Ruder leads North Texas to victory, talks about his time at UNC; Fortin struggles in loss

By R.L. Bynum Former UNC quarterbacks Jace Ruder and Cade Fortin had dramatically different first games as sophomore starters for other schools. Ruder, who had been listed last week as the co-starter with sophomore Austin Aune, started as North Texas rolled to a home win Saturday night over Northwestern State 44–14. Fortin and South Florida …

Six transfers help give UNC volleyball the talent, leadership to start season 6–0

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — During a crazy time for college sports with a busy transfer portal, veteran Carolina volleyball coach Joe Sagula has recruited plenty of experienced talent to Chapel Hill. That momentum has transferred from the recruiting trail to the court in the first couple of weeks of the season. Six transfers, …

Gimmel spoke up with senior leadership after UNC’s loss

By R.L. Bynum After an outcome like the one in Blacksburg, Va., on Friday night that nobody expected, Jeremiah Gimmel, one of Carolina’s senior leaders, spoke up and addressed a Lane Stadium locker room full of frustrated Tar Heels. The inside linebacker’s message after No. 10 UNC’s 17–10 opening-game loss to Virginia Tech was simple: …

Brown says “the shine’s off” after rough night in Blacksburg

By R.L. Bynum Maybe Mack Brown wasn’t just talking his team down when he said that although a lot of people said his team is good, they still have to prove it. That’s still the case after Friday night’s 17–10 loss in No. 10 North Carolina’s opener at Virginia Tech. There’s still time to show …

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 …