2010 North Carolina Tar Heels football team

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2010 North Carolina Tar Heels football
University of North Carolina Tarheels Interlocking NC logo.svg
Music City Bowl Champions
Music City Bowl vs. Tennessee, W 30–27 2OT
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal
2010 record 8–5 (4–4 ACC)
Head coach Butch Davis
Offensive coordinator John Shoop
Offensive scheme Pro style
Defensive coordinator Everett Withers
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Kenan Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 60,000)
Seasons
« 2009 2011 »
2010 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic
#17 Florida State x   7 2         10 4  
#23 Maryland   5 3         9 4  
#25 NC State   5 3         9 4  
Boston College   4 4         7 6  
Clemson   4 4         6 7  
Wake Forest   1 7         3 9  
Coastal
#16 Virginia Tech x   8 0         11 3  
Miami   5 3         7 6  
North Carolina   4 4         8 5  
Georgia Tech   4 4         6 7  
Virginia   1 7         4 8  
Duke   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Virginia Tech 44, Florida State 33
† – BCS representative as champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
As of January 11, 2011; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2010 North Carolina Tar Heels football team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the 2010 college football season. The team was led by fourth year coach Butch Davis and played their home games at Kenan Memorial Stadium, members of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the Coastal Division. They finished the season 8–5, 4–4 in ACC play and were invited to the Music City Bowl where they defeated Tennessee 30–27 in two overtimes.

NCAA investigations[edit]

On July 15, 2010, ESPN reported that players at the University of North Carolina were being investigated and interviewed by the NCAA for possible rules violations concerning sports agents and improper gifts.[1] The next day, it was confirmed that certain members of the football team were thought to have received improper gifts from agents,[2] which is not allowed by NCAA rules.[3] Marvin Austin, one of the players suspected in the probe, had made numerous Twitter posts with questionable content,[4] which the NCAA investigated,[5] and he was the first UNC player to be indefinitely suspended, though for violation of team rules, and not the NCAA probe.[6] Butch Davis, the head coach, did not say much about the probe,[7] as he, and many others, expected a quick resolution to the investigation,[8] and he was known for running a clean program.[9] Soon after though, the NCAA began to look at defensive line coach John Blake, his relationship with certain agents,[5][10] and whether or not he had received money from them.[11] He later resigned.[12] Also, former UNC lineman Kentwan Balmer admitted that he had paid for a trip to California for two current players.[13] It soon became apparent that things would be much worse, and 13 players were suspended for the opening game.[14][15] Furthermore, the university launched its own probe, and found academic misconduct within the football team.[16][17]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 4 8:00 PM vs. #21/16 LSU* #18/18 Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA (Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game) ABC L 24–30   68,919[18]
September 18 12:00 PM Georgia Tech Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC ACCN L 24–30   58,500[19]
September 25 3:30 PM at Rutgers* Rutgers StadiumPiscataway, NJ ESPNU W 17–13   52,038[20]
October 2 3:30 PM East Carolina* Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC ESPN3 W 42–17   60,000[21]
October 9 3:30 PM Clemson Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC ABC W 21–16   60,000[22]
October 16 6:00 PM at Virginia Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA (South's Oldest Rivalry) ESPN3 W 44–10   50,830[23]
October 23 7:30 PM at #25/25 Miami (FL) Sun Life StadiumMiami Gardens, FL ESPN2 L 10–33   43,584
October 30 3:30 PM #3/4 (FCS) William & Mary*dagger Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC ESPN3 W 21–17   51,000
November 6 3:30 PM at #24/24 Florida State Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL ABC W 37–35   70,157
November 13 3:30 PM #16/17 Virginia Tech Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC ABC L 10–26   60,000
November 20 12:00 PM North Carolina State Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC (Carolina–NC State Rivalry) ACCN L 25–29   60,000
November 27 3:30 PM at Duke Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC (Victory Bell Game) ESPNU W 24–19   30,904[24]
December 30 6:30 PM vs. Tennessee* LP FieldNashville, TN (Music City Bowl) ESPN W 30–27 2OT  69,143
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll/Coaches Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

ACC opponents not played: Boston College, Maryland, and Wake Forest.[25]

NFL Draft[edit]

12 Tar Heels were invited to the NFL combine, more than any other university in the nation. 19 players participated in the annual university pro day, which attracted nearly 100 scouts and coaches from the NFL.[26] Many of the players participating, however, missed either part or all of the games played this season due to the above mentioned investigation. Because of this, it has led many fans and observers to wonder how good this team could have been had all of the talent been available for the entire season. With 9 players selected in the draft, the Tar Heels were tied with USC as having the most players selected from a single school in this draft.

Round Pick Player Position NFL Team
1 14 Robert Quinn* DE St. Louis Rams
2 40 Bruce Carter OLB Dallas Cowboys
2 52 Marvin Austin* DT New York Giants
2 59 Greg Little* WR Cleveland Browns
4 100 Da'Norris Searcy SS Buffalo Bills
5 133 Johnny White RB Buffalo Bills
5 152 T. J. Yates QB Houston Texans
5 171 Quan Sturdivant ILB Arizona Cardinals
7 218 Ryan Taylor TE Green Bay Packers

* did not play in the 2010 season due to investigation

missed part of the 2010 season due to investigation

References[edit]

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  19. ^ "Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. North Carolina Tar Heels Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on September 22, 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  20. ^ "North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on September 29, 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
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  23. ^ "North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Virginia Cavaliers Box Score". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on October 19, 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
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