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Fans swarm for Beamer's home finale

When Frank Beamer announced his retirement at beginning of the month, Kristy Taylor burst into tears. “I told my husband, ‘I feel like a part of me is going away,’ ” Taylor, 37, of Houston, said. The Christiansburg native and mother of two hadn’t been back to her hometown in two years, nor had she set foot in Lane Stadium since joining the Navy in 2001. (Roanoke Times)

Video: Jeff Schoettmer - "The Best Four Years of my Life"

North Carolina senior linebacker Jeff Schoettmer details his rise from walk-on to team leader in this exclusive GoHeelsTV feature. View Video...

Preview & Prediction: #17 UNC at Virginia Tech

The Tar Heels will need to play with the same quick-strike dominance in the first half it has over the past three games. The degree of difficulty will be a tad higher given the circumstances but if UNC is a team that truly belongs in the conversation as a possible CFP dark horse candidate, losing this game is not an option. Prediction: UNC 38 Virginia Tech 24 (Tar Heel Blog)

North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech Preview and Prediction

It might be nice to the casual onlooker to have Frank Beamer go out with a victory in Blacksburg, but North Carolina fans will disagree. Virginia Tech matches up reasonably well against the Tar Heels, but UNC has too many weapons and is peaking. For old times sake we'll say the Hokies block three extra points and a punt out of the end zone but...Prediction: North Carolina 32, Virginia Tech 26 (Athlon Sports)

Countdown to Kickoff: UNC vs. Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is playing to remember its past. No. 12 North Carolina is playing to define its future. Saturday’s matchup at Lane Stadium will be Frank Beamer’s 180th and final home game. The 69-year-old, who was born in Mount Airy, N.C., has led Virginia Tech to four ACC championships and six Coastal Division titles since 2004. The Hokies are 9-2 against the Tar Heels in ACC games. (Inside Carolina)

Larry Fedora Named Coach Of The Year Semifinalist

Maxwell Football Club President Ron Jaworski announced the 2015 semifinalists for the George Munger Coach of the Year Award, which is presented yearly by the Maxwell Football Club, and North Carolina's Larry Fedora is among those honored. The list includes a field of 18 candidates for the award which have been selected by the MFC National Selection Committee. (GoHeels.com)

Mentally Ill Homeless Man Killed In Accident Was Former UNC Football Player Ryan Hoffman

For many the story of a homeless man being hit and killed is all too quickly forgotten. Most of these people unfortunately have alienated themselves from others and frankly not many people know them and many have little or no family. The recent death of a homeless man in Haines City on November 16th isn’t one such case. This one centers around a former college football star with the North Carolina Tar Heels, who suffered from mental illness, named Ryan Hoffman. (The Daily Ridge)

Sometimes, the laugh's on North Carolina LB Shakeel Rashad

Shakeel Rashad's play this season is a big reason why the Tar Heels have turned a corner on defense. The starting weakside linebacker is second on the team with 70 tackles, while adding two interceptions and three forced fumbles, all career highs with two games left in the regular season. But even with the bigger role and greater responsibility, Rashad does not take himself too seriously. (ESPN.com)

Hokies Set to Face Tar Heels' Dynamic Offense and Bend But Don't Break Defense

Saturday afternoon will be festive when Hokie Nation says thank you to Frank Beamer. It will be an emotional day at Lane Stadium, as two generations of Virginia Tech fans and players bid farewell to the only head coach they have ever known. The Hokies face a monumental task to defeat No. 12 North Carolina. (The Key Play)

The Frank Beamer decision that changed the course of UNC football

Imagine, for a moment, if Frank Beamer had made the move. If he’d decided to leave Virginia Tech 15 years ago to become the head coach at North Carolina. He almost did, and so it’s conceivable that Beamer could have been on the opposite sideline when the Tar Heels play the Hokies Saturday in Blacksburg, Va. Instead, Beamer, who’s in his 29th season and on the edge of retirement, will be on the Virginia Tech sideline.... (Charlotte Observer)

Hokies' Loeffler, UNC's Chizik need no introduction Saturday in Blacksburg

As soon as North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik started studying some of Virginia Tech's games in preparation for Saturday's meeting in Blacksburg, he noticed a style that seemed awfully familiar, and a few wrinkles he might not have expected. Getting another look at Tech offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler's approach represented a blast from the not-so distant past for Chizik. (Daily Press)

Stakes Through the Roof For UNC Against Virginia Tech

One win. That’s all it will take for the No. 12 ranked UNC football team to clinch the ACC Coastal Division and continue its dream season. Standing in front of them? A date in Blacksburg against the Virginia Tech Hokies–in what will be the final home game for their legendary head coach, Frank Beamer. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC enters "Coastal Week" with goals intact

Entering Saturday’s game at Virginia Tech with a chance to claim the Coastal Division crown, Mack Hollins sat in Tuesday’s team meeting brewing over this week’s theme. Then, in a eureka moment of sorts, he screamed, “Coastal Week!” The name has stuck. “It is Coastal Week,” said redshirt senior linebacker Jeff Schoettmer. (Daily Tar Heel)

Injury reports for Saturday’s football games involving UNC, State, Duke and Wake

North Carolina at Virginia Tech: UNC - Probable: S Sam Smiley; Doubtful: P Corbin Daly, RB Ty’Son Williams; Out for the season: S Cameron Albright, DT Aaron Crawford, LB Joe Jackson, TE Caleb Samuel, WR Taylor Vippolis; Virginia Tech - Out for the season: CB Kendall Fuller (knee), RB Shai McKenzie (knee), RB Marshawn Williams (knee). (Wilmington Star News)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-Virginia Tech

Given the high level of emotion involved in Frank Beamer's last game at Lane Stadium, the numbers might not mean as much as UNC hopes they will. Then again, there is still importance providing the Tar Heels continues to play at the level it has over the past two week. (Tar Heel Blog)

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Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 23
Stanford: 25
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UNC @ Old Dominion
Sat, Sep 16, 3:30 ET

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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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