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Mentally Ill Homeless Man Killed In Accident Was Former UNC Football Player Ryan Hoffman

For many the story of a homeless man being hit and killed is all too quickly forgotten. Most of these people unfortunately have alienated themselves from others and frankly not many people know them and many have little or no family. The recent death of a homeless man in Haines City on November 16th isn’t one such case. This one centers around a former college football star with the North Carolina Tar Heels, who suffered from mental illness, named Ryan Hoffman. (The Daily Ridge)

Sometimes, the laugh's on North Carolina LB Shakeel Rashad

Shakeel Rashad's play this season is a big reason why the Tar Heels have turned a corner on defense. The starting weakside linebacker is second on the team with 70 tackles, while adding two interceptions and three forced fumbles, all career highs with two games left in the regular season. But even with the bigger role and greater responsibility, Rashad does not take himself too seriously. (

Hokies Set to Face Tar Heels' Dynamic Offense and Bend But Don't Break Defense

Saturday afternoon will be festive when Hokie Nation says thank you to Frank Beamer. It will be an emotional day at Lane Stadium, as two generations of Virginia Tech fans and players bid farewell to the only head coach they have ever known. The Hokies face a monumental task to defeat No. 12 North Carolina. (The Key Play)

The Frank Beamer decision that changed the course of UNC football

Imagine, for a moment, if Frank Beamer had made the move. If he’d decided to leave Virginia Tech 15 years ago to become the head coach at North Carolina. He almost did, and so it’s conceivable that Beamer could have been on the opposite sideline when the Tar Heels play the Hokies Saturday in Blacksburg, Va. Instead, Beamer, who’s in his 29th season and on the edge of retirement, will be on the Virginia Tech sideline.... (Charlotte Observer)

Hokies' Loeffler, UNC's Chizik need no introduction Saturday in Blacksburg

As soon as North Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik started studying some of Virginia Tech's games in preparation for Saturday's meeting in Blacksburg, he noticed a style that seemed awfully familiar, and a few wrinkles he might not have expected. Getting another look at Tech offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler's approach represented a blast from the not-so distant past for Chizik. (Daily Press)

Stakes Through the Roof For UNC Against Virginia Tech

One win. That’s all it will take for the No. 12 ranked UNC football team to clinch the ACC Coastal Division and continue its dream season. Standing in front of them? A date in Blacksburg against the Virginia Tech Hokies–in what will be the final home game for their legendary head coach, Frank Beamer. (

UNC enters "Coastal Week" with goals intact

Entering Saturday’s game at Virginia Tech with a chance to claim the Coastal Division crown, Mack Hollins sat in Tuesday’s team meeting brewing over this week’s theme. Then, in a eureka moment of sorts, he screamed, “Coastal Week!” The name has stuck. “It is Coastal Week,” said redshirt senior linebacker Jeff Schoettmer. (Daily Tar Heel)

Injury reports for Saturday’s football games involving UNC, State, Duke and Wake

North Carolina at Virginia Tech: UNC - Probable: S Sam Smiley; Doubtful: P Corbin Daly, RB Ty’Son Williams; Out for the season: S Cameron Albright, DT Aaron Crawford, LB Joe Jackson, TE Caleb Samuel, WR Taylor Vippolis; Virginia Tech - Out for the season: CB Kendall Fuller (knee), RB Shai McKenzie (knee), RB Marshawn Williams (knee). (Wilmington Star News)

Tale of the Tape: UNC-Virginia Tech

Given the high level of emotion involved in Frank Beamer's last game at Lane Stadium, the numbers might not mean as much as UNC hopes they will. Then again, there is still importance providing the Tar Heels continues to play at the level it has over the past two week. (Tar Heel Blog)

5 things you need to know about WR Hakeem Nicks

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks returns to the team that selected him with the 29th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. The former first-rounder played his first five seasons with the Giants (2009-2013) before signing with the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 14, 2014. (New York Giants)

T.J. Yates Helping the Texans More Than Just On the Field

There is a mutual respect for Yates from his past teammates who were with him during that time frame and that was a factor for Bill O’Brien bringing him back to be the back up for Brian Hoyer. “The one thing about T.J. is the locker room has a lot of respect for him,” said O’Brien of Yates. (State of the Texans)

If Tar Heels run table, ACC likely will get snub

Even if North Carolina can post convincing wins at Virginia Tech Saturday and NC State on Nov. 28 to complete regular season at 11-1 and then add another win on Dec. 5 against Clemson in the ACC championship game at Charlotte, the odds still are against the Tar Heels landing a spot in the four-team national title playoff. UNC is dealing with a two-fold burden. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC WR coach Gunter Brewer discusses wide receiver chemistry

How has Ryan Switzer grown in the last three season? Gunter Brewer: "His route running ability and his feel for the game and the defensive side. When called upon to make a big play or a special play like a post or a double move, he is always in for that. He smiles ear to ear. He has also been a role player --- catching bubble routes and flat routes." (Carolina Blue)

By the numbers: Slowing down the North Carolina juggernaut

The Hokies will host red-hot North Carolina, and this isn’t a good matchup for the home team. The Tar Heels have scored 125 points in their past two games, and with quarterback Marquise Williams and tailback Elijah Hood there aren’t many good options for slowing down the Tar Heels. Worse yet, UNC's strengths correspond with some of Virginia Tech’s biggest flaws. (

North Carolina-Virginia Tech Preview: Last Stand for Beamer

As far as motivation goes, Virginia Tech has plenty as it seeks to send Frank Beamer out with a win in his final home game at Lane Stadium. It’s also Senior Day, and the Hokies are one win away from bowl eligibility. This is an opportunity to close an unexpectedly poor season with a positive flourish for Virginia Tech, and North Carolina will have to match its opponent’s intensity from the start. (Inside Carolina)

Six Storylines Heading Into Virginia Tech

Can Carolina clinch the Coastal Division? UNC has never played in the ACC Championship game. In 2012 the Tar Heels would have represented the Coastal but were held back by a postseason ban. A win on Saturday would send the Heels back to Charlotte for a shot at redemption after losing their season opener to South Carolina in the same stadium. (Carolina Blue)

Turner's Take: Spoilers

The game is sold out. Virginia Tech players will wear black uniforms. They’ll have the number 25 on their helmets, a nod to Frank Beamer’s number when he was a Hokie cornerback in the 1960s. With bowl eligibility, Beamer’s last game at Lane Stadium and Senior Day all hinging on Saturday, Virginia Tech has plenty on the line. Standing in the way? The North Carolina Tar Heels. (

Seems like everyone is going to the chapel in Chapel Hill

Damien Washington had planned this for months. This was his last game at Kenan Stadium, and he wanted to make it special. He’d been dating his girlfriend, Chemaria Beatty, for more than a year, and while they’d talked about marriage, he knew she wouldn’t be expecting him to pop the question so soon. It would be the perfect surprise, and the perfect way to wrap his last home football game. (

By the (Advanced) Numbers: North Carolina

The Hokies must face 9-1 North Carolina, one of the hottest teams in the country. I expect the atmosphere to be perhaps the most electric I've ever experienced. Casinos have set the opening spread at an unexpectedly narrow 6.5-point UNC victory — are they taking into account the emotions and fan intensity at the game, or do objective computers also agree that this game isn't as lopsided as it looks on paper? (The Key Play)

What could have been: South Carolina loss looms large for UNC

Larry Fedora said he isn't haunted by it, that he doesn't think about it – that dreadful 17-13 season-opening loss against South Carolina that seems so long ago now. “No, I don't,” Fedora, the North Carolina coach, said earlier this week when asked if memories of that defeat surface when he's alone, in quiet moments. “When I'm by myself, when I'm with my wife, when I'm with you … no, I don't (think about it).” (Charlotte Observer)

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Last Game:
North Carolina: 30
Virginia Tech: 27
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Sat, Dec 5 7:45 ET ABC Tickets

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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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