North Carolina Tar Heels football has seen better days. Last week included better days, as did last month and last year, but like two years ago were probably the best days. Still, UNC knows what it has to deal with due to the NCAA's investigation into its program, and new coach Larry Fedora can move on as spring practice begins Wednesday:
"I'm not one to dwell on it," Fedora said Tuesday. "I mean, it is what it is. It's about, OK, how do we react to this adversity that we've got? That's going to determine who we are. Let's just be positive and let's move forward and let's make it something good."
The Heels remain a talented team despite losing elite defensive end Quinton Coples, top linebacker Zach Brown, top receiver Dwight Jones, and just about an entire really good defense's worth of draft picks to the draft over the past two years.
The Heels boast the ACC's top returning running back, Giovani Bernard, and quarterback Bryn Renner, who played every game as a sophomore and finished third in the conference in efficiency. Talented 2011 signees like tackle Kiaro Holts, linebacker Travis Hughes, and guard Landon Turner could push for playing time.
Also starting up new regimes on Wednesday: the Arkansas St. Red Wolves with Gus Malzahn, the former assistant of the year who left the Auburn Tigers to return to his home state (and who's just joined Twitter, though we'd really rather his wife sign up too), and the Toledo Rockets with Matt Campbell, who accepted a promotion to take over for Tim Beckman.
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