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Ken Medlin

Attitude adjustments in Chapel Hill

Posted September 8, 2012

A.J. Blue might have given us the most honest soundbite of the year following the Wake Forest game Saturday.

When asked how his Carolina teammates were taking their one-point loss to Wake Forest, Blue described the difference in attitude between now and the end of last season.

"I can already tell a big difference from last year," he said. "Nobody's happy right now. Nobody's really laughing."

It's not like Blue said last year's team didn't care, but a loss here or there might not have been met with the same kind of disdain.

Anyone who saw the Tar Heels' Independence Bowl loss to Missouri saw too many players - and coaches, likely - who simply didn't want to be there. It came across as "going through the motions," and the score reflected the attitude.

That's the kind of atmosphere - players laughing and smiling after losses - Blue was addressing.

Carolina has plenty of things to work on - protecting Bryn Renner and improving their pass defense to name two. But , if Larry Fedora has accomplished anything in his first few months on the job, it's correcting that attitude.

And that might be the most important adjustment of all.

Just ask A.J. Blue.

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  • cact Sep 9, 2012

    That's what you get when you beat up your next door neighbors the week before.
    They could have beaten Elon without rubbing their noses in the defeat. See, UNC,
    what goes around comes around.

  • heelman1973 Sep 9, 2012

    I suspect Fedora will bust some azz if he sees players laughing after a loss.

  • dukegrad1988 Sep 9, 2012

    Well, it's refreshing to have a group of players and coaches who care. GO HEELS!

  • tgriffin45 Sep 8, 2012

    Pass defense is AWFUL,,,,,,,,,,,I could have put a pass in that hole, and I am in my 60's,,,

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