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By Barry Jacobs | ACCsports.com
The 2013 Tar Heels harbor dreams of racing to a championship under Larry Fedora, a goal last achieved at Chapel Hill in 1980. They’re so hungry, Fedora issued rings last season to celebrate a three-way tie for first place in the ACC’s Coastal Division. The gesture was a bit of a reach — NCAA violations presumably gave UNC an unfair advantage on the field, reflected in a ban on postseason participation.
The furious tempo introduced by Fedora has heads spinning. Apparently that dizziness extends to his own players, four of whom opened a home game against Middle Tennessee State by botching the usually pro-forma coin toss.
By Matt Oakes | Chapelboro.com
It may be Friday the 13th, but there is no nonsense from Tar Heel Football Head Coach Larry Fedora as his team takes advantage of the bye week to prepare for their huge ACC opener against the tricky triple option attack of Georgia Tech.
“We’ve come just a couple days of our guys working on the triple option. The defense is starting to get the game plan. Offensively, putting in a game plan of what we know about Georgia Tech at this time, which isn’t a whole lot,” Fedora says. “You’re basically making decisions based off one game.”
By Jim Jenkins | News & Observer
Now, with Smith designated to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom, later this year at the White House, it seems fitting to share a conversation that in hindsight was meaningful personally and in a larger sense proves Smith absolutely worthy of the honor. (He has, unfortunately, lost some of his memory as he has entered his 80s.)
“Well,” he said, “my parents were teachers in Kansas, so I guess a lot of how I feel comes because of them. That’s really where it started.”
In fact, young Smith tried to push for racial integration of his high school team, and his father was active in integrating amateur sports in the state.