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Carolina Insider Podcast: Weekend Recap

The latest episode of the Carolina Insider podcast recaps the football team's heartbreaking loss in the Sun Bowl, as well as the men's basketball team's loss at Georgia Tech to begin ACC play. Join hosts Jones Angell of the Tar Heel Sports Network and Adam Lucas of GoHeels.com for all the latest Carolina news to start the new year. (GoHeels.com)

Julius Peppers on Dean Smith

Julius Peppers: "I used to see Coach Smith all the time. He used to always hang around the practices, even though he wasn't the coach. He was the greatest coach of all time in college basketball, and we learned so many things from him off the court. How to be a man. Coach Smith, he taught us a lot. And just acknowledging of others who helped you." (Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune)

Comparing UNC's 2016 defense to recent UNC defenses

The North Carolina defense showed some signs of improvement, but also had some moments of disappointment. Let's look at the numbers to see how they matched up against past Larry Fedora-coached UNC teams. UNC ranked 46th in the nation this year giving up just over 26 points per game. This is a continued improvement over 2014. (Carolina Blue)

Extra Points: Sun Belt

Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels are at an important juncture entering year six. They’re losing some excellent seniors but are anxious to see if a roster no longer burdened by scholarship restrictions can self-perpetuate. The defense played its best game of the year against Stanford, and it would be valuable if that side of the ball could take some load off the offense. (GoHeels.com)

North Carolina’s loss to Georgia Tech is more than one game

The sky isn’t falling for North Carolina, but it felt like it for the Tar Heels on Saturday. Georgia Tech sent Roy Williams’ team into the new year with a nasty taste in its mouth with a 75-63 loss in Atlanta. The matchup with the Yellow Jackets was supposed to be a ‘gimme’ for North Carolina. (FanRag Sports)

Time to see how much depth Larry Fedora has built at UNC

It wasn’t the season that UNC expected, and Larry Fedora knows it. A Sun Bowl trip wasn’t the goal. A two-point loss to Stanford in the final minute certainly wasn’t the desired ending. But that’s what happened in the Tar Heels’ 25-23 loss to the Cardinal in El Paso. Over the coming days, UNC will be waiting on quarterback Mitch Trubisky’s NFL decision. (FanRag Sports)

UNC Football: Mitch Trubisky, Ryan Switzer set school records

On that touchdown, Switzer became UNC’s all-time leader in receiving yards with 2,841 in his career. Switzer has been fantastic for UNC again this season, going over 1,000-plus receiving yards for the first time in his career. Switzer wasn’t the only one making history. The quarterback Trubisky also set a school record for most passing touchdowns in a single season with 29. (Keeping It Heel)

One Play that Defined the Year

All Carolina needed to do was punch in the two-point conversion and send the game to overtime. One play to achieve at least one of the preseason goals. A play to define the season. And boy, did it ever. (Carolina Blue)

UNC's Tomorrow Coming into Focus

The 2017 season has long been considered a rebuilding year due to the loss of 16 seniors and their 333 combined career starts. That mass exodus of personnel, along with the shine of Larry Fedora’s offensive scheme losing some of its luster, has the fan base stumbling into the offseason searching for hope in the North Carolina football program’s tomorrow. (Inside Carolina)

Exuberant Eric Ebron making more noise with his play

There have been two sets of adjustments for Eric Ebron since being drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2014. He needed to adjust to the NFL and the NFL needed to adjust to him. And as the two have grown accustomed to each other, the 23-year-old tight end is steadily developing into the weapon many expected he could be. (Detroit News)

Tar Heels leave 2016 with big preseason goals unfulfilled

North Carolina didn't accomplish all the goals that were within reach this season. The Tar Heels (8-5) entered November with a chance to play their way back into the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game and reach 10 wins for the second straight season. But they lost two of their last three regular-season games, then lost to Stanford in the Sun Bowl to cap the year Friday in El Paso, Texas. (Associated Press)

Don't look now, but Eric Ebron has become a top-10 tight end

When Eric Ebron underwhelmed as a rookie, the Detroit Lions pleaded for patience. Now that patience is being rewarded. Ebron has been a top-10 tight end this season by almost every measure, despite missing three games with ankle and knee injuries. He has 55 receptions this season, which is eighth at the position, and he's gained 650 yards. (MLive.com)

Report: UNC Assistant Tray Scott To Coach D-Line At Ole Miss

It has been suspected for more than two weeks now, but on Friday it was first reported by Football Scoop that defensive line coach Tray Scott will leave North Carolina to take the same position at Ole Miss. Scott was a graduate assistant with the Rebels in 2012. Scott would replace Chris Kiffin as the Rebels' defensive line coach. (247 Sports)

UNC CB M.J. Stewart Returning for Senior Season

UNC cornerback M.J. Stewart announced Saturday he will return for his senior season in 2017. Stewart had been evaluating the opportunity to forego his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft. “After gathering as much information as possible and discussing the situation with my family, I have decided to return to Carolina for my senior season.” (GoHeels.com)

Mitch Trubisky's next step in deciding his NFL future

Mitch Trubisky will beat his parents home from El Paso. The North Carolina Tar Heels flew back to North Carolina on Friday night after their 25-23 loss to Stanford in the Sun Bowl. Trubisky's plan is to get on a plane to Cleveland on Saturday morning and head back to his family's home in Mentor. His parents, Jeanne and Dave, will fly back Saturday but because of some travel logistics don't plan an arrival in Mentor until Sunday. (Cleveland.com)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 23
Stanford: 25
Fri, Dec 30 Box Score

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(16) Virginia Tech6-310-4
North Carolina5-38-5
(20) Miami5-39-4
Pittsburgh5-38-5
Georgia Tech4-49-4
Virginia1-72-10
Duke1-74-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-114-1
(21) Louisville7-19-4
(8) Florida State5-310-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Boston College2-67-6

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