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Injuries End UNC Linebacker J.B. Copeland's Career

J.B. Copeland's football career is over. The UNC junior linebacker announced Thursday that after suffering from multiple concussions he must walk away from the game. "For me, these past couple months have had a lot of ups and downs," Copeland wrote on Instagram. "Sadly, I won't be playing football any longer, due to an unhealthy amount of concussions." (Inside Carolina)

Kenan Stadium will keep real grass

Kenan Stadium will stick with grass. Instead of installing artificial turf in its football stadium, UNC will continue to use real grass and replace it with sod as needed, said Mike Bunting, associate athletic director of facility planning and management. The discussion to install artificial turf began after plans were secured to build an indoor practice football facility. (Daily Tar Heel)

Jonathan Cooper hopes injuries and disappointment are behind him

When Jonathan Cooper tore the plantar fascia in his foot on the first day of training camp with the New England Patriots, he tried to fight off the discouragement. Poorly timed injuries have dogged his NFL career ever since Cooper, the seventh overall pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2013, broke his leg during his third preseason game. (Akron Beacon Journal)

Did UNC’s defense improve in Year 2 under Gene Chizik?

It was another mediocre season defensively for UNC under second-year defensive coordinator Gene Chizik. The Tar Heels finished the regular season eighth in the ACC in yards per play allowed (5.42) and struggled against the run. UNC improved in some areas between Chizik’s first and second seasons in Chapel Hill. But the numbers are contradictory and enigmatic. (ACC Sports Journal)

Don’t be surprised if UNC-Fedora marriage lasts a few more years

Prior to UNC’s late-season collapse, Larry Fedora’s name was being thrown around as a candidate for a variety of high-profile coaching jobs, including LSU and Texas. Fast forward to the end of November, however, and the Tigers and Longhorns have filled their respective positions. Insiders close to the UNC head coach insist that he’s not considering leaving Chapel Hill. (ACC Sports Journal)

QB Malik Zaire granted release from Notre Dame, with conditions

Notre Dame has granted quarterback Malik Zaire his release from the school, blocking him from all but one school on the Fighting Irish's 2017 schedule. Zaire told ESPN he cannot transfer to teams on Notre Dame's upcoming schedule, with the exception of North Carolina. Zaire is on track to graduate in December and will be eligible immediately next season. (ESPN.com)

Video: Mitch Trubisky's Historic Season

Mitch Trubisky has set single season passing records in his junior season. Football analyst Taylor Vippolis talks about what makes Trubisky a potential franchise quarterback at the next level. View Video...

Ideal NFL Landing Spots For UNC’s Top 3 Draft Prospects

Arizona would be the perfect landing spot for UNC redshirt junior Mitch Trubisky. You’re going into a situation where you’re not expected to start right away and can develop behind Carson Palmer. Cardinals’ Head Coach Bruce Arians was Peyton Manning’s first quarterback coach in Indy and won two Super Bowls with Big Ben in Pittsburgh. (Taylor Vippolis)

Larry Fedora Live: Juniors Receiving NFL Feedback

Third-year players are eligible for early entry into the NFL Draft. Several Tar Heel juniors, including quarterback Mitch Trubisky, running back Elijah Hood and defensive tackle Nazair Jones, are potential candidates to make the jump to the next level. Larry Fedora did not specify which Tar Heels were involved in the meetings. (Inside Carolina)

Super fan sparkles at UNC football games

Alex Koszeghy sat at a table near the Pit wearing a sweater, yoga pants and a smile. Out of those three, the smile is the only one of those things Koszeghy wears for a Carolina football game. Most UNC fans content themselves with a logo shirt or hat or a Carolina blue piece of clothing. For Koszeghy, paint and glitter will do. (Daily Tar Heel)

Quick look: UNC's 2017 football opponents

The 2016 UNC football season is over. A bowl game and bowl opponent is not know yet. We'll know that after Sunday. We do know North Carolina opponents for the 2017 season. (Carolina Blue)

Film review: Why the UNC offense has regressed this season

The regular season has ended for the 2016 North Carolina football team. UNC finished with a record of 8-4, including impressive triumphs over Pittsburgh and Florida State and bad losses against Duke and N.C. State to end the season. Eight wins feels like a letdown, even if it's enough to earn a quality bowl bid. (Daily Tar Heel)

Video: Inspiring America - Jason Brown Traded Football Field for Farm Field

Former North Carolina and NFL player Jason Brown was earning millions of dollars on the gridiron but, at the height of his career, he left it all behind to pursue a wildly-different life on the farm. (NBC News)

Chansky’s Notebook: Is Mitch Trubisky Gone? Maybe

Mitch Trubisky has until January 16 to declare he is leaving school after his fourth academic year at UNC, but only one fall as a full-time starter. That last fact is the one reason Mitch might opt to return as a fifth year senior after red-shirting as a freshman. Despite his gaudy numbers, Trubisky has had only that one full season playing college quarterback. (Chapelboro.com)

Way-too-early look at 2017 NFL draft: Decision looms for Mitch Trubisky

Todd McShay has taken Mitch Trubisky out of his top 32, but draft expert Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com said Trubisky would be a top-10 pick if he declares and has him going third overall in his mock draft to Chicago. Brugler has Trubisky ranked fourth overall among draftable players. If Trubisky truly is a top-10 pick, he'd be wise to declare. (ESPN.com)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 21
NC State: 28
Fri, Nov 25 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Stanford
Fri, Dec 30, 2:00 ET CBS Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(22) Virginia Tech6-39-4
North Carolina5-38-4
Miami5-38-4
(23) Pittsburgh5-38-4
Georgia Tech4-48-4
Virginia1-72-10
Duke1-74-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson8-112-1
(13) Louisville7-19-3
(11) Florida State5-39-3
NC State3-56-6
Wake Forest3-56-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Boston College2-66-6

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