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UNC's Fedora doesn't sound worried by NCAA academic case

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora doesn't sound worried about the prospect of NCAA penalties against the football program tied to the school's academic fraud scandal. Speaking Tuesday at the ACC preseason media days, Fedora says he's "pretty positive that it's going to turn out good for us." The school faces five NCAA charges regarding irregularities in an academic department. (Associated Press)

Coordinator can help, but UNC defense's improvement rests with players

North Carolina’s football defensive coordinator has more name recognition than the team's head coach – and Larry Fedora is fine with that. Fedora, who hired Gene Chizik to remake the Tar Heels defense, is hoping a big name brings in big results. But how much of an impact a first-year defensive coordinator can have is an open question. (Greensboro News & Record)

Larry Fedora Owns 2014 Fallout

“Listen, let’s make something clear real quick right now. All of these questions about last year’s team – that’s still my responsibility. All of those issues and everything we talk about, that’s me. So when it all comes down, it’s a poor job by Larry Fedora. No matter what the reasons were, it’s my job to get it right and to make sure we’re successful. That didn’t happen last year, so I’ve got to do a better job.” (Inside Carolina)

Mack Brown says Gene Chizik will make Tar Heels better

When Mack Brown and his Texas Longhorns won the 2005 national football championship, the guy in charge of his defense was Gene Chizik. Perhaps the best football coach in UNC history before leaving for Texas late in 1997, Brown was quick to point out Chizik’s impact on that 2005 season when asked about the Tar Heels’ new defensive coordinator Tuesday at the ACC Kickoff. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC Looking to Start Fast

For a team designed around an up-tempo approach, its starts to games and seasons in recent years have forced North Carolina to play from behind in more ways than one. With a favorable schedule in 2015, the Tar Heels are looking toward the season opener against South Carolina on Sept. 3 as an opportunity to reverse that trend.” (Inside Carolina)

Video: Larry Fedora Optimistic About Returning Weapons

UNC head coach Larry Fedora says that he's excited about the abundance of talent he has returning for his fourth season in Chapel Hill. Fedora says his Heels will have to hit the ground running to get a victory against regional rival South Carolina on September 3. View Video...

Larry Fedora ACC Kickoff Interview Transcript

Larry Fedora: "One of the things our guys felt, we needed better leadership on our football team. We've really spent a lot of time with these guys building team chemistry and leadership throughout the spring semester and the summer. Both of those guys (Marquise Williams and Jeff Schoettmer) have taken quite a bit of that responsibility and put it on their back, which is a good thing." (ASAP Sports)

UNC Football: Crunching The Offense

Looking back to last season, one of the curiously misunderstood things about the Tar Heels is that they were always explosive offensively, which wasn't exactly the case. They were explosive, but also inconsistent. In addition, there's a perception that Carolina passed the ball on first down a lot more than it ran the ball. Again, that wasn't exactly so. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC's Marquise Williams finally feeling healthy

A hip injury kept UNC quarterback Marquise Williams on the sideline throughout spring practice, but he’s back to full speed now and said the time away was just what he needed. “I haven’t felt this good since sophomore year in high school,” Williams said. Last season, Williams posted big numbers -- 34 total touchdowns, 3,873 yards of offense -- but was inconsistent because of nagging injuries. (ESPN.com)

New coordinator Gene Chizik keeps tabs on Tar Heels

As Gene Chizik works to rebuild North Carolina’s defense, it sounds as if he has become plenty connected to and invested in the job. Even while away from Chapel Hill on vacation. Senior linebacker Jeff Schoettmer said when Chizik took a family trip earlier this month, the first-year defensive coordinator called often to monitor the Tar Heels’ summer progress. (Burlington Times News)

Media Picks UNC to Finish Fifth in Coastal Division

Clemson is the preseason favorite to win the ACC football championship, according to a poll of 158 media members in attendance at the 2015 ACC Football Kickoff at Pinehurst Resort. The Tigers were picked the likely overall champions on 84 ballots, followed by Florida State with 41 and Georgia Tech with 20. Virginia Tech (7 votes), North Carolina (3), Miami (2) and NC State (1) rounded out the balloting. (The ACC)

2015 Most Important Packers No. 10: Julius Peppers, OLB

After eight seasons with the Panthers and four with the Bears, Julius Peppers signed a three-year, $26 million deal in March – the kind of free-agent signing the Packers rarely make – that paid him a guaranteed $7.5 million signing bonus and $1 million base salary last season. While he wasn’t as dominant as he was in his prime, Peppers proved to be a worthy running mate for Clay Matthews. (ESPN.com)

UNC safety Sam Smiley leads improved defense

UNC's senior linebacker Jeff Schoettmer called Smiley “the most improved player on the defense during spring'' on Monday during the ACC Football Kickoff. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder from Jacksonville, Florida was plagued his first two seasons with the Tar Heels by injuries. He returned to action last season to play in all 13 games and made 52 tackles. (Fayetteville Observer)

Seen and Heard at ACC Kickoff, Part I

North Carolina seniors Jeff Schoettmer and Marquise Williams met with the media on Monday to discuss the upcoming football season. Among the major topics of conversation were Gene Chizik, Williams’ improved intelligence of the game and a rejuvenation of sorts with the new defensive staff. (Carolina Blue)

Quarterback rivals have respect, even friendship

Their player of the year candidacy will ultimately depend on how well their teams perform. But Jacoby Brissett of N.C. State and North Carolina's Marquise Williams head into the season with the best all-around skills among the ACC quarterbacks. What's that you say? Better than Watson, Kaaya and Thomas - three guys on the preseason Davey O'Brien watch list? Well, yes. (Fayetteville Observer)

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
at Georgia Tech7
Florida State55
at South Florida35
East Carolina17
at Virginia Tech54
Central Michigan35
at Virginia49
at Connecticut24
at Boston College42
at Notre Dame35
at North Carolina37
Wake Forest33
at Indiana28
at Marshall28
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

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

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