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North Carolina Tar Heels football
Current season Current season
University of North Carolina Tarheels Interlocking NC logo.svg UNC helmet.png
First season 1888
Athletic director Dick Baddour
Head coach Butch Davis
3rd year, 20–18  (.526)
Home stadium Kenan Memorial Stadium
Stadium capacity 60,000
Stadium surface Bermuda Grass
Location Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Conference ACC
Division Coastal
All-time record 645–477–55 (.571)
Postseason bowl record 12–15
Conference titles 9
Consensus All-Americans 13
Current uniform
ACC-Uniform-UNC.PNG
Colors Carolina Blue and White              
Fight song Here Comes Carolina
Mascot Rameses
Marching band The Marching Tar Heels
Outfitter Nike
Rivals Virginia Cavaliers
N.C. State Wolfpack
Duke Blue Devils
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Website TarHeelBlue.com

The North Carolina Tar Heels football team represents the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in collegiate level football. Over its nearly 120 years of existence, the program has won 638 games for a winning percentage of .547, and has appeared in 27 bowl games.[1] The team's most recent bowl appearance came in the 2009 Meineke Car Care Bowl, in which they lost to the Pittsburgh Panthers 17–19. Since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1953, the team has won five conference championships, with the most recent title coming in 1980.

One very important contribution to the game of football by North Carolina is the modern use of the forward pass; they were the first college team to use the play in 1895. Bob Quincy notes in his 1973 book They Made the Bell Tower Chime: "John Heisman, a noted historian, wrote 30 years later that, indeed, the Tar Heels had given birth to the forward pass against the Bulldogs (UGA). It was conceived to break a scoreless deadlock and give UNC a 6–0 win. The Carolinians were in a punting situation and a Georgia rush seemed destined to block the ball. The punter, with an impromptu dash to his right, tossed the ball and it was caught by George Stephens, who ran 70 yards for a touchdown. ”

While not consistently successful, the North Carolina football program has had intermittent success and has featured a number of great players, many of whom have gone on to prominence in the National Football League, including Lawrence Taylor, Charlie Justice, Chris Hanburger, Ken Willard, Don McCauley, Jeff Saturday, Alge Crumpler, Willie Parker, Greg Ellis, Dré Bly and Julius Peppers.

On November 13, 2006, the program hired as head coach Butch Davis, former head coach of the Miami Hurricanes and Cleveland Browns. In addition, the school pledged that they would fund the football program to the same extent that their men's and women's basketball teams are funded.

On February 7, 2007, Davis and staff inked one of the top recruiting classes in North Carolina football history, earning recognition from Scout.com,[2] Rivals.com[3] and ESPN.com.[4]

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Logos and uniforms

North Carolina's uniform combinations


Head coaches

Tenure Coach Years Record Pct.
1889 Hector Cowan 1 2–2 .500
1894 V. K. Irvine 1 6–3 .667
1895 T. C. Trenchard 1 7–1–1 .833
1896 Gordon Johnston 1 3–4–1 .438
1897–00 W. A. Reynolds 4 27–7–4 .763
1901 Charles Jenkins 1 7–2 .778
1902–03 H. S. Olcott 2 11–4–3 .694
1904 R. R. Brown 1 5–2–2 .667
1905 William Warner 1 4–3–1 .563
1906 W. S. Keinholz 1 1–4–2 .286
1907 Otis Lamson 1 4–4–1 .500
1908 Edward Green 1 3–3–3 .500
1909–10 A. E. Brides 2 8–8 .500
1911 Branch Bocock 1 6–1–1 .813
1912 W. C. Martin 1 3–4–1 .438
1913–15 T. C. Trenchard 4 26–9–2 .730
1916–19 Thomas Campbell 2 9–7–1 .559
1920 M. E. Fuller 1 2–6 .250
1921–25 Bill Fetzer 5 30–12–4 .696
1926–33 Chuck Collins 8 38–31–9 .545
1934–35 Carl Snavely 2 - -
1936–41 Ray Wolf 6 38–17–3 .681
1942 Jim Tatum 1 5-2-2 .667
1943 Tom Young 1 6–3 .667
1944 Gene McEver 1 1–7–1 .167
1945–52 Carl Snavely 8 59–35–5 .621
1953–55 George Barclay 3 11–18–1 .383
1956–58 Jim Tatum 3 14–15–1 .483
1959–66 Jim Hickey 8 36–45 .444
1967–77 Bill Dooley 11 69–53–2 .565
1978–87 Dick Crum 10 72–41–3 .634
1988–97 Mack Brown 10 69–46–1 .599
1998–00 Carl Torbush 3 17–18 .486
2001–06 John Bunting 6 27–45 .375
2007–Present Butch Davis 3 19–16 .535
1889–2009 33 coaches 113 645–477–55 .547
  • During the years 1888 and 1891–93, North Carolina had no official head coach. Over those four seasons, the team went 8–9.
  • In 1890, the North Carolina did not field a team.

Conference affiliations[5]

  • 1888–1894: Independent
  • 1895–1921: Southern Conference Athletic Association
  • 1922–1952: Southern Conference
  • 1953–current: ACC

Championships

[1][5]

Year Conference Overall record Conference record
1895 SIAA 7-1-1 5-0
1922 Southern 9–1 5–1
1946 Southern 8–2–1 4–0–1
1949 Southern 7–4 5–0
1963 ACC 9–2 5–1
1971 ACC 9–3 6–0
1972 ACC 11–1 6–0
1977 ACC 8–3–1 5–0–1
1980 ACC 11–1 7–0
  • 9 conference championships

Bowl record

North Carolina has played in 27 bowl games in its history and owns a 12–15 record in those games.

Date Bowl Name Result Opponent PF PA
January 1, 1947 Sugar Bowl L Georgia 10 20
January 1, 1949 Sugar Bowl L Oklahoma 6 14
January 2, 1950 Cotton Bowl Classic L Rice 13 27
December 28, 1963 Gator Bowl W Air Force 35 0
December 30, 1970 Peach Bowl L Arizona State 26 48
December 31, 1971 Gator Bowl L Georgia 3 7
December 30, 1972 Sun Bowl W Texas Tech 32 28
December 28, 1974 Sun Bowl L Mississippi State 24 26
December 31, 1976 Peach Bowl L Kentucky 0 21
December 19, 1977 Liberty Bowl L Nebraska 17 21
December 28, 1979 Gator Bowl W Michigan 17 15
December 31, 1980 Bluebonnet Bowl W Texas 16 7
December 28, 1981 Gator Bowl W Arkansas 31 27
December 25, 1982 Sun Bowl W Texas 26 10
December 30, 1983 Peach Bowl L Florida State 3 28
December 27, 1986 Aloha Bowl L Arizona 21 30
January 2, 1993 Peach Bowl W Mississippi State 21 17
December 31, 1993 Gator Bowl L Alabama 10 24
December 30, 1994 Sun Bowl L Texas 30 35
December 30, 1995 CarQuest Bowl W Arkansas 20 10
January 1, 1997 Gator Bowl W West Virginia 20 13
January 1, 1998 Gator Bowl W Virginia Tech 42 3
December 19, 1998 Las Vegas Bowl W San Diego State 20 13
December 31, 2001 Peach Bowl W Auburn 16 10
December 30, 2004 Continental Tire Bowl L Boston College 24 37
December 27, 2008 Meineke Car Care Bowl L West Virginia 30 31
December 26, 2009 Meineke Car Care Bowl L Pittsburgh 17 19

* 27 bowl games (overall record 12–15)

All-Americans

Year Player(s)
1929 Ray Farris
1933 George Barclay
1934 George Barclay*, Jim Hutchins
1935 Don Jackson
1936 Andy Bershak
1937 Andy Bershak*
1938 Steve Maronic*
1939 George Sternweiss, Jim Lalanne, Paul Severin*
1940 Paul Severin*
1943 Ray Poole
1946 Charlie Justice
1947 Charlie Justice, Walt Pupa
1948 Charlie Justice*, Art Weiner*, Len Szafaryn
1949 Charlie Justice*, Art Weiner*, Ken Powell*
1950 Irv Holdash*
1958 Al Goldstein*, Phil Blazer
1961 Jim LeCampte
1963 Bob Lacey*
1964 Ken Willard
1969 Ed Chalupka
1970 Don McCauley*
1972 Ron Rusnak*, Jerry Sain
1974 Ken Huff*, Charles Waddell*
1976 Mike Voight, Mark Cantrell
1977 Dee Hardison*, Mike Salzano
1979 Ricky Barden*, Ron Wooten
1980 Ron Wooten*, Amos Lawrence, Donnell Thompson, Lawrence Taylor*, Rick Donnalley
1981 Greg Poole, David Drechsler*
1982 David Drechsler*, William Fuller*
1983 William Fuller*, Brian Blados*, Ethan Horton
1986 Harrison Barton*, Derrick Fenner
1987 Carlton Bailey
1988 Jeff Garnica
1989 Pat Crowley*
1990 Kevin Donnalley
1992 Randall Parsons, Natrone Means
1993 Bracey Walker*
1994 Marcus Jones
1995 Marcus Jones*
1996 Dré Bly*, Greg Ellis, Brian Simmons*, Freddie Jones
1997 Dré Bly*, Greg Ellis*, Brian Simmons*, Kivuusama Mays
1998 Dré Bly*
1999 Brian Schmitz*
2000 Julius Peppers*
2001 Julius Peppers*, Ryan Sims
2004 Jason Brown*

(*) Denotes First Team All-American

Retired jerseys

Number Player
22 Charlie Justice
46 Bill Sutherland
50 Art Weiner
59 Andy Bershak
99 George Barclay

Honored jerseys

Around the front of second tier of stands in Kenan Stadium, there are strips of metal with names of former Tar Heel footballers with their numbers, these are the honored jerseys.

Number Player
99 George Barclay
59 Andy Bershak
46 Bill Sutherland
22 Charlie Justice
50 Art Weiner
10 Danny Talbott
23 Don McCauley
62 Ron Rusnak
68 Ken Huff
44 Mike Voight
71 Dee Hardison
98 Lawrence Taylor
95 William Fuller
12 Ethan Horton
71 Marcus Jones
87 Greg Ellis
41 Brian Simmons
31 Dré Bly
49 Julius Peppers
44 Kelvin Bryant
67 Harris Barton
60 Brian Blados
25 Irv Holdash
85 Bob Lacey
20 Amos Lawrence
87 Paul Severin

Individual award winners

Hall of Fame

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College football[6]

Pro football[7]

Current NFL players

AFC

NFC

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