I do not think Hess is pro N. Carolina schools to the detriment of schools outside of N. Carolina. I also don’t think you can say he is pro UNC. As a matter of fact UNC has been hurt by bad calls just like anyone else.
I couldn’t locate the bad calls against UNC last year at VT. The missed helmet to helmet hit on UNC’s rb, the ruling of the incomplete pass that was complete just before half time that led to a missed FG, and one other play that cost UNC actual points in a game they lost by a score of 24-21. The blog from a Va paper above describes it.
In the recent bball game vs. Duke on the 3 point shot Rivers hit to bring Duke to within I believe 2 points, Rivers came down, caught ball, took 4 steps without dribbling, and hit a 3 point shot. They even blew up his feet on the ESPN feed and counted the steps. Basketball games have numerous examples in every contest of calls that hurt or benefit both teams. I’m a believer in the idea that refs try to make “make up calls” when they make a mistake. I’m not so sure that can be applied to football.
I’m sure there are much more, but the point I’m trying to make is: bad calls do not play favorites by and large. Some go your team’s way, and some do not. I accept that as a part of sports. It’s inately imperfect, and that’s all there is to it. I’m sure everyone here can site numerous examples of their team getting “jobbed” by refs to the advantage of the opponent. I guess what I’m saying is good teams get past that most of the time and find ways to win games. Mediocre teams do not, except in lucky instances.