2009 FB Schedule Released

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- North Carolina and the ACC announced the 2009 football schedule Tuesday. The Tar Heels' slate includes seven home games.

Sept. 5 The Citadel
Sept. 12 at Connecticut
Sept. 19 East Carolina
Sept. 26 at Georgia Tech
Oct. 3 Virginia
Oct. 10 Georgia Southern
Oct. 22 Florida State (ESPN)
Oct. 29 at Virginia Tech (ESPN)
Nov. 7 Duke
Nov. 14 Miami
Nov. 21 at Boston College
Nov. 28 at NC State

"Our 2009 schedule is exciting and challenging," said head coach Butch Davis. "The fans and student body have been a huge part of creating a great game day atmosphere and I'm thrilled we will play seven times at Kenan Stadium for the second straight year. I know our fans, players, and staff are excited about the opportunity to host the first Thursday night game against an outstanding Florida State team."

Eight of the Tar Heels' 12 opponents played in a bowl game last season, including Florida State, which returns to Kenan Stadium for the first time since 2003. The Tar Heels and Seminoles will meet over Carolina's Fall Break on Thursday, Oct. 22 in an ESPN nationally televised game. The following week, Carolina goes on the road to Virginia Tech for another ESPN Thursday night game in Blacksburg, Va.

"Thursday night home games have grown into an excellent way to promote your football program and campus and bring your fans together in a unique experience," says Athletics Director Dick Baddour. "It's the college version of Monday Night Football - it is the only show in town and football fans across the nation are watching. We have chosen not to play host to previous Thursday night games due to the disruption it would cause at a university like ours where the football stadium is in the heart of campus. After discussions with Chancellor Thorp, faculty leaders and officials from UNC Hospitals, we think we have a plan to make this work. The ACC also worked with us to select a game on the Thursday of Fall Break, thus there are no classes that day or the following day. We will continue to work with university staff to minimize the impact traffic and having 60,000 fans here will have on the hospital and other campus services. We are excited about playing Florida State and we know our fans will truly enjoy this opportunity."

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