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Bruce Feldman's 2016 ACC football predictions

1. ACC Coastal: North Carolina (Prediction: 9-3, 6-2 ACC): They have arguably the most underrated big-time back in college football in Elijah Hood, and new starting QB Mitch Trubisky has been terrific when called upon. If the defense was a little better, I think this would be a Top 15 team. Last year: 11-3, 8-0, lost to Baylor in Russell Athletic Bowl. (FOX Sports)

Fedora "very comfortable" with hiring of friend Tim Beckman

For Larry Fedora, it was personal.The North Carolina football coach and former Illinois coach Tim Beckman were offensive and defensive coordinators, respectively, for Oklahoma State in 2007. Now, the two are reunited, as Beckman joins UNC as a volunteer assistant for the 2016 season.Beckman was fired from Illinois in August 2015, when an internal investigation claimed he mistreated some of his players. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Football Hiring Tim Beckman as Volunteer Assistant Creates Controversy

In the opening weeks of last season, the UNC football team defeated Illinois by a landslide—just days after the Illini fired head coach Tim Beckman due to player mistreatment. It was announced Wednesday that Beckman has now found a new home in Chapel Hill, working as a volunteer assistant under head coach Larry Fedora. (Chapelboro.com)

Mike Tomlin Thinks New Steelers QB Bryn Renner Is A "Quick-Study"

On Wednesday, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked what he likes about Bryn Renner and what he looks forward to seeing out of the North Carolina product during the final two preseason games. "I thought he’s a quick-study, he’s got a live arm, he’s high-energy," said Tomlin. "It’s obvious that he's got a love affair with the game of football." (Steelers Depot)

Cole Holcomb: The Road to a Scholarship

Many Tar Heels have started their careers as walk-on players and ended up with prominent roles, such as senior wide receiver Mack Hollins and NFL linebacker Jeff Schoettmer. Cole Holcomb is already earning first-team reps at linebacker for UNC and has found inspiration in these former walk-ons. "It definitely gives you a bit of hope," Holcomb said. (Carolina Blue)

Behind high-octane offense, Tar Heels in position to defend Coastal title

North Carolina broke through its eight-win glass ceiling last season, logging double-digit wins for the first time since 1997 and capturing the school's lone Coastal Division crown. Larry Fedora's program suffers a few key losses, but the roster that pushed Clemson in the ACC title game returns largely intact. The table is set for a repeat, too. (FOX Sports)

Mitch Trubisky expected to keep UNC offense in high gear

Mitch Trubisky has generated a lot of hype for a guy who's never started a college football game. Trubisky's predecessor at quarterback for UNC, Marquise Williams, predicted last spring his replacement will likely break many of the 20-plus school records he established. "I hope he doesn't break all my records, but I know he is,'' Williams said. (Fayetteville Observer)

Ex-Illini coach working at No. 22 UNC as volunteer assistant

Former Illinois coach Tim Beckman, fired last year amid allegations of player mistreatment, is working as a volunteer assistant with No. 22 North Carolina's defense. Speaking after Wednesday's practice, Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora described the decision as helping a friend while also gaining Beckman's expertise as a former head coach and defensive coordinator. (Associated Press)

Perceptions Not An Issue With Beckman Joining Staff

Larry Fedora answered questions from the media on Wednesday about somebody not on North Carolina’s payroll or on scholarship. Sixteen questions about new volunteer assistant coach Tim Beckman. The interest level was a bit of a surprise, given that Beckman is an unpaid member of the staff, but then again, it’s also understandable. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Video: Larry Fedora Wednesday Post-Practice Interview

North Carolina head football coach Larry Fedora meets with the media following the Tar Heels' practice on Wednesday leading up to the season-opener against Georgia on September 3 in Atlanta. View Video...

UNC football's 10 most pivotal players for 2016: No. 10: Nick Weiler

Kickers rarely get credit for the overall success of the team, but Nick Weiler showed just how valuable he can be during the 2015 season. After UNC’s kickers put together an embarrassing year in 2014, Weiler stepped up this past season as one of the most consistent players for the ACC Coastal Division winners. (Daily Tar Heel)

Former UNC QB Caleb Henderson Transfers to Maryland

Former UNC quarterback Caleb Henderson will transfer to Maryland, the school confirmed Wednesday. A 2014 four-star recruit from Lake Braddock High (Va.), Henderson redshirted as a freshman and attempted just one pass last season. He opted to transfer last week, citing family reasons, after redshirt freshman Nathan Elliott won UNC's backup quarterback job. (Carolina Blue)

North Carolina Tar Heels 2016 preview

As great as last year was for UNC, the Tar Heels lost all three times they played in the national spotlight. The challenge will get even tougher this year with a matchup against SEC heavyweight Georgia. It's not going to be enough for North Carolina to simply rout its lesser opponents. The next step is proving its place on the biggest stages. (ESPN.com)

UNC Football Early Opponent Preview: Illinois

Seven of Illinois' opponents finished last season with a winning record and nine of them made a bowl game. Illinois is playing seven home games this season. Lovie Smith is a good coach and there are definitely some easy wins. Another 5-7 season seems likely. However if they can surprise a team like Nebraska again, bowl eligibility is not out of reach. (Keeping It Heel)

The story behind an epic UNC touchdown photo

UNC wide receiver Bug Howard scored late in the second quarter on a 49-yard pass from Marquise Williams. The score put the Heels up 38-10. North Carolina would go on to defeat the Blue Devils 66-31. The picture has slowly gained cult fandom. Because it wasn't taken by an official UNC photographer or a news organization it didn't get the publicity it deserved. (Carolina Blue)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 38
Baylor: 49
Tue, Dec 29 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia
Sat, Sep 3, 5:30 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10, 7:30 ET BTN Tickets

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17, 3:30 ET RSN Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Scoreboard
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ACC Football Standings
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