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Gene Chizik Steps Down As Defensive Coordinator

UNC defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, whose leadership helped significantly improve the Tar Heels’ defense over the last two seasons, has decided to step down from his position to spend more time with his family in Auburn, Ala. "After a lot of prayer and discussions with my wife and children, I have made the difficult decision to step away from coaching to be with my family,” said Chizik. (

UNC DL Coach Deke Adams Q&A

What prompted your decision to leave after the 2012 season and what brought you back? Deke Adams: "I wish I would have done things differently. Not long after we left, I told my wife that Chapel Hill was a great place. My wife loves it here. We even talked about finding a place here and possibly retiring. I’m just pleased that Coach Fedora gave me an opportunity to come back" (Inside Carolina)

Report: North Texas Defensive Coordinator Mike Ekeler Joining UNC Football Staff

Larry Fedora is adding Mike Ekeler to North Carolina's football coaching staff, according to FootballScoop. Ekeler, currently the defensive coordinator at North Texas, will take on a co-defensive coordinator role, per the report. This news would support the notion that current UNC defensive coordinator Gene Chizik has made his decision to exit the program. (Inside Carolina)

Caleb Peterson, Nick Weiler Named To All-ACC Academic Football Team

North Carolina guard Caleb Peterson and kicker Nick Weiler were named to the 2016 All-ACC Academic Football Team on Wednesday. Peterson, an exercise and sport science major from Auburn, Alabama, is a two-time selection. Weiler, a graduate student from Fairfax, Virginia, earned a spot on the All-ACC Academic team for the second straight year. (

A breakdown of new UNC DB Coach Terry Joseph

CarolinaBlue reached out to two college recruiting writers who covered teams where new UNC defensive backs coach Terry Joseph coached. Joseph recruited players who tended to be longer and physical. His defensive back recruits in the 2017 class are all at least 6-foot-2, even the corners. All but one defensive back recruit was 6 feet 2 or taller in the 2016 class. (Carolina Blue)

Q&A with new UNC DB Coach Terry Joseph

New North Carolina secondary coach Terry Joseph met with the media last week. He offered some insight into his recruiting strengths and geographic areas. What transpired to bring you to North Carolina? Joseph: "I had a lot of relationships with guys on the staff. Coach (John) Papuchis and I worked together numerous times at LSU and Nebraska." (Carolina Blue)

Ranking the ACC's Football Rosters for 2017

Here are the national recruiting ranking averages for ACC schools over the last five classes according to 247Sports Team Composite rankings and each team's record over the last five seasons. Obviously, this doesn't take into account attrition but, over time, this should be considered relatively even across the conference. 5. North Carolina (Athlon Sports)

Fox analyst Terry Bradshaw critical of Lions' Eric Ebron

For Terry Bradshaw, it’s not that the Lions aren’t trying to put pieces around Matthew Stafford, it’s that they’re not hitting enough on those investments. Bradshaw was particularly critical of Eric Ebron. “I don’t like their tight end and he’s a first-rounder,” Bradshaw said. “Ebron drops too many passes.” Bradshaw highlighted Ebron’s drops in the team’s playoff loss to Seattle. (Detroit News)

This time, Tar Heels ready for challenge of the Irish

For everything that was strange about Sunday afternoon, this one had a familiar feeling. A sunny afternoon tipoff at the Greensboro Coliseum had watched North Carolina jump out to a big second half lead in front of a partisan crowd before Notre Dame, the newcomer from up north, roared back thanks to a scrappy offense and a little luck of the Irish. (Greensboro News & Record)

The Mitch Trubisky Effect

Mitch Trubisky’s growth as a quarterback and ascent up NFL draft charts is having a positive effect on the recruiting trail for North Carolina. UNC has offered a few quarterbacks from the class of 2018 in recent weeks, and each has said Trubisky’s development and that he is expected to go high in the NFL draft make UNC appealing. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Beyond the cliches with UNC's Larry Fedora on national signing day

Larry Fedora said “it was a great day to be the head coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels.” He said he believed – “I really do” – that the 20-player recruiting class that he and his staff had put together was “pretty special.” He spoke of “high character.” He spoke of “high football IQs.” (Charlotte Observer)

2017 ACC football rankings

Coastal Division 5. North Carolina Only two ACC teams are losing 10 current/former all-conference players this offseason: national champion Clemson and 8-5 North Carolina. Unlike the Tigers, the Tar Heels can’t point to more than one returning All-ACC player (M.J. Stewart). (ACC Sports Journal)

Q&A with UNC's New Defensive Backs Coach Terry Joseph

New UNC defensive backs coach, Terry Joseph, spoke to reporters for the first time on Wednesday and discussed several topics, beginning with how he arrived at UNC. “Coach Warren made the decision to go to Tennessee, and fortunately for me, I had a lot of relationships with guys on the staff. Coach Papuchis and I have worked together at LSU and Nebraska." (Inside Carolina)

Pro Footbal Focus' Top 32 prospects for the 2017 NFL draft

25. Mitch Trubisky, QB, UNC: Trubisky continues to build momentum as he showed the arm to drive the ball outside the numbers and the pocket movement to create plays when pressured. He only has one year of action at UNC, raising questions about his coming out of school, but his talent is evident and worth a first-round investment. There’s still room for improvement. (Pro Football Focus)

Chansky’s Notebook: Gunslinger Needed

UNC's football’s recruiting class looks good, with one exception. Larry Fedora issued the warning after UNC released its list of 20 2017 signees. No quarterbacks signed so far, and that means who replaces Mitch Trubisky will be a great unknown. Carolina was hoping that Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire would sign as soon as Trubisky announced he was turning pro. (

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Last Game:
North Carolina: 23
Stanford: 25
Fri, Dec 30 Box Score

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

UNC vs. Louisville
Sat, Sep 9 TBD

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
Georgia Tech4-49-4

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

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