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Concussions and urgency of new safety rules

Concussions and urgency of new safety rules

The football gap separating the old-school game and its new era adapting to the times was revealed as wide as the Grand Canyon at the Atlantic Coast Conference media days last month in Charlotte, N.C. The concussion subject of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) was teed up...

Two books recommended for Larry Fedora

Two books recommended for Larry Fedora

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The week that was for Larry Fedora and how he could have enlightened football fans while he waved the flag. First, Fedora put up a trial balloon equating American exceptionalism and football during a preseason football tour stop -- the Pigskin Preview...

Ratliff Williams took switch and ran with it

Ratliff Williams took switch and ran with it

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On every kickoff return, Anthony Ratliff-Williams sizes up many moving parts. All at once he must follow the ball, catch it and scan the field for tacklers, looking for running room. That skill takes a special knack, and the North Carolina redshirt junior has...

Dooley coaches on their sport and profession

Dooley coaches on their sport and profession

CARY, N.C. -- David Cutcliffe called for a show of hands.The Duke football coach was the veteran attending the 16th annual Pigskin Preview presented by the Bill Dooley Chapter of the National Football Foundation on Monday at the Embassy Suites Hotel. While seated at the dais...

ACC overtakes SEC in college football

ACC overtakes SEC in college football

In football’s quest to become a year-round sport, it’s never too early to look ahead to the 2017 season.The national title Clemson claimed Monday night was the ACC’s second in four years, and the league has been represented in the College Football Playoff all three years. The...

Beamer and Fuente make it work at Virginia Tech

Beamer and Fuente make it work at Virginia Tech

Following a legend is never easy. Some coaches handle it better than others. Count among them retired Virginia Tech legendary coach Frank Beamer and his successor, Justin Fuente.An egregious example of how not to do it involved North Carolina basketball at the turn of the...

North Carolina offense comes to life

North Carolina offense comes to life

With North Carolina’s offense coming to life, let us honor the late Gene Wilder with his legendary words from “Young Frankenstein.” They apply to the Tar Heels’ 48-23 win Saturday night at Illinois.“Alive! It’s alive! IT’S ALIVE!” ... Click here for the rest of my Today's U...

North Carolina lets opportunity slip away

North Carolina lets opportunity slip away

It was a Kirby Smart win for Georgia and a not-so smart loss for North Carolina.For the second straight year, North Carolina, the defending ACC Coastal champion, showed it wasn’t ready to open the season against an SEC East opponent. ... Click here for the rest of my Today's...

North Carolina future in place

North Carolina future in place

This time six years ago North Carolina widely gained rankings among the top 20 in preseason polls.Optimism ran high in Chapel Hill as the Tar Heels, then coached by Butch Davis, prepared to open against LSU in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. The ACC hoped for credibility...

Tar Heels gained confidence despite Clemson loss

Tar Heels gained confidence despite Clemson loss

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – North Carolina is picked to win the ACC’s Coastal Division, which — around the rest of the nation — can be called “The Other Guys.”Clemson, the 2015 national runner-up, and Florida State, the 2013 national champion, reside in the tougher ACC Atlantic. Louisville...