Challenging UNC women’s schedule includes home game with Louisville

By R.L. Bynum Home games with Duke and against a pair of top 10 teams from a year ago in Louisville and N.C. State highlight North Carolina’s ACC women’s basketball schedule, which was released Wednesday night. The Tar Heels’ league opener in Coach Courtney Banghart’s third season in Chapel Hill is Dec. 19 at Boston …

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 …

Bernard helps Bucs win; when will other Tar Heels play during Week 1 of the NFL?

By R.L. Bynum Giovani Bernard was the first of the 14 Tar Heels on NFL active rosters to play on the season’s opening weekend when his Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Dallas Cowboys 31–29 on Thursday night. Bernard, in his first season with Tampa Bay after playing eight seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, has been …

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 …