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Five With Fedora: The NC State Game
What was mood in the locker room after the game when you first walked in, and what were your emotions? Larry Fedora: “It was extremely somber. There were some guys that were emotionally having a really hard time. Winning this game meant a lot to them, and their teammates really wanted to get it done for these seniors. Not being able to do that was hard to take."
Weekly N.C. Football Coaching Grades
Larry Fedora, UNC, F: With losses to Duke and State to wind up their ACC schedule, the Tar Heels (8-4, 5-3) technically crash-landed and definitely underachieved overall. Against the Wolfpack, the offensive front had alarming difficulty handling a basic four-man pass rush while the defensive front got controlled in the first and fourth quarters.
Chansky’s Notebook: Taking The Best Shots
The Tar Heels are now taking opponents’ best shots on the football field as they have been on the basketball court for years. When you can beat your arch rival, it can save a season. That’s what is happening lately, as football wins and losses are getting a lot more attention from our fans and fans of other schools. That’s a good sign – I guess.
UNC football team and player notes - N.C. State
North Carolina leads the all-time series against NC State, 66-34-6. Mitch Trubisky set the single-season record for passing yards at Carolina with 3,468. Senior Ryan Switzer had 13 receptions for 171 yards and a touchdown. He became UNC’s single-season leader in receptions with 91. Switzer extended his school record for career receptions to 239.
UNC's Ryan Switzer says goodbye to Kenan Stadium with record performance
Ryan Switzer choked back the tears. It was time to let go. His forehead was red from the pressure of his helmet, and his legs ached from the weight of his performance — 13 catches for 171 yards, more than his UNC teammates combined. But the sharpest pain was saying goodbye. “Regardless of how you play individually, you want to go out on the right note."
ACC Football Week 13 Power Rankings
T-5. North Carolina. As you can see, we ran into some trouble building a consensus here. North Carolina beat Miami and Pittsburgh, but the Tar Heels ended the regular season with consecutive disappointing losses to Duke and NC State, when the Coastal Division was there for the taking.
Butch Davis will bring star power to Conference USA
As he searched for work with major college football programs after being fired as North Carolina’s head coach in 2011, Butch Davis discovered he was virtually unemployable. It didn’t matter that he wasn’t implicated in the NCAA violations that occurred in Chapel Hill. It left him with baggage that, in spite of his enormous talent, made him damaged goods for most big-time schools.
Extra Points: Imperfect Storm
The loss to State and the one two weeks ago to Duke marks the first time since 2003 the Tar Heels have lost to their Triangle-area rivals in the same year. Before that, you have to go back to 1988-89 when coaches Dick Sheridan at State and Steve Spurrier at Duke held sway over the tumultuous early days of the Mack Brown era to find that double-dose of misery.
Art’s Angle: Fedora’s Five
While the current 8-4 season gives Larry Fedora four winning teams in five tries, it is a bad year around here if you lose to both Duke and State. And Fedora’s Tar Heels did that for the first time this fall. Despite victories at Florida State and Miami and wins over two other bowl-bound teams (Pitt and Georgia Tech), another poor finish is nevertheless disheartening.
Look how hard Larry Fedora had to work to keep UNC DL Jalen Dalton out of a fracas
Not sure if UNC’s Larry Fedora fancies himself a mechanical bull rider, but his defensive lineman certainly takes him for a ride here. As you can see in the video, head coach Fedora is not some shlub in a polo on the sidelines, though.
A gut-wrenching senior day for UNC’s Ryan Switzer
Bringing the passion, from the start of the game until when it came time after the game to painfully explain what had transpired, was Ryan Switzer. He and fellow senior wide receiver Bug Howard made some big plays, including each catching touchdown passes. But they weren’t enough against a potent N.C. State running game, led by Matt Dayes.
Nazair Jones Going Pro
UNC junior defensive end Nazair Jones announced on Instagram that he is leaving UNC and entering his name in the NFL draft. Jones, a native of Roanoke Rapids, NC, is fifth on the Tar Heels with 62 tackles, 27 of which are solos. He missed the James Madison game due to a concussion. His decision comes as no surprise, though he wasn’t letting on last Tuesday.
Some ‘houses divided’ at UNC-NC State tailgating
It was inevitable that some fans were going to be leaving Friday’s N.C. State-UNC football game unhappy. But as CBS North Carolina’s Robert Richardson found out, a little bit of tailgating can go a long way toward easing the pain of defeat. More than 50,000 fans filled Kenan Stadium — and the Tar Heels marked the day after Thanksgiving with ‘Black Friday’ jerseys.
Fedora on UNC's seniors
North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora searched for answers on Saturday afternoon as his Tar Heels feel to rival N.C. State 28-21. Another disappointing defeat for a UNC team that had so much promise heading into the season. Saturday was also the last home game for 16 North Carolina seniors. Fedora discussed these seniors during his post-game press conference.