Kessler transferring to Auburn

By R.L. Bynum The message Walker Kessler got from Hubert Davis must not have been that different than the one he got from Roy Williams. Monday, Kessler announced on Instagram that he’s transferring to Auburn days after Davis publicly stated that he wanted the big man to stay in Chapel Hill. Kessler visited the Auburn …

McKoy comes home, transferring from Virginia to UNC

By R.L. Bynum UNC coach Hubert Davis went inside the conference to grab a player from the transfer portal, luring Justin McKoy from Virginia. Justin McKoy The 6-foot-8, 215-pound power forward is coming home in a sense considering McKoy played his high school ball at Cary’s Panther Creek High School, where he was rated as …

UNC women get talented, record-breaking guard transfer in Hodgson

By R.L. Bynum Talented 5-foot-9 guard Eva Hodgson is transferring from William & Mary to North Carolina and will have two years of eligibility in Chapel Hill. Hodgson, who opted out of last season because of COVID-19 concerns, was the CAA rookie of the year in the 2018–19 season and was an All-CAA pick in …

Mutual respect between Davis and Williams obvious, as well as similar passion

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — As much as Roy Williams and Hubert Davis expressed their love and respect for each other Tuesday, they had a bit of a conflict. Davis may have officially taken over as UNC’s men’s basketball coach but he wasn’t about to take Williams’ spacious Smith Center office.  It wasn’t an …

Tar Heels in MLB: Harvey, Bard off to good pitching starts; Moran blasts homer, hitting .300

By R.L. Bynum Matt Harvey got the sort of start he can build on as he tries to put together a bounce-back season with the Baltimore Orioles. He gave up six hits and two earned runs in 4⅔ innings, but he struck out four and overcame some bad luck as the Orioles won at Boston …

Wes Miller should be the next Carolina coach

By R.L. Bynum Either of the most likely candidates to replace legendary Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams at North Carolina — Wes Miller or Hubert Davis — would be terrific choices because neither would ever leave their alma mater for another job. Anybody who thinks that UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham will hire somebody …

Tar Heels in MLB: Bard, Harvey among big Opening Day stories

By R.L. Bynum The two big Opening Day stories for former Tar Heels are right-handed pitchers Daniel Bard and Matt Harvey, both in their 30s, with plenty of hope entering the season. Bard, 35, will be the Colorado Rockies’ closer and Harvey is getting another chance to prove himself, this time as the No. 2 …

Pack rolls over UNC on tough night for Heels ace Love

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — Starting pitching has a way of sending momentum built in a young season the opposite direction in a hurry for one night. That happened convincingly Friday night when previously reeling N.C. State rode a complete game from right-hander Reid Johnston (2–0) and North Carolina ace Austin Love (4–1) battled …

A monster game from Watts in NCAA debut not enough against Alabama

By R.L. Bynum After waiting six years to finally play in an NCAA tournament game, Stephanie Watts did all she could to make it a memorable debut. The 2016 ACC freshman of the year did it all for North Carolina with a 29 points, seven 3-pointers and three blocks, all season-highs, but they weren’t enough …

It’s a bittersweet Texas homecoming for Kelly as UNC opens NCAA play Monday

By R.L. Bynum In a normal year, Deja Kelly’s Texas homecoming would have included a lot of time with family and friends and visiting her old neighborhood not far away from San Antonio’s Alamodome. Instead, as Kelly and her North Carolina teammates prepare for Monday’s first-round game in the NCAA tournament’s Hemisfair Region as a …