Streaking Tar Heels leap to No. 5 in AP poll

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum Some wondered when North Carolina entered the top 10 in the Associated Press poll last week if the Tar Heels’ rank was a little high. After an impressive victory over Virginia Tech, there are fewer skeptics and more poll voters are taking notice. UNC jumped three spots and is No. 5 in […]

Long passes, Newsome ignite UNC’s offense and Carter, Williams run by Virginia Tech

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum Two elements that were missing in No. 8 North Carolina’s first two victories were big elements of the Tar Heels’ most impressive offensive game of the season. One was Dazz Newsome, an impact receiver, who didn’t make that much of a difference through two games and the other was the lack of […]

Tar Heels in NFL: Trubisky doesn’t play and Bears lose first game

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum The big news for former Tar Heels in the NFL this week was what didn’t happen. After the Chicago Bears went 3-0 in three starts for quarterback Mitch Trubisky, he didn’t start. And, with Nick Foles instead starting Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, the Bears didn’t win. Trubisky had six touchdown passes […]

Tar Heels rise to No. 8 in AP football poll

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum North Carolina’s 26-22 victory over Boston College may not have been overly impressive, but it was enough to move the Tar Heels up four spots to No. 8 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll released Sunday afternoon. It’s the first time in the top 10 since UNC (2-0), which was […]

Howell gives UNC a different dimension on offense with his running threat, which he shows off in win at BC

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum The feet on one Tar Heel are making a more significant impact on games than last season. They would be the feet of Sam Howell, North Carolina’s sophomore quarterback, who couldn’t take his chances on running that much last season because of the Tar Heels’ depleted quarterback depth. A stronger Howell is […]

Tar Heels in NFL: Trubisky benched in Bears win; big plays for Ebron, Boston

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum Mitch Trubisky’s good start that helped the Chicago Bears get off to a 2–0 start took an unpleasant turn for the former Tar Heels quarterback Sunday against the winless Atlanta Falcons. The good news for Trubisky is that the Bears moved to 3–0. The bad news is that he was benched in […]

Idle Tar Heels fall one spot in the AP poll to No. 12, thanks to big wins by Miami and UCF, return of Big Ten teams

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum North Carolina’s season has been on a two-week holding pattern and it appears to have cost the Tar Heels in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. Carolina fell one spot, checking in at No. 12 in the new poll released Sunday afternoon. Expect UNC to keep dropping even with wins in the […]

UNC is one of a few college volleyball teams with every player wearing masks for matches

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum If you watch a college volleyball match this fall, you’ll see something you are unlikely to see in any other sport — entire teams wearing masks during competition. North Carolina is one of those teams.  Since preseason practice started Aug. 1, Coach Joe Sagula’s team has worn masks for every practice. All […]

Tar Heels in the NFL: Trubisky leads Bears to 2-0 start, is top performer so far this season

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum As a Chicago Cubs fan, I follow a lot of Chicago Bears fans on Twitter for their Cubs tweets/coverage even though I’m not a Bears fan. It’s an understatement to say that Bears fans and reporters on that beat have been highly critical of second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky. Some of the tweets […]

UNC up to No. 11 in AP poll, its highest ranking since rising to No. 8 in 2015

By R.L. Bynum@rl_bynum Even though North Carolina’s game with Charlotte got canceled, the 1-0 Tar Heels still moved up in the latest Associated Press Top 25 football poll, thanks to Oklahoma State’s struggles. The Tar Heels went from No. 12 to No. 11, which is the program’s highest rank since it was No. 8 heading […]