The Tar Heels added new talent, but for the pass rush to really take a step forward, their returning players must improve.
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A look at the assistant coaching changes in the ACC for schools that did not change their head coaches.
Heels' hopes high for next season
North Carolina signed 26 players, filling holes in a defense that sorely needed it. But is backup Mitch Trubisky a worthy replacement at quarterback? Updated too-early Top 25
Florida State, which returns the likes of Dalvin Cook, has the nation's top recruiting class, but Clemson will be solid again with Deshaun Watson back.
Heels trending down after signing day
After an 11-win season, you'd think North Carolina would have hauled in a great 2016 recruiting class. How did the Tar Heels only end up with ESPN's No. 32 class? Five teams reeling after NSD (Insider)
North Carolina inked the No. 34-ranked recruiting class in the 2016 cycle with one ESPN 300 (Tomon Fox) and four more four-stars. The class of 2017 is well on the way to besting the 2016 class with four ESPN Jr300 verbals less than one week after signing day with the most recent being in state receiver Ryan Jones Friday.
Neutral site clashes highlight Week 1
Jerry's World, the Georgia Dome and Lambeau Field are hosts of three of college football's biggest Week 1 games.
The Tar Heels finished with the No. 34 recruiting class, but were in contention for some big names on signing day.
With 16 ESPN 300 commits, FSU topped not only the ACC but also the country. Here's how the rest of the conference graded out after signing day.
Larry Fedora's first full recruiting class at North Carolina marks a turning of the page for the program.
Greg Ostendorf ESPN Staff Writer
ESPN 300 WR Nate Craig-Myers chooses Auburn over North Carolina. He joins Kyle Davis, Eli Stove and Marquis McClain in a loaded WR class for the Tigers. And with Auburn losing its top two pass-catchers, all four will have a chance to play early.
Watch: Nate Craig-Myers makes decision
Craig-Myers (No. 2 WR, No. 37 overall) is choosing between Auburn and North Carolina at 11:10 a.m. ET. Which team will he sign with? Watch on ESPNU/WatchESPN
A look at recent recruiting classes reveals why the Seminoles and Tigers are dominant in the ACC right now.
The Seminoles face two SEC opponents coming off 10-win seasons; the Panthers go to Oklahoma State and line up against two other bowl teams.
NC State appears to have the roughest slate to navigate in the conference, while Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech couldn't ask for much better.
Tar Heels' 2016 game dates are official
The ACC has released its 2016 schedule, and North Carolina opens on Sept. 3 vs. Georgia in Atlanta. On Sept. 10, the Heels will play at Illinois. Also noteworthy: a Thursday night clash at Duke on Nov. 10. See entire 2016 ACC schedule
Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer
Better keep an eye on the ACC during October from start to finish. Clemson at Florida State on Oct. 29 headlines the league slate, but the month begins with Coastal champ North Carolina visiting FSU and Clemson hosting up-and-comer Louisville. The hype for that Oct. 29 game will be muted if either trips up four weeks earlier.
Clemson at Florida State on Oct. 29 is a highlight of the 2016 ACC football schedule that was released on Tuesday.
Let's take a look at five ACC players to keep an eye on as we prepare for next season.
Trubisky is the leader UNC needs
Watch out Deshaun Watson, Mitch Trubisky is here to play. The UNC quarterback put up stellar numbers in 2015, but ESPN's David Hale believes Trubisky will be the most statistically prolific QB in the ACC this fall as the Tar Heels' new starter. Rising stars (Insider)
Clemson had Kevin Dodd terrorizing QBs on the front end and Mackensie Alexander making them uncomfortable in the secondary.
A look at North Carolina's biggest position need for 2016 and how the Tar Heels are addressing it in recruiting.
Our weeklong ranking of the top 25 players in the ACC from the 2015 season has reached Nos. 11-15.