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UNC Football early opponent preview: Pittsburgh Panthers

Eight of Pitt's 2017 opponents finished last season with a winning record and seven made a bowl game. Like so many other Coastal Division teams, Pitt is also replacing a quarterback this season but the Panthers have experience in former USC quarterback Max Browne. An 8-4 season, a shot at the Coastal division title, and a bowl game, don’t seem unreasonable. (Keeping It Heel)

Marquise Williams meets Darian Durant

Former UNC quarterback greats Marquise Williams and Darian Durant left their marks in the UNC football record book. They played nearly a decade apart, but their careers at Carolina are intertwined by incredible offensive production. The two Tar Heel stars got the chance to meet this past weekend. It was a special moment for the duo and a cool thing for the UNC football family. (Carolina Blue)

UNC's Cunningham focused on $100 million facility project

UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham has long talked about the need to build an indoor football practice facility or upgrade the aging home to the school's soccer and lacrosse programs. That work has finally begun as part of a roughly $100 million project, one that has left a big hole near the middle of campus and will force a dozen programs to adjust practice or game routines for the coming year. (Associated Press)

14 ACC Football Stats You Need To Know For 2017

42.05: Opponents’ third-down conversion rate against North Carolina last season: Defensively, the Tar Heels have some work to do before being considered an upper-echelon ACC program. Last year, teams hit on third downs against UNC at a 42.05 rate, which put it at 80th in the country. That number has to improve if the Tar Heels want to take the next step. (Athlon Sports)

Video: UNC Places Five 1st-Round Picks Across NFL, NBA, MLB Drafts

With a first-round draft pick in NFL, NBA, and MLB Drafts, the Tar Heels yet again showcased the strength of their programs. North Carolina produced Mitch Trubisky in the NFL Draft, Justin Jackson and Tony Bradley in the NBA and Logan Warmoth and J.B. Bukauskas in the MLB Draft. View Video...

Darian Durant as an Alouette takes some getting used to

It was difficult not to do a Doubles-take. There was Darian Durant — popularly known as Doubles — quarterbacking the Montreal Alouettes on Thursday for the very first time in a CFL regular-season game. And against his former team, to boot. Last year at this time, a gigantic photograph of Durant adorned part of Taylor Field’s west-side exterior. (Saskatoon Star Phoenix)

Chase Rice on New Album, Bro Country Past

It's late morning at Chase Rice's rural Tennessee home, a few minutes south of Nashville, and the area is being battered by one of those Southern storms that feels like something a sailor might weather out at sea. It's an appropriate metaphor for the 31-year-old country singer: for the past three years, Rice was treading water, trying hard not to sink. (Rolling Stone)

July Trial Set for UNC Player Accused of Sexual Battery

A UNC football player charged with misdemeanor sexual battery and assault on a female student is scheduled to go on trial next month, though his attorney says the case has already “gone on too long.” Allen Artis appeared Friday for a court hearing addressing several pretrial motions. He was charged in September stemming from an encounter in February 2016. (

Audio: Bubba Cunningham on Michael Jordan: “It means an awful lot when he shows up”

UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham joined the David Glenn Show this week to discuss a myriad of topics. Cunningham went over where the institution stands with the ongoing NCAA investigation, a successful year for UNC athletics, and renovations to Kenan Stadium. He mentioned the involvement of Michael Jordan, and what that means for the school. (ACC Sports Journal)

Preview 2017: North Carolina Tar Heels

The Tar Heel offense that finished 13th in the nation in passing efficiency and average 32 points per game is all but starting from scratch among the skill spots. LSU transfer Brandon Harris will be in later this summer, but can he be better than he was in Baton Rouge? There are other quarterback options battling it out, but it’s going to be a fight for the gig. (College Football News)

Darian Durant savours sweet revenge with win over Riders

In the end, Darian Durant had the last word. Durant savoured that situation after the Montreal Alouettes edged the Saskatchewan Roughriders 17-16 in Thursday’s CFL regular-season opener at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium. The contest was Durant’s first against the Riders since being traded by Saskatchewan to the Alouettes on Jan. 13 after 11 seasons. (Regina Leader-Post)

Five Questions With Coach Papuchis

You became a defensive coordinator at the age of 34. Now, five years later, you have been named defensive coordinator for UNC. How did you feel when Coach Fedora named you the new defensive coordinator, and what advice would you give to your younger self in taking that role? “The first time you go through any experience like that it's always an opportunity to learn." (

For James Hurst and John Urschel, Experience Is in Their Favor

Former UNC offensive lineman James Hurst lined up at left tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, becoming the first undrafted rookie in NFL history to ever start a playoff game at that position. John Urschel started at right guard. Both players have been offensive line fill-ins over their first three years. And now both are contenders to take over starting roles this season. (Baltimore Ravens)

Chase Rice Signs With Broken Bow Records, Is Ready to Release New Music

Chase Rice has a new label home — and plans for a new album. The singer-songwriter has signed with BBR Music Group / BMG. BBR Music Group and Rice announced the news on Tuesday (June 20). The artist has been assigned to BBR’s Broken Bow Records imprint, which is also home to artists such as Jason Aldean and Dustin Lynch. (The Boot)

Extra Points: Tailgate Time

The UNC Athletic Department is entering into a watershed partnership this fall with a company nearly a decade old that specializes in managing and operating tailgate venues across the Southeast. Tailgate Guys, headquartered in Opelika, Ala., will begin marketing its services for tented villages and a varied menu of catering options for the 2017 Tar Heel football season. (

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

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Cal
Sat, Sep 2 12:20 ET ACCN Tickets

UNC vs. Louisville
Sat, Sep 9 12:00 ET Tickets

UNC @ Old Dominion
Sat, Sep 16 3:30 ET

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(16) Virginia Tech6-310-4
North Carolina5-38-5
(20) Miami5-39-4
Georgia Tech4-49-4

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

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