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In defense of good coaching, better mindset at UNC

Smart coaching and the right culture matter. There is plenty of evidence of both for UNC this football season, particularly on defense. The latest example was Saturday’s 26–13 victory over Virginia. The game was tied at 13 at halftime and the Cavaliers had 226 total yards. But the Tar Heels shut them out in the second half with only 127 yards, and five of six possessions ending with turnovers. (Raleigh & Company)

National Media Starting to Mention Larry Fedora's Name for Job Openings

Now that the Tar Heels are 6-1 and in the thick of the Coastal Division race, Larry Fedora is again a viable candidate for supposedly better jobs. On Sunday, Miami fired Al Golden after the Hurricanes were run over by Clemson 58-0. If Fedora wants to leave Chapel Hill for a different job it will be because that other job is a legitimate step up for him career wise. Miami isn't that right now. (Tar Heel Blog)

Butch Davis states his case for coaching Miami Hurricanes again

Butch Davis said publicly Monday something he has said privately for several years: he wants to coach the Miami Hurricanes again. Davis, who has made a guest appearance every Monday this football season on 790 The Ticket, was asked about his interest the morning after Al Golden‘s dismissal if he wants the job he held for six seasons. “Obviously, I’d love to be considered for that opportunity,” he said. (Palm Beach Post)

Pitt Prepares for ACC Showdown with North Carolina

Owning identical 6-1 records, Pitt and North Carolina square off Thursday night at Heinz Field in a crucial ACC Coastal Division game. The Panthers are atop the Coastal with a 4-0 ACC mark, while the Tar Heels are right behind at 3-0. The showdown will be nationally televised by ESPN. The Panthers’ strong start has been fueled by their ability to win close games. (Pittsburgh Panthers)

Extra Points: Defense Mechanisms

Through seven games in 2014, the Tar Heels were allowing 43 points and 522 yards a game. This year, that unit has surrendered but 17 points and 350 yards a game. Last year they were yielding 50 percent third-down conversions. This year that total has shrunk to 41 percent. And in the second halves of games this fall as UNC has posted a 6-1 record, the Tar Heels have allowed 7, 14, 7, 7, 10, 0 and 0 points. (GoHeels.com)

Elijah Hood bears bigger burden in UNC football victory

So far in 2015, Elijah Hood has displayed a physical running style. More often than not it has taken a host of defenders to bring him down — Saturday was no different. Hood was tackled behind the line of scrimmage just twice against the Cavaliers, and when he was able to get a head of steam, he made Virginia players pay — electing to make contact with a defender rather than going out of bounds. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Linebackers Locked In

In a game where penalties and sloppy play affected UNC for four quarters, the Tar Heel linebacker corps served as the most impressive unit on the field. Seniors Shakeel Rashad and Jeff Schoettmer, along with freshman Andre Smith, finished UNC’s 26-13 victory over Virginia with a combined 26 tackles. The unit played arguably its best game of the season. (Inside Carolina)

The Good, Bad, and Ugly Report: Virginia

It was clear at the beginning of the season that UNC's schedule was back-loaded. The thing is, no one counted on the next two weeks being the Coastal Division playoffs. Carolina remains the only unranked one-loss Power 5 team as they travel to Pitt to take on the 23rd ranked Panthers, who are unbeaten in the ACC, for a Thursday night game. Then the week after the Heels welcome Duke. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heels don't mind sloppy, as long as they win

When Virginia tried to run a trick play during the first half of North Carolina’s 26-13 win in Kenan Stadium on Saturday, UNC linebacker Shakeel Rashad recognized it from a Youtube video: “Ultimate Football Fails.” It was an apt metaphor for UNC’s ugliest win of the season, where the Tar Heels made plenty of mistakes but Virginia made even more. (Greensboro News & Record)

WWE Legend Booker T Training Ex-NFLer For Pro Wrestling Stardom

WWE legend Booker T isn't dropping elbows anymore, but he's got a brand new challenge: creating the next pro wrestling superstar out of one of Tom Brady's ex-teammates. TMZ Sports spoke with Brennan Williams who's decided to call it quits on a 3 year NFL career as a lineman for the Texans, Jaguars, and Patriots so he can take a shot at pro wrestling. (TMZ.com)

ACC Football Week 8 Power Rankings

5. North Carolina Tar Heels (6-1, 3-0 ACC): There were some early struggles in a clear look-ahead situation against Virginia, but Gene Chizik’s new-look defense continues to impress. The Tar Heels have held the opposition to 17 points or fewer in six of seven games. (ESPN.com)

Postgame Notes - Virginia

UNC won its sixth-consecutive game and is now 6-1 overall and 3-0 in ACC play. The Tar Heels are 3-0 in conference play for the first time since 1997 and 6-1 for the first time since 1997. Larry Fedora is now 61-37 as a head coach, including 27-18 in four seasons at UNC. Carolina has now allowed just 45 points in the second half in seven games. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels let defense do heavy lifting in defeat of Virginia

North Carolina has a defense good enough to win ACC football games. Let that sink in. UNC didn’t allow a second-half point for the second game in a row, stumping Virginia 26-13 on Saturday at Kenan Stadium. “Just being disciplined,” Tar Heels safety Sam Smiley said. “Whatever we didn’t do right in the first half, we’re trying to do right in the second half.” (Burlington Times News)

Why does Jets' Todd Bowles continue to barely play Quinton Coples?

If this keeps up, it's difficult to envision rush outside linebacker Quinton Coples being with the Jets in 2016. (But it's not necessarily going to keep up.) Coples, whom the Jets drafted 16th overall in 2012, has barely played in the past two games. He got just 15 snaps against Miami in London. And this past Sunday against Washington, Coples played nine snaps. (NJ.com)

Panthers coach Ron Rivera on Tre Boston’s lack of action: ‘That’s on us’

One game after playing a season-high 32 defensive snaps, second-year Carolina Panthers safety Tre Boston was in for just five defensive plays against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Panthers coach Ron Rivera owned it as a mistake on Monday after weeks of promising to get the former fourth-round draft pick more involved. “That’s on us,” Rivera said of the coaching staff. (Charlotte Observer)

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Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 23
Stanford: 25
Fri, Dec 30 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Cal
Sat, Sep 2 TBD Tickets

UNC vs. Louisville
Sat, Sep 9 TBD Tickets

UNC @ Old Dominion
Sat, Sep 16 TBD

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(16) Virginia Tech6-310-4
North Carolina5-38-5
(20) Miami5-39-4
Pittsburgh5-38-5
Georgia Tech4-49-4
Virginia1-72-10
Duke1-74-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-114-1
(21) Louisville7-19-4
(8) Florida State5-310-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Boston College2-67-6


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