Many UNC women’s soccer players kneel during national anthem before decisive season-opening victory

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum North Carolina’s women’s soccer season started just like most of Coach Anson Dorrance’s previous 43 seasons — with a decisive victory. The Tar Heels’ 4–1 victory at Dorrance Field over Wake Forest on a soggy evening in Chapel Hill, their 14th consecutive ACC victory, wasn’t as significant as what happened before the …

UNC jumps to No. 12 in AP poll, thanks to Big Ten, Pac-12 teams

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum In the strange world of 2020, North Carolina jumped six slots Sunday in the latest Associated Press college football poll. The rise has nothing to do with the Tar Heels’ performance in a 31-6 opening-game victory Saturday over Syracuse. UNC, which was ranked No. 18 in the preseason poll, is No. 12 …

Williams kick-starts Heels as they blow past Syracuse in final quarter

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum For three quarters, the shaky play of North Carolina’s offensive line couldn’t block out doubts about the high expectations for this Tar Heels team. The line couldn’t contain blitzes, and quarterback Sam Howell many times had trouble recognizing them. But the Tar Heels finally wore down that Syracuse defense with the relentless …

Brown says BLM statement not political but what’s right

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum With plenty of high expectations surrounding No. 18 North Carolina, Mack Brown could have easily been like many other football coaches who barely recognize anything outside of their football bubble.  Before he made a video supporting Black Lives Matter, even his players told him that it was going to upset some people. …

My crazy Irish adventure: A kid watching no average Joe with legends

By R.L. Bynum On Nov. 27, assuming the season is still going and there’s room for me in the press box, there will be no need for me to be crazy early and sneaky to get into the Kenan Stadium press box for Notre Dame’s visit to Chapel Hill. That was the only way it …