A side view of North Carolina's Coastal Division championship rings, which were distributed to the team on Monday. Photo via Twitter (@uncfootball).
CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina finished last season in a three-way tie for first in the ACC Coastal Division, and had the Tar Heels been eligible to play in the postseason they would have won tiebreakers against Miami and Georgia Tech and represented the Coastal in the ACC championship game against Florida State.
UNC wasn’t eligible, though, because of NCAA sanctions resulting from the academic fraud and impermissible benefits scandal that rocked the football program in 2010. Even so, UNC is calling itself Coastal Division champions. There is signage inside the football offices to that effect and, now, there are championship rings, too.