Tar Heels play another top team well but again fall short of historic win

By R.L. Bynum In North Carolina’s second chance at a historic signature win in two seasons, the Tar Heels showed that the program can play with anybody in the country. Just like against No. 1 Clemson a year ago when UNC was a 2-point conversion away from victory, the Tar Heels couldn’t get it done …

It was like a dream for Sharpe, Love in impressive UNC debuts

By R.L. Bynum For many Carolina fans trying to recover from the pain of last season, the hype surrounding a highly touted freshman class gave them hope that everything will be back to normal this season. Two of the most hyped were 6-10, 265-pound post player Day’Ron Sharpe and point guard Caleb Love, and neither …

Kelly, Holešínská and others impressive in UNC debuts as Tar Heels roll

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — Petra Holešínská arrived at Carolina with a reputation as a lethal outside shooter and quickly showed why that was on target. The graduate transfer from Illinois swished her first attempt from 3-point range and made her second shot lofted from a couple of feet behind the arc in the …

Banghart has plenty of candidates to start and be leaders heading into UNC’s women’s opener

By R.L. Bynum Last season, Courtney Banghart led a team full of players she had never coached. Even though she is about to begin her second season as North Carolina’s women’s basketball coach, it feels like a similar experience this year with so many departures and arrivals. With only three players back who played last …

Who will start for UNC? Williams has no idea and that’s one of the good challenges he faces

By R.L. Bynum The challenges that Coach Roy Williams faces this season — aside from the pandemic-related issues — are dramatically easier to deal with than a year ago. Williams told anybody who would listen a year ago that his team would struggle to score, and the 14–19 season showed that everybody should have listened. …

Tar Heels in NFL: Ebron scores TD pass as Steelers roll to 10-0; Boston leads Panthers to shutout

By R.L. Bynum Tight end Eric Ebron and the Pittsburgh Steelers just keep rolling on. Ebron pulled down four catches for 36 yards and a touchdown as the Steelers moved to 10-0 headed into Thursday’s night’s home game against the Baltimore Ravens. After Pittsburgh rolled to a 27-3 win at Jacksonville, rookie Chase Claypool “interviewed” …

Idle UNC slips back into the AP Top 25 at No. 25

By R.L. Bynum Who said the polls are logical? North Carolina won two consecutive games impressively and got left out of the AP football poll a week ago. The Tar Heels haven’t played since then but are back in the poll after a three-week absence at No. 25. In the coaches’ poll, UNC moved up …

My crazy Irish adventure: A kid watching no average Joe with legends

By R.L. Bynum Because of pandemic restrictions, it will be harder for me to get into the Kenan Stadium press box Friday when No. 2 Notre Dame visits Chapel Hill than when the Irish played UNC in 1975. With only a limited number of reporters allowed into the press box this season, I’m unlikely to …

Williams eager for Heels to play two true post players and push the pace

By R.L. Bynum Basketball has evolved into a more positionless sport with post play a lost art in many games. That’s not about to happen for North Carolina when Coach Roy Williams has the players to use two post players and work the ball inside. During an ACC video conference on Thursday, Williams remembered talking …

Even if UNC beats Irish and somehow they lose another game, percentages could still deny Heels spot in ACC title game

By R.L. Bynum Mack Brown’s North Carolina team has been fortunate to escape without too much disruption during the football season because of COVID-19. But one scenario could throw a major 2020 curveball at the Tar Heels. Beating No. 2 Notre Dame on Nov. 27 at Kenan Stadium will be quite a challenge for North …