North Carolina coach Larry Fedora talked a lot Monday about the “small things” – a phrase he repeated often – about “details,” another word he said over and over. Those small things and details, Fedora said, are what’s holding the Tar Heels back – at least they were during a 34-17 defeat against Virginia Tech on Saturday.
That was UNC’s third consecutive loss, and the schedule doesn’t get any easier. The Tar Heels will play at No. 6 Notre Dame this weekend, and then play against No. 22 Georgia Tech, which has won 14 of its past 16 against UNC, next week. Then, two road games await. Fedora isn’t one to get too far ahead of himself, and so the focus is on now – on the trip to Notre Dame.
UNC has some issues – plenty of them – and so the question now becomes whether it can salvage the season despite those problems, and whether the problems can be fixed this season. So here’s a look at what has gone wrong and whether they can be remedied soon:
So there you have it. UNC has a lot of problems.
“Small things,” have gone wrong, as Fedora said Monday. He insists those are the root of the Tar Heels’ larger issues. And in some cases they might be. Still, the Tar Heels have some fundamental issues that might be too deep to be fixed this season.