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UNC, Duke to battle for Victory Bell
When North Carolina stole the head of Duke’s mascot last year, for many it was considered the ultimate rivalry gutpunch. But this weekend, UNC will try to reclaim a more traditional symbol of the rivalry — the Victory Bell. Rick Brewer, UNC’s sports information director emeritus, said the tradition was started in 1948 by Duke cheerleader Loring Jones and UNC cheerleader Norman Spear.
Speedy Switzer epitomizes Tar Heel football turnaround
Several of the Tar Heels’ young players finally started figuring things out. Not just Ryan Switzer, who has returned four punts for touchdowns in the past three games; but on the offensive line, where the Tar Heels have been starting two freshmen; and all over the defense; and at quarterback, where Marquise Williams’ role was growing even before Bryn Renner was lost for the season.
Darian Durant savours sweet victory
Darian Durant’s first cigar couldn’t have tasted any better. “I was told to not inhale and that’s what I’m trying to do,’’ Durant said after the Saskatchewan Roughriders beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 45-23 in Sunday’s Grey Cup game at Mosaic Stadium.
Eric Ebron Named A Mackey Award Finalist
The Friends of John Mackey has announced three
finalists for the 2013 John Mackey Award. Listed alphabetically, they are Eric Ebron (Jr., North
Carolina), Nick O'Leary (Jr., Florida State) and Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Jr., Washington). A native of Greensboro, N.C., Ebron leads the Tar Heels in receptions and receiving yards.
Postgame Chalkboard: Searching for Negatives
Eighty points. In three quarters. Along the way, UNC reminded its fans of just what Larry Fedora’s offense can look like when it gets rolling. Even against an opponent as weak as Old Dominion, that level of efficiency requires outstanding execution and further illustrates how much this Carolina team has improved over the course of the year.
Relevant Rivalry Game on Tap
Rarely has the North Carolina-Duke season finale generated legitimate interest across the ACC landscape. That will change on Saturday as the Tar Heels look to ruin the 24th-ranked Blue Devils’ plans for an ACC title game appearance next week. With its win over Wake Forest on Saturday, Duke has won nine games in a season for the first time since 1941.
Early NFL announcement allows Ebron to have his Senior Day moment
Eric Ebron began thinking seriously about entering the 2014 NFL draft after his record-setting, nationally televised performance against Miami on Oct. 17. Once he actually made the decision – or as he described it, when “the light bulb just went off a couple of weeks ago” – he saw no reason to wait to let the world know. The All-ACC tight end said Monday that he plans to leave school and turn pro after this season.
Monday Larry Fedora Press Conference Quotes
Larry Fedora: “Looking forward to our final home game here in Kenan Stadium and the Tar Pit in front of our fans and our students. Having the opportunity to play Duke in this last game and especially the importance of this game because we have continued to get better as a football team. Duke is playing extremely well and having a historic season so it should be a heck of a ball game."
Video: UNC Football Weekly Press Conference Recap - Duke
Larry Fedora, Eric Ebron, Marquise Williams, and Ryan Switzer discuss the implications surrounding the upcoming rivalry game with Duke. Fedora and Ebron discuss the junior tight end's decision to enter the NFL Draft.
Turner's Take: Monday Musings
The big news to come out of Carolina football’s Monday press conference was the announcement that junior tight end Eric Ebron would forgo his senior season and enter next April’s NFL Draft. Ebron said he opted to make the announcement now so that he could be recognized alongside Carolina’s seniors prior to Saturday’s game with Duke.
Eric Ebron To Enter NFL Draft
North Carolina junior tight end Eric Ebron has elected to forego his final year of eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL Draft following UNC's bowl game. A native of Greensboro, N.C., Ebron leads the Tar Heels with 50 receptions for 774 yards and has three touchdowns. "I've had a great time in Chapel Hill and I appreciate everything Coach Fedora and the coaching staff has done for me," said Ebron.
T.J. Logan Named ACC Rookie of the Week
T.J. Logan rushed 14 times for 137 yards and three touchdowns in North Carolina’s 80-20 win over Old Dominion. He became the first UNC tailback to run for more than 100 yards in a game this season. Logan’s three rushing touchdowns were the most by a Tar Heel since 2010. Logan also scored on a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the third-longest in UNC history.
Extra Points: Dominion, Indeed
Among all the noteworthy athletic and physical wonders seen in Kenan Stadium on Saturday—and they were considerable—one of the most remarkable occurred late in the third quarter in the west end zone in front of the UNC student section. There, senior cheerleader Jack Vynalek pumped out 80 pushups, one for each point the Tar Heels had posted on the scoreboard.
A Classy Blowout: Bowl-Bound Tar Heels Coming Together, Having Fun
The Tar Heel football team had a record-breaking day in Chapel Hill Saturday. Carolina set a school record in points scored and yards gained in its 80-20 rout of Old Dominion that gave UNC its sixth win of the season, clawing its way back to bowl eligibility. Head Coach Larry Fedora says he is proud of his team’s turnaround on the five-game winning streak.
ACC Power Rankings: Week 13
7. North Carolina (6-5, 4-3): The surging Tar Heels have won five straight and are playing some of the best football in the ACC. You could make an argument they deserve to be ranked higher. But they did lose to the three teams ahead of them in the power rankings, and their victories have come against UVa, NC State, Pitt and Old Dominion. Not exactly heavyweights there.