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Tar Heels news 7/11/16: Illinois newspaper predicts big year for UNC football

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Star News | Brett Friedlander: Marcus Paige put up his best numbers so far in a Summer League with ten points and three assists. The Tar Heel alum hit a couple of threes in the Jazz game against the New Orleans Pelicans which put him up against the infamous Larry Drew II.

Fayetteville Observer | Stephen Schramm: With the cloud of the school's academic scandal behind them, UNC is getting a much warmer reception from recruits trying to decide where to play their college ball. Previously, recruits were hesitant to commit to the Tar Heels for fear of punishment that may come at any moment. Now that those concerns have lifted, prospective players are back to thinking of the school right up there among the top destinations. | Charlton Budd: 356 Carolina student athletes made the 2015-2016 ACC Academic Honor Roll, a record number for the program. Athletes maintaining a 3.0 are named to the honor roll each year. UNC's previous high of 347 came in 2013-2014.

News-Gazette | Bob Asmussen: In ranking the top 50 college football teams for 2016, the News-Gazette has the Tar Heels coming in 25th. They project Carolina's final season record to be 10-2, culminating in a trip to the Orange Bowl. I think we'd all happily take those predictions coming true.