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

By R.L. Bynum Because of pandemic restrictions, it will be harder for me to get into the Kenan Stadium press box Friday when No. 2 Notre Dame visits Chapel Hill than when the Irish played UNC in 1975. With only a limited number of reporters allowed into the press box this season, I’m unlikely to …

Even if UNC beats Irish and somehow they lose another game, percentages could still deny Heels spot in ACC title game

By R.L. Bynum Mack Brown’s North Carolina team has been fortunate to escape without too much disruption during the football season because of COVID-19. But one scenario could throw a major 2020 curveball at the Tar Heels. Beating No. 2 Notre Dame on Nov. 27 at Kenan Stadium will be quite a challenge for North …

Tar Heels in NFL: Ebron, Steelers move to 9-0; Hurst starts for Saints; Holcomb plays every Washington defensive snap

By R.L. Bynum One week, it’s hurdling over a defender on the way to scoring a touchdown. Sunday, it was making a one-handed catch to convert on a third down. Tight end Eric Ebron is contributing however he can to help the Pittsburgh Steelers remain the NFL’s only undefeated team. It wasn’t his best day, …

Howell throws UNC back into the coaches poll at No. 24, gets national honors; odds of making ACC title game low

By R.L. Bynum Two weeks after Virginia shoved North Carolina onto the Top 25 football poll exit ramp, Sam Howell impressively navigated a victory and directed the Tar Heels down the on-ramp — at least in the coaches poll. After being left out of the Top 25 for two consecutive weeks following Carolina’s 44–41 loss …

UNC rallies from 21 down to beat Wake Forest behind a record-setting day for Sam Howell

By R.L. Bynum Years from now, North Carolina fans will fondly reflect on the record-shattering career of quarterback Sam Howell while watching him pick apart NFL defenses.  There will be many more opportunities between now and the end of next season. But Saturday’s sterling effort against Wake Forest will be one memory that will stick …

Tar Heels in NFL: Hollins’ first reception is big one; Ebron makes game-winning TD catch for 8-0 Steelers

By R.L. Bynum Mostly a special-teams player for the Miami Dolphins this season, Mack Hollins picked an excellent time to get his first reception this season. In his only reception of the game, Hollins caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, making the catch above the defender’s helmet at the far-right edge …

UNC’s defense plays well; Tar Heels, Williams pour on the offense in romp at Duke

By R.L. Bynum DURHAM — North Carolina found the cure for its struggling defense in Durham and with the Tar Heels’ offense as potent as ever, possession of the Victory Bell was never in doubt. Javonte Williams, with 24 points, scored as much as Duke in Carolina’s 56–24 romp over the Blue Devils (2–6, 1–6 …

What you need to know about UNC-Duke: Time, TV, what to watch, statistics

By R.L. Bynum North Carolina (4–2, 4–2 ACC) at Duke (2–5, 1–5 ACC) Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham When: Noon Where to watch: ESPN2 TV announcers: Roy Philpott (play by play), Kelly Stouffer (analyst) and Alex Chappell (sideline reporter) Line: UNC -11.5 Over/under: 63 Last season’s meeting: UNC won 20–17 in Chapel …

Mack Brown says that UNC is “about to be really good”

By R.L. Bynum Mack Brown sees the mistakes and the flaws that led to frustrating road losses to Florida State and Virginia. While working to correct all of that, he likes a lot of what he’s seen from his Carolina team. “I’m excited about this thing moving forward,” Brown said Wednesday ahead of the Tar …

Tar Heels in NFL: Bernard scores 2 TDs, Ebron pulls down TD pass for rolling Steelers and Trubisky gets off the bench

By R.L. Bynum Gio Bernard had another productive day in helping the Cincinnati Bengals upset the Tennessee Titans 31-20 on Sunday. Before Sunday’s game, Bernard had 25 rushes on the season for 66 yards. In his second game starting in place of the injured Joe Mixon, Bernard ran 15 times for 62 yards and a …