Bryn Renner and the Tar Heels will look drastically different under new head coach Larry Fedora
The journey to claim the 2012 national title begins in February, March and April, as 124 college football teams open up spring practice over the next three months. Athlon will preview some of the top teams and storylines across the nation, as the countdown to 2012 inches closer.
How Will the NCAA Penalties Affect North Carolina in 2012?
The verdict is in and the news is not good for North Carolina. A NCAA investigation regarding improper benefits and other violations under former coach Butch Davis has concluded, with the NCAA levying some significant penalties against the program. North Carolina was found to have committed multiple violations, including academic fraud, failure to monitor, ineligible participation of players and impermissible agent benefits.
North Carolina is the only ACC school likely to make a coaching change this season. After an off-the-field scandal and a NCAA investigation, Butch Davis was fired as the team’s coach in July. Everett Withers served as the team’s interim coach, leading the Tar Heels to a 7-5 record. Although Withers will have a chance to retain the job on a permanent basis, North Carolina will interview other candidates.