UNC Pitching Coach Bryant Gaines Named Assistant at Liberty
New Liberty baseball coach Scott Jackson has announced the addition of Bryant Gaines as an assistant coach. Gaines joins the Liberty staff after four seasons as a member of the North Carolina coaching staff. A former UNC pitcher and member of four consecutive College World Series teams, Gaines assisted in all aspects of the Tar Heels’ program.
UNC Football: Early Opponent preview Virginia Tech
This will be Justin Fuente's first season at Virginia Tech and his second head coaching stop. Fuente was previously the head coach at Memphis where he turned around the program, going 19-6 the last two seasons. Bud Foster remains the Hokies' defensive coordinator. An improvement to 7-5 and a 24th consecutive bowl game seems a likely outcome.
Saints sign veteran WR Hakeem Nicks to 1-year deal
Veteran receiver Hakeem Nicks is signing a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints on the eve of their first training camp practice, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Nicks worked out for the Saints last season and again in May. But they initially opted to sign veteran receiver Vincent Brown, who was placed on injured reserve earlier this week.
Long a businessman first, Michael Jordan finally finds his activist voice
Few have been in the position that Michael Jordan is, more than 13 years after he retired as a professional basketball player. Like Muhammad Ali and Tiger Woods, Jordan’s image has transcended his sport. With that comes a struggle to strike a balance between what constitutes selling products and selling out.
10 First-Year Starting QBs Who Could Win College Football's National Title in 2016
9. Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina: The Tar Heels are a long shot to win the national title in 2016, but the path is certainly there for coach Larry Fedora’s team. Quarterback Marquise Williams departs, but there’s little concern in Chapel Hill. Trubisky has shined in limited action, completing 82 of 125 throws for 1,014 yards and 11 scores
North Carolina, Duke Basketball Stars Join Forces in Rio
As he picked up the phone, the Team USA men's basketball coach had a feeling of uncertainty. After all, Mike Krzyzewski had made a similar call years ago, only to hear Harrison Barnes turn down his pitch to play for Duke. This time, Krzyzewski was offering the former University of North Carolina star a spot on the U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball team.
Summer Baseball Dispatches: Kyle Datres
Kyle Datres: I am here in Baltimore, Maryland, playing for the Redbirds in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League with fellow Tar Heels Utah Jones and Cole Aker. We just finished our 40-game regular season in first place, and we are starting the playoffs now. We have all had great and successful summer seasons. I can’t wait to get back to the Bosh.
UNC's Offense Aiming Higher
UNC's 17 team records set in 2015 include such achievements as points in a season (570), points per game in a season (40.7) and total yards of offense per game in a season (486.9). Yet, despite losing quarterback Marquise Williams and wide receiver Quinshad Davis to graduation, there is optimism that the 2016 offense can be just as good, if not better.
Season-opening win against Georgia is just what UNC needs
When Week 1 of the 2016 college football season rolls around, UNC’s Sept. 3 matchup against Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta will be among the headlining showdowns. Both teams will be ranked. Both have lofty aspirations. And both need to make an early statement. That isn’t something the Tar Heels have been able to do lately.
UNC students heading to Rio to report on the Olympics
Rachel Brittain never paid much attention to the sport of weight lifting. But the Fayetteville native is about to spend lots of time watching weight lifting and cycling competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Brittain is one of about 20 media and journalism students at UNC who will be working as interns at the games for the Olympic News Service.
Will UNC’s Mack Hollins still thrive with Mitch Trubisky?
Wide receiver Mack Hollins has been a revelation since walking onto the North Carolina football team a few years ago. In his first year for the Tar Heels, he caught 35 passes for 613 yards and eight touchdowns. Last year he improved upon those numbers and even led the country in a receiving stat: An absurd, video game-like 24.8 yards per catch.
Redskins sign former UNC, UVa wideout T.J. Thorpe
The Washington Redskins have made yet another roster move according to a report. According to Taylor Vippolis, the Redskins have signed former Virginia and North Carolina wide receiver T.J. Thorpe. After graduating from North Carolina, Thorpe was a graduate transfer for Virginia. In nine games, he hauled in 23 passes for 321 yards.
Ryan Switzer leads nation in 60+ yard explosive plays
Larry Fedora stresses "explosive plays." Plays over 20 yards that can change a possession, bring the team into scoring position, and even change the game. No one in college football has more explosive plays than Tar Heel wide receiver and punt returner Ryan Switzer.
ICTV: Ryan Switzer Interview
Senior receiver and punt returner Ryan Switzer decided to return to the University of North Carolina football team one final season for another run at a championship, hoping to improve upon last season's achievements. The first step is the confidence to do so, and the Tar Heel football team has no shortage of that.
Top 20 'Freaks' in college football for 2016
Elijah Hood, North Carolina, RB: Hood averaged almost seven yards a carry last year and finished with 1,463 yards rushing and 17 TDs. The 6-0, 220-pound Hood squats an impressive 635 pounds and was forbidden by the strength coaches to do more. Hood benches 375, power-cleans 338 and has a combined (bench, squat and power clean) mark of more than 1,150.