Howell didn’t want a Heisman publicity campaign; he just wants to win

By R.L. Bynum CHARLOTTE — Sam Howell has rare qualities beyond the talent that make him a lock to be a first-round pick in the NFL draft next year. Most other players entering a season with such lofty expectations would revel in the attention, crave more of it and gladly embrace the Heisman Trophy hype. …

Chandler’s talent, experience important as UNC tries to replace Williams and Carter

By R.L. Bynum CHARLOTTE — Nearly all of the offensive line is back and a Heisman Trophy candidate is at quarterback to lead the offense. But with the loss of the dynamic running back combination of Javonte Williams and Michael Carter, one of the biggest questions surrounds what North Carolina’s running game will look like …

ACC Kickoff: More than half league has an 85% vaccination rate but not UNC

By R.L. Bynum CHARLOTTE — As the ACC forges ahead toward what everybody hopes will be a normal football season, Commissioner Jim Phillips said Wednesday at the ACC Kickoff that more than half of the league’s football programs have reached an 85% vaccination rate, with other programs close. UNC coach Mack Brown said that the …

Sunday, it’s all UNC on ACC Network: Here’s what you’ll see

By R.L. Bynum Set your DVRs! ACC Network began 15 days of programming highlighting the best moments from the last year for each ACC school on July 2 with “ACC Network School Takeovers.” It’s Carolina’s turn Sunday, and you’ll be able to relive five victories over top-10 teams. In addition to eight Tar Heels victories, …

UNC’s dominant athletic year earns fourth-place Director’s Cup finish, the best since 2009, to easily lead the ACC

By R.L. Bynum Carolina proved again to have the most dominant overall athletics program in the Atlantic Coast Conference and one of the best in the country. Sparked by a third consecutive field hockey national title and seven top-10 NCAA finishes, UNC finished fourth overall in the NCAA Directors’ Cup standings at 1,126.25 points, just …

Tar Heels in NBA: Streak for Knicks, Bullock snapped; Anthony talks about his development

By R.L. Bynum Reggie Bullock had another big game Monday but it wasn’t enough to extend New York’s winning streak. Bullock collected 17 points and four 3-pointers but Phoenix snapped the Knicks’ nine-game win streak with a 118–110 victory. Cameron Johnson came off the bench for the first time in three games and has scored …

Howell, UNC provide glimpse of why expectations are so high

By R.L. Bynum On a rainy, messy spring day at Kenan Stadium, fans got a glimpse of Carolina’s Heisman Trophy candidate and a look at other key elements that will make the Tar Heels a highly ranked team next season. Sam Howell connected on 6 of 10 passes for 118 yards and one touchdown and …

UNC will be back to finishing football season against N.C. State in 2021, opens at Virginia Tech

By R.L. Bynum After playing rival N.C. State in the middle of the season for the first time since 2013, it will be back to facing the Wolfpack in the regular-season finale again in the 2021 season. This season, the rivals will play on the day after Thanksgiving. Carolina’s football schedule, in likely the final …

Tar Heels in NFL: Big NFL debut for Antonio Williams; several UNC alums make playoffs

By R.L. Bynum The feel-good Week 17 story for Carolina fans was Antonio Williams’ NFL debut for the Buffalo Bills. In the Bills’ 56–26 home win over the Miami Dolphins, Williams ran for 63 yards and two touchdowns and caught a pass for 20 more yards. https://twitter.com/BuffaloBills/status/1345831696386699265?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1345831696386699265%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.syracuse.com%2Fbuffalo-bills%2F2021%2F01%2Fwho-is-antonio-williams-bills-udfa-rb-scores-twice-in-buffalos-week-17-win.html It was an impressive first game for Williams, …

UNC’s defense shines for three quarters before Texas A&M surges to victory

By R.L. Bynum MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. –– North Carolina players at the Orange Bowl heard the doubters who didn’t give the Tar Heels a chance after four stars opted out of the game against the highest-ranked team to miss the College Football Playoff. The defensive unit, which was shaky at times during the regular season, …