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Defensive Questions Linger for UNC

UNC head coach Larry Fedora provided a list of bullet points on Monday that were not responsible for his team’s defensive meltdown in Saturday’s 70-41 loss at East Carolina. Concrete answers were not available and may not be easy to come by. The questions Fedora fielded at his weekly press conference ran the gamut from practice and scheme to personnel and effort. (Inside Carolina)

Larry Fedora Monday Press Conference Recap

The theme of the press conference? The team is moving on and putting the ECU loss behind them as quickly as possible. They reviewed the game film and the full attention of the team is turned towards Clemson. After all, there isn't much in the way constructive critique to be gleaned from an outing where the other team put up two games worth of yards and points in one afternoon. (Tar Heel Blog)

Turner's Take: Monday Musings

“The world didn’t come to an end,” Larry Fedora said to open his Monday press conference, referring to UNC’s 70-41 loss at ECU on Saturday. “The sun came up yesterday, back up today.” And so it did. Carolina is back to work on the football field, eager to put Saturday behind them, and looking ahead to Clemson. Saturday’s result caused Fedora to evaluate everything in his program, the Tar Heel head coach said. (GoHeels.com)

Weekly Report Card: ECU

The Tar Heels did not play well at all against ECU. The only bright spot was that the wide receivers played relatively well, there were not a lot of drops nor were they poor route runners. Most incompletions were due to poor throws caused by either the ECU pass rush or quarterback misfires. On to the grades. (Tar Heel Blog)

Bruce Carter 'couldn't believe' interception

The first turnover of Dallas Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter’s career was a big one. Carter picked off a pass over the middle intended for running back Zac Stacy and raced 25 yards untouched for a touchdown to stretch the Cowboys’ lead to double digits with 5:58 remaining in Sunday’s 34-31 victory against the St. Louis Rams. (ESPN.com)

UNC-Virginia Tech set for 12:30 kickoff

North Carolina (2-1) hosts the Virginia Tech Hokies (2-2) in Chapel Hill on October 4th. The game will kickoff at 12:30 PM in Kenan Stadium and will be seen on the ACC Network, the ACC released today. The Tar Heels and the Hokies are both coming off tough losses. UNC lost to ECU 70-41 in Greenville while Virginia Tech lost to Georgia Tech at home 27-24. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels look to regroup following 70-41 loss

UNC has had shocking defensive breakdowns in each of Larry Fedora’s first three seasons. The Tar Heels recovered the first two times, but now must regroup after the worst performance of them all in Saturday’s 70-41 loss at ECU. The Tar Heels lost to Georgia Tech 68-50 in 2012, but the defense responded five days later with one its best games of the season in a 37-13 win at Virginia. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Art’s Angle: The Good And Bad

Unless the Heels pull a Houdini act in weeks to come, Larry Fedora will also fall down the list of hot coaching prospects being eyed by schools looking for a new man. That’s the good news, because despite all the exciting things The Hat has accomplished so far, It sure looks like he has a long way to go on the recruiting trail, in the weight room and in practice compared to Saturday’s seasoned opponent. (Chapelboro.com)

Deshaun Watson will start at QB for Clemson Saturday vs. UNC

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney finally admitted Sunday what the rest of us have known for the past four weeks: the Tigers are a better team when Deshaun Watson plays at quarterback over Cole Stoudt. Swinney announced Sunday that Watson would garner his first career start Saturday versus North Carolina. (NBC Sports)

Logan Zone: Football-first ECU showed more talent than UNC

For UNC, they need to find their identity as a program and can simply look to ECU for a model, Steve Logan said. Essentially, UNC needs to not rush to any personnel decisions, “plant some seeds for future greatness” and “let cooler heads prevail.” Logan also noted that it was evident on Saturday that ECU had more on-field talent than UNC. (WRAL Sports Fan)

ACC Power Rankings: Week 4

T-13: North Carolina Tar Heels; What else needs to be said about a team that entered Saturday with a chip on its shoulder after getting routed by ECU last year, had a bye to prepare and then lost 70-41? UNC surrendered 789 total yards to the Pirates, a school record for futility. And the Tar Heels hardly looked great in their first two games. Clemson awaits. (ESPN.com)

The Good, Bad & Ugly Report: East Carolina

What if I told you your college football team would have nearly 450 yards of total offense, run 82 plays, block a field goal, score on a fake field goal, get points on four of its first five possessions, only give up one sack, put up 41 points, and lose by more than four touchdowns? That was UNC's day on Saturday in Greenville as ECU sliced and diced UNC for 70 points. (Tar Heel Blog)

Extra Points: No Quarter

The game was inching toward its merciful close Saturday in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium when the prettiest pink and purple and orange sky you've ever seen developed to the west. To see the sundown from the vantage point of the Tar Heel sideline, you had to look beyond a large red flag flopping in the breeze. On it was the skull-and-crossbones mark of the East Carolina Pirates and the words "No Quarter." (GoHeels.com)

What’s next for the Tar Heels after the Pirates’ massacre?

Larry Fedora didn’t offer a missed-tackle tally against ECU, which won its fourth straight game against ACC competition the past two seasons, but after allowing 10 touchdowns in 60 minutes, it had to rival that number in the Tar Heels’ previous game. Back to the drawing board for Fedora and his staff? “It makes you re-evaluate everything,” he told reporters. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

Panthers' Tre Boston eager to prove himself

Carolina Panthers' defensive back Tre Boston is happy to be back on the field. And he will be even happier when he gets the chance to help his team. A sports hernia has kept the former North Carolina Tar Heel on the sidelines. Boston left Carolina after leading the Heels in tackles his junior and senior seasons. He also finished at UNC with 13 interceptions, third best in school history. (WNCN)

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