ACC Kickoff: More than half league has an 85% vaccination rate but not UNC

By R.L. Bynum CHARLOTTE — As the ACC forges ahead toward what everybody hopes will be a normal football season, Commissioner Jim Phillips said Wednesday at the ACC Kickoff that more than half of the league’s football programs have reached an 85% vaccination rate, with other programs close. UNC coach Mack Brown said that the …

Heels return to AP poll at No. 20 but CFP rankings bigger

Orange Bowl possible with win at Miami By R.L. Bynum After a week out of the Top 25 and a blowout senior day victory, North Carolina is back in the AP Top 25 football poll at No. 20. The poll figured to have plenty of changes after six teams in last week’s Top 25 lost, …

Tar Heels in NFL: Ebron, Steelers move to 11-0; Trubisky keeps starting job

By R.L. Bynum Eric Ebron ended a long Week 12 in the NFL with a positive note for former Tar Heels with seven catches for 54 yards as his Pittsburgh Steelers moved to 11-0 with a 19–14 home victory Wednesday against the short-handed Baltimore Ravens. That game marked the NFL debut for defensive tackle Aaron …

Even if UNC beats Irish and somehow they lose another game, percentages could still deny Heels spot in ACC title game

By R.L. Bynum Mack Brown’s North Carolina team has been fortunate to escape without too much disruption during the football season because of COVID-19. But one scenario could throw a major 2020 curveball at the Tar Heels. Beating No. 2 Notre Dame on Nov. 27 at Kenan Stadium will be quite a challenge for North …

Howell throws UNC back into the coaches poll at No. 24, gets national honors; odds of making ACC title game low

By R.L. Bynum Two weeks after Virginia shoved North Carolina onto the Top 25 football poll exit ramp, Sam Howell impressively navigated a victory and directed the Tar Heels down the on-ramp — at least in the coaches poll. After being left out of the Top 25 for two consecutive weeks following Carolina’s 44–41 loss …