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Former UNC DB Patrice Rene Transfers To Rutgers

Former North Carolina defensive back was a former Rutgers commit and after spending the past five seasons as a Tar Heel, Rene will transfer to Rutgers with one season of eligibility remaining. His other finalist was Auburn. Rene is a native of Ottawa, Canada, and Rutgers linebackers coach Bob Fraser had previously recruited Rene out of Canada. (247 Sports)

2021 college football rankings: UNC ranked 11th by Sports Illustrated, 10th by Athlon Sports

Sports Illustrated (ranked 11th): enters 2021 as arguably the nation’s top QB, having thrown for more than 7,000 yards in two seasons. Athlon Sports (ranked 10th): True freshman Tony Grimes is a rising star to watch at cornerback, and this unit will look to get more contributions out of and in the trenches.

Hometown Heroes: Mack and Sally Brown

and Sally Brown returned to Chapel Hill two years ago when Mack was hired for a second stint as North Carolina's head football coach. Since then, he’s rebuilt the team into a serious contender in the ACC and capped off the 2020 season with a trip to the Orange Bowl. Sally has been a prominent real estate developer and community advocate. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC Football Ranked No. 7 in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Top 25 Poll for 2021

Following Alabama’s win over Ohio State in Monday's college football national championship game, ESPN wasted no time publishing its "Way-Too-Early" top 25 rankings for 2021 - a list that ranked UNC No. 7 heading into next season. The Tar Heels will return 21 of 22 starters from this year’s Orange Bowl in 2021, including quarterback . (Chapelboro.com)

Video: THI Podcast - UNC Football Defense Recap & Look Ahead

Staff writer Jacob Turner and publisher Andrew Jones of Tar Heel Illustrated recap North Carolina's 2020 defense and look ahead to the 2021 football season in part three of their four-part UNC football podcast series. Read More...

Carolina Insider Podcast: Syracuse Preview, Kevin Donnalley

Jones Angell and Adam Lucas preview UNC's matchup tonight with Syracuse. Former UNC football player, 13-year NFL vet, and Carolina football's Director of High School relations, , then discusses his role with the Tar Heels, playing more than a decade in the NFL, and tells some great stories. Read More...

Ranking college football's richest, poorest programs

52. North Carolina ($39.3 million): Expect UNC's number to climb substantially next year after 's success on the football field in Chapel Hill. The loss of the NCAA Tournament will be felt nationwide from a basketball standpoint, but the university is in great hands with renovations to Kenan Stadium and a re-energized fanbase thanks to Brown. (247 Sports)

College football teams on the rise in 2021

Rapid ascension. North Carolina nearly closed out its second season under inside the Top 10 with a win over fifth-ranked Texas A&M in the Orange Bowl, but it wasn't to be. The statement was made, however. The Tar Heels are here and they're not going away anytime soon. Brown attributed the program's noticeable lift to QB . (247 Sports)

2021 college football rankings: UNC ranked 14th by Sporting News, 9th by Stadium, 6th by 247 Sports

Sporting News (ranked 14th): led the Tar Heels to a New Year's Day 6 Bowl in his second season — a testament to the quick rebuild. Stadium (ranked 9th): UNC returns 18 starters, most notably , the entire offensive line and . 247 Sports (ranked 6th): Is Mack’s third season back in Chapel Hill the breakthrough season?

Khafre Brown, Josh Downs listed among college football breakout players for 2021

UNC quarterback is going to need more playmakers next season. With the Tar Heels dealing with opt-outs at running back and receiver in the Orange Bowl, stepped up with four catches for 91 yards and two touchdowns, while grabbed two receptions for 40 yards. Both players should be more involved in 2021. (Athlon Sports)
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Football Schedule at a Glance
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North Carolina: 27
Texas A&M: 41
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ACC Football Standings
(5) Notre Dame9-010-2
(3) Clemson8-110-2
(22) Miami7-28-3
(18) North Carolina7-38-4
NC State7-38-4
Boston College5-56-5
Virginia Tech5-55-6
Wake Forest3-44-5
Georgia Tech3-63-7
Florida State2-63-6

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