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Fedora Optimistic About Future Despite Loss to Georgia

After taking time to digest Saturday’s gut-wrenching loss to Georgia in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game, UNC head football coach Larry Fedora told the media on Monday that the Tar Heels are still in good shape—with all of their season-long goals still in reach. “We didn’t walk into this season saying our goal was to play 15 games,” the coach said, referring to how many games it takes to reach the National Championship. “Our goals are to win a state championship, win the Coastal Division, win the ACC Championship and to win our last game.” Fedora preached similar goals last...

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No. 18 Georgia Capitalizes on Mistakes to Rally Past No. 22 UNC Football

The No. 22 UNC football team saw its composure fall by the wayside late Saturday night, as it allowed No. 18 Georgia to rally from 10 points down in the second half to win the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta 33-24. Old issues–like penalties and poor run defense–flared up at the worst possible time for the Tar Heels–who were hoping to make a loud statement about the state of their program against a traditional SEC powerhouse. Following a stagnant first half that saw the high-flying UNC offense struggle to create any rhythm, UNC senior tailback TJ Logan single-handedly injected life...

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UNC Legend Heather O’Reilly Retires From International Soccer

Thursday marked the end of an era for the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team. Midfielder Heather O’Reilly–a former UNC standout–announced her retirement from international soccer after 15 years. Her last game is scheduled for Sept. 15, as the U.S. takes on Thailand in Columbus, Ohio. In 230 career appearances for the National Team, O’Reilly has tallied an astonishing 46 goals (12th all-time) and 54 assists (sixth all-time). “I have spent nearly half my life in a U.S. Soccer uniform, so making the decision to retire from international play was incredibly hard and emotional,” said O’Reilly. “But quite simply, after 230...

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UNC and Georgia Enter Top 25 Showdown With Plenty to Prove

Facing expectations that are among the highest in program history, the No. 22 UNC football team heads to Atlanta on Saturday hoping to prove last year’s 11-win campaign was no fluke. Standing in the Tar Heels way, however, are the No. 18 Georgia Bulldogs—a perennial contender looking to remain on top under new head coach Kirby Smart. If UNC head coach Larry Fedora truly has his sights on turning the Tar Heels into an NCAA powerhouse, then there’s no doubt he’s paid close attention to the school on the opposite sideline this week. Georgia is immensely talented, boasts one...

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UNC Football Ready For Life Without Hollins During First Half vs. Georgia

Heading into its highly-anticipated season opener this Saturday against No. 18 Georgia, the No. 22 UNC football team faces the problem of knowing it will be without one of its biggest weapons—senior wide receiver Mack Hollins—for the entire first half. As a result, plenty of practice time has been devoted to filling his void against a Bulldog defense stacked with talent. The situation was created in last year’s bowl loss to Baylor—a game where the Tar Heels were thoroughly outplayed from start to finish. While blocking in the second half, Hollins made a helmet-to-helmet hit on a defender. Thanks...

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Ty Lawson Signs With Sacramento Kings

In an effort to get his once-promising career back on track, former UNC point guard Ty Lawson agreed to a one-year contract Sunday night with the Sacramento Kings. Over the course of his seven seasons in the NBA, Lawson–a key cog during the Tar Heels’ 2009 national title run–has averaged a solid 13 points and six assists per game. He has also established himself as one of the league’s quickest players with the ball in his hands–mostly during his first six seasons with the Denver Nuggets. After being charged with his fourth DUI in July of 2015, however, the...

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Beckman Out at UNC Amid Controversy

Tim Beckman’s short tenure as a volunteer assistant with the UNC football team is over just as quickly as it began. The former Illinois head coach with a history of player mistreatment issues created a media firestorm Wednesday when it was realized he was part of head coach Larry Fedora’s staff throughout training camp. “Tim will no longer serve as a volunteer with our program,” Fedora said in a statement released by the university. “I brought Tim here to help a friend gain experience from our staff, but after meeting with him today, we agreed his presence had become too...

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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. An outside law firm which investigated Beckman’s situation at Illinois found that the coach made efforts to discourage injury reporting–and forced injured players to play before they were physically ready. Another issue that was raised in the investigation centered on seniors having their scholarships revoked for...

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UNC Field Hockey Ranked No. 1 in Preseason Poll

After coming up just one win short of a national title in 2015, the UNC women’s field hockey team is facing enormous expectations entering 2016. Tuesday morning marked the release of the season’s first National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) top 25 poll–with the Tar Heels being selected No. 1 in the nation. Although it only received 16 first place votes while No. 2 Syracuse picked up 25, UNC tallied more overall points–915 to the Orange’s 898–in order to earn the distinction of top team in America. In fact, it was Syracuse that beat the Tar Heels in last...

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UNC Women’s Soccer Opens Season Friday vs. UCF

Looking to end its longest national title drought since the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament began in 1982, the No. 9 UNC women’s soccer team begins its regular season Friday night at Fetzer Field with a game against the University of Central Florida (UCF) Knights. It’s the first of two games for the Tar Heels this weekend, as they host the Carolina Nike Classic. They’ll also play host to the Charlotte 49ers on Sunday. For UNC–which have gone three straight years without accomplishing their only goal each season–it will be an important weekend to figure out which new players are...

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