2012 North Carolina Tar Heels football team

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2012 North Carolina Tar Heels football
University of North Carolina Tarheels Interlocking NC logo.svg
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Coastal Division
2012 record 8–4 (5–3 ACC)
Head coach Larry Fedora (1st year)
Offensive coordinator Blake Anderson (1st year)
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Dan Disch (1st year)
Base defense 4-2-5
Home stadium Kenan Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 62,980)
Seasons
« 2011 2013 »
2012 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
#10 Florida State xy$   7 1         12 2  
#11 Clemson x   7 1         11 2  
NC State   4 4         7 6  
Wake Forest   3 5         5 7  
Maryland   2 6         4 8  
Boston College   1 7         2 10  
Coastal Division
Georgia Tech xy   5 3         7 7  
North Carolina*   5 3         8 4  
Miami*   5 3         7 5  
Virginia Tech   4 4         7 6  
Duke   3 5         6 7  
Virginia   2 6         4 8  
Championship: Florida State 21, Georgia Tech 15
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • North Carolina ineligible for championship and postseason due to NCAA sanctions. Miami ineligible for championship and postseason due to a self-imposed postseason ban.
As of January 8, 2013; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 North Carolina Tar Heels football team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the 2012 college football season. The team was led by first year head coach Larry Fedora playing their home games at Kenan Memorial Stadium, and members of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the Coastal Division.

Sanctions from scandal[edit]

On March 12, 2012, the university was notified of penalties issued by the NCAA Committee on Infractions for violations discovered in the 2010 season. They will be banned from all postseason play in 2012, which includes any bowls and the ACC Championship Game.[1] In addition to the postseason ban, UNC will also have to eliminate 5 scholarships per season for the next 3 seasons beginning with the recruiting class of 2013, and will be on probation for the next 3 years.[2]

Recruiting[edit]

National Signing Day was on February 1, 2012 and was the first chance for high school seniors to officially declare which university or college they will be attending for their college career. North Carolina had 23 high school seniors sign a National Letter of Intent to play football with them. Terrance Knox and Shakeel Rashad both graduated from high school early and enrolled at UNC in January 2012.[3]

Coaching staff[edit]

New football coach Larry Fedora officially took over as the head coach at UNC on January 1, 2012. He signed a 7-year contract worth more than $1.7 million annually.[4] He takes over a team that is banned from a bowl game for the 2012-13 season.

Name.[5] Position Seasons in Position
Larry Fedora Head Coach 1st
Deke Adams Defensive Line 1st
Blake Anderson Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks 1st
Walt Bell Tight Ends 1st
Gunter Brewer Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers 1st (6th Overall at UNC)
Dan Disch Defensive Coordinator 1st
David Duggan Defensive Assistant/Special Teams Coordinator 1st
Randy Jordan Running Backs Coach 1st
Chris Kapilovic Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line 1st
Vic Koenning Associate Head Coach for Defense 1st
Lou Hernandez Strength and Conditioning Coordinator 1st

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 12:30 PM Elon* Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC ACCN W 62–0   50,500
September 8 3:00 PM at Wake Forest BB&T FieldWinston-Salem, NC ACCRSN L 27–28   29,526
September 15 3:30 PM at #20 Louisville* Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY ABC/ESPN2 L 34–39   53,334
September 22 3:30 PM East Carolina* Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC ESPNU W 27–6   59,500
September 29 3:30 PM Idaho* Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC ACCRSN W 66–0   32,000
October 6 12:30 PM Virginia Tech Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC ACCN W 48–34   54,000
October 13 2:30 PM at Miami (FL) Sun Life StadiumMiami Gardens, FL ESPNU W 18–14   58,954
October 20 7:00 PM at Duke Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC (Victory Bell Game) ESPNU L 30–33   33,941
October 27 12:30 PM North Carolina State Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC (Carolina–NC State Rivalry) ACCN W 43–35   62,000
November 10 12:30 PM Georgia Techdagger Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC ACCN L 50–68   50,000
November 15 7:30 PM at Virginia Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA (South's Oldest Rivalry) ESPN W 37–13   45,760
November 24 3:00 PM Maryland Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC ACCRSN W 45–38   44,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Do not play: Boston College, Florida State, and Clemson.

Game summaries[edit]

Elon Phoenix[edit]

Week 1: Elon Phoenix
1 2 3 4 Total
Phoenix 0 0 0 0 0
Tar Heels 14 21 27 0 62

at Kenan Memorial Stadium

North Carolina started a new era under head coach Larry Fedora with the first shutout since beating Duke 38-0 to finish the 1999 season. The last time UNC scored 62 points was in the 1995 season against Ohio, which is only 3 points shy of the school record. Giovani Bernard scored 3 touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving, and one punt return), all before sitting out the entire second half of the game. Carolina also completed passes to 14 different receivers, including one reception by quarterback Bryn Renner. The Tar Heels also set a school and ACC record with 260 punt return yards during the game.[6]

Wake Forest Demon Deacons[edit]

Week 2: Wake Forest Demon Deacons
1 2 3 4 Total
Tar Heels 7 7 10 3 27
Demon Deacons 7 14 0 7 28

at Groves Stadium

Louisville Cardinals[edit]

Week 3: Louisville Cardinals
1 2 3 4 Total
Tar Heels 0 7 7 20 34
Cardinals 15 21 0 3 39

at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium

East Carolina Pirates[edit]

Week 4: East Carolina Pirates
1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 0 6 0 0 6
Tar Heels 7 3 14 3 27

at Kenan Stadium

Idaho Vandals[edit]

Week 5: Idaho Vandals
1 2 3 4 Total
Vandals 0 0 0 0 0
Tar Heels 28 17 14 7 66

at Kenan Stadium

Virginia Tech Hokies[edit]

Week 6: Virginia Tech Hokies
1 2 3 4 Total
Hokies 14 6 6 8 34
Tar Heels 14 14 17 3 48

at Kenan Stadium

Miami Hurricanes[edit]

Week 7: Miami Hurricanes
1 2 3 4 Total
Tar Heels 7 8 3 0 18
Hurricanes 0 7 7 0 14

at Sun Life Stadium

Duke Blue Devils[edit]

Week 8: Duke Blue Devils
1 2 3 4 Total
Tar Heels 3 3 3 21 30
Blue Devils 10 10 3 10 33

at Wallace Wade Stadium

NC State Wolfpack[edit]

Week 9: NC State Wolfpack
1 2 3 4 Total
Wolfpack 14 14 7 0 35
Tar Heels 25 0 0 18 43

at Kenan Stadium

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gQ7tVlMruo

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets[edit]

Week 10: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
1 2 3 4 Total
Yellow Jackets 14 14 30 10 68
Tar Heels 14 15 14 7 50

at Kenan Stadium

Virginia Cavaliers[edit]

Week 11: Virginia Cavaliers
1 2 3 4 Total
Tar Heels 7 13 0 17 37
Cavaliers 3 7 3 0 13

at Scott Stadium

NFL Draft[edit]

Round[7] Pick Player Position NFL Team
1 7 Jonathan Cooper G Arizona Cardinals
1 28 Sylvester Williams DT Denver Broncos
2 37 Giovani Bernard RB Cincinnati Bengals
3 89 Brennan Williams T Houston Texans
7 214 Travis Bond G Minnesota Vikings


References[edit]

  1. ^ "UNC banned from 2012 postseason". ESPN. 2012. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ Carter, Andrew (March 13, 2012). "UNC's Thorp Calls NCAA Penalties 'Painful'". The News & Observer (Raleigh). Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ "2012 North Carolina Football Signees List". tarheelblue.com. 2012. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Larry Fedora takes over Tar Heels". ESPN. 2012. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ "University of North Carolina Football Roster". tarheelblue.com. 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ "North Carolina embarrasses Elon in coach Larry Fedora's debut". ESPN. 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ "2013 NFL Draft Tracker". NFL. 2013. Retrieved December 23, 2013.