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UNC-Pitt Capsule

Pittsburgh's defensive terror Aaron Donald has been a one-man wrecking crew this season. He's already racked up 9 sacks, made 19.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and has forced three fumbles this season. UNC's offensive line has made improvements over the past several weeks, but this still has to be an area of concern for Larry Fedora. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Turner's Take: Farmer on the Field

After beginning the season at 1-5, Carolina is undefeated in that second half of the football season, and the play of Ethan Farmer up front is a big part of that improvement. Farmer redshirted in 2010 as he moved from tight end to the defensive line. Today, he starts alongside seniors Kareem Martin and Tim Jackson up front. Farmer stepped up in a big way in last week’s win against Virginia. (

View From The Tar Pit: Nothing But Blue Skies

On a gorgeous Homecoming weekend, the Heels continued their improved play as of late with a landslide victory over the Cavaliers of Virginia. Succinctly slamming the door shut on what for years was considered the “Virginia Curse,” Carolina has now played the role of the victor in the past four renditions of the “South’s oldest rivalry,” and has outscored its neighbors to the north by a tally of 154 to 54 during this period. (

ACC predictions: Week 12

North Carolina at Pitt: North Carolina has not given up nearly as many big plays over its three-game winning streak: only 12 of 46 "big plays" given up have come during this streak. The Tar Heels are on a hot streak, and that continues against a Pitt team that might have a letdown following an upset of rival Notre Dame. AA picks: North Carolina 28, Pitt 24; HD's pick: Pitt 24, North Carolina 21 (

Confidence Carries Carolina

For the Carolina football team, the success it's found in its three game win streak comes down to confidence. Confidence not only in themselves, individually, but also in their teammates. It's that confidence, head coach Larry Fedora said at Wednesday's practice, that has cut down on the missed assignments, tackles, and big plays that plagued the Tar Heels early in the season. (

ACC Week 12 Preview and Predictions

North Carolina at Pittsburgh: The first meeting between North Carolina and Pittsburgh as ACC opponents is a huge matchup for both team’s bowl prospects. The Tar Heels have a three-game winning streak and need two victories to get bowl eligible. The Panthers defeated Notre Dame last Saturday to snap a two-game losing streak and to move to 5-4 overall. (Athlon Sports)

Marquise Williams: A Humble Heel

One of the most important qualities a leader can have is humility. Check that box off for Tar Heels quarterback Marquise Williams, who opted to don jersey No. 2 in honor of the man, Bryn Renner, for whom he took over for behind center. Head coach Larry Fedora was pleased, though not particularly surprised, by Williams’ classy gesture. (

Travis Bond signs with Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers signed guard Travis Bond on Tuesday, filling the vacant roster spot left by Sione Fua. Bond, a 6-foot-6, 330-pound lineman, played at North Carolina and was drafted by Minnesota in the seventh round of April’s draft. He was most recently with the Vikings’ practice squad. (Charlotte Observer)

Shakeel Rashad's Return

On Aug. 7, Larry Fedora announced that Shakeel Rashad would miss the 2013 season due to a knee injury. On Saturday, the sophomore Bandit surprisingly returned to action in North Carolina’s 45-14 win over Virginia. Associate head coach for defense Vic Koenning’s response upon hearing the news is symbolic of the collective UNC fan base’s initial reaction (Inside Carolina)

Fleet-footed Marquise Williams could present problems for Pitt

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora prepared for the worst and then it happened. The result is that the Tar Heels are coming into Heinz Field on Saturday without highly regarded quarterback Bryn Renner, who is out for the season with a left shoulder injury, but with the added dimension of speed provided by backup Marquise Williams. Which could hurt Pitt. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

UNC quarterback Marquise Williams used lowest point as his turning point

When North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams left school last spring because of an academic suspension, Larry Fedora wasn’t sure what to expect upon his return. Some teammates weren’t even sure he’d be back. Players who leave like that, under those circumstances, sometimes disappear into a void. After more than two years of waiting for a chance, Williams is the Tar Heels’ unquestioned starting quarterback. (Charlotte Observer)

Fedora compares Pitt DT Aaron Donald to Jadeveon Clowney

Pittsburgh will host North Carolina on Saturday, and Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora wasn't engaging in mere build-up-the-opponent hyperbole Wednesday when he said Panthers defensive tackle Aaron Donald "has that same kind of impact on a game" as South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney. "The only difference is (Donald) usually starts out on the inside and then moves outside. I think he's that same kind of player," Fedora said. (

Video: Wednesday Football Post-Practice Interviews

Larry Fedora, Kareem Martin and Dominique Green speak to the media after practice Wednesday about what the Tar Heels have to do to get a win on the road against Pittsburgh. (View Video...)

Going postal in the Coastal

UNC at Pittsburgh 12:30 Heinz Field: Series History - It’s a short history but actually pretty significant. North Carolina won the first meeting in 1974 against a Pitt team with Tony Dorsett, 45-29 – Chris Kupec and the Tar Heel offense never punted that day. The teams met again in 1978. The Tar Heels struggled to a 5-6 record in Dick Crum’s first season, but lost only 20-16 against a Pitt team featuring Hugh Green and Mark May. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Audio: Pitt Analyst and Former QB Pat Bostick on UNC Contest

I had the chance to chat with Former Pittsburgh Panther quarterback Pat Bostick (2007-2010) and current radio color analyst for Pitt football as the Panthers get geared up for an ACC Coastal division battle with the Tar Heels. We talked about the depth in the ACC, standout Pitt freshman receiver Tyler Boyd, the pivotal nature of the Saturday showdown, and much more. (

Former NCCU quarterback Michael Johnson charged in UNC football investigation

A former North Carolina Central University quarterback is charged with facilitating meetings between a sports agent and an UNC football player. Michael Wayne Johnson Jr. arranged meetings between UNC football player Greg Little and sports agent Terry Watson, at which point Watson provided Little with $5,000, according to indictments unsealed Wednesday. (WNCN)

Larry Fedora Wednesday Quotes

Larry Fedora: “We are ready to take on [Pitt]. Paul Chryst and his staff and have prepared a team that is playing really well with a lot of confidence right now and just had a signature win over Notre Dame. So we know they’re going to be well prepared and very confident in what they’re doing and so we have to play a very good football game to be successful.” (

Larry Fedora Radio Show Quotes

Larry Fedora: “When I talk about the true freshmen I always tend to leave Dominique Green out. I forget because he was with us in the spring and I just forget about it. He’s been a starter from the very first game and I don’t even think about him being a true freshman anymore. He told me after the game that it was the first touchdown he’s scored since Pop Warner so he was really excited.” (Inside Carolina)

Khris Francis Latest In Offensive Youth Movement

Week after week, North Carolina running back Khris Francis had grinned, celebrated and congratulated as classmates Bug Howard, T.J. Logan and Ryan Switzer crossed the goal line. So when the freshman from Durham finally had his turn Saturday, scoring his first career touchdown on a 15-yard reception against Virginia, "it felt good," Francis said, "to be part of the group." (

Fourth person charged in state athlete-agent investigation

A fourth person, Willie Barley, was charged this week under the state law that regulates how sports agents may interact with amateur athletes. Barley is expected to appear in court in Orange County Wednesday afternoon on the charge of athlete-agent inducement. Former UNC football player Marvin Austin claimed during NCAA interviews that "Willie" was "a recruiter for [Terry] Watson." (WRAL Sports Fan)

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Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 30
Virginia Tech: 27
Sat, Nov 21 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ NC State
Sat, Nov 28 3:30 ET ABC Tickets

UNC vs. Clemson
Sat, Dec 5 7:45 ET ABC Tickets

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ACC Football Scoreboard
Miami (FL)0
at Pittsburgh0
FRI, NOV 27 12:00 PM ET
at South Carolina0
SAT, NOV 28 12:00 PM ET
Virginia Tech0
at Virginia0
SAT, NOV 28 12:00 PM ET
at Georgia Tech0
SAT, NOV 28 12:00 PM ET
at Kentucky0
SAT, NOV 28 12:00 PM ET
Boston College0
at Syracuse0
SAT, NOV 28 12:30 PM ET
at Wake Forest0
SAT, NOV 28 12:30 PM ET
North Carolina0
at NC State0
SAT, NOV 28 3:30 PM ET
Florida State0
at Florida0
SAT, NOV 28 7:30 PM ET
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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(11) North Carolina7-010-1
Virginia Tech3-45-6
Georgia Tech1-73-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-011-0
(14) Florida State6-29-2
NC State3-47-4
Wake Forest1-63-8
Boston College0-73-8

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