Carolina in the College Football Playoff? That’s the prediction of one publication

By R.L. Bynum Carolina enters the season with high expectations but there isn’t much talk about the Tar Heels making the College Football Playoff field. Pick Six Previews, which sells a preview book, is the exception. It predicts that UNC will make the CFP as the No. 4 seed, facing No. 1-seed Oklahoma in the …

Tar Heels make top 10 in preseason coaches poll

By R.L. Bynum North Carolina is No. 9 in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll released Tuesday, the highest national preseason coaches poll ranking since the Tar Heels were No. 8 in 1997, the last season of Coach Mack Brown’s first stint in Chapel Hill. That season, UNC was ranked No. 7 in the preseason …

Howell will have greater control of play-calling, the playbook

By R.L. Bynum There is no doubt that this is Sam Howell’s team and offense as Carolina heads into a football season with plenty of hype, including his Heisman Trophy candidacy. During Howell’s junior, and no doubt final, season as a Tar Heel, that will be more true than last season. He will take more …

Tar Heel Sports Network changes flagship stations

That designation goes to WPTF, which was the Wolfpack network’s flagship for years By R.L. Bynum There will be a notable change in the air when Carolina opens the football season on Sept. 3 at Virginia Tech. The flagship station for the 62-station Tar Heel Sports Network will become the station that was, for years, …

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 …