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Team: North Carolina Tar Heels Football
Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference, ACC Coastal Division
Home Games: Kenan Memorial Stadium
Coach: Mack Brown
All-Time Greats: Lawrence Taylor, Charlie Justice, Chris Hanburger, Ken Willard, Don McCauley, William Fuller, Harris Barton, Jeff Saturday, Alge Crumpler, Willie Parker, Greg Ellis, Dré Bly, Julius Peppers, Hakeem Nicks
North Carolina Tar Heels Football TicketsThe North Carolina Tar Heels football team is a storied football team with a rich Southern history. Since the team's beginnings in 1888, it has been providing its fans with a great football experience at home and away. The Tar Heels team is a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision of the NCAA, and it has been part of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Coastal Division, since 1953. There have been many notable coaches at North Carolina, and most recently Mack Brown has returned to coach for a second tenure as head coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels for the 2019/2020 season. Brown was head coach of the Tar Heels football program from 1988-1997. Get your North Carolina Tar Heels football tickets at StubHub.
Where did the “ ”Tar Heels“ ” name originate?The exact origins of the name “ ”Tar Heels,“ ” is unknown, but many believe it is related to the tar, turpentine and pitch industries in the early years of the state's history. The name became widely used at some time during the Civil War era. One popular legend has it that it was used during the Civil War to say the state's Confederate troops “ ”stuck to their ranks like they had tar on their heels.“ ”
Who are some of the notable coaches for the Tar Heels?The Tar Heels have had many coaches over a long time span. In that time, there have been 10 coaches who have steered the Tar Heels to championship bowl games. These coaches are Carl Snavely, Mack Brown, Jim Hickey, Butch Davis, Dick Crum, Carl Torbush, John Bunting, Everett Withers, Bill Dooley and Larry Fedora. Of these coaches, Dooley has a personal record of three championship wins for the ACC, and Snavely won three championships as a member of the Southern Conference. Crum has a winning record of 72 wins during his 10 years with the Tar Heels. Jim Tatum and Snavely have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
What are the winning game statistics for the Tar Heels?The North Carolina Tar Heels football team has enjoyed a successful career during its time on the gridiron. As of the 2018 season, the team has won 638 games and appeared in 27 bowl competitions, to include playing in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. As a member of the ACC Coastal Division, it has had 174 first-team All-ACC choices and has won five conference championships.
What are the biggest rivalries for the North Carolina Tar Heels?The Duke Blue Devils, the Virginia Cavaliers and the North Carolina State Wolfpack are the biggest rivalries of the North Carolina Tar Heels. Duke and North Carolina are more known for their basketball rivalry, but they are also rivals on the football field. The winner gets the Victory Bell and paints it the shade of blue of the team's school. Virginia and North Carolina's history together is called the “ ”South's Oldest Rivalry,“ ” and North Carolina State and North Carolina have played each other every year as members of the ACC.
Where are North Carolina Tar Heel football games held?Kenan Memorial Stadium was erected in 1927 and was named for the parents of William R. Kenan, Jr., a prominent donor and a graduate of North Carolina. The original stadium seated 24,000 people. Today the stadium seats 50,500 and includes amenities for luxurious viewings and pre-game activities and events. Most recently, the turf has been changed for the 2019 season from natural grass to synthetic turf, as requested by incoming new head coach, Mack Brown.
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