Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Football.
Video: One-on-one with Jeff Saturday
Current ESPN NFL analyst and former six time pro bowler Jeff Saturday returned to Chapel Hill and sat down with Jones Angell for a one-on-one interview.
UNC, Duke battle for the Victory Bell
Doing research for a book a few years ago, I came across this gem from the Nov. 21, 1933, edition of The Daily Tar Heel: During the Carolina-Duke football game, “there occurred an accident which missed being a tragedy by only a few inches when the trident of the official Duke blue devil struck a University student in the back. In some miraculous manner the student was not seriously hurt.
Game Preview: UNC at #25 Duke
UNC is playing for bowl eligibility which the Tar Heels can still get next week at home versus NC State. However, UNC can do more than be bowl eligible. Seven wins, maybe eight is possible if the Heels can clear this hurdle. There is also the matter of the Victory Bell which has resided in Durham since 2012 and has never been won on Larry Fedora's watch.
UNC-Duke: Who Has The Edge?
Just five days after defeating Pittsburgh, North Carolina makes the short trip to Duke for a nationally televised game and 7:30 kickoff Thursday night. UNC has won three of its last four games and is coming off another come-from-behind victory, while the Coastal Division-leading Blue Devils are coming off of a home loss to Virginia Tech. So, which team has the edge?
Breakin’ It Down: Duke
The Tar Heels are coming off a thrilling 40-35 victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers, while the Blue Devils suffered a disappointing 17-16 loss at the hands of Virginia Tech. Thursday’s game will mark the 101st meeting between the two schools, with UNC holding a 58-38-4 advantage. Like last year, the Tar Heels look to spoil the Blue Devils’ hopes at a berth in the ACC Championship game.
More than bragging rights on the line
With a Tar Heel win, UNC becomes bowl eligible for the third straight season and avoids a disappointment of a season that started out 2-4. The Tar Heels would also avoid the first three-game losing streak to the Blue Devils in nearly 30 years. But with a No. 25 Duke victory, David Cutcliffe’s team would be one game closer to returning to the ACC Championship.
Jonathan Cooper continues to improve, wait for his opportunity
A lot of people saw the 24 yards Arizona's running backs gained on 19 carries Sunday against the St. Louis Rams and were left wondering where Jonathan Cooper, the team's first-round pick in 2013, was. After the game, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the team struggled because "we got our asses whipped," adding they simply couldn't block people.
Tar Heels used to drama, seek bowl
It’s been two years since UNC players have rung the Victory Bell signifying a win over Duke. UNC senior safety Tim Scott said UNC needs to get the bell back and restore it to a lighter shade of blue. “At the end of the year, you want to have the bell here on campus,” Scott said. “Being able to ring it after the game would be the best for my senior year.”
Carolina Rundown: November 20
The Raptors paid tribute to Vince Carter, and it brought him to tears. Ty Lawson had 15 points and 15 assists. Brandan Wright had 14 points and six rebounds. Wayne Ellington may be back with the Lakers tomorrow. Giovani Bernard is back at practice for the Bengals. The field hockey team has arrived in Maryland for tomorrow's Final Four matchup with Syracuse.
Peppers completes package with Packers
In the last 20 yards of his second interception returned for a touchdown this season, Julius Peppers even threw a stiff arm. "I was too close (to the end zone) to be denied," he said, smiling. One of the most versatile defensive lineman in NFL history – he's the only player ever with at least 100 sacks and 10 interceptions – said he's finally found a system that uses his complete skillset.
Countdown to Kickoff: Duke
North Carolina is playing for bowl eligibility. No. 25 Duke is playing to stay in contention for the ACC Coastal Division title. A rivalry best known for its basketball has serious implications in football on Thursday night (7:30pm/ESPN). “We want that bell back real bad, so we plan on getting it,” sophomore wide receiver Mack Hollins said.
Tar Heels, Blue Devils Battle For The Bell
The North Carolina football team, 5-5 on the season, meets 8-2 rival Duke Thursday night in front of a nationally-televised audience at Wallace Wade Stadium. The Battle for the Bell kicks off at 7:30 p.m. With the short week, UNC head coach Larry Fedora says the Tar Heels have had to adjust everything about their preparation.
Six storylines: UNC vs. Duke
UNC will get an extra boost with the return of running back Romar Morris after serving a one-game suspension last week, but it will also be without Khris Francis and likely without Elijah Hood due to injuries. While the Duke defense is going to be a tough test for UNC Thursday, if there is a weakness on that side of the ball for the Blue Devils it would seem to be in stopping the run.
Hey, This UNC-Duke Game is Pretty Important
On Thursday night UNC will travel down 15-501 to face Duke in a nationally televised game with ACC title game implications. Oh, did I mention this was in football? Just an indication of how the landscape for college football has changed both in the ACC and in North Carolina, UNC vs Duke is now a high stakes affair with plenty of consequences for both.
Choo-Choo Justice was always his best against Duke
Prior to my arrival here 11 years ago, I had already heard the name Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice, arguably the best football player to come out of Asheville. It was the fall of 1968 when I was 14 and watching a grade-school football game in which my father was the coach and my brother his left halfback.