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UNC Sports Year in Review: No. 3-4

On Jan. 2, Gene Chizik accepted an offer to be UNC’s defensive coordinator. Chizik, a former national championship-winning head coach at Auburn, is one of the sharpest defensive minds in college football. His hire was one of the most prominent in the nation this offseason. Adding Chizik to the football staff marks UNC’s longest step into big-time college football since the hiring of Butch Davis. (Carolina Blue)

Vikings Jabari Price ready to move forward after two-game suspension

Vikings cornerback Jabari Price expressed remorse Saturday for incurring a two-game NFL suspension. Now, he's ready to move forward. Price's penalty was announced Friday for violating the league's Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Price, who plea bargained a December DWI arrest down to careless driving in April, had been hoping to get the suspension down to one game, but his appeal was denied. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Countdown UNC's 10 Best Players: #8 Jessie Rogers

Jessie Rogers was Carolina’s top pass rusher as a junior, registering a team high 5.5 sacks. Rogers’ versatility was important in 2014 as he spent time at both defensive tackle and end. He proved to be one of UNC’s most dependable performers playing in all 13 games. Although the Heels had their struggles on defense last season, Rogers had his moments and more of them will be needed in 2015. (Keeping It Heel)

Packers need Julius Peppers to keep performing at high level

Julius Peppers made so many momentous plays on the cheap last season that the Green Bay Packers would have come across as ingrates had they sought a pay cut for 2015. Instead, the Packers never said a peep as Peppers' base salary soars from a bargain-basement $1 million to $8.5 million in the second year of the three-year, $26 million contract that he signed in March 2014. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Q&A with Larry Fedora, Part III

At this event last year, you said ‘It’s time’ for the program to take the next step. Do you feel like you were a year early? Larry Fedora: "I’ll tell you at the end of this season. I think we’re closer than we’ve ever been and rightfully so, we’re going into our fourth season. It just takes some time. I think we’re closer than we’ve ever been. That’s why I’m so excited about going into this season and where we are." (Scout.com)

Video: Larry Fedora Flexes With ACCDN's Courtney Cox

As part of Courtney Cox's scavenger hunt at ACC Kickoff, UNC head coach Larry Fedora takes a quick second to put a check mark on Courtney's list as the two flex for the camera. Who has the bigger muscles? View Video...

Hidden Talents: Jeff Schoettmer, Star Coverage Linebacker

Jeff Schoettmer is well-known for his talents as a run stopping linebacker. The long-haired Texan was Carolina’s leading tackler last season with 74 tackles. However, he is also UNC’s best linebacker in pass coverage. He had two interceptions last season and four pass breakups, both two of the better marks on the team for any player, not just linebackers. (Keeping It Heel)

Chizik Among College Football's Top Coordinator Hires for 2015

Gene Chizik, Defensive Coordinator, UNC: Chizik returns to the sidelines for the first time since he was fired as Auburn’s head coach at the end of the 2012 season. Even though Chizik’s stints as a head coach were mixed – he did win a national championship with the Tigers and spent two years as the head coach at Iowa State – he is regarded for his work as a defensive coordinator. (Athlon Sports)

Fedora: We wrote 100 problems on the board

The 2014 UNC football season was full of issues. Beyond an inept defense, other problems with leadership, buying-in, and player/staff relationships led to a 6-7 season and two disastrous end-of-season losses to N.C. State and Rutgers in the bowl game. UNC head coach Larry Fedora and his staff worked to identify the problems, talked about the issues, ways to improve, and then moved on from there. (Carolina Blue)

Clock Ticking On Steelers' Cam Thomas

When it comes to commentary on the value Cam Thomas brings to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2015 roster, calling it a mixed bag of opinions is, well, generous. Thomas, who in 2014 signed a two-year, $4 million contract, has often been bandied about as the right guy to cut. Though he had his moments last season, he failed to bring the reliable impact. (Steel City Insider)

Rams' Robert Quinn talks football, hobbies

During his four-year career, Robert Quinn has recorded 45 sacks, including a career-high 19 in 2013 - the most in a single season by a Rams player. In a sit-down interview with NFL Media's Akbar Gbajabiamila, Quinn discussed football, his hobbies off the field and his goals after his playing career is over. Quinn allowed he likes to go fishing, listens to country music and still drives his car from college. (FOX Sports)

Darian Durant "as good as I can be" one month after injury

Darian Durant is feeling as good as he can be considering he's once again out for the season with an injury. On Tuesday, the Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback visited the CJME Morrning News to talk about how he's been doing since his season-ending injury on June 27. "Right now it's just me sitting around in a cast. I have to keep my foot elevated at least 22, 23 hours a day." (News Talk 980 CJME)

North Carolina looks to shake underachiever label

North Carolina is an underachiever only in the context that outsiders constantly expect a top-25 program. History suggests that just isn't so; the Tar Heels finished a season ranked five times before 1972, six times between 1972 and 1982 and four times since. To paraphrase Jack Nicholson, maybe 8-5 is as good as it gets (unless Mack Brown's around). (Syracuse.com)

Larry Fedora wants to put more of the workload on North Carolina's running backs

North Carolina returns quarterback Marquise Williams and nine other starters on offense, a big reason why there is optimism for the Tar Heels this season. But what coach Larry Fedora is waiting on is for one of his running backs to emerge. UNC has relied heavily on Williams in the run game the past two seasons, partly because the Tar Heels have not had one running back they could rely on. (ESPN.com)

Countdown UNC’s 10 Best Players: #9 Nazair Jones

Nazair Jones is a 6’5, 295 pound redshirted sophomore from Roanoke Rapids, NC. Barring injury, he should be one of the rotational, if not starting, defensive tackles in new defensive coordinator Gene Chizik’s 4-3 defense. As a 4-3 defensive tackle there are three main things you need to be able to do: (Keeping It Heel)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 37
Pittsburgh: 36
Sat, Sep 24 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Florida State
Sat, Oct 1, 3:30 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. Virginia Tech
Sat, Oct 8, TBD Tickets

UNC @ Miami
Sat, Oct 15, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Scoreboard
Miami0
at Georgia Tech0
SAT, OCT 1 12:00 PM ET
Notre Dame0
at Syracuse0
SAT, OCT 1 12:00 PM ET
Virginia0
at Duke0
SAT, OCT 1 12:30 PM ET
Buffalo0
at Boston College0
SAT, OCT 1 1:00 PM ET
North Carolina0
at Florida State0
SAT, OCT 1 3:30 PM ET
Wake Forest0
at NC State0
SAT, OCT 1 3:30 PM ET
Marshall0
at Pittsburgh0
SAT, OCT 1 7:30 PM ET
Louisville0
at Clemson0
SAT, OCT 1 8:00 PM ET
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(30) Virginia Tech1-03-1
(32) North Carolina1-03-1
Georgia Tech1-13-1
(14) Miami0-03-0
Virginia0-01-3
Duke0-12-2
Pittsburgh0-12-2

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(3) Louisville2-04-0
(5) Clemson1-04-0
(38) Wake Forest1-04-0
NC State0-02-1
(12) Florida State0-13-1
Syracuse0-12-2
Boston College0-22-2

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