Howell gives UNC a different dimension on offense with his running threat, which he shows off in win at BC

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum The feet on one Tar Heel are making a more significant impact on games than last season. They would be the feet of Sam Howell, North Carolina’s sophomore quarterback, who couldn’t take his chances on running that much last season because of the Tar Heels’ depleted quarterback depth. A stronger Howell is [...]

Tar Heels in NFL: Trubisky benched in Bears win; big plays for Ebron, Boston

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum Mitch Trubisky's good start that helped the Chicago Bears get off to a 2–0 start took an unpleasant turn for the former Tar Heels quarterback Sunday against the winless Atlanta Falcons. The good news for Trubisky is that the Bears moved to 3–0. The bad news is that he was benched in [...]

Idle Tar Heels fall one spot in the AP poll to No. 12, thanks to big wins by Miami and UCF, return of Big Ten teams

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum North Carolina's season has been on a two-week holding pattern and it appears to have cost the Tar Heels in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. Carolina fell one spot, checking in at No. 12 in the new poll released Sunday afternoon. Expect UNC to keep dropping even with wins in the [...]

UNC is one of a few college volleyball teams with every player wearing masks for matches

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum If you watch a college volleyball match this fall, you’ll see something you are unlikely to see in any other sport — entire teams wearing masks during competition. North Carolina is one of those teams.  Since preseason practice started Aug. 1, Coach Joe Sagula’s team has worn masks for every practice. All [...]

Tar Heels in the NFL: Trubisky leads Bears to 2-0 start, is top performer so far this season

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum As a Chicago Cubs fan, I follow a lot of Chicago Bears fans on Twitter for their Cubs tweets/coverage even though I'm not a Bears fan. It's an understatement to say that Bears fans and reporters on that beat have been highly critical of second-year quarterback Mitch Trubisky. Some of the tweets [...]

UNC up to No. 11 in AP poll, its highest ranking since rising to No. 8 in 2015

By R.L. Bynum@rl_bynum Even though North Carolina's game with Charlotte got canceled, the 1-0 Tar Heels still moved up in the latest Associated Press Top 25 football poll, thanks to Oklahoma State's struggles. The Tar Heels went from No. 12 to No. 11, which is the program's highest rank since it was No. 8 heading [...]

Many UNC women’s soccer players kneel during national anthem before decisive season-opening victory

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum North Carolina’s women’s soccer season started just like most of Coach Anson Dorrance’s previous 43 seasons — with a decisive victory. The Tar Heels’ 4–1 victory at Dorrance Field over Wake Forest on a soggy evening in Chapel Hill, their 14th consecutive ACC victory, wasn’t as significant as what happened before the [...]

UNC jumps to No. 12 in AP poll, thanks to Big Ten, Pac-12 teams

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum In the strange world of 2020, North Carolina jumped six slots Sunday in the latest Associated Press college football poll. The rise has nothing to do with the Tar Heels' performance in a 31-6 opening-game victory Saturday over Syracuse. UNC, which was ranked No. 18 in the preseason poll, is No. 12 [...]

Williams kick-starts Heels as they blow past Syracuse in final quarter

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum For three quarters, the shaky play of North Carolina’s offensive line couldn’t block out doubts about the high expectations for this Tar Heels team. The line couldn’t contain blitzes, and quarterback Sam Howell many times had trouble recognizing them. But the Tar Heels finally wore down that Syracuse defense with the relentless [...]

Brown says BLM statement not political but what’s right

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum With plenty of high expectations surrounding No. 18 North Carolina, Mack Brown could have easily been like many other football coaches who barely recognize anything outside of their football bubble.  Before he made a video supporting Black Lives Matter, even his players told him that it was going to upset some people. [...]