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 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 …

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 …

Many UNC women’s soccer players kneel during national anthem before decisive season-opening victory

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum North Carolina’s women’s soccer season started just like most of Coach Anson Dorrance’s previous 43 seasons — with a decisive victory. The Tar Heels’ 4–1 victory at Dorrance Field over Wake Forest on a soggy evening in Chapel Hill, their 14th consecutive ACC victory, wasn’t as significant as what happened before the …

Williams kick-starts Heels as they blow past Syracuse in final quarter

By R.L. Bynum@RL_Bynum For three quarters, the shaky play of North Carolina’s offensive line couldn’t block out doubts about the high expectations for this Tar Heels team. The line couldn’t contain blitzes, and quarterback Sam Howell many times had trouble recognizing them. But the Tar Heels finally wore down that Syracuse defense with the relentless …