Video: 1977 UNC Reflections with Lawrence Taylor

Former North Carolina linebacker, NFL all-time great, and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Lawrence Taylor shares his thoughts about the 1977 Tar Heels football team upon his return to Kenan Stadium for a 40-year reunion. View Video...

Luke Maye, Joel Berry Named To Midseason Wooden List

The Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list, and Tar Heels Joel Berry II and Luke Maye made the cut. Berry was on the preseason watch list and advanced to the top 25, and Maye was a midseason addition after a strong first half to his season in 2017-18. UNC is one of four schools have two players chosen. (

Tobacco Road Podcast: Luke Maye's Miracle

Tyler Hansbrough and Gerald Henderson discuss North Carolina's and Duke's tough battles on the road over the weekend. Then, North Carolina junior forward Luke Maye joins the podcast to discuss his shining moment shot over Kentucky and trips to Outback Steakhouse. (Tobacco Road Pod)

Tar Heels in the NBA Update

Harrison Barnes has put up solid numbers in his second season in Dallas, scoring over 18 per game. Barnes has also upped his rebound numbers to over six per game. Reggie Bullock has continued his recent career renaissance, scoring a combined 24 points over his last two games. In his ninth season in the NBA, Wayne Ellington is having arguably his best year. (Tar Heel Blog)

Former UNC Football Player Bobby Rome Named Virginia University of Lynchburg Head Football Coach

The Virginia University of Lynchburg announced the hiring of new head football coach Bobby Rome. Rome most recently was head coach of the UNC club football program. Prior to that, he was the head coach of Far Eastern Federal University in Russia, where he started the football program. Rome was a four-year starter at UNC, where he played fullback and graduated in 2009. (Lynchburg News & Advance)

Early ACC Football Predictions for 2018

Coastal Division No. 6: North Carolina's offense has to find a spark after averaging only 19.3 points in ACC games. Nathan Elliott and Chazz Surratt will battle for the starting quarterback job after both saw extensive playing time in 2017. Jordan Brown and Michael Carter should form a solid backfield duo, and Anthony Ratliff-Williams is a big-play threat on the outside. (Athlon Sports)

Panthers' Julius Peppers rises to fourth all-time in sacks

Julius Peppers finished with 33 tackles (21 solo), 11 sacks, two fumble recoveries and two fumbles forced in 16 games played this season. Peppers continued to evade father time, as he not only posted his tenth double-digit sack campaign at age 37, but moved into fourth all-time in the category in the process. Peppers can rest assured knowing he's destined for the Hall of Fame. (CBS Sports)

NFL Playoffs 2018: Eagles should consider playing rookie WR Mack Hollins over Torrey Smith

After veteran wide receiver Torrey Smith dropped a catchable pass on 3rd down and 7, and Foles missed Smith on 4th down and 7 from the Cowboys' 39-yard line on the Eagles' first possession on Sunda, it might be time to consider elevating rookie Mack Hollins into a starting role opposite Alshon Jeffery. Hollins has played in 287 of the Eagles' snaps. (

UNC Women's Basketball Hosts Clemson On Thursday

UNC hosts Clemson on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the 84th all-time meeting between the two programs. UNC is 1-2 in the league after a 68-67 win over Pitt last Sunday, while Clemson is 0-3 after a loss at Virginia, 70-41. Carolina leads 55-28 over Clemson in the all-time series. UNC is 22-2 against the Tigers since 2001-02. Sylvia Hatchell is 44-17 all-time against Clemson. (

Podcast: Good Heels, Bad Heels, Small Ball, Kenny Williams and Notre Dame

Inside Carolina's Greg Barnes and Ross Martin join host Tommy Ashley to deconstruct North Carolina Basketball heading into Saturday's game at Notre Dame. (Audioboom)

Tar Heels' small lineup does it all

Perhaps my worry was overstated. It doesn't matter nearly as much who starts as who plays meaningful minutes, and UNC's small lineup allowed the Tar Heels to get off to a fast start. Then, Garrison Brooks and Sterling Manley entered the game and adjusted to its pace rather than feeling like they needed to be a part of setting it. There’s value in the veteran Johnson starting. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC Volleyball Assistant Eve Rackham Named Head Coach at Tennessee

Longtime UNC volleyball assistant Eve Rackham was named the new head coach of the program at the University of Tennessee on Wednesday, after spending the last nine seasons on staff in Chapel Hill. Rackham has been the assistant head coach under Joe Sagula since 2013, and has been responsible for both recruiting and the team’s offensive development. (

NBA analyst Kenny Smith lists Encino home for $3.6 million

Retired NBA player and basketball analyst Kenny “The Jet” Smith and his wife, model-singer-actress Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith, have listed their home in Encino for sale at $3.595 million. The couple appear to be banking on a flourishing luxury market in the Encino area. Five years ago they had asked $2.795 million for the French country estate on over half an acre. (Los Angeles Times)

Searcy, Williams and Hollins still alive in NFL Playoffs

After Wild Card weekend in the NFL Playoffs, only three former Tar Heels remain among the final eight teams. Da’Norris Searcy and Sylvester Williams are playing on the defensive side of the ball for the Tennessee Titans, while Mack Hollins is filling in as a second string wide receiver behind Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor for the Philadelphia Eagles. (Daily Tar Heel)

Mid-season review: UNC women's basketball begins new era on right foot

The Tar Heels (11-5, 1-2 ACC) have backed up the optimistic rhetoric from the beginning of the season. The Tar Heels average 78.9 points per game, over six points per game more than last season, and they’re doing it with a more balanced attack. Last season, the team put up 25.8 3-point attempts per game; this season, UNC is averaging 16.7 attempts from deep. (Daily Tar Heel)

Ex-UNC star Harrison Barnes heard the doubters. Against the Hornets, he answered them.

Now in his second full season in Dallas, Harrison Barnes has proven that his performance with Golden State was no mirage – and he proved that again Wednesday night in a 115-111 win over the Charlotte Hornets. The 6-foot-8, 210-pound small forward from North Carolina led his team in scoring, but it wasn’t a matter of the former Tar Heel forcing himself on the game. (Charlotte Observer)

Denver Broncos Name Former UNC Safety Greg Williams as Defensive Backs Coach

The Broncos have named Greg Williams as Defensive Backs Coach, the team announced Wednesday. Williams arrives in Denver with nine years of NFL coaching experience and 15 years of coaching experience overall. He spent the last two seasons as the Colts' defensive backs coach. Williams was a wide receiver and defensive back at the University of North Carolina from 1994-97. (Denver Broncos)

UNC OL Tommy Hatton Retires from Football

UNC guard Tommy Hatton announced his retirement from football due to medical issues related to multiple concussions. The redshirt sophomore started eight games in 2016. Hatton was working with the first team at left guard in training camp last August before suffering a concussion – his fourth – that put him in the hospital and forced him to miss the 2017 season. (Inside Carolina)

Just be Luke: Maye focuses on fun in career night for North Carolina

Just a kid from Huntersville, that’s all Luke Maye needed to be. That’s all Roy Williams wanted him to be. “I tell them to shut up and play; I think they started to feel a little pressure,” Williams said. “I told Luke you don’t have to be anybody else; just be Luke.” That’s all his mother, Aimee, told him to be over their lunch on Tuesday at The Purple Bowl on Franklin Street. (Greensboro News & Record)

After contemplating retirement, referee Ted Valentine returns to court

Ted Valentine was back on the court Tuesday, officiating the Syracuse-Virginia game, just days after saying he was contemplating retirement. Last Wednesday, the referee turned his back to UNC player Joel Berry II when the guard tried to a discuss a non-call. Berry felt he had been fouled by Florida State's Terance Mann, but Valentine would not engage with the UNC guard. (

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