UNC Football

An interview with UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham

Bubba Cunningham is entering his third full academic year as the athletics director at North Carolina. He recently sat down with News & Observer UNC beat reporter Andrew Carter for an extended interview about the changing landscape of college sports, the NCAA’s decision to reopen its investigation into academic issues at UNC, Roy Williams’ future and other topics. (Charlotte Observer)

Ryan Switzer flipped a switch last season — can he do it again?

In the first game after he decided to switch on, Ryan Switzer found the end zone for the first time, and UNC won a game for the first time in five weeks. Switzer went on to tally eight more touchdowns and rack up almost 700 all-purpose yards in the final seven games of the season. He went from averaging 10 yards per punt return to 25, and tied an NCAA single-season record with five returns for a touchdown. (Daily Tar Heel)

Mack Hollins: The Unlucky Kid

Here comes The Unlucky Kid, swallowing another mouthful of misfortune. Mack Hollins often takes the most out-of-the-way route to the football field, his dad thought it uncanny enough to attach “unlucky” to his middle son’s name. “When it came to getting lucky breaks,” Richard Hollins says, chuckling, “Mack always had to toe the rope.” (Daily Tar Heel)

'Shak' Rashad brings flavor to Tar Heels

He’s a college football player, Shakeel Rashad, a 6-foot-2, 245-pound bandit with practice and class and workouts and film. He always has to be at the next place, because wasted time means wasted opportunity to get better. Nickname? “I have a lot of nicknames. There’s St. Shaktrick, Shakinabox, Shakadilly, Shaktastic, Shakapotamus, Shaktus...” (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Football: A Bridge To The Future

Of the 56 different Tar Heels listed on the offensive and defensive depth chart released last Monday, 14 are freshmen, 18 sophomores, and 17 are juniors. Maybe only one of those juniors is a threat to leave early for the NFL, and that's unlikely. One senior, tight end Jack Tabb, starts on offense. And there's quality depth where there are seniors on defense. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Tar Heels Revive Fall Tradition At Children's Hospital

A day before opening the 2014 season, the UNC football team kicked off another hallmark of the fall: Friday visits to North Carolina Children's Hospital. UNC student-athletes spend time at N.C. Children's Hospital year-round, but the visits by football players on Fridays before home games has become a tradition. Carolina hosts Liberty Saturday at Kenan Stadium. (

Keeping all eyes on Liberty in wake of incident

Fortunately for UNC, the suspensions come against a considerably weaker FCS opponent, Liberty. The Flames finished 8-4 last season behind standout seasons from quarterback Josh Woodrum and running back Desmond Rice. But Rice won’t be on the field Saturday after a knee injury suffered in the spring will keep him out of the entire season. Still, Woodrum isn’t to be taken lightly. (Carolina Blue)

Countdown to Kickoff: Liberty

No. 23 North Carolina opens the 2014 season against Liberty at Kenan Stadium on Saturday (6pm/ESPN3). The Tar Heels are favored by 26 points over the Flames, a FCS program that returns 14 starters from a 2013 team that closed an 8-4 record with five straight wins. UNC represents the first ranked FBS opponent Liberty has faced in school history. (Inside Carolina)

Mother of UNC player awaits school's investigation

The mother of the football player involved in an alleged hazing incident at North Carolina said Friday the family is ''worried about justice'' for her son. In a brief phone interview with The Associated Press, Kimber Boyer said the family is waiting for the university to complete its investigation into an incident that reportedly left walk-on receiver Jackson Boyer with a possible concussion. (Yahoo! Sports)

Incident Details Emerge

An attempted Gatorade shower at the Aloft Hotel earlier this month ultimately resulted in the injury of a wide receiver and the one-game suspension of four defensive backs, sources familiar with the situation told The situation made national headlines on Tuesday when Yahoo Sports reported that the incident escalated from “an alleged hazing into a group assault of a teammate.” (Inside Carolina)

No. 23 Tar Heels hope to torch Flames in 2014 opener

Whether it was 62-0 over Elon and 66-0 against Idaho in 2012 or 80-20 over Old Dominion last season, North Carolina has blown out lower-level opponents under Larry Fedora. After an eventful week, the 23rd-ranked Tar Heels hope to continue that trend in their season opener against Liberty Saturday at Kenan Stadium (6 p.m., “You hope that it’s the culture we create,” Fedora said. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tampa Bay Bucs reportedly cut kicker Connor Barth

As of Friday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will enter the 2014 season with an inexperienced starting kicker. The team cut ties with veteran Connor Barth, per The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud. Barth was due to make a base salary of $2 million and as much as $1.15 million in weekly roster bonuses. The 28-year-old missed the 2013 season due to an Achilles injury. (

Game Preview: #23 UNC vs Liberty

UNC's history under Larry Fedora versus FCS opponents is a high-scoring and dominant one. The Heels clocked Elon 62-0 in the first game of the Fedora era in 2012. Last season the Heels dropped Old Dominion 80-20 giving UNC a 142-20 scoring edge over FCS schools in two games. In all likelihood the results on Saturday won't be much different. Prediction: UNC 59 Liberty 17 (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: UNC Football Coordinator Insight - Liberty

Associate head coaches for offense and defense Seth Littrell and Vic Koenning breakdown what to expect from Liberty, how much both quarterbacks will play and the impact of senior defensive tackle Ethan Farmer. (View Video...)

Breakin’ It Down: Liberty

Liberty got their offense rolling last season, scoring the second most points in program history with 447, good enough to rank second in the Big South. The effectiveness of the unit is thanks to the leadership of junior quarterback Josh Woodrum. What hurts Liberty is the loss of their leading rusher from 2013. Desmond Rice has been lost for the season due to injury. (

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