ESPN's Desmond Howard names UNC as his surprise team

Talking on the ESPN program Mike & Mike Thursday, college football analyst Desmond Howard was asked for his surprise team this season. “I like North Carolina,” Howard said. “That Georgia game is one of the games I’m really looking forward to in Week One. Offensively they’re going to put points on the board. But now they’re going to get some stops on defense."

NBA Star Marvin Williams Tries Out Badminton in Jakarta

American professional basketball player Marvin Williams visited Jakarta-based badminton club PB Djarum, accompanied by Indonesia's former top shuttlers Christian Hadinata and Fung Permadi. Williams's visit coincides with the National Training Camp Jr. NBA Indonesia 2016, which involves basketball coaching clinics for Indonesian children.

Video: North Carolina vs. Georgia - "It All Starts Now"

We're only 9 days away from the 2016 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta where the Tar Heels will meet the Georgia Bulldogs in one of opening week's premiere matchups. Here's a new pregame hype video to get you ready.

UNC’s offensive line is ready to roll in 2016

Last season everything finally came together for UNC, but that was especially true for the offensive line. Armed with some hard-earned experience from 2014, the offensive line exceeded all hopes and expectations. There are numerous advanced statistical categories that break down an o-line’s success. In 2015, UNC excelled at almost all of them.

Video: ACC Football Crazy Plays - Can 2016 Live Up To 2015

The 2015 ACC football season gave us a little bit of everything from wild finishes, unbelievable individual efforts and non-stop action every week. Will the 2016 season live up to the craziness that was the 2015 football season? Here are the most jaw-dropping moments from 2015.

Chansky’s Notebook: A Friend In Need

Tim Beckman was fired at Illinois, where the Tar Heels play in their second game of the season, for allegedly pressuring at least one member of the team to play injured. He won a small settlement for wrongful termination. Beckman coached with Larry Fedora at Oklahoma State and wanted to stay in college football, and Fedora helped his old coaching mate with a second chance.

Turner's Take: Nine Days

Mack Hollins was one of the first Tar Heels at Navy Fields Wednesday for the first UNC football practice since classes began a day prior. "Yeah!" the senior wideout said, bouncing between fields. "Ten days away, baby!" Today, it's nine. Nine days until September 3 and the Tar Heels' Georgia Dome date with the Georgia Bulldogs in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game.

Georgia's Nick Chubb set to return against North Carolina

It appears Nick Chubb will in fact be back on the field when Georgia takes on North Carolina in next week’s season-opener at the Georgia Dome. After practice on Wednesday, when asked what running backs were in line to compete against the Tar Heels, Chubb’s name was the first one mentioned by head coach Kirby Smart.

Bruce Feldman's 2016 ACC football predictions

1. ACC Coastal: North Carolina (Prediction: 9-3, 6-2 ACC): They have arguably the most underrated big-time back in college football in Elijah Hood, and new starting QB Mitch Trubisky has been terrific when called upon. If the defense was a little better, I think this would be a Top 15 team. Last year: 11-3, 8-0, lost to Baylor in Russell Athletic Bowl.

Wayne Ellington: The painful arc of becoming an anti-gun activist

Even the national championship he won with Roy Williams at UNC hadn’t prepared Wayne Ellington for this moment. He clutched a sheet of paper in his right hand and grasped to find the words that would persuade even one of these youths to steer clear of the gun violence that is epidemic in cities like Philadelphia – where a person is shot, on average, every six hours.

Fedora "very comfortable" with hiring of friend Tim Beckman

For Larry Fedora, it was personal.The North Carolina football coach and former Illinois coach Tim Beckman were offensive and defensive coordinators, respectively, for Oklahoma State in 2007. Now, the two are reunited, as Beckman joins UNC as a volunteer assistant for the 2016 season.Beckman was fired from Illinois in August 2015, when an internal investigation claimed he mistreated some of his players.

UNC Football Hiring Tim Beckman as Volunteer Assistant Creates Controversy

In the opening weeks of last season, the UNC football team defeated Illinois by a landslide—just days after the Illini fired head coach Tim Beckman due to player mistreatment. It was announced Wednesday that Beckman has now found a new home in Chapel Hill, working as a volunteer assistant under head coach Larry Fedora.

Mike Tomlin Thinks New Steelers QB Bryn Renner Is A "Quick-Study"

On Wednesday, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked what he likes about Bryn Renner and what he looks forward to seeing out of the North Carolina product during the final two preseason games. "I thought he’s a quick-study, he’s got a live arm, he’s high-energy," said Tomlin. "It’s obvious that he's got a love affair with the game of football."

Poster sale brings in traffic and money to Chapel Hill Street Scene Teen Center

UNC students flock to the poster sale at the Chapel Hill Street Scene Teen Center every year to decorate their residence halls and apartment walls. The poster sale will run until Sept. 2 at Street Scene, below the U.S. Post Office on Franklin Street. The sale has been taking place at Street Scene for over 20 years, said Samathryn Witham, the Street Scene supervisor.

Cole Holcomb: The Road to a Scholarship

Many Tar Heels have started their careers as walk-on players and ended up with prominent roles, such as senior wide receiver Mack Hollins and NFL linebacker Jeff Schoettmer. Cole Holcomb is already earning first-team reps at linebacker for UNC and has found inspiration in these former walk-ons. "It definitely gives you a bit of hope," Holcomb said.

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