Notre Dame’s decision in 2012 to become a quasi-ACC member was not only done to find a home for basketball and Olympics sports after the breakup of the Big East, but also to bring some stability to its football schedules. The first ACC team to come to Notre Dame Stadium since the alliance took effect will be Larry Fedora’s North Carolina Tar Heels.
The visit to South Bend will be North Carolina’s first in eight years. Falling in between showdowns with Stanford and Florida State, it’s a game that some Irish fans may gloss over when perusing the 2014 schedule.
Despite the loss of quarterback Bryn Renner and Mackey Award finalist Eric Ebron, the arrow is pointing up in Chapel Hill after a 6-1 close to the 2013 season. Gauging momentum from one season to the next is far from a science, but 2014 could finally be the year that the Tar Heels break through and win their first ACC division title.
North Carolina begins spring practice on Mar. 5 and will hold its spring game on Apr. 12. Let’s take an early look at the 2014 Tar Heels.