|2008 North Carolina Tar Heels football|
|Conference||Atlantic Coast Conference|
|2008 record||0–5, 8 wins vacated (0–4 ACC, 4 wins vacated)|
|Head coach||Butch Davis (2nd season)|
|Offensive coordinator||John Shoop (2nd season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Everett Withers (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Kenan Memorial Stadium|
|2008 ACC football standings|
|Boston College xy||5||–||3||9||–||5|
|#21 Florida State x||5||–||3||9||–||4|
|#15 Virginia Tech xy†||5||–||3||10||–||4|
|#22 Georgia Tech x||5||–||3||9||–||4|
Championship: Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 12
|† – BCS representative as champion |
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
The 2008 North Carolina Tar Heels football team represented the University of North Carolina in the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tar Heels played their home games at Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, competed in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and were led by second-year coach Butch Davis. The Tar Heels began their season on August 30 against McNeese State at Kenan Memorial Stadium. The team went 4–4 in conference play and 8–5 overall, but in 2011, North Carolina vacated all its wins from the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
The Tar Heels received 16 letters of intent on National Signing Day, February 6, 2008. One student athlete had already enrolled before National Signing Day and one signed several days later, making this class smaller and less-heralded than the previous year's class.
After signing a contract extension at the end of the 2007 season, Butch Davis enters his second season as head coach. Chuck Pagano resigned as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach to become an assistant coach with the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL. He was replaced by Minnesota assistant Everett Withers.
|Name||Position ||Seasons in Position|
|Butch Davis||Head Coach||2nd|
|John Blake||Associate Head Coach / Recruiting Coordinator / Defensive Line||2nd|
|Ken Browning||Running Backs||15th|
|Jeff Connors||Strength and Conditioning Coordinator||8th|
|Steve Hagen||Tight Ends||2nd|
|John Lovett||Special Teams Coordinator / Defensive Assistant||2nd|
|Sam Pittman||Offensive Line||2nd|
|John Shoop||Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks||2nd|
|Charlie Williams||Wide Receivers||2nd|
|Everett Withers||Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs||1st|
|August 30||6:05 p.m.||McNeese State*||ESPN360||W 35–27 (vacated)||58,000|
|September 11||7:45 p.m.||at Rutgers*||ESPN||W 44–12 (vacated)||42,502|
|September 20||3:30 p.m.||Virginia Tech||ABC/ESPN||L 17–20||59,800|
|September 27||12:00 p.m.||at Miami (FL)||ESPN2||W 28–24 (vacated)||35,830|
|October 4||7:00 p.m.||No. 23 Connecticut*||ESPN2||W 38–12 (vacated)||59,500|
|October 11||3:30 p.m.||Notre Dame*||No. 22||ABC/ESPN||W 29–24 (vacated)||60,500|
|October 18||3:30 p.m.||at Virginia||No. 18||ABC/ESPN2||L 13–16 OT||52,342|
|October 25||12:00 p.m.||Boston College||Raycom||W 45–24 (vacated)||48,000|
|November 8||12:00 p.m.||No. 20 Georgia Tech||No. 19||Raycom||W 28–7 (vacated)||59,000|
|November 15||3:30 p.m.||at Maryland||No. 17||ABC/ESPN||L 15–17||46,113|
|November 22||12:00 p.m.||North Carolina State||Raycom||L 10–41||60,000|
|November 29||3:30 p.m.||at Duke||ESPNU||W 28–20 (vacated)||30,322|
|December 27||1:00 p.m.||vs. West Virginia*||ESPN||L 30–31||73,712|
Brandon Tate put on a dazzling one-man show, scoring on an 82-yard punt return and putting North Carolina ahead for good with a 57-yard touchdown catch to help the Tar Heels hold off McNeese State 35-27. Tate finished with a school-record 397 all-purpose yards for the Tar Heels, who showed little else in an unimpressive start to their second season under Butch Davis. In a game suspended nearly two hours due to weather, they blew a 14-0 first-half lead and had to rally from a third-quarter deficit against Football Championship Subdivision McNeese State, who outplayed the Heels much of the way. T. J. Yates had 221 passing yards and 2 touchdowns.
T. J. Yates threw three touchdown passes and the Tar Heels won for the first time outside North Carolina since 2002, beating error-prone Rutgers 44-12 in a nationally televised game that pitted Butch Davis against his former pupil, Greg Schiano. Hakeem Nicks and Brandon Tate combined for 10 catches, 204 receiving yards, and three touchdowns as the Heels offense rolled over Rutgers. Carolina's defense generated 4 Rutgers turnovers (3 INTs and a fumble) and scored off of a 66-yard interception return by Bruce Carter.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 North Carolina has vacated all wins from the 2008 and 2009 football seasons: "North Carolina Response to Notice of NCAA Allegations". September 19, 2011. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/unc/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2011-12/misc_non_event/NOAresponse091911.pdf. Retrieved September 19, 2011.
- ↑ "Butch Davis Agrees To Contract Extension Script error." tarheelblue.com. Retrieved on January 28, 2008.
- ↑ "Pagano Headed Back To NFL." tarheelblue.com. Retrieved on February 12, 2008.
- ↑ "North Carolina Coaching Staff Script error." tarheelblue.com. Retrieved on January 28, 2008.
- ↑ "ACC Releases North Carolina's 2008 Football Schedule." tarheelblue.com. Retrieved on February 12, 2008.
- ↑ "Spring Football Showcase Set For March 28." tarheelblue.com. Retrieved on February 9, 2009.
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