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Tar Heels Add Former UNCW Head Coach Matt Clark to Men’s Golf Staff

The UNC men’s golf team continued its offseason staff shake-up on Tuesday, when it was announced that former UNCW head coach Matt Clark will join the Tar Heels. Clark will be the top assistant under first-year head coach Andrew DiBitetto, who replaced Andrew Sapp back in June. In Clark’s 14 seasons as a head coach–time split between Georgia State (2003-08) and UNCW (2008-17)–his teams won a combined five conference championships. Georgia State reached a national ranking of No. 4 under Clark in 2005, while UNCW posted its lowest team stroke average in school history last season. “Matt is a...

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Preseason Poll Tabs UNC Men’s Soccer to Win ACC Title

Following a vote by the league’s 12 head coaches, UNC was selected as the preseason favorite to win the ACC. Results of the vote were released on Wednesday, with the Tar Heels receiving five first-place votes to secure their spot atop the poll. Wake Forest was next in line behind UNC, with Clemson, Virginia and Notre Dame representing the rest of the top five. Both the Tar Heels and Demon Deacons are coming off seasons in which they reached the College Cup–which is what soccer calls the NCAA Semifinals. Last season saw an NCAA record when nine ACC squads...

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Top Drawer Soccer Names UNC’s Jessie Scarpa to Preseason Best XI Team

Top Drawer Soccer released its annual Division I Women’s Soccer Preseason Best XI team on Monday, with UNC junior forward Jessie Scarpa making the cut. Scarpa sat out last season for the Tar Heels, while she competed for the U.S. in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Papua New Guinea. During her last season at UNC–which was in 2015–Scarpa was a First Team All-ACC selection after tallying eight goals and eight assists for head coach Anson Dorrance. She is expected to play a large role this season for a team ranked No. 6 in the preseason coaches poll. Defender...

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Finally Healthy, UNC Defensive End Dajaun Drennon Poised for a Breakout Season

Last year, injuries caused a black cloud over UNC defensive end Dajaun Drennon’s season–leaving the senior motivated to stay healthy in 2017 and prove to the world what he’s truly capable of. At 6-foot-4-inches tall–with 230 pounds of pure muscle and long, flowing dreadlocks–it’s impossible to miss Drennon on the UNC sidelines. Wearing the No. 17 for head coach Larry Fedora, he almost looks like the Terminator decided to put on a Tar Heel uniform and take out his anger on opposing ball carriers. He’s been a starter on defense in each of the last three seasons, serving as...

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UNC Volleyball Ranked 11th in AVCA Preseason Poll

After being unanimously selected to finish atop the ACC last week, the UNC volleyball team debuted at No. 11 in the AVCA preseason poll released on Wednesday. It’s just the fifth time the Tar Heels have ever been ranked in the preseason, and marks the second-highest preseason ranking in program history. Voted on by members of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, the AVCA top 25 has included head coach Joe Sagula’s UNC squad each week it has been released since Nov. 9, 2015. The Tar Heels are scheduled to face five teams who are included in the preseason poll...

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UNC Training Camp: Offense Still Searching for Separation

Eight days and one scrimmage into UNC’s fall training camp, if there’s one thing clear about head coach Larry Fedora’s Tar Heel offense—it’s that nothing is very clear. Fedora was in peak form following practice on Thursday, answering a crowd of reporters bluntly when asked if there’s been any separation on that side of the ball to this point—at any position on the depth chart. “No,” the coach said, matter-of-factly. “No clarity yet.” Four quarterbacks are still competing to win the starting job. No skill position player other than senior wide receiver Austin Proehl is a lock to earn...

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UNC’s 2016-17 Men’s Basketball Attendance Ranks Fourth in NCAA

In the NCAA’s annual men’s basketball attendance report–which was released on Tuesday–UNC ranked fourth in the country, which represents the school’s 30th top five finish in the last 31 years. Over the course of 16 home games at the Smith Center in 2016-17, the Tar Heels played in front of a total of 289,075 fans. That average of 18,067 fans per game ranked behind only Kentucky (23,461), Syracuse (21,181) and Louisville (20,846). Creighton rounded out the top five with an average of 17,412 fans per game. When taking into account the total attendance for all games played throughout the...

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Women’s Soccer: Hermann Trophy Watch List Includes Bridgette Andrzejewski

Watch list candidates for the Hermann Award were announced by the United Soccer Coaches and the Missouri Athletic Club on Tuesday, with UNC sophomore forward Bridgette Andrzejewski among the 30 female candidates. The award–which is given annually to the top male and female Division I soccer players in the country–is the most prestigious in college soccer. Andrzejewski was the ACC Freshman of the Year in 2016, leading the Tar Heels with nine goals and a total of 20 points. UNC made a trip to the College Cup with Andrzejewski leading the way, before ultimately falling short in the Semifinals...

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Men’s Soccer: Cam Lindley Selected to Hermann Trophy Watch List

UNC sophomore midfielder Cam Lindley was one of 31 NCAA Division I men’s soccer players named to the watch list for this year’s Hermann Trophy on Tuesday–the award given each year to the most outstanding male and female player in the nation. Lindley started in the midfield for all 21 of the Tar Heels’ matches last season, picking up ACC Freshman of the Year and Second Team All-American honors as the team reached the NCAA Semifinals. Top Drawer Soccer also named Lindley its National Freshman of the Year for his efforts. He tallied a total of seven assists throughout...

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Defense Expected to Play Much Bigger Role for UNC Football in 2017

During Larry Fedora’s five-year stint as UNC’s head football coach, the Tar Heels have made great strides as a program. The main reason why has been Fedora’s high-octane offensive system—which has shattered numerous scoreboards and school records along the way.  Defense, on the other hand, has not always been the team’s strong suit. Entering 2017, however, The Tar Heel offense faces a number of glaring question marks–having to replace eight starters, including the quarterback. This fact has served as major motivation for a defense which has plenty of talent, but underwent a number of staff changes during the offseason....

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