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A look back at some of the best speeches given by Tar Heels

I decided to take a look back at some of the best speeches given by Tar Heels (either athletes or those associated with Tar Heel athletics). Charles Kuralt's Bicentennial Speech, Roy Williams' 2009 Locker Room Speech, Marcus Paige’s Senior Speech, Stuart Scott’s Jimmy V Award Speech, Anson Dorrance's Speech on Mia Hamm. (Tar Heel Blog)

Looking forward to Saturdays of football in Chapel Hill

I look forward to hearing the chimes from the Bell Tower welcoming me home. I look forward to new additions to the "I’m a Tar Heel" montage. I look forward to raising my four fingers at the start of the 4th quarter, as the bells start to chime. I look forward to hearing "Touchdown Carolina". (Tar Heel Blog)

Understanding Lions TE Eric Ebron through the context of Muhammed Ali

One of Eric Ebron's biggest idols is Muhammed Ali. He feels a kinship to the late heavyweight champion because his grandfather was afflicted by Parkinson's disease, like Ali, and died from it years ago. Ali, of course, was renowned for his mouth. He was the greatest, and he was also the first person who was going to tell you about it. (MLive.com)

Ideally, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart would like to know starting QB before UNC game

Kirby Smart would love to know who he’ll start at quarterback when the week of the season opener against North Carolina rolls around. Given the situation Georgia is in, too many variables exist for Smart to know for certain if his coaching staff will be able to make that determination by the end of August. (Macon Telegraph)

Run defense still the biggest question mark for UNC

Despite UNC’s 11-win season, its troubles stopping the run weren’t limited to the bowl game. It was the ninth time the team had given up at least 200 yards last fall and the fourth it had allowed at least 300. The Heels will enter this season as the favorite to win the ACC’s Coastal Division, but that doesn’t mean concerns against the run have disappeared. (Today's U)

New Patriots Lineman Jonathan Cooper Carted Off With Foot Injury

Patriots offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper was carted off the field Saturday during the first day of padded training camp practices. Cooper was playing with the first offensive unit when he appeared to injure his right foot. After being looked at by trainers, Cooper was placed onto a cart and brought into Gillette Stadium. The extent of his injury is not yet known. (CBS Boston)

Panthers’ Tre Boston ready to flourish in 3rd NFL season

Tre Boston found early success with the Carolina Panthers. A fourth-round draft pick out of UNC, Boston won the starting safety position halfway through his rookie season. He then lost his job last year, only to regain it again. He’s set to start again this season. Boston was a three-year starter in Chapel Hill. His up and down career in Charlotte has seemed to level out. (WNCN)

Packers' apparent plan for Julius Peppers? Less is more

Julius Peppers doesn’t know how much longer he’ll play football, but the Green Bay Packers veteran outside linebacker can promise you this: He will not make any this-is-my-last-year pronouncements before the 2016 season and go on a farewell tour. “People handle it in different ways,” the 36-year-old Peppers said this week as he began his 15th training camp. (ESPN.com)

Gio Bernard surprises local mom, kids with new supply of clothes

Natalie Ingram allowed her 9-year-old son, Nate, to skip football practice on Monday evening, but she thinks his coach will understand. You see, he was meeting Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard. The two even tossed the pigskin around a bit. "It was great," Ingram said. "It was a once in a lifetime experience for my kids." (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Pictures Worth Thousands of Words When it Comes to Kenan

I delivered a short talk about my upcoming book on Kenan Stadium to a group of Tar Heel football aficionados in early June and showed them several of the noteworthy photographs....The gasps were audible around the room as I clicked the shots that Boone photographer Jordan Nelson captured with a camera mounted on a drone surrounding the stadium as the Tar Heels played Miami back in mid-November. (Kenan Journal)

Des Lawrence: Clemson gave the Tar Heels confidence to play with anyone

Despite the pejorative labels given to the Coastal Division, North Carolina senior cornerback Des Lawrence says the Tar Heels, the preseason No. 22 at Today’s U, are confident they can play with Clemson, Florida State, and even the defending national champion Alabama Death Star. Lawrence made reference to the Tar Heels’ confidence more than once at the ACC Kickoff last week. (Today's U)

Fedora on Trubisky: "He knew his time was coming"

Everyone knew Mitch Trubisky would be UNC's starting quarterback heading into the 2016 season. When Tar Heel head coach Larry Fedora named redshirt junior the starter following spring practice it just made things official. As the first quarterback that Fedora and his staff recruited, Trubisky knew his time would come. He was Fedora's "guy." (Carolina Blue)

Ryan Switzer talks about what makes him a great punt returner

Ryan Switzer has seven punt-return touchdowns in his Tar Heel career, five of them in his freshman season, and needs just one more to tie the NCAA record for career punt-return touchdowns. But his teammates' unique attitudes have made a huge difference. "I’ve been fortunate enough to have ten guys in front of me who really enjoy blocking," Switzer said. (Carolina Blue)

Video: Best Catches Of 2015 ACC Football Season

The ACC had its fair share of highlight reel plays last season, but the wide receivers may have stolen the show. Here are the ACC's best acrobatic, one-handed, high-flying grabs from the 2015 season, including UNC's Mack Hollins and Quinshad Davis. View Video...

UNC and great football expectations: a brief history

The ACC's preseason media poll is out and, if you missed it on Monday, there's a No. 1 next to North Carolina's name. As in, the Tar Heels are the preseason favorites in the Coastal Division. This is a first for UNC. Since the ACC went to a divisional format for football in 2005, the omniscient sporting press had never deemed the Tar Heels the Coastal Division favorites. (Charlotte Observer)

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North Carolina: 65
Western Carolina: 10
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ACC Football Scoreboard
#2 Miami0
at Pittsburgh0
Friday 12:00 PM

#25 Virginia Tech0
at Virginia0
Friday 8:00 PM

#7 Georgia0
at Georgia Tech0
Saturday 12:00 PM

Florida State0
at Florida0
Saturday 12:00 PM

at Kentucky0
Saturday 12:00 PM

Boston College0
at Syracuse0
Saturday 12:20 PM

at Wake Forest0
Saturday 12:30 PM

North Carolina0
at NC State0
Saturday 3:30 PM

#3 Clemson0
at South Carolina0
Saturday 7:30 PM

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(2) Miami7-010-0
(24) Virginia Tech4-38-3
Georgia Tech4-45-5
North Carolina1-63-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(4) Clemson7-110-1
NC State5-27-4
Wake Forest4-37-4
Boston College3-46-5
Florida State3-54-6

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