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Missing Woody Durham
Woody Durham was The Voice of the Tar Heels for 40 years. He was so good, legions of fans would turn down the sound on their televisions during games to hear Woody’s play-by-play. Restaurants, sports bars and citizens across North Carolina started holding “Turn Down The Sound” parties. They did it because he was a thousand miles ahead of any TV sportscaster.
Malik Carney Aiming for Double-Digit Sacks in 2018
When you earn a nickname like "Carnage," there’s a certain reputation you’re asked to live up to. That’s the case for UNC defensive end Malik Carney entering his final season in Chapel Hill. Carney was the most productive lineman in the Tar Heels’ defensive front last season, but coach Larry Fedora still sees one more gap his pass rusher can fill before the fall.
Larry Fedora Talks QBs, ARW, Gillespie, No Spring Game & More
North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora met with the media for the second time during spring practice Thursday to field questions about his team. Fedora discussed his quarterbacks, receiver Anthony Ratliff-Williams, his defensive front, not having a spring game and more. Here are some snippets from what the seventh-year Tar Heel coach had to say:
Carolina Insider Podcast: Lee Pace
Friday's episode of the Carolina Insider podcast welcomes Lee Pace for a discussion of all things UNC football. Pace is the longtime publisher of Extra Points and the sideline reporter for the Tar Heel Sports Network football radio broadcasts. Hosts Jones Angell and Adam Lucas discuss the latest news from spring practice and the Kenan Stadium renovations.
Carolina Panthers Sign Safety Da'Norris Searcy
Safety Da'Norris Searcy and cornerback Ross Cockrell, defensive backs with 11 NFL seasons under their belts and a combined 65 starts over the past three seasons, have signed two-year contracts with the Carolina Panthers. Both are former fourth-round draft picks by the Bills (Searcy in 2011, Cockrell in 2014), and both have ties to the state of North Carolina.
UNC Football Spring Practice Notebook
Perhaps the biggest bright spot for the Tar Heels last season, Anthony Ratliff-Williams led the team in receptions (35), receiving yards (630) and receiving touchdowns (6) after transitioning from quarterback to receiver in 2016. In the aftermath of Ratliff-Williams' breakout season, Larry Fedora said he and Ratliff-Williams "have had many talks" about how he can improve.
Gunter Brewer excited about chance to coach in NFL
Whether it has been coaching in his home state of Mississippi or working with familiar peers at UNC, Gunter Brewer has been fortunate not to experience too much change in his career. After 32 years in the business, it would have taken quite an opportunity for Brewer to leave his comfort zone. The NFL's Philadelphia Eagles provided that chance.
UNC safety Myles Dorn Assuming Leadership Role
Myles Dorn has flashed big-play potential and proven to be a consistent performer for UNC at free safety. Next up for the junior is possibly an even tougher assignment: replacing M.J. Stewart and Donnie Miles as the leader in the secondary. Dorn was arguably UNC’s most productive defensive back a season ago, making 71 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and two interceptions.
John Bunting encourages young students to reach for their dreams
Former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker and UNC head football coach John Bunting visited South Topsail Elementary Tuesday to speak with classes about performing their best in the classroom, on the field, and in everything they do. Bunting encouraged the students to reach for their dreams while showing respect to everyone. He even showed the kids his Super Bowl ring.
UNC Football Using 2017 Season as Motivation in Spring Practice
With Spring Practice getting continuing this week for the UNC football team, a sense of extra motivation can be felt throughout Kenan Stadium as the Tar Heels look to put last season’s 3-9 record in the rearview mirror. Coach Larry Fedora told reporters after practice Thursday that last season left a bad taste in the team’s mouths that won’t soon go away.
Extra Points: Spring Clean
There's a lot to take in with a sweeping, panoramic view of Kenan Stadium here in mid-March. The metal seats are starting to be removed as the 91-year-old venue is undergoing a major overhaul this off-season. In their place when Central Florida comes to Chapel Hill on Sept. 15 will be thousands of Carolina blue individual chairs, complete with pop-up bottoms and arm rests.
Celebration Of Woody Durham's Lilfe Set For April 8
The family of former Tar Heel play-by-play announcer Woody Durham and UNC will hold a Celebration of Woody's Life at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 8th, at Carmichael Arena on the UNC campus. Durham, the Voice of the Tar Heels for 40 years from 1971-2011, died at the age of 76 on March 7th. The memorial service is open to the public and is expected to last an hour.
The Life of a Coaching Family – Part 1: Marriage and Coaching (Second half)
Welcome to the second half of Part 1 in our series, The Life of a Coaching Family. The second half picks up where we left off in our conversation with North Carolina Coach Larry Fedora and his wife, Christi. They continue on what marriage has been like in the coaching world. "You’re always worried about how you try to balance your time between work and family."
Advanced stats suggest Philadelphia Eagles' Mack Hollins could be an upgrade over Torrey Smith
As the Philadelphia Eagles aim to replace receiver Torrey Smith, there's reason to believe an in-house option can do more than simply match his production. Advance stats from Football Outsiders suggest 2017 fourth-round pick Mack Hollins would represent a clear upgrade over Smith. One of the biggest reasons for Hollins' edge in these metrics is his catch rate.
Detroit Lions sign Sylvester Williams
Sylvester Williams, a free agent defensive tackle who played last season for the Tennessee Titans, has signed with the Detroit Lions. The 29-year-old Williams was the Broncos’ first-round draft pick in 2013 and spent four years in Denver before going to Tennessee last year. Williams signed a three-year, $16.5 million deal in 2017, but the Titans cut him after one year.