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 …

Howell isn’t top QB in Kiper’s draft projection

By R.L. Bynum Mel Kiper Jr. released his updated Big Board projection of top 25 2022 NFL draft prospects this week, and he projects Carolina’s Sam Howell to go No. 7 overall and Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler to be picked No. 2. Kiper has Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux as the No. 1 overall pick. …

ACC Network’s ‘The Huddle’ to broadcast from Chapel Hill before Virginia game

By R.L. Bynum “The Huddle,” ACC Network’s signature football show, will air live from Chapel Hill on Sept. 18, the day that North Carolina plays host to Virginia. The show, with hosts Jordan Cornette and analysts Eric Mac Lain, EJ Manuel and Mark Richt, will air from 10 a.m.–noon, with the crew also providing commentary …

You may not be able to listen to UNC games the same way you did last season

By R.L. Bynum Finding Carolina’s 6 o’clock football opener Friday night at Virginia Tech on television will be easy. It’s on ESPN. If you want to turn down the sound and listen to Jones Angell, in his 11th season as the Voice of the Tar Heels, and his Tar Heel Sports Network radio crew during …