Many reasons intense McKoy, aka ‘The sparkplug,’ left UVa for UNC

By R.L. Bynum Of Carolina’s three transfers, Justin McKoy’s decision to leave Virginia after two seasons was the most surprising until you look closer at his situation. Coaching changes came ahead of Brady Manek’s decision to leave Oklahoma and Dawson Garcia opting to leave Marquette. There was no coaching change for the Cavaliers and McKoy …

Tar Heels in NFL: Williams has best day of four rookies making debuts; Brown starts

By R.L. Bynum Four rookies out of UNC made quiet NFL debuts Sunday, with Washington wide receiver Dyami Brown the only one who started. Javonte Williams had the best day with 14 rushes for 45 yards and played 34 snaps in the Denver Broncos’ 27–13 road victory over the New York Giants. In the only …

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 …