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Tar Heel graduate Reggie Wilkins giving Rams a boost

Winston-Salem State’s roster is full of players getting second or even third chances of playing football. And Reggie Wilkins doesn’t apologize for that. Wilkins, who graduated from North Carolina last spring after an injury-riddled career, wasn’t quite done playing the game that he loves. So he took a chance at enrolling at WSSU and has become a big part of the Rams’ special teams. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Vikings place CB Jabari Price on Injured Reserve

The Minnesota Vikings have placed cornerback Jabari Price on injured reserve and signed linebacker Brandon Watts to the active roster from the practice squad. Price didn't play in a game this season. He served a two-game suspension, and then dealt with a shoulder injury. The moves were made Tuesday, when the Vikings also released wide receiver Donte Foster from the practice squad. (Associated Press)

Countdown to Kickoff: UNC vs. Pittsburgh

Despite the similar records, UNC and Pitt have arrived at this pivotal moment of their seasons by different methods. The Tar Heels have won six games in a row by an average margin of victory of 26 points. The Panthers, on the other hand, are 5-1 in games decided by one possession. “Our kids have been great at winning the game in the fourth quarter,” Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said. (Inside Carolina)

UNC Heads To Pitt For Thursday Night Coastal Showdown

Just five days after a tough 26-13 victory over Virginia, North Carolina travels to No. 23 Pittsburgh for an important Coastal Division matchup. The Tar Heels have won six in a row and are 6-1 overall and 3-0 in league play for the first time since 1997. Pitt is also 6-1 with the only loss coming at nationally ranked Iowa. (GoHeels.com)

Unexpected ACC showdown: North Carolina vs No. 23 Pitt

The defending ACC Coastal champion is last in the standings. The team that once dominated the division is second-to-last. The team that was expected to dominate the division when it entered the conference 10 years ago but never has just fired its coach. So why not North Carolina (6-1, 3-0) vs. No. 23 Pittsburgh (6-1, 4-0) — combined zero Coastal titles — for first place? (Associated Press)

Carter High fans hail premiere of producer Greg Ellis' movie about ’80s football team

Carter High School students, alumni and supporters attended the Dallas opening of a film about their beloved school. Carter High takes place in the 1980s, when the school’s powerhouse football team was on its way to a state championship season. Then, controversy about eligibility and a robbery scandal rocked the community. The team was portrayed as the villain in the 2004 film Friday Night Lights. (Dallas Morning News)

Professor protests gameday bike ban

Don’t park your bicycle in front of the Genome Science Building on football game days — it could be impounded, according to official signs posted on the bike rack. Biology professor Mark Peifer was walking by his lab Friday when he found a sign banning bicycles for the home football game against the University of Virginia. The sign said bicycles are banned from the location Friday evenings and Saturdays on football gameday weekends. (Daily Tar Heel)

Q&A with UNC linebacker Shakeel Rashad

North Carolina is 6-1 and tied atop the ACC Coastal Division, with a showdown against 6-1 Pitt on Thursday (7 p.m. ET on ESPN and WatchESPN). The key to the Tar Heels’ success has been the massive turnaround on defense, and we talked to one of the unit’s leaders, Shakeel Rashad, to find out what’s changed. (ESPN.com)

North Carolina QB poses major problems for any defense, Pitt's included

The Pitt defense will need no introduction to North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams when he arrives Thursday night at Heinz Field. Williams has tortured No. 23 Pitt in two previous meetings. Last season, Williams carved up Pitt’s secondary for 276 yards through the air and 122 rushing yards and three touchdowns en route to a 40-35 North Carolina victory. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

UNC vs Pittsburgh: Six Storylines

Larry Fedora and Gene Chizik have spent the week preparing the Tar Heels for their biggest matchup this season as Carolina looks to win it's seventh straight game. With similar wins this season, the Pittsburgh Panthers also look to legitimize their season with a win over the Tar Heels. CarolinaBlue looks at six key storylines to watch heading into Thursday's game. (Carolina Blue)

UNC prepares for punishing Pittsburgh rushing attack

The UNC defense has suffered a number of blows in recent weeks. Injuries and suspensions have taken a toll on the Tar Heels, keeping valuable players off the field. But entering Thursday’s showdown with No. 23 Pittsburgh, UNC has gotten lucky. It won’t face Pittsburgh tailback James Conner — who gashed the Tar Heels for 220 yards and four touchdowns in 2014. (Daily Tar Heel)

Houston Texans sign T.J. Yates, release Ryan Mallett

The Houston Texans are done hearing excuses from Ryan Mallett. He's no longer on the team. Mallett was released by the team Tuesday. NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported that the Texans signed T.J. Yates, who started one of Houston's two postseason victories. Yates will back up Brian Hoyer for the rest of the season. (NFL.com)

UNC DT Robert Dinkins Holding the Line

UNC travels to Pitt Thursday looking to separate itself from a crowded upper echelon in the ACC Coastal. The Tar Heels enter the game with a defense that has already far exceed expectations in 2015, thanks in large part to a group of impact freshmen who have stepped up. Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Robert Dinkins has become a poster child for that group. (Inside Carolina)

Broncos release defensive tackle Marvin Austin

The Broncos released defensive tackle Marvin Austin on Tuesday, two months after he was placed on season-ending injured reserve. Austin signed with the Broncos in 2014 and finished with 12 tackles in 15 games. Drafted by the Giants out of North Carolina in 2011, Austin spent two seasons in New York, where he played in only eight games but won a Super Bowl ring in 2012. (Denver Post)

Video: Larry Fedora Tuesday Pre-Pittsburgh Interview

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora talks about the Tar Heels' preparations for a big-time ACC matchup at Pittsburgh on Thursday night. View Video...

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
Pittsburgh5-38-5
Georgia Tech4-49-4
Virginia1-72-10
Duke1-74-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-114-1
(21) Louisville7-19-4
(8) Florida State5-310-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Boston College2-67-6

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