CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina has added a home-and-home series with South Carolina to its future football schedules for the 2028 and 2029 seasons.
The two-game agreement announced Monday doesn’t contain neutral-site matchups, as has been a common connector recently with the non-conference teams.
The new deal sends the Tar Heels to South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium on Sept. 2, 2028, and then brings the Gamecocks to Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill the following season on Sept. 1, 2029.
It also means North Carolina of the Atlantic Coast Conference and South Carolina of the Southeastern Conference won’t go through a dormant period in football, like they did when 16 years passed between meetings from 1991-2007.
The Tar Heels and Gamecocks are scheduled to open the 2023 season against each other at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, where they played their 2015 opener (won by South Carolina) and their 2019 opener (won by North Carolina in what marked coach Mack Brown’s first game for his second stint in charge of the program).
The teams’ all-time series dates to 1903, and North Carolina holds a 35-19-4 lead. South Carolina was a member of the ACC from 1953-71.
The Tar Heels have other future home-and-home matchups against Power Five non-conference opponents on the books with Minnesota (in 2023 and 2024), TCU (in 2025 and 2026), and Purdue (in 2027 and 2031).
Next season, North Carolina’s 2021 non-league games are against Georgia State on Sept. 11, at Notre Dame on Oct. 30, and against Wofford on Nov. 20. Notre Dame resumes its cherished independent status in football next season and exits the ACC race after last year’s onetime exception.
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With the addition of the home-and-home series against South Carolina, here’s a look at the Tar Heels’ future non-conference opponents beyond next season:
• 2022: Florida A&M, at Appalachian State, at Georgia State, Notre Dame
• 2023: vs. South Carolina (in Charlotte), Appalachian State, Minnesota, Campbell
• 2024: at Minnesota, Charlotte, James Madison, Liberty
• 2025: TCU, at Charlotte, at Central Florida
• 2026: at TCU, East Tennessee State, Connecticut, Notre Dame
• 2027: at Purdue, at Connecticut, North Alabama, Central Florida
• 2028: at South Carolina, at Liberty, James Madison
• 2029: South Carolina
• 2030: at Notre Dame
• 2031: Liberty, Purdue
• 2036: at Notre Dame
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Adam Smith is a sports reporter for the Burlington Times-News and USA TODAY Network. You can reach him by email at [email protected] or @adam_smithTN on Twitter.
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