Tar Heels hope to play more games in Charlotte

Jul. 22, 2013 @ 08:18 PM

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora is in favor of the Tar Heels playing more games at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte as they do this year against South Carolina in the season opener.

“I would love to play there frequently,” Fedora said Monday during the ACC preseason kickoff at the Grandover Resort. “We’ve got a great fan base in Charlotte. That game against South Carolina will be awesome.”
He’s just not sure if he would like to do it every year.
“It’s got to fit with everything else,” Fedora said. “We’ve got to make sure we have enough home games. I don’t know if I want to give up home games to go to Charlotte. But there is something special about playing in that stadium. Our kids and our fans love us playing there. Occasionally, it is really good for us.”

Blair Holliday, the Duke player who was badly injured in a jetski accident in July of last year, was allowed to return to class by the university this summer.
“He’s continuing his rehab both in the football facility and over at (Duke) hospital),” Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe said. “He is still a part of the program and he’s going to participate in whatever capacity that he can.”

Don’t look for Florida State to vary from its traditional jerseys while playing at home in the near future.
“Jerseys don’t help you win ball games or sell more tickets,” Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher said. “I won’t say that we will never do it, but I don’t think it is something we’ll do anytime soon.”

After being the new coach on the block last season, Fedora had no words of wisdom for Dave Doeren, the new coach at N.C. State.
“He doesn’t need any advice from me — he really doesn’t,” Fedora said. “I think he has come in and fit in well. I’ve seen him a few times at some functions. He’s seems to be a great guy and I’m sure he’s doing a great job with his program. Who am I to give advice? I haven’t done anything yet.”

Doeren was wearing a plastic wristband with the words “Who has it better than us? Nobody.”
“There is a word out there called entitlement in college football,” Doeren said. “One of my jobs is to teach guys how lucky they are. One of the things we do is teach our guys how great N.C. State is and how good our facilities are and how good our players are and the positive things going on. We say it all the time, how lucky we are to have what we have when there are people across the country and around the world who don’t have anything close to what we’ve got. We tell them if they sit back and take inventory, their problems really aren’t big problems compared to most. I think it puts things in prospective for our guys.”

One of Doeren’s early initiatives has been to put a full-court press on recruiting as many players as possible from North Carolina high schools.
“We’ve had coaches trying to get to every school from the first day (I took over),” Doeren said. “Seven of our nine assistants have a part of the state and we’ve been in every single high school during the spring recruiting period. Some of them twice. We’ve had some clinics on our campus and I’ve spoken at a couple. We’re trying to build as many bridges to get as many possible recruits on campus that we can, not just to tell him why it’s great to play at N.C. State but why it is great for their state. They grew up in this state and should want to play and help the state.
“To me, going to play in Georgia is different than playing at home. When you are the hometown hero that helps a team in your state do something special there is something that comes along with that. High school coaches have great state pride. We want to keep the talent at home, whether it is at my university or the others in the state. That’s what we are trying to do.”