were realized. Optimism surrounding UNC football is at an all-time high. Here are CarolinaBlue's top five moments from the 2015 Tar Heel football season: (Carolina Blue)

Julius Peppers joins elite company with latest sack

In the second quarter of Sunday's game, Green Bay Packers linebacker Julius Peppers sacked Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, marking 10.5 sacks on the season. The latest sack marked Peppers' ninth season with ten-plus sacks, tied for fourth-most in NFL history with former Vikings defensive lineman John Randle. (247 Sports)

Lions TE Eric Ebron plans to auction off Christmas-themed cleats for charity

Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron was fined for wearing Christmas-themed cleats on Monday Night Football in New Orleans. Now he’s planning on auctioning off the custom-designed shoes for charity. Ebron tweeted Tuesday that he would be auctioning them off after the season concludes Sunday against the Chicago Bears, something he confirmed to ESPN.com on Wednesday. (ESPN.com)

Tobacco Road football still lagging behind basketball

North Carolina and N.C. State faced opponents in postseason play from traditional football leagues that have regularly appeared in the national Top 25 rankings, and the results weren't favorable. The Tar Heels and Wolfpack not only suffered losses, but they were manhandled by Baylor of the Big 12 Conference and Mississippi State from the Southeastern Conference. (Fayetteville Observer)

Lions' Eric Ebron says he'll be better in third year

Eric Ebron is far from a finished product. He knows that. But with his second NFL season almost in the books, the Detroit Lions tight end likes the progress he made on the field this year. "It was pretty good," Ebron said. "I mean, it should have been better, it could have been better. Hopefully next year I just come back even better than I was this year." (Detroit Free Press)

Football In A Forest

Its wooded setting and the field’s placement in the base of a natural ravine meld to give Kenan Stadium an aesthetic ambiance unrivaled among the major players in college football and those not situated next door to a river or a lake. And even at that, I’ll take Kenan over that giant “erector set by the river” in Knoxville any day. (Kenan Journal)

Denver Broncos unsung heroes: DL Sylvester Williams

Most 1st round picks (especially starters) aren’t considered unsung heroes because of their obvious draft status. In a way, that’s what makes Williams’ story very unique. In a defense that has been beyond fantastic throughout this entire season, a starter and first round pick like Sylvester Williams is often overshadowed by his defensive counterparts. (Predominantly Orange)

UNC's trip to the 1949 Sugar Bowl

The 2015 Tar Heels season ended disappointingly Tuesday evening at the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The game marked Carolina’s 32nd bowl appearance....Of the 31 previous bowl games, the Tar Heels won 14 and lost 17—and of those losses, the one on January 1, 1949 was “one that got away.” Morton collection volunteer Jack Hilliard looks back at the final three games of the 1948 regular season and the 1949 Sugar Bowl. (A View to Hugh)

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