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Campus Corner: Tar Heels Football Adopts a Winning Pattern (It Has Diamonds)

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North Carolina’s Marquise Williams (12), Elijah Hood (34) and their teammates continue to win wearing the argyle pattern.

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The North Carolina football team won 11 of 12 regular-season games and made it to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game this year, all while wearing uniforms that include the argyle pattern made famous by the U.N.C. men’s basketball team.

“I’m lucky in that the first year the football team has worn argyle, we’re killing them,” said Alexander Julian, the North Carolina alumnus who designed the basketball team’s uniforms for the legendary coach Dean Smith 25 years ago. “If we’d have been 0-12, it would be a whole different thing.”

In the Tar Heels’ first game wearing interlocking diamonds on their helmets, collars and pants, they lost to South Carolina. But U.N.C. then reeled off 11 straight victories, a team record.

“I’d like to say it was magic or mythological, but…

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