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Q&A with Larry Fedora, Part II

Larry Fedora: "Norkeithus Otis comes back with 7.5 sacks. Norkeithus can rush the passer, he really can. He would be the one that has the most experience doing that. I think Norkeithus will come into his own this year. The guy plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played; he plays with a motor all the time. Anytime you do that you got a chance." (Inside Carolina)

Mack Brown, Butch Davis Join ESPN College Football Coverage

Former college football coaches Mack Brown and Butch Davis have joined ESPN as college football analysts, primarily working on the network’s Saturday studio programming, it was announced Thursday by Mark Gross, ESPN senior vice president, production and remote events. Additionally, both will contribute college football commentary across multiple ESPN platforms throughout the year. (ESPN.com)

Fedora continues pedal-to-the-metal mindset

If there was any doubt about Larry Fedora’s continuing commitment to the moment, it was removed Monday when the third-year UNC football coach was asked about incoming freshman quarterback Caleb Henderson’s status for 2014. “I told all of the freshmen to come in ready to play right now. That includes everybody,” Fedora said during the ACC Kickoff in Greensboro. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Back to training camp for Connor Barth

Training camp opens this week for Connor Barth and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The former UNC kicker will be the Bucs' kicker once again, even though Barth missed all of last season with a torn Achilles. "Shoreline Physical Therapy did a great job with my rehab," Barth said. "I had a great surgeon. Hopefully it'll be stronger than it's been and I'll go out and have the best year of my career." (WWAY)

NCAA rule keeps UNC's Fedora, other college coaches from visit to Texas high school coaching clinic

Because of a new NCAA rule that excludes all NCAA Division I coaches from speaking, or even attending, the THSCA coaching clinic, North Carolina’s Larry Fedora’s had to cancel his appearance. “I disagree with it 100 percent,” said Navasota head football coach Lee Fedora, Larry’s brother. (The Eagle)

Photo: UNC Coach Larry Fedora Gave One Of His Assistants A Ridiculous Welt Playing Paintball

As fun as a day trip to play paintball with your friends can be, there is also a downside to the activity – the welts. Anyone who has ever played paintball knows that getting hit hurts, regardless of how tough you are. Tuesday afternoon, North Carolina football head coach Larry Fedora shared a photo of what he did to his tight ends coach Seth Littrell. (College Spun)

ACC's Coastal Division parity provides opportunity for North Carolina

Asked about the potential ceiling for his team, North Carolina coach Larry Fedora replied with a question of his own. “How many games could we play, possibly?” Fifteen, which includes the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and both games in the new College Football playoff. (Burlington Times-News)

Cowboys’ Bruce Carter sets expectations high

The Dallas Cowboys haven’t made the playoffs since 2009. Havelock native Bruce Carter, who was selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft, hasn’t sniffed the postseason. Heading into his fourth season with the Cowboys, Carter wants that to change. “I want to make it to the playoffs and go deep into the playoffs,” Carter said. (New Bern Sun Journal)

The ACC's Top 10 Heisman Candidates for 2014

5. Marquise Williams, QB, North Carolina: Williams flashed a lot of ability last fall and should only continue to develop. The Tar Heels went 6-1 over their final seven games and the offense averaged over 40 points per game due in large part to his play. With a full season of making plays, Williams has a chance to get into the national conversation. (Athlon Sports)

Fedora: NCAA investigation used by opposing coaches on recruiting trail

The ongoing NCAA investigation into academic fraud at North Carolina hasn't been a focal point in the Tar Heels' locker room, coach Larry Fedora said at Monday's ACC Kickoff, but it's been an ever-present speed bump on the recruiting trail. The NCAA last month reopened the investigation, which had been concluded in 2012 and which Fedora said he'd believed was closed for good, sparking another round of negative recruiting from competing schools. (ESPN.com)

Tar Heels aim to reverse last season’s football start

By the end of the 2013 season, North Carolina was one of the hottest football teams in the ACC, winning six of its last seven games. But the start of the season? A rocky 1-5 overall record. Head coach Larry Fedora doesn’t expect the same this season, and he said it has less to do with UNC’s opening opponent (Liberty) than most might think. (Greensboro News & Record)

Q&A with Larry Fedora, Part I

With the quarterback competition being a major topic, does the fact that you chose Marquise to (represent UNC at the ACC Kickoff), speak to how he’s handled things? "I think he’s done a great job handling it. That’s what I was proud of him about. A lot of people took for granted that Marquise Williams is going to be the starting quarterback. When I made the statement that it was wide open, Marquise never batted an eye." (Inside Carolina)

Ryan Switzer Named Preseason All-ACC

Sophomore punt returner/wide receiver Ryan Switzer was named to the preseason All-ACC as a specialist. He was the only Tar Heel named to the team which included Florida State getting nine players selected. One of the interesting things to watch this season with Switzer is how much his presence impacts what other teams do when punting to UNC. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heels’ Williams ready to lead offense

Marquise Williams is ready to run the offense from the start this fall. “You can’t be in a playful manner. You have to take everything serious. When you are at practice, it has to be like a game,” Williams said. Williams, now a junior, admitted he wasn’t much of a practice player in high school at Mallard Creek. It took him until he got to Chapel Hill for him to realize what he needs to do to be a leader. (New Bern Sun Journal)

Defensive Warrior Otis Embracing Tar Heel ‘Family’

UNC senior bandit Norkeithus Otis senses a different aura around the family-oriented Tar Heel locker room heading into the 2014 campaign. The 2014 Bednarik Watch List and all-conference candidate says there’s just something different about the run-in to the fall this year. “You can just see the focus on everybody. Everybody’s ready to get after it,” Otis says. (Chapelboro.com)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 30
Virginia Tech: 27
Sat, Nov 21 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ NC State
Sat, Nov 28, 3:30 ET ABC Tickets

UNC vs. Clemson
Sat, Dec 5, 7:45 ET ABC Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Scoreboard
Miami (FL)0
at Pittsburgh0
FRI, NOV 27 12:00 PM ET
at South Carolina0
SAT, NOV 28 12:00 PM ET
Virginia Tech0
at Virginia0
SAT, NOV 28 12:00 PM ET
at Georgia Tech0
SAT, NOV 28 12:00 PM ET
at Kentucky0
SAT, NOV 28 12:00 PM ET
Boston College0
at Syracuse0
SAT, NOV 28 12:30 PM ET
at Wake Forest0
SAT, NOV 28 12:30 PM ET
North Carolina0
at NC State0
SAT, NOV 28 3:30 PM ET
Florida State0
at Florida0
SAT, NOV 28 7:30 PM ET
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(11) North Carolina7-010-1
Virginia Tech3-45-6
Georgia Tech1-73-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-011-0
(14) Florida State6-29-2
NC State3-47-4
Wake Forest1-63-8
Boston College0-73-8

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