Audio: Salt Lake City Stars get ready for inaugural season with PG Marcus Paige leading the way
The Utah Jazz drafted Marcus Paige out of UNC last summer and got some good play out of the guard during summer league and pre-season play. Alas, Paige was a victim of roster trimming but finds himself with the D-league SLC Stars now. On Monday Paige joined “The Big Show” to preview SLC’s upcoming season.
Daavettila Tops Aney In ITA Regional Singles Final
Sara Daavettila is the ITA Carolinas Regional singles champion. The top seed defeated her UNC teammate Jessie Aney in the finals, 2-6, 7-6, 6-2. They drove together to the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center. They wore matching Tar Heel blue tops and Navy visors on the court. But between the lines it was all business in trying to win a regional title.
Berry, Hicks to Represent UNC at ACC Basketball Media Day
UNC coach Roy Williams, senior forward Isaiah Hicks and junior guard Joel Berry II will represent North Carolina at the ACC's Operation Basketball on Wednesday. Players and coaches from each of the ACC's 15 schools will be on hand at the conference's preseason media day at the Ritz-Carlton hotel and ESPNU studios in Charlotte.
Get in line if you want to congratulate Davis Love III on his World Golf Hall of Fame nod
Davis Love III was busy last week, clearing roads and driveways on Georgia’s St. Simons Island, where tour pros and locals refer to one of the newest members of the World Golf Hall of Fame as “Uncle Davis.” As the victorious Ryder Cup captain told me while cooking brisket in a smoker for weekend guests at his farm, “they call me to get something they can’t get out of a phone book.”
This is Kennedy Meeks’ last chance to put it all together
There are many explanations as to why Kennedy Meeks regressed last season, and many of them are legitimate. Roy Williams likes to play a lot of big men to keep them fresh, so Meeks was never consistently playing more than 20 minutes a game. It was also tough for any post player not named Brice Johnson to really shine for the Tar Heels.
ICTV: Next Step for Kennedy Meeks at UNC
Kennedy Meeks need only look at Brice Johnson's journey as an example of hard work culminating in a stellar senior campaign, and for motivation to finish the one goal Johnson could not complete. Realizing his more explosive potential and leading his teammates are ways he can make that happen.
William Henderson Enjoying His View From The Booth
William Henderson entered the NFL as a third round pick out of North Carolina in 1995 hoping to earn enough to pay for grad school. Twelve years later, he retired with a Super Bowl ring, a reputation as one of the best fullbacks of his generation, and enough money to pay for grad school a hundred times over. It was never about attention with Henderson.
One on One: Taking a Knee and Remembering Dean Smith and Charlie Scott
Roy Williams’ comments reminded old-timers of an earlier time when another UNC basketball coach took unpopular stands on racial matters and supported his black players, who were dealing with challenges because of their race. Journalist Art Chansky tells this story in his new book, “Game Changers: Dean Smith, Charlie Scott, and the Era That Transformed a Southern College Town.”
UNC's third down defense a point of focus
When asked about his defense's performance on Saturday night in UNC's 35-14 win over Virginia, head coach Larry Fedora pointed out one key stat. "The defense held them to 3-of-19 on third down. That is huge. When you do that you have a great chance to win," the fifth year head man said.
Members of Mipso, music group started at UNC, find their harmony
Mipso, a contemporary string band with roots in the Triad, is a harmonious ensemble in more ways than one. Since all four members sing, harmonized vocals have become a focal point of their performances. They cite influences from the Beatles to bluegrass and gospel groups in their approach to vocal arrangements.
Video: Tar Heels Visit Fort Bragg
North Carolina’s first road trip of the 2016-17 season wasn’t listed on the official schedule as the Tar Heels men's basketball team traveled to Fort Bragg for a tour and pre-season practice session.
Expected timetable for Theo Pinson's return from injury
According to Andrew Carter of the Raleigh News & Observer, Theo Pinson's injury and subsequent surgery could put the Carolina wing out for 8-12 weeks. No formal timetable for his return has been released by UNC. Pinson fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during practice last week. He is expected to undergo surgery on Wednesday.
Tar Heels ready for Final Four push after title-game loss
UNC won't have a difficult time finding motivation this season. The memories of losing in the NCAA championship game on a last-second 3-pointer to Villanova still sting more than six months later. There are enough veteran returnees for UNC to have the potential to return to the Final Four again, driven by the memory of coming so close to cutting down the nets in April.
Chaos in the Coastal keeps ACC's playoff picture hazy
Don’t look to the polls for answers here. No. 21 North Carolina lost to No. 25 Virginia Tech, but the voters like the Tar Heels better. Pitt’s only two losses came by a combined eight points, but the Panthers earned fewer votes in the latest AP poll than Troy and line up well behind Penn State, a team they beat in Week 2. So how will all this actually play out?
The changing mentaity of UNC's defense
UNC's defense is playing at a high level right now. They have limited offenses to fewer than 150 yards on the ground in back-to-back games. Miami was 4-of-15 on third down against the Tar Heels while Virginia was 3-of-19. More importantly, UNC held both Coastal Division foes to 14 or points or fewer. With the way UNC can score, that will get the job done.