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Los Angeles Rams re-sign DT Cam Thomas

The Los Angeles Rams have re-signed defensive tackle Cam Thomas, who was initially cut this past Saturday. Thomas is heading into his seventh season and has started 25 games since 2010, with 19 of those coming with the San Diego Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers. Thomas will serve as a backup on a defensive line that includes former Tar Heel Robert Quinn.

North Carolina shouldn’t go run-heavy just yet

Illinois had tremendous success against the run in its opener against Murray State, holding the Racers to -10 yards rushing. Half of Murray State’s 26 rushing attempts (including sacks) were stopped for either no gain or a loss. Just four runs — gains of 12, six, five and four — went for more than three yards in the right direction.

Run the numbers with UNC’s talented RB duo in an I or Veer formation

The powerful style of Elijah Hood and speed of T.J. Logan form among one of the most talented running-back tandems on one Tar Heels team in program history. They potentially could be in the same company as Ethan Horton and Tyrone Anthony in 1983, Amos Lawrence and Kelvin Bryant in 1980 or Mike Voight and James “Boom Boom” Betterson in 1974.

Gene Chizik on what UNC defense learned from Georgia

Last weekend, the Tar Heels were unable to stop a powerful Georgia running attack. This conjured up images on the defenses’ struggles during last year’s Baylor game, making fans a little uneasy about the 2016 season. But luckily, the game provided coach Gene Chizik with a clear picture of what UNC needs to work on to prepare for Illinois this weekend.

Young UNC football defenders step up in loss to Georgia

The North Carolina football team needed someone to step up. Jalen Dalton, penciled in as the team’s starting defensive tackle, played approximately 30 snaps in UNC’s 33-24 loss to Georgia. Tyler Powell and Dajaun Drennon didn’t play, leaving UNC vulnerable to the Bulldogs’ vaunted rushing attack.

Larry Fedora Live: Fedora's Penalty

“I’ve been coaching 30-something years and have never had a flag thrown on me, so it was a surprise for me,” Larry Fedora said on his radio show on Tuesday. His sideline conduct seemed like standard fare for a coach arguing a call. Three days after the fact, the fifth-year UNC head coach engaged in some heavy sarcasm with the Top of the Hill crowd.

Snow at Sun Bowl, other oddities were Heels' worst weather opponents

A look at the worst weather conditions encountered by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill football team includes scorching heat, arctic air in Atlanta and a snowy Sun Bowl.

Tar Heels view mistakes as correctable

There was something comforting stemming from UNC's 33-24 loss to Georgia on Saturday. “All the mistakes we made in this game are correctable,” Larry Fedora said. “I’m relieved by that.” With that, the Tar Heels are preparing for Saturday’s game at Illinois unwilling to fall into a doom-and-gloom mode after the missed chances from the first game.

UNC Football Drops Out Of Top 25 Following Season-Opening Loss

With the release of the new college football AP and USA Today Coaches Polls on Tuesday, North Carolina took another disappointing loss. The Tar Heels–who were previously ranked No. 22–were left out of both top 25 rankings this week coming off a heartbreaking collapse against Georgia, which moved up to No. 9 after beginning the year at No. 18.

UNC Football Film Review: Georgia

The script to the start of 2016 season is similar to the one written in 2015. The Tar Heels traveled to a neutral-site to face an opponent from the SEC East. Like 2015, Carolina had more than their fair share of opportunities to win the contest, but just like in 2015, they found a way to lose. Let’s take a look at some of the positive and negative plays from Saturday.

What we learned about the ACC in Week 1

What did we learn from week one about UNC? Penalties and poise cost the Tar Heels a chance at an historic victory over Georgia. The school has not defeated a ranked opponent on opening day since the Mack Brown era in 1993. In almost 50 years of watching UNC football, I can’t remember a better opportunity for a statement win in the season opener.

How does UNC’s remaining schedule look after week one?

James Madison is no joke. They beat Morehead State 80-7 in their first game of the season, rushing for 498 yards. If UNC’s run defense doesn’t improve, that game could wind up being trickier than expected. And then there is Virginia. In their first game, the Cavaliers lost to Richmond. Richmond is also no joke. They’re the second ranked FCS team, but still.

Chansky’s Notebook: Illinois Game Becomes Really Important

The Big Ten also-ran hardly looked like that in throttling Murray State in its opener, 52-3. Yes, Murray State is in the Ohio Valley Conference and went 3-9 last season. But Illinois under former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith looked better than the team picked to finish seventh in the Big 10 West, and it will give the Illini confidence they can beat the Tar Heels.

Fedora Optimistic About Future Despite Loss to Georgia

After taking time to digest Saturday’s loss to Georgia in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game, UNC head football coach Larry Fedora told the media on Monday that the Tar Heels are still in good shape—with all of their season-long goals still in reach. “Our goals are to win a state championship, win the Coastal Division, win the ACC Championship and to win our last game.”

Three things we learned from UNC’s loss to Georgia

UNC came up short again on the big stage in their season opener against Georgia, failing to beat a Power 5 conference team in their opener for the ninth straight time. The run defense couldn’t stop Nick Chubb, Mitch Trubisky couldn’t connect down the field with any of his relievers, and Elijah Hood was deprived of carries once again.

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Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 21
NC State: 33
Sat, Nov 25 Box Score
Upcoming Games:
UNC @ California
Sat, Sep 1 TBD
UNC @ East Carolina
Sat, Sep 8 TBD
Sat, Sep 15 TBD

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(13) Miami7-210-3
(24) Virginia Tech5-39-4
Georgia Tech4-45-6
North Carolina1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(4) Clemson8-112-2
(23) NC State6-29-4
Wake Forest4-48-5
Boston College4-47-6
Florida State3-57-6

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