Tar Heels in NFL: Trubisky doesn’t play and Bears lose first game

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum The big news for former Tar Heels in the NFL this week was what didn’t happen. After the Chicago Bears went 3-0 in three starts for quarterback Mitch Trubisky, he didn’t start. And, with Nick Foles instead starting Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, the Bears didn’t win. Trubisky had six touchdown passes …

Tar Heels rise to No. 8 in AP football poll

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum North Carolina’s 26-22 victory over Boston College may not have been overly impressive, but it was enough to move the Tar Heels up four spots to No. 8 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll released Sunday afternoon. It’s the first time in the top 10 since UNC (2-0), which was …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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. …

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

By R.L. Bynum On Nov. 27, assuming the season is still going and there’s room for me in the press box, there will be no need for me to be crazy early and sneaky to get into the Kenan Stadium press box for Notre Dame’s visit to Chapel Hill. That was the only way it …