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Malik Simmons Suspended
Malik Simmons's offseason momentum has hit a roadblock. The senior from Lehigh Acres, Fla., who was slated to enter training camp next month in competition for the starting cornerback job, has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities, a team official confirmed on Friday. He was listed on the school's 2015 preseason depth chart tied atop the position with junior Des Lawrence.
Charlotte wants to host more UNC-South Carolina football matchups
The Gamecocks and Tar Heels will open the season Sept. 3 at Bank of America Stadium in a Thursday evening game televised by ESPN. Charlotte Sports Foundation founder Will Webb said he's had discussion with the schools about additional games, including a potential matchup in 2019. Organizers are calling the North Carolina-South Carolina matchup the Belk College Kickoff Game, and Webb would like to make it an annual event.
College Quarterback Rankings
15. Marquise Williams, North Carolina. Williams has been a bit underrated during his career. Last season, for a solid offense that was overshadowed by a struggling defense, Williams threw for 3,073 yards with 21 touchdowns and nine picks, and he had 193 rushing attempts for 783 yards and 13 touchdowns. Like the rest of the Tar Heels, he's inconsistent, but he could turn into a star if UNC ever realizes its potential.
Audio: Jeff Schoettmer interview
North Carolina linebacker Jeff Schoettmer joined The David Glenn Show on Tuesday, and among the topics discussed were the Dallas native’s family ties to Duke. Schoettmer’s father, Steve, played football at Duke in the 1970s, and while he supports his son’s team, switching to a different shade of blue wasn’t an immediate transition.
Video: UNC Football Plays Paintball
The North Carolina football team participated in some team-building paintball action Thursday as they near the opening of Fall camp. Check out some footage from the event filmed by Tar Heels wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer.
Puzzle coming together for UNC, Fedora says
At the Pigskin Preview, Larry Fedora said Gene Chizik, who was the defensive coordinator at Texas when the Longhorns won the national championship in 2005, has reinvigorated UNC’s defense. Chizik was coaching Auburn in 2010 when the Tigers won the national championship. The Tar Heels will also return every starter from their offensive unit except tight end Jack Tabb.
New Lease On Life For UNC Football
On Monday, UNC senior linebacker Jeff Schoettmer openly discussed the divide that evolved last season between the players on defense and the coaches on that side of the ball. As the negative results piled up, confidence in the scheme and its teachers eroded, and eventually a change was made, as Larry Fedora replaced his entire defensive staff.
Audio: Marquise Williams interview
North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams was one of the many guests to join The David Glenn Show on Monday at the 2015 ACC Football Kickoff. Williams is entering his final year with the Tar Heels after a junior season that included 3,073 passing yards, 21 passing touchdowns, 13 rushing touchdowns and second-team All-ACC honors.
By the numbers: Tackling UNC's defensive problems
It's not breaking news to say that North Carolina's defense was bad last season, and at this week's ACC Kickoff, linebacker Jeff Schoettmer offered plenty of details on why the unit struggled. But one, in particular, stuck out. "Tackling," he said. "I think we'll tackle a lot better." North Carolina was bad in a lot of areas, but there's no question this was at the top of the list.
Fedora Defines Offensive Goals
North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora labeled his 2014 offense “average” for the second time in three days on Thursday before detailing his expectations. “Offensively we return 10 starters,” Fedora told a packed ballroom during the Pigskin Preview. “We lost our tight end, but other than that, everybody else is back. We have an opportunity to be much better than we were last year offensively.”
Marquise Williams Named To Manning Award List
The Manning Award published its complete preseason Watch List on Thursday and North Carolina senior quarterback Marquise Williams is among those under consideration. The list includes 30 of the top quarterbacks in the nation heading into the 2015 season. The winner will again be selected by a voting panel, which includes national media and each of the Mannings, after the bowls.
Triangle coaches come together for annual Pigskin Preview
As August nears and teams get set to open fall practice, college football coaches from across the Triangle gathered in Cary Thursday for the 13th annual Pigskin Preview. Duke's David Cutcliffe, East Carolina's Ruffin McNeill, North Carolina Central's Jerry Mack, N.C. State's Dave Doeren and UNC's Larry Fedora were in attendance at the annual fundraiser that acts as an informal press conference.
Turner, Switzer Named To 2015 All-ACC Preseason Football Team
North Carolina's Landon Turner and Ryan Switzer were the leading vote-getters at their respective positions and earned preseason All-ACC honors announced Thursday. Turner, who was a third-team All-ACC performer at offensive guard in 2014, was picked by 108 of 163 voters, while Switzer was tabbed on 62 ballots. In addition to Turner and Switzer, a number of other Tar Heels were considered for preseason honors.
Chansky’s Notebook: Make Your Own Noise
Larry Fedora hopes his passion will trump pessimism. UNC’s football coach met the media at Pinehurst Tuesday and was asked immediately about telling recruits what HE thinks about the future of the Tar Heels. Fedora is saying he is confident that the NCAA won’t keep his team from playing as many games as it deserves to play.
Can the Tar Heels put up a defense this season?
The 2014 North Carolina defense was historically bad, the 6,472 yards allowed the most in the 62-year history of the league. Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik was hired by coach Larry Fedora as the Tar Heels’ defensive coordinator, charged with the task of fixing what was so obviously broken.