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Tuesday October 4th

Football



Junior defensive back, Storm Duck (3), and sophomore linebacker, Power Echols (23), go in for the tackle in Kenen Stadium on Sept. 24, 2022, at the UNC game against Notre Dame. UNC lost 45-32.

UNC football defense approaches rock bottom in loss to Notre Dame

As the game clock dwindled down in UNC’s 45-32 loss to Notre Dame on Saturday, the Tar Heels’ defense finally reached its breaking point.  The North Carolina defense had trouble posing any type of threat, despite the Fighting Irish entering Chapel Hill with an uncharacteristic 1-2 record and an offense that ranked in the bottom 20 FBS teams in total yardage. “They just lined up and hit us right in the face,” head coach Mack Brown said. “They just kept running, kept running, and we couldn’t get them off the field.” 

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Head coach Mack Brown walks off the field after the game versus Florida A&M at Kenan Stadium n Aug. 27. The Heels won 56-24.

Analysis: What might conference realignment mean for UNC's Olympic sports?

The potential for conference realignment, driven by increased financial benefits from football and men's basketball TV contacts, would have significant impacts for Olympic sports and local rivalries. If North Carolina chooses to leave the ACC, the program would likely reap the rewards of larger TV deals, and some players could profit from bigger NIL agreements.  Despite this, it will be the athletes who will have to deal with the potential consequences of what comes with realignment — the positive, the negative and the unknown.

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