Challenging UNC women’s schedule includes home game with Louisville

By R.L. Bynum Home games with Duke and against a pair of top 10 teams from a year ago in Louisville and N.C. State highlight North Carolina’s ACC women’s basketball schedule, which was released Wednesday night. The Tar Heels’ league opener in Coach Courtney Banghart’s third season in Chapel Hill is Dec. 19 at Boston …

UNC moves up in both national polls

By R.L. Bynum On the strength of North Carolina’s one-sided victory Saturday over Georgia State, the Tar Heels moved up three slots in both national polls. The Tar Heels (1–1) moved from No. 24 to No. 21 in the AP poll and jumped from No. 22 to No. 19 in the coaches poll after their …

Green emerges as a dangerous receiver for UNC

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — Two of the major offensive questions coming off of the opener for No. 24 North Carolina surrounded a talented but inexperienced wide receiver group. The deep passing game was missing in the 17–10 loss at Virginia Tech and quarterback Sam Howell’s only reliable receiver was Josh Downs. No other …

UNC wins big as offensive line tries to work out issues

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — Carolina rebounded from a frustrating opening-game loss, but the Tar Heels’ offensive line showed that it’s still a work in progress. UNC’s offense got off to a hot start in Saturday night’s home opener and scored 28 points in a nine-minute second-half stretch. But the Tar Heels’ inability to …

Bacot at the center of a new Carolina approach offensively

By R.L. Bynum Being a big man in the Carolina basketball program is going to be different starting this season, and junior Armando Bacot is the man in the middle of that transformation. From Dean Smith to Roy Williams, those legendary Hall of Fame coaches wanted two low-post players. Apart from players such as Sam …

Downs seizes the moment, unleashes his speed on sensational score

By R.L. Bynum When you are a receiver with Josh Downs’ speed, there are moments during a game when you realize you can turn a routine play into a game-changing moment. One of those moments came late in the third quarter Friday night at Virginia Tech, when Carolina quarterback Sam Howell threw a short pass …

UNC plummets in both national polls

By R.L. Bynum Mack Brown has been saying that his Tar Heels weren’t a top 10 team and, after a frustrating opening-game 17–10 loss Friday at Virginia Tech, it’s official. North Carolina dropped 14 slots from No. 10 to No. 24 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll released Tuesday. It’s a larger fall …

Six transfers help give UNC volleyball the talent, leadership to start season 6–0

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — During a crazy time for college sports with a busy transfer portal, veteran Carolina volleyball coach Joe Sagula has recruited plenty of experienced talent to Chapel Hill. That momentum has transferred from the recruiting trail to the court in the first couple of weeks of the season. Six transfers, …

Gimmel spoke up with senior leadership after UNC’s loss

By R.L. Bynum After an outcome like the one in Blacksburg, Va., on Friday night that nobody expected, Jeremiah Gimmel, one of Carolina’s senior leaders, spoke up and addressed a Lane Stadium locker room full of frustrated Tar Heels. The inside linebacker’s message after No. 10 UNC’s 17–10 opening-game loss to Virginia Tech was simple: …

Brown says “the shine’s off” after rough night in Blacksburg

By R.L. Bynum Maybe Mack Brown wasn’t just talking his team down when he said that although a lot of people said his team is good, they still have to prove it. That’s still the case after Friday night’s 17–10 loss in No. 10 North Carolina’s opener at Virginia Tech. There’s still time to show …