When the players headed to their respective dressing rooms at halftime, the Blue team (which included the first team offenses and defenses) led the White team 34-7. Fedora and his staff should have expected such a one-sided score if you are going to divide the teams like that.
Magically, the big scoreboards at Kenan Stadium were crediting the White team with 21 points when the second half started. How does a team score 14 points at halftime? Were they playing Madden? How does this happen?
When I questioned it on Twitter, I got a direct message from the official UNC football twitter feed:
In the postgame press conference, Fedora said that he didn't want the game to get out of hand.
I love that Fedora is coaching the Tar Heels and I'm excited about his no-huddle offense and the look forward to seeing a positive atmosphere at Kenan Stadium. But that's totally bogus. The White team was undermanned because of the way they set up the teams!
Adding 14 points didn't change the fact that the Blue led 34-7 and that the real final score was 44-7. What was even more bizarre was this Twitter exchange between a UNC fan with News & Observer/Charlotte Observer UNC beat writer Andrew Carter (Read it from bottom to top):
Carter was absolutely correct and @Keeping_It_Heel was hilariously wrong. You can change the scoreboard all you want, but the score on the field didn't change.
All of this presented an interesting dilemma for reporters. In Aaron Beard's story for The Associated Press, he doesn't even mention the score.
In Carter's story in Sunday's N&O/Observer and in Harold Gutmann's story in The Herald-Sun, it is handled the same way. They give the bogus final score of 44-21, but quickly add that the White team was given 14 points at halftime.
In David Morrison's story in Sunday's Greensboro News & Record, and Conor O'Neill's story in the Burlington Times-News, the bogus final score is reported with no explanation.
Brett Friedlander of the Wilmington Star-News did the best job of addressing this directly:
All of this wasn't even the most frustrating sight at Kenan Stadium on Saturday. That came before the game when I was walking in the Kenan Football Center with my younger son. We came upon this display:
There were recruits who were visiting Kenan Stadium with their families on Saturday. What is the message that this display sends? We may not know when to use an apostrophe and when one isn't needed, but at least we send players to the NFL!
The program is trying to recover from the scandal that led to the exit of Butch Davis, has made the right big-picture changes and is going in the right direction. But when some of the controversy involved tutors and academics, it really would help if the sign at least showed that the university knows good grammar.
What must good students who are considering playing football at UNC think when they see a sign like that? What must moms and dads think when they see a sign like that?
Maybe the football program should spend more time fixing signs than fixing scores!