UNC Football vs. Miami

The 8-1 UNC football team will take on Miami in an ACC battle on Saturday, November 14th.  The game kicks off at 3:30 in Kenan Stadium.

You can listen to UNC Football vs. Miami on 97.9 FM and 1360 AM WCHL.

WCHL will broadcast Countdown to Kickoff with Ron Stutts from 12:30 until 2:30 from Hickory Tavern.  The UNC pregame show starts at 2:30 from Kenan Stadium.

The Tar Heels are sitting atop the ACC Coastal division after defeating the Duke Blue Devils 66-31 last Saturday.  Senior quarterback Marquise Williams completed 23-of-35 passes for 494 yards–a new school record–and accounted for five touchdowns in all. He also rushed for 30 yards, to finish with 524 total yards by himself–the first Tar Heel to ever break the 500 yard mark–in what was arguably the best performance ever by a UNC football player.

The performance launched the UNC football team from Number 21 to Number 17 in the AP Poll.  After being unlisted in the College Football Playoff rankings, Carolina is now Number 23.

The Miami Hurricanes will come into Chapel Hill with a 6-3 record.  The team is 2-0 since the firing of head coach Al Golden.  In the ACC Coastal division, Miami is tied for third place with Pittsburgh.

http://chapelboro.com/calendars/unc-football-vs-miami

UNC-Duke Football Pregame at Hickory Tavern

UNC-Duke football.  Tobacco Road football that matters in November.

Join WCHL at Hickory Tavern in Carrboro for your Tar Heel Football pregame festivities.

WCHL will be broadcasting “Countdown to Kickoff with Ron Stutts” from 9:00 until 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 7 on 97.9 FM, 1360 AM and online at Chapelboro.com.

The Tar Heels take on the Duke Blue Devils in Kenan Stadium at noon.  Carolina is 7-1 on the season and is looking to go 5-0 in the ACC after last week’s win over Pitt.  Despite Duke’s last-second loss against Miami, this game decides who will be in the driver’s seat in the ACC Coastal Division.

Hickory Tavern is located on 310-110 East Main Street in Carrboro.

While you are visiting Hickory Tavern, be sure to sign up for our Carolina Basketball Holiday Hoops in Brooklyn Giveaway.

 

 

http://chapelboro.com/calendars/unc-duke-football-pregame-at-hickory-tavern

UNC Football Success Also Good For Rams Club

Wednesday was National Signing Day: a big day on the college football calendar, a big day for Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels…and also a pretty big day for UNC’s Rams Club.

The Rams Club hosted a “call-a-thon” on Wednesday in conjunction with Signing Day – they’ve done it each of the past three years – with dozens of volunteers making more than two thousand phone calls to last year’s season ticket holders, asking them to renew for 2016. (Among the callers were Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue and Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood.)

Brian Chacos is the director of sales and fan development at the Rams Club and himself a former Tar Heel; he says the team’s success in 2015 has the fan base as excited as he’s ever seen.

Chacos joined Aaron Keck on WCHL this week.

 

For more info on 2016 tickets, visit RaiseUpCarolina.com, a new website dedicated to UNC football.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/unc-football-success-also-pretty-good-for-rams-club

Former Tar Heels Give Water For Flint Crisis

Former Tar Heels Hakeem Nicks and Rasheed Wallace have both donated water to people affected by the Flint water crisis, according to reports.

Wallace played for the Detroit Pistons from 2004-2009. Nicks is currently a wide receiver for the New York Giants.

Two years ago the state of Michigan, in a money saving decision, moved Flint’s water supply from Lake Hurton to the Flint River.

In order to make the water from the Flint River safe to drink, the government needed to add an anti-corrosive agent, which a class-action lawsuit alleges they did not do.

 

http://chapelboro.com/news/unc/former-tar-heels-give-water-for-flint-crisis

UNC Commit Chazz Surratt Named Parade All-America Player of the Year

Chazz Surratt, a quarterback from Denver, North Carolina who has committed to play at UNC, has been named Parade Magazine’s All-America Player of the Year.

Surratt led East Lincoln High School to state championships in football.  He scored 66 touchdowns in his senior season and has a 4.5 GPA.  According to Parade, Surratt even babysits his coach’s grandchildren.  East Lincoln head coach Mike Byus told Parade, “Do you know this kid babysits my grandchildren?  I mean, how many boys his age would do that? He’s great with kids and they like him too. And he’s polite. Chazz will ‘yes sir’ and ‘no sir’ you to death.”

The 6’3″ 210 pound quarterback was a 4-star recruit according to 247 Sports.  He also may walk-on the basketball team.

Chazz and his brother, junior Sage Surratt, are currently trying to get the East Lincoln basketball team back to the state championship.  They were runners-up last year.

Two other players from North Carolina made the Parade All-America team.

Wake Forest defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence made the team.  He will play his college ball at Clemson.  Asheville athlete Rico Dowdle is headed to South Carolina.

Chazz Surratt is one of 26 players in UNC’s recruiting class of 2016.

The Tar Heels finished the 2015 season with a record of 11-3.

The 2016 season will begin on September 3 in the Georgia Dome against the Georgia Bulldogs.

http://chapelboro.com/featured/unc-commit-chazz-surratt-named-parade-all-america-player-of-the-year

UNC Football Spring Game is April 16

The Spring Game for the 2016 UNC football team will be April 16 at 3 PM.

Admission will be free.

The Carolina football team finished the 2015 season with a record of 11-3.  The Tar Heels won the Coastal Division of the ACC and played in the Russell Athletic Bowl.  The team finished No. 15 in both Top 25 polls.

Seven starters will return to an offense that set numerous records in 2015.  Six starters return on defense.

The team did not play a spring game in 2015 because of construction of a storm water drain pipe.

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora

Larry Fedora watches from the sideslines. Photo via Smith Cameron Photography.

The UNC football team added 19 recruits on National Signing Day.  Seven other football commits already enrolled at the school in January.  The 26 scholarships are the most available to a team.  It was Larry Fedora’s first full recruiting class in his five-year tenure at UNC.

Coach Fedora will come into the 2016 season fresh off of a contract extension.

The 2016 season begins for the UNC football team on Saturday, September 3.  The Tar Heels will travel to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to take on the Georgia Bulldogs in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.  The first home game of the 2016 season will be on Saturday, September 17 against James Madison.

 

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/unc-football-spring-game-is-april-16

UNC Football: Fedora and Chizik No Longer Selling Hope

UNC head football coach Larry Fedora announced Wednesday, on National Signing Day, the addition of 19 new recruits.

Fedora—fresh off an 11-win season and a contract extension—used this season’s success to help bring in the first full recruiting class of his five-year tenure in Chapel Hill.

The Tar Heels, who had seven other football commits enroll in January, filled all 26 scholarships available to them–as many of the nation’s top high school players waited until the last opportunity to declare their college intentions.

UNC vs. NC State

Andre Smith (56) saw significant playing time at linebacker in 2015 as a true freshman under Gene Chizik. (Photo by Smith Cameron Photography)

Some players, such as quarterback Chazz Surratt—North Carolina’s Gatorade Player of the Year—had already made their intentions known for months.

But for others, like cornerback K.J. Sails (the last to announce his decision on Wednesday) Fedora had to show that this team was capable of winning at a high level.

“There were some guys we were still closing on those last couple of months,” Fedora said at his press conference Wednesday.

“So every single one of those wins, every little bit of positive buzz that was going on around the state, or when you talk about the week of the [ACC] championship game where you turned on the TV and it was nothing but ‘North Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina,” he continued. “Every recruit sees that.”

One of the main forces behind UNC’s incredible 2015 campaign was the hiring of defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, a national champion as both a head coach and an assistant.

In his first year, Chizik took over a defense that ranked as one of the nation’s worst and turned them into the nation’s most improved. The result was not just more wins, but also more interest from high-schoolers—as 16 of UNC’s incoming recruits play on the defensive side of the ball.

“Most of the recruits that we entertained, starting back a year ago when I got here, were guys that really already had a familiarity with North Carolina,” Chizik said. “I think they were all waiting to see, where is this program going?

“Because we were selling hope.”

Ross Martin of 247Sports.com discussed UNC’s recruiting class with WCHL’s Aaron Keck.

 

Now that the 2015 team has set a standard for Fedora and Chizik, strictly selling hope is no longer an option.

After matching the school’s record for single season wins in their first year together, there isn’t much room for improvement outside of winning championships. So now it’s about getting kids to buy in to the belief that the Tar Heels can turn 2015 into the norm, one year at a time.

“Gene delivered on the promises that everybody was making when he came,” Fedora said. “All the kids out there see that. They see the improvement. They’re like, ‘Well OK, let’s make the same improvement next year.’”

The one obstacle besides wins and losses that’s hampered Fedora on the recruiting trail at UNC has been the threat of NCAA sanctions due to the academic scandal.

UNC vs Virginia Tech

With talented returning players like tailback Elijah Hood returning to play with the 2016 class , the future is bright for Fedora’s program. (Smith Cameron Photography)

While the rulings in the case aren’t expected to be delivered until the spring, Fedora took the opportunity to let everyone know now that the days of it affecting his team are over.

“I really believe that cloud that’s been hanging over our head for the previous four years has dissipated,” Fedora said. “It’s not there. It’s not like it was.

“Even though I think people still try to use that out there, I just think people are tired of hearing about it,” he continued. “And they know there’s been a lot of ‘crying wolf’ about what’s gonna happen—and that none of those things has happened.

“So they feel comfortable with what we’re saying.”

If that proves to be true, then all signs point to a bright future for UNC football—possibly the most prolific stretch in program history–given all the talent returning to play next year with the 26 incoming freshmen.

“Winning helps in every aspect of the program, but definitely in recruiting,” Fedora said. “And I think toward the end of the year you felt that bump, and I think you’re gonna feel that bump into the 2017 class, and into the ’18 class.”

Notable:

  • Fedora said he would be fine if Surratt, who also plays basketball for East Lincoln High School in Denver, NC, wanted to try and walk-on for UNC’s team under Roy Williams on top of his quarterback duties.
  • Each of the recruits texted in a picture of their signed letters of intent. It was the first time in his career, Fedora said, that a fax machine was not used during the process.

 

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http://chapelboro.com/featured/no-more-selling-hope-for-unc-football

UNC Football Promotes Chris Kapilovic to Offensive Coordinator

UNC is promoting offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic to fill the vacant offensive coordinator position, according to the News & Observer’s Andrew Carter.

Kapilovic has been the offensive line coach for the Tar Heels over the last four seasons. Kapilovic also served as co-offensive coordinator beginning in 2014 after serving as the run game coordinator the previous two seasons.

During his time coaching the offensive line, the unit has been one of the strongest pieces of the Carolina football team. Offensive line play helped the Tar Heels to one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2015, and guard Landon Turner was one of the top interior linemen in the country.

The other four starters along the offensive line, excluding Turner, are expected to be back with Carolina in 2016.

The Tar Heels have boasted one of the most explosive offenses in the country under head coach Larry Fedora. That offense will bring back many starters next season, although UNC will lose three senior starters in quarterback Marquise Williams, wide receiver Quinshad Davis and Turner.

Fedora has said the offensive scheme wouldn’t change with whoever was tabbed as offensive coordinator.

Kapilovic will take the place of Seth Littrell, who left the Tar Heels in December to take the head coach position at North Texas.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/unc-football-promotes-chris-kapilovic-to-offensive-coordinator

UNC Preparing For College Football Signing Day

The wait is over.

College football’s National Signing Day will kick off February 3.

24/7 Sports’ Ross Martin previews UNC’s Signing Day 

 

UNC currently has 17 players committed to sign Wednesday, and seven players in their 2016 recruiting class have already enrolled.

They are still waiting to hear back from a few other players, including four-star WR Nate Criag-Myers, who has narrowed down his choices to UNC and Auburn.

Check in throughout the day Wednesday for Signing Day updates from WCHL and Chapelboro.com.

 

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/unc-preparing-for-college-football-signing-day

Larry Fedora Hires Chad Scott To Coach Tight Ends

Head football coach Larry Fedora announced a new tight ends coach on Friday afternoon.  Chad Scott will coach tight ends and hybrids for the Tar Heels.  Scott is an alumnus of UNC.  He graduated in 2004.

Scott returns to Chapel Hill after coaching most recently at Kentucky, where he tutored running backs from 2013-15 and was the run game coordinator in 2014-15.

Prior to his time with Kentucky, Chad Scott spent three seasons (2010-2012) with Texas Tech as their running backs coach.  His first full-time coaching job was at Troy.  As running backs coach from 2007-2009, Scott helped lead Troy to three straight Sun Belt Championships.

In a statement, Fedora said:

“We’re excited to bring back one of our alums to be a part of our program.  I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Chad over the last few years and he’s an outstanding person, an excellent recruiter and a smart offensive coach. We welcome him and his wife, Shambrica, and their two children to the Tar Heel family.”

Scott began his collegiate playing career at Kentucky before transferring to North Carolina and lettering in 2004 and 2005. He earned first-team All-ACC honors from ESPN.com after rushing for 796 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior.

http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/larry-fedora-hires-chad-scott-to-coach-tight-ends