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What to watch in the ACC: Week 1
Can Gene Chizik raise the level of UNC's defense? South Carolina won't be an offensive juggernaut -- the jury is out on new Gamecocks QB Connor Mitch -- but North Carolina's dismal defensive performances a season ago weren't limited to just good offenses. Any opposing offense with the requisite 11 players shredded the Tar Heels' defense. The Heels are an ACC sleeper again.
What you need to know about 2015 UNC football
Some close to the program believe this is the year that Fedora has been building toward. The talent and experience is there on offense. Defensively, Fedora probably made the best hire he could have made in Chizik. Fedora entered last season saying “it’s time,” but he might have been better off waiting a year. If the time to take a step forward isn’t now, it will be fair to question when it will be.
Funeral held for Dr. Daniel “Danny” Lotz
A funeral was held Sunday for former UNC basketball player Danny Lotz, who was a member of the 1957 Championship team and the son-in-law of the Rev. Billy Graham. The speakers at the service, which hundreds attended on Sunday, included some former basketball teammates and several family members, including his three granddaughters — the youngest of which sang “Amazing Grace.”
Big opening game for Gamecocks, Tar Heels and the ‘real Carolina’
One football game won’t settle the argument about which Carolina has the best barbecue. But the South Carolina-North Carolina football game Thursday night in Charlotte doubles as one of the most important openers in Steve Spurrier’s tenure with the Gamecocks and the biggest non-conference game in Larry Fedora’s four years with the Tar Heels.
UNC's seniors excited to leave legacy
Experience breeds confidence, enables you to learn from mistakes, and figure out the right way to do things. The 2015 UNC football team does have proven talent, but beyond that, it has a wealth of experience. This season's one-deep depth chart (based on practice observations) boasts seven starting seniors and many more who will big big contributors.
Kevin Reddick Waived by Panthers
The Carolina Panthers began the process of reducing their roster to 75 by parting ways with eight players Sunday. Five undrafted rookies along with linebacker Kevin Reddick and recently added veteran tight end Dallas Walker were waived, and offensive tackle Tony Hills was terminated/vested veteran.
South Carolina Depth Chart vs North Carolina
Here's how the South Carolina Gamecocks will line up against North Carolina when the teams face off on Thursday night in Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium.
Fedora Embraces Lettermen of All Eras
Tar Heel coach Larry Fedora was asked about involving former players and Lettermen in his Carolina program: “When you go to college, that ought to be the best experience you’ve had in your life. You want those guys to come back. When they step foot on that campus, all those memories start flowing. It’s a good feeling."
Julius Peppers made quite an impact last season with Packers
Throughout his career, Julius Peppers has heard the critics say that he could be more this, that and the other. An athletic marvel and, in the loose vocabulary of NFL personnel people, a physical freak, Peppers understands just how blessed he has been. Quickly, however, he maintains that he hasn't cut any corners or taken the easy way out in a career that will stretch to 14 seasons in 2015.
Tar Heels' Switzer looks to emerge from quiet time
North Carolina junior Ryan Switzer insists he has found peace. But will he uncover more space with the football this season? The dynamic punt returner — and reliable receiver, as it turns out — is taking a more calculated and less boisterous approach to the season than he did a year ago. He doesn’t need the spotlight, he said.
Connor Barth kicked it in the country with Chase Rice
Life of an NFL player? Not too shabby. Life of a country music star? Connor Barth sought to find out. On a break with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Barth hopped on a bus. It was his friend's bus, but not just any bus, and not just any friend. This friend - his college roommate - is Chase Rice. - Yes, that Chase Rice. "Ready Set Roll" Chase Rice. Touring-with-Kenny Chesney Chase Rice.
Quinshad Davis looking for breakout year, as are Tar Heels
As the Tar Heels prepare for Thursday’s opener against South Carolina in Charlotte – even closer to Quinshad Davis’ hometown of Gaffney, S.C. – Davis begins his senior season still looking to get back to the level of productivity he had as a freshman despite his considerable improvement as a receiver. “Smarter, bigger, stronger, faster – all of that,” Davis joked.
Interactive graphic: ACC football preview
The North Carolina football team will face some stiff competition in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season. Here is a look at the other 13 teams in the conference and how they could perform in 2015.
Gene Chizik finds ‘karma’ in fresh start at UNC
Gene Chizik, the Tar Heels' defensive coordinator, never figured coaching would take him back to the state where his father grew up in the mountains, in Asheville, in the same school halls and on the same fields as the Justice boys. A long time ago Chizik's father, Gene Chizik Sr., became close friends with Charlie Justice, who remains one of UNC's most beloved athletes, and his brother Bill.
No weight too heavy for defensive end Junior Gnonkonde
It’s August 2008, and a plane lands in San Francisco. A boy gets out, stretches. It’s a long flight from Abidjan, a big city in Ivory Coast. They came to play basketball. Junior Gnonkonde is still 14 and rail thin. He’ll need to start lifting soon, but Junior already knows about strength. A karate background, growing up the second-youngest of eight kids — the first step of lifting is being mentally set.