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Tar Heels looking for answers as injury bug continues to bite

The ACC requires its football teams to issue an injury report two days before each game it plays against a conference opponent. The way things are going for North Carolina this season, it might be less time consuming to put together a list of those who aren’t hurt. Three more key players went down in Saturday’s loss to Duke at Kenan Stadium. (North State Journal)

Banged-up Tar Heels running out of “next men”

“I don’t really know what to say. It is what it is.” The rash of injuries—actually not so much a rash at this point as a full-blown plague of boils—that has befallen his team in 2017 rendered North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora nearly speechless after Saturday’s loss against rival Duke. In recent weeks, the injury situation in Chapel Hill has gone from bad to worse to Greek tragedy. (Wilson Times)

Monday Larry Fedora Press Conference Notes

At some point this season, Larry Fedora says the UNC football team's preseason goals could shift. But after a 1-3 start, they remain unchanged. "There's some goals that at some point you're not going to be able to reach if you don't keep going in a positive direction. So, we talk about it, and we reset goals, but we had four goals. So, we will continue to work toward those." (

UNC Football Struggling to Finish

North Carolina has been in contention to win all four of its football games this season. Despite holding fourth quarter leads each week thus far, the Tar Heels are 1-3 due to an inability to close out games. The Tar Heels had the ball and a 17-13 lead with under 10 minutes to play on Saturday against Duke before being outscored 14-0 in the final 6:09. (Inside Carolina)

Ode To The Original Ball Coach

Denny Marcin, who died at the age of 75 on Sept. 20, was always good for an entertaining story, a hearty laugh, a pat on the back. He was intense and competitive but could chuckle at himself. Marcin was one of seven coaches who came with Dick Crum from Miami (Ohio) in January 1978 and was one of only two of that group to be in Chapel Hill all 10 of Crum's years. (

Injury list grows at UNC ahead of Georgia Tech trip

North Carolina's injury list keeps growing. Senior receiver Austin Proehl, senior defensive tackle Tyler Powell and redshirt freshman receiver Rontavius Groves were hurt during Saturday's loss to Duke. None appear on the depth chart for this weekend's trip to Georgia Tech. Nine of 19 players on UNC's pre-Duke injury report are lost for the season. (Associated Press)

Recap: Former UNC Players in the NFL - Week 3

UNC had a multitude of Tar Heels in action around the NFL this weekend. Here are some of the highlights: Giovani Bernard (Cincinnati Bengals) ran the ball three times for 27 yards and reeled in two catches for 12 yards and a TD in the Bengals' overtime loss to Green Bay. Ryan Switzer and the Dallas Cowboys will take on the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night. (Inside Carolina)

Game time set for North Carolina-Notre Dame game

Notre Dame's game at North Carolina on Oct. 7 will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET, the ACC announced Monday. It will be televised on either ABC or ESPN. The network will be decided after the ACC games Saturday. It will be Notre Dame's first visit to North Carolina since 2008, when the Tar Heels beat the Irish 29-24. Notre Dame leads the all-time series 17-2. (Chicago Tribune)

Larry Fedora On The National Anthem & How He'd Handle It

College teams are not on the field during the national anthem, so it doesn’t really affect the Tar Heels. That said, Larry Fedora is considering discussing it with the players. “I may address it with the team,” he said. “What I would do is address it with the seniors or the older guys first and talk with them and see what they’re thoughts are and talk about it as a team.” (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Proud and solitary, Carolina Panthers star Julius Peppers takes a stand in his own way

And when the national anthem played, with a flag unfurled across the emerald green grass at Bank of America Stadium, a dozen New Orleans Saints knelt or sat across from them. But there the Carolina Panthers stood. Julius Peppers did not stand with them. Instead Peppers, 37 years old and a future Hall of Fame defensive end, stayed in the locker room. (Charlotte Observer)

Video: Larry Fedora Pre-Georgia Tech Press Conference

North Carolina head football coach Larry Fedora addresses the media as the Tar Heels prepare to travel to Georgia Tech on Saturday for a noon kickoff on ESPN2. View Video...

Weekly State of North Carolina Football Coaching Grades

Larry Fedora, UNC, C: The biggest problem against Duke was the lack of a consistent rushing attack other than quarterback Chazz Surratt. Running backs Jordon Brown and Michael Carter combined for only 41 yards on 16 carries. The defense showed a lot improvement, and wide-out Anthony Ratliff-Williams is becoming a field flipper. Injuries obviously have become a theme. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Anthony Ratliff-Williams is a star in the making for North Carolina football

Anthony Ratliff-Williams may be on the verge of big things for UNC. Two weeks after taking a kick back 94 yards for a touchdown against Louisville, Ratliff-Williams had his breakout performance in the receiving game. Ratliff-Williams is one of only four FBS players with 150-plus receiving yards, and at least one touchdown reception and one kickoff return for a touchdown. (ACC Sports Journal)

Five With Fedora: Sept. 25

As the game went on, you said you felt like Chazz Surratt started to try and make things happen instead of taking what they were giving him. What did the film show? Larry Fedora: "For the most part it showed exactly that. In the earlier parts of the game I thought Chazz was poised and staying within the system. But you could see him press some in the fourth quarter." (

Chansky’s Notebook: Manpower and Mistakes

With the Tar Heels’ injured list of walking wounded now approaching epidemic proportions, Duke rightfully should have blown them out of Kenan Stadium Saturday. But it turned out Carolina had the Blue Devils right where it wanted them to start the 4th quarter – the fourth time in four games the Heels led after three periods only to now stand 1-3 on the season. (

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Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 17
Duke: 27
Sat, Sep 23 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Georgia Tech
Sat, Sep 30 12:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

UNC vs. Notre Dame
Sat, Oct 7 3:30 ET ABC Tickets

UNC vs. Virginia
Sat, Oct 14 TBD Tickets

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ACC Football Scoreboard
#13 Miami0
at Duke0
Friday 7:00 PM

at Pittsburgh0
Saturday 12:00 PM

North Carolina0
at Georgia Tech0
Saturday 12:00 PM

at NC State0
Saturday 12:20 PM

Central Michigan0
at Boston College0
Saturday 1:00 PM

Murray State0
at #18 Louisville0
Saturday 3:30 PM

#25 Florida State0
at Wake Forest0
Saturday 3:30 PM

#2 Clemson0
at #12 Virginia Tech0
Saturday 8:00 PM

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
Georgia Tech1-02-1
(12) Virginia Tech0-04-0
(14) Miami0-02-0
North Carolina0-21-3

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson2-04-0
Wake Forest1-04-0
NC State1-03-1
(17) Louisville1-13-1
Florida State0-10-2
Boston College0-21-3

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