2016 North Carolina Tar Heels football team

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2016 North Carolina Tar Heels football
North Carolina Tar Heels logo.svg
Sun Bowl, L 23–25 vs. Stanford
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Division Coastal Division
2016 record 8–5 (5–3 ACC)
Head coach Larry Fedora (5th season)
Co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer (3rd as coordinator, 10th overall season)
Co-offensive coordinator Chris Kapolovic (3rd as coordinator, 5th overall season)
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Gene Chizik (2nd season)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Kenan Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 63,000)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 1 Clemson xy$#   7 1         14 1  
No. 21 Louisville x   7 1         9 4  
No. 8 Florida State   5 3         10 3  
NC State   3 5         7 6  
Wake Forest   3 5         7 6  
Boston College   2 6         7 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Coastal Division
No. 16 Virginia Tech xy   6 2         10 4  
North Carolina   5 3         8 5  
No. 20 Miami   5 3         9 4  
Pittsburgh   5 3         8 5  
Georgia Tech   4 4         9 4  
Duke   1 7         4 8  
Virginia   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Clemson 42, Virginia Tech 35
  • # – College Football Playoff champion
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2016 North Carolina Tar Heels football team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was led by fifth-year head coach Larry Fedora and played their home games at Kenan Memorial Stadium. The Tar Heels competed as a member of the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 8–5, 5–3 in ACC play to finish in a three-way tie for second place in the Coastal Division. They were invited to the Sun Bowl where they lost to Stanford.

Recruiting[edit]

National Signing Day was on February 3, 2016 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 26 high school seniors sign a National Letter of Intent to play football with them. Of the class, 7 athletes enrolled early to UNC.[1]

^These signees will not be enrolling at UNC in 2016 due to not being admitted into the school.[2][3]

Coaching staff[edit]

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora enters his fifth year as the North Carolina's head coach for the 2016 season. At the end of the 2015 season, assistant head coach, Seth Littrell, was hired as the head coach at North Texas.[4] As a result, co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, Chris Kapilovic, was promoted to offensive coordinator, and will retain his role as offensive line coach.[5] Former Tar Heel player, Chad Scott, was hired to replace Littrell as the tight ends/hybrids coach.[6]

Coaches for the 2016 season
Name Position Seasons at North Carolina
Larry Fedora Head Coach 5th
Gene Chizik Defensive Coordinator 2nd
Chris Kapilovic Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line 5th
Gunter Brewer Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers 5th (10th overall)
Chad Scott Tight Ends/Hybrids 1st
Keith Heckendorf Quarterbacks 3rd
John Papuchis Linebackers Coach 2nd
Tray Scott Defensive Line Coach 2nd
Charlton Warren Defensive Backs Coach 2nd
Lou Hernandez Strength and Conditioning Coordinator 5th

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 5:30 p.m. vs. No. 18 Georgia* No. 22 Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA (Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game) ESPN L 24–33   75,405
September 10 7:30 p.m. at Illinois* Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL BTN W 48–23   60,670
September 17 3:30 p.m. No. 11 (FCS) James Madison* Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC ACCRSN W 56–28   56,000
September 24 3:30 p.m. Pittsburgh Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC ESPNU W 37–36   54,500
October 1 3:30 p.m. at No. 12 Florida State Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL ESPN W 37–35   77,584
October 8 3:30 p.m. No. 25 Virginia Tech No. 17 Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC ABC/ESPN2 L 3–34   33,000
October 15 3:30 p.m. at No. 16 Miami (FL) Hard Rock StadiumMiami Gardens, FL ABC/ESPN2 W 20–13   58,731
October 22 3:00 p.m. at Virginia No. 22 Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA (South's Oldest Rivalry) ACCRSN W 35–14   40,882
November 5 12:30 p.m. Georgia Techdagger No. 18 Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC ACCN W 48–20   58,000
November 10 7:30 p.m. at Duke No. 15 Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC (Battle for the Victory Bell) ESPN L 27–28   39,212
November 19 3:30 p.m. No. 5 (FCS) The Citadel* Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC ACCN+ W 41–7   41,000
November 25 12:00 p.m. NC State Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC (Rivalry) ESPN L 21–28   59,000
December 30 2:00 p.m. vs. No. 16 Stanford* Sun BowlEl Paso, TX (Sun Bowl) CBS L 23–25   42,166
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Schedule Source:[7]

Game summaries[edit]

vs. Georgia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Tar Heels 0 10 14 0 24
#18 Bulldogs 7 7 9 10 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–16–2 1971 UGA, 7–3

at Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tar Heels 17 7 7 17 48
Fighting Illini 14 2 0 7 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–0 2015 UNC, 48–14

James Madison[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#11 (FCS) Dukes 21 0 7 0 28
Tar Heels 14 21 14 7 56
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2011 UNC, 42–10

Pittsburgh[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 5 14 14 3 36
Tar Heels 0 16 7 14 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–3 2015 UNC, 26–19

at Florida State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tar Heels 7 14 7 9 37
#12 Seminoles 0 7 7 21 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–15–1 2010 UNC, 37–35

Virginia Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#25 Hokies 6 7 14 7 34
#17 Tar Heels 0 3 0 0 3
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–20–6 2015 UNC, 30–27 OT

at Miami (FL)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tar Heels 10 10 0 0 20
#16 Hurricanes 0 3 7 3 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–9 2015 UNC, 59–21

at Virginia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#22 Tar Heels 7 7 14 7 35
Cavaliers 0 7 0 7 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
62–54–4 2015 UNC, 26–13

Georgia Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Yellow Jackets 7 10 3 0 20
#18 Tar Heels 17 10 14 7 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
19–28–3 2015 UNC, 38–31

at Duke[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#15 Tar Heels 14 7 6 0 27
Blue Devils 0 21 7 0 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
59–37–4 2015 UNC, 66–31

The Citadel[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#5 (FCS) Bulldogs 0 0 0 7 7
Tar Heels 14 17 10 0 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–0 2009 UNC, 40–6

NC State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wolfpack 14 7 7 0 28
Tar Heels 0 7 0 14 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
66–33–6 2015 UNC, 45–34

Stanford–Sun Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#16 Cardinal 7 6 3 9 25
Tar Heels 7 0 10 6 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 1998 STAN, 37–34

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 22 RV RV RV RV 17 RV 22 21 18 15 RV RV NR NR RV 
Coaches 20 RV RV RV 23 16 RV 21 20 17 13 24 25 RV RV NR 
CFP Not released 21 17 NR NR NR NR Not released

References[edit]

  1. ^ "North Carolina 2016 Football Commits". 247 Sports. Retrieved May 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ McAllister, Michael. "Syracuse Adds 2016 3-star Safety James Pierre". Scout.com. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
  3. ^ Callahan, Don. "DT Signee Kyree Campbell Denied UNC Admission". Scout.com. Retrieved June 10, 2016. 
  4. ^ "North Texas hires UNC off. coordinator Littrell as coach". USA Today. December 5, 2015. Retrieved June 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ Martin, Ross (February 3, 2016). "UNC promotes Coach Kap to offensive coordinator". 247Sports. Retrieved June 13, 2016. 
  6. ^ "UNC Announces New TE Coach Chad Scott". Scout.com. January 29, 2016. Retrieved June 13, 2016. 
  7. ^ "2016 North Carolina Tar Heels Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved March 28, 2016.