What we know about UNC’s basketball schedule and when we’ll likely get the full schedule

By R.L. Bynum It’s 2020, so it should be no surprise that college basketball’s preseason has been like no other. This comes, of course, after there was no NCAA tournament in March. There was no Late Night With Roy. There was no ACC Operation Basketball in Charlotte as there has been in recent years. Other …

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 in NFL: Bernard gets more work; Ebron, Holcomb have good games

On the same weekend that North Carolina blew out N.C. State, the author of one of the biggest plays in the history of that rivalry had his most productive game of the season. With a foot injury sidelining Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon, Gio Bernard was used much more, and he took advantage of …

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 …

Healthier Leaky Black has “never been this confident,” ready to be an offensive weapon

By R.L. Bynum Leaky Black showed during his first two seasons at North Carolina that he has versatile skills as a lock-down defender, a terrific passer, a good rebounder and a good shooter. Because of injury issues, including persistent problems with his left ankle, Tar Heels fans really have never seen what a completely healthy …

Tar Heels in NFL: Sylvester Williams makes season debut, Holcomb returns and Bernard gets more carries

One Tar Heel returned from an injury, another got more carries Sunday because of an injury to his teammate and a third made a huge tackle in his season debut. Defensive end Sylvester Williams, who the Denver Broncos signed to their practice squad on Oct. 3 after Drew Lock’s injury, was activated and made his …

Tar Heels slide to No. 14 in AP poll, the second-largest poll drop in program history

Many questioned if North Carolina deserved the No. 5 ranking in The Associated Press Top 25 poll, even Coach Mack Brown. After a rally fell short Saturday night in Tallahassee, Fla., against unranked Florida State, the stay at that lofty spot was short. North Carolina fell to No. 14, their lowest position since being ranked …

Carolina can’t recover from first-half struggles, runs out of time at Florida State

By R.L. Bynum There were hints that North Carolina’s young and thin defense had flaws during the first two games of the season. When Virginia Tech scored 31 second-half points last week, it became more apparent but was masked by a productive offensive game. In Tallahassee, Fla., on Saturday night, there was no hiding the …

Tar Heels’ ‘publicity is ahead of where they are on the field,’ Brown says

By R.L. Bynum Since the offseason hype started about North Carolina football, Mack Brown has been the rare coach who embraces the high expectations. Even as the Tar Heels reached No. 5 in the AP poll for the first time since 1997, there still are skeptics about whether they are that good. You can count …