Howell isn’t top QB in Kiper’s draft projection

By R.L. Bynum Mel Kiper Jr. released his updated Big Board projection of top 25 2022 NFL draft prospects this week, and he projects Carolina’s Sam Howell to go No. 7 overall and Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler to be picked No. 2. Kiper has Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux as the No. 1 overall pick. …

ACC Network’s ‘The Huddle’ to broadcast from Chapel Hill before Virginia game

By R.L. Bynum “The Huddle,” ACC Network’s signature football show, will air live from Chapel Hill on Sept. 18, the day that North Carolina plays host to Virginia. The show, with hosts Jordan Cornette and analysts Eric Mac Lain, EJ Manuel and Mark Richt, will air from 10 a.m.–noon, with the crew also providing commentary …

You may not be able to listen to UNC games the same way you did last season

By R.L. Bynum Finding Carolina’s 6 o’clock football opener Friday night at Virginia Tech on television will be easy. It’s on ESPN. If you want to turn down the sound and listen to Jones Angell, in his 11th season as the Voice of the Tar Heels, and his Tar Heel Sports Network radio crew during …

There was good and bad news for Tar Heels on cut day in the NFL

By R.L. Bynum There were triumphs and frustrations for Tar Heels on Tuesday as NFL teams cut their rosters down to 53 players. Among the positives were Mack Hollins, M.J. Stewart Jr., Andre Smith and Charlie Heck making rosters. Some of the negatives were the Dazz Newsome and six other former UNC players being waived. …

They battled for UNC QB job in 2019, now Howell, Fortin and Ruder are all starters

By R.L. Bynum Heading into the 2019 season, Sam Howell won a battle with Cade Fortin and Jace Ruder for North Carolina’s starting quarterback job. All three clearly had talent and that’s the reason that all three are Week 1 starters. The least surprising of the three, though, is Howell as the Tar Heels’ starter …

Another pandemic UNC season, with some aspects better but many of same concerns

By R.L. Bynum As No. 10 North Carolina heads into its opening football game Friday at Virginia Tech, there has been a shift toward normalcy in how the team proceeds on any given week in dealing with the pandemic. One big, obvious change is that there will be a capacity, and likely loud, crowd for …

Simmons back on UNC radio crew but will miss opener because a new football job

By R.L. Bynum There are no changes in the Tar Heel Sports Network radio crew for football except for Friday’s opener — because of Brian Simmons’ other job. Simmons, entering his sixth season as the analyst on the THSN, will miss the broadcast of the Virginia Tech game (6 p.m., ESPN) because he is the …

Tar Heels in NFL camps: Javonte Williams making early impression in Denver; 4 of 27 former UNC players in camps expected to start

By R.L. Bynum Three weekends away from Week 1 of the NFL season, there is a lot of excitement about two rookie listed as backup running backs — the Denver Broncos’ Javonte Williams and the New York Jets’ Michael Carter. They are two of 27 Tar Heels in NFL training camps. In the Mile High …

Tar Heels highest in AP preseason poll since 1997

By R.L. Bynum For the first time since 1997, North Carolina is an Associated Press preseason top 10 team with the Tar Heels coming in at No. 10 in the preseason poll that came out Monday. It’s only the fourth time in program history that the Tar Heels have earned a preseason top 10 rank …