The Gophers football team will play a home-and-home series with North Carolina, the school announced Wednesday. Minnesota will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C. on Sept. 16, 2023, and will host the Tar Heels at TCF Bank Stadium in their presumptive season opener on Aug. 29 or 31, 2024. The Gophers have previously announced a few series against schools from Power Five conferences or major independents, including Brigham Young, Colorado and Mississippi State. Last week, the U announced games against Florida Atlantic and Tennessee Tech in 2020 and Eastern Michigan in 2023. The Gophers have never played the Tar Heels, but have a truncated recent history with North Carolina. Former Gophers athletics director Joel Maturi and former football coach Tim Brewster had set up to play North Carolina on the road 2013 and at home in 2014, but in 2012, then-Minnesota coach Jerry Kill was in his second season and wanted to avoid nonconference games against schools from major conferences until he felt like his program was ready. Then the Gophers, under AD Norwood Teague, paid North Carolina $800,000 to end that pervious contract. Current Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck said last September that his goal, along with current AD Mark Coyle,… Read full this story
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