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February 25, 2013

2013 Football Schedule Released

On Monday afternoon the Atlantic Coast Conference released its 2013 composite football schedule, which finally allowed North Carolina to reveal the full slate of games, the opponents and all the dates.

Larry Fedora's second season in Chapel Hill once again includes seven home games and multiple intriguing matchups, both in Chapel Hill and away.

"Our team is excited about the 2013 schedule and the challenges it presents," said head coach Larry Fedora in a University release. "We are working hard to prepare for the season and we will strive to play a smart, fast and physical brand of football."

UNC gets it going in a nationally-televised season opener in Columbia Thursday, August 29 against South Carolina. It will be a much-anticipated matchup between the nation's top defensive end, Jadeveon Clowney, versus Tar Heel four-year starting left tackle and fellow future pro James Hurst.

The contest with the Gamecocks is one of two Thursday night contests on UNC's docket this fall, as they'll welcome Miami to Kenan Stadium October 17.

"Opening the season on the road at South Carolina is a great motivator for our offseason workouts and provides us with a tremendous opportunity on national television," said Fedora.

"We'll have a similar opportunity later in the season when we host the Hurricanes on Thursday night. The atmosphere in the Tar Pit will be electric and we need our fans to continue to make Kenan Stadium a difficult venue for all of our opponents."

This is the second time that North Carolina will be hosting a Thursday night game in Chapel Hill, as UNC hosted Florida State in Kenan Stadium in the autumn of 2009.

"A Thursday night home game is an excellent platform to promote the University and showcase our campus in prime time on ESPN," said UNC Athletics Director Bubba Cunningham.

"The feedback I received from those involved with the 2009 contest was extremely positive. It was a successful and unique event for our University community and economically benefitted the town of Chapel Hill."

The Tar Heels start its seven-game home schedule September 7 by welcoming Middle Tennessee State to Chapel Hill. MTSU is one of three non-conference opponents who come to Chapel Hill this coming fall, including East Carolina September 28, and Old Dominion November 23.

In what has been a recurring theme over the past decade or so, UNC opens Atlantic Coast Conference play against Georgia Tech. The Tar Heels head down to Atlanta September 21, when Carolina hasn't won since 1997,Mack Brown's final season at Carolina.

UNC's road conference games includes a trip to Coastal Division rivals Virginia Tech (October 5) and Pittsburgh (November 16), as well as a trek across the Triangle to Raleigh to take on arch-rival N.C. State in Carter-Finley Stadium November 2.

This is Carolina's first road game at Pittsburgh since 2000, when the Tar Heels defeated Pitt in old Three Rivers Stadium, and its first game against the Panthers since they joined the ACC last year.

Carolina's conference home games include the Thursday night bout with Miami October 17, as well as matchups with Boston College (October 26), Virginia (November 9), and Duke (November 30).

The Thursday night showdown with the Hurricanes will be held at the start of UNC's Fall Break, which will help with the logistics of a weekday night game in the cramped confines of the Chapel Hill community.

"In anticipation of hosting a Thursday night game this season, we began meeting with campus officials several weeks ago to discuss a plan that will cause minimal disruption to our faculty, UNC Hospitals and all other campus services. We will continue to work on that plan over the next several months and look forward to hosting a successful event for our students, coaches and fans."

"On behalf of the faculty, I appreciate the efforts by the Department of Athletics to minimize the disruptions on campus by working with all the affected constituencies in making arrangements for the Thursday night football game during Fall Break," said Jan Boxill, Chair of the Faculty at North Carolina.


Aug. 29 at South Carolina (Thursday), ESPN
Sept. 14 OPEN
Sept. 21 at Georgia Tech
Oct. 5 at Virginia Tech
Oct. 12 OPEN
Oct. 17 MIAMI (Thursday), ESPN
Nov. 2 at NC State
Nov. 16 at Pittsburgh
Nov. 30 DUKE


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