More-physical Bacot intent on a turnaround season for him, Tar Heels, says practices have been intense

By R.L. Bynum As Armando Bacot prepares for his sophomore season, everything feels different.  His freshman struggles and the nightmare of a 14–19 North Carolina season, as well as the influx of freshman talent, are driving that change. If Coach Roy Williams sees any hint that the Tar Heels haven’t learned from that season, he’s …

Tar Heels in NFL: Bernard gets more work; Ebron, Holcomb have good games

On the same weekend that North Carolina blew out N.C. State, the author of one of the biggest plays in the history of that rivalry had his most productive game of the season. With a foot injury sidelining Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon, Gio Bernard was used much more, and he took advantage of …

Tar Heels fall to No. 15, extend longest top 15 streak in 12 years

By R.L. Bynum Even with a decisive victory over a ranked team, there didn’t figure to be much movement in the AP Top 25 poll for North Carolina considering that only one team ahead of the Tar Heels in last week’s poll lost. Wisconsin created movement though, and in the wrong direction. After the Tar …

UNC puts it all together in blowout of N.C. State

By R.L. Bynum It’s almost impossible for an opponent to beat No. 14 North Carolina when Sam Howell, Javonte Williams, Michael Carter and the Tar Heels’ defense are all playing well. No. 23 N.C. State is the latest opponent to make this painful discovery. Behind 160 rushing yards and three touchdowns from Williams, 106 rushing …

Tar Heels in NFL: Sylvester Williams makes season debut, Holcomb returns and Bernard gets more carries

One Tar Heel returned from an injury, another got more carries Sunday because of an injury to his teammate and a third made a huge tackle in his season debut. Defensive end Sylvester Williams, who the Denver Broncos signed to their practice squad on Oct. 3 after Drew Lock’s injury, was activated and made his …

Tar Heels slide to No. 14 in AP poll, the second-largest poll drop in program history

Many questioned if North Carolina deserved the No. 5 ranking in The Associated Press Top 25 poll, even Coach Mack Brown. After a rally fell short Saturday night in Tallahassee, Fla., against unranked Florida State, the stay at that lofty spot was short. North Carolina fell to No. 14, their lowest position since being ranked …

Carolina can’t recover from first-half struggles, runs out of time at Florida State

By R.L. Bynum There were hints that North Carolina’s young and thin defense had flaws during the first two games of the season. When Virginia Tech scored 31 second-half points last week, it became more apparent but was masked by a productive offensive game. In Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday night, there was no hiding the …

Tar Heels in NFL: Ebron with five catches, Hurst plays and Trubisky sits

By R.L. Bynum@RL_BynumAfter an unexpected week off for his Pittsburgh Steelers because of COVID-19, Eric Ebron was back at it Sunday with a season-high five catches for the second consecutive game to highlight the efforts of former UNC players in the NFL in Week 5. The Steelers tight end’s five catches came on six targets …

Long passes, Newsome ignite UNC’s offense and Carter, Williams run by Virginia Tech

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum Two elements that were missing in No. 8 North Carolina’s first two victories were big elements of the Tar Heels’ most impressive offensive game of the season. One was Dazz Newsome, an impact receiver, who didn’t make that much of a difference through two games and the other was the lack of …

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 …