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1956 North Carolina Tar Heels football
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
1956 record2–7–1 (2–3–1 ACC)
Head coachJim Tatum (2nd season)
Home stadiumKenan Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1955
1957 →
1956 ACC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#19 Clemson 4 0 1     7 2 2
Duke 4 1 0     5 4 1
South Carolina 5 2 0     7 3 0
Maryland 2 2 1     2 7 1
North Carolina 2 3 1     2 7 1
NC State 2 4 0     3 7 0
Wake Forest 1 5 1     2 5 3
Virginia 1 4 0     3 7 0
Rankings from AP Poll[1]

The 1956 North Carolina Tar Heels football team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the 1956 NCAA University Division football season. The Tar Heels were led by head coach Jim Tatum, who was coaching his second season for the Tar Heels, but his first since 1942. They played their home games at Kenan Memorial Stadium. The team competed as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, finishing in fifth.

North Carolina was forced to forfeit its two wins and one tie from the 1956 season after it was discovered that an ineligible player had played in the first nine games of the season. Second-string end Vince Olenik had previously played football at Temple University, but was not registered with the NCAA or ACC as a transfer student.[2] However, the ACC and NCAA now recognize North Carolina's 1956 record as 2–7–1.[3][4]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 22NC StateL 6–26
September 29at No. 1 Oklahoma*L 0–36
October 6at South CarolinaL 0–14
October 13Georgia*
  • Kenan Memorial Stadium
  • Chapel Hill, NC
L 12–26
October 20Maryland
  • Kenan Memorial Stadium
  • Chapel Hill, NC
W 34–6
October 27Wake Forest
  • Kenan Memorial Stadium
  • Chapel Hill, NC (rivalry)
T 6–6
November 3at No. 3 Tennessee*L 0–20
November 10at VirginiaW 21–7
November 17at Notre Dame*L 14–21
November 24Duke
L 6–21
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game time

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