Larry Fedora has never been to Blacksburg, Va. He’s heard Lane Stadium has a great game day atmosphere, and he knows all about coach Frank Beamer’s legacy and Bud Foster’s nationally ranked defense.
But the North Carolina coach isn’t focused on the trip.
“Whether we play on the road, at home, in the Wal-Mart parking lot, it doesn’t matter,” Fedora said. “For me, and hopefully for this team, it’s another game. It’s the next opportunity to go out and prove yourself.”
This week has been all about self-reflection. It started with running back A.J. Blue’s fiery postgame speech after Saturday’s loss, continued with a defensive players-only meeting Sunday and, after a lackluster practice last Thursday, Fedora said he’s been pleased with his team’s energy this week.
But energy in practice doesn’t necessarily translate to results on Saturdays, and with back-to-back upcoming matchups against the Hokies and No. 14 Miami, the Tar Heels are facing the prospect of dropping from 1-3 to 1-5.