North Carolina finished tied for first in the Coastal Division and would have won the tiebreakers to earn the right to play in the ACC Championship game.
Unfortunately for the Tar Heels, they were not allowed to do that because of NCAA sanctions. The ACC announced last fall that it would not recognize a Coastal Division title, should UNC win it. And yet, North Carolina made rings that said Coastal Division Champions. Thats basically the end of that story and its importance, despite the fuss that was made over it last week.
Of course, UNC head coach Larry Fedora was mentored by Mack Brown, who did something similar last week. Brown handed out rings in honor of Texas winning the Alamo Bowl.
So, yes, North Carolina didnt technically win the Coastal Division. And no, handing out rings might not make much sense to outsiders. But the rings arent for outsiders. Now, if the players themselves didnt like the rings? Problem. Otherwise, its meant to be a reward for them. Just like...