There's a lot going on around Tar Heel football these days-17 new freshmen for next year, one new assistant coach and another to come, the foundation set by last fall's ACC Coastal Division first-place finish and off-season conditioning and spring practice seasons on the cusp.
Tar Heel Lettermen will want to make plans to come to Chapel Hill April 12-13 to see it all for themselves as the annual Spring Reunion is conduction in conjunction with the Blue-White Game.
The Morris Mason Golf Tournament will be played at Governor's Club at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 12, followed by a social hour and dinner on the fifth floor of the Kenan Football Center beginning at 6:30.
A BBQ will be held at 12:30 on Saturday at one of the quads surrounding the Bell Tower next to Kenan Stadium, followed by the Blue-White game at 3 p.m.
Full details and entry forms are en route to all Lettermen via regular mail.
Coach Larry Fedora and his staff just completed a recruiting class that is ranked No. 20 nationally by ESPN. Four of the players are already enrolled and will complete in spring practice-QB Mitch Trubisky of Mentor, Ohio; RB Khris Francis of Durham; WR Jordan Fieulleteau of Raleigh; and offensive lineman R.J. Prince of Albemarle.
"I would characterize this class as 'quality over quantity,'" Fedora says. "I believe this group will be the basis for multiple championships at the University of North Carolina. I am very excited about the work our staff has done putting this class together."
Carolina signed nine offensive players and eight for defense. Among the players on offense, running backs T.J. Logan of Greensboro and Francis, wide receivers Fieulleteau and Johnathan Howard of Rochelle, Ga., and A-back Ryan Switzer of Charleston, W.Va., have the best shots of contributing immediately.
On defense, Carolina signed five players for the line, including defensive tackle Greg Webb of New Jersey, who was an early Penn State lean. Associate head coach for defense Vic Koenning predicts that Webb along with fellow New Jersey native Dajaun Drennon and end Mike Bart of Buford, Ga., could help in September.
Carolina lost two assistant coaches during the off-season, with Dave Duggan moving to Southern Miss as defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Deke Adams moving to South Carolina in the same capacity.
One replacement has been named, that being Keith Gilmore, who will coach the line after spending the last four years at Illinois. Koenning, Gilmore and secondary coach Dan Disch worked together at Illinois in 2010.
"The comfort level and familiarity we already have together will be a great asset," says Koenning, adding that they are considering several options for the final slot.
That position will certainly be filled by Wednesday, March 6, the first day of spring practice. The Tar Heels will work for 14 sessions before the Blue-White game five weeks later.