Avery Trendel

Tar Heels Aim to Silence Doubters Against No. 23 Pittsburgh

Midway through the 2015 college football season, the ACC Coastal division is still up for grabs. On Thursday night the Tar Heels travel to take on the No. 23 Pittsburgh Panthers for an important game between two of the division’s three remaining undefeated teams in conference play. Both the Tar Heels and the Panthers come into this matchup with records of 6-1 overall, however Pittsburgh sits half a game ahead of UNC and Duke in the conference standings at 4-0, instead of 3-0. Despite losing star tailback James Conner to a knee injury early in the season the Panthers...

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“Late Night With Roy” Gets Basketball Season Underway

Basketball season officially began in Chapel Hill on Friday night, as UNC hosted its annual “Late Night With Roy” event. Hosted by TNT’s Kenny Smith, a Tar Heel and a two-time NBA champion, the event showcased the dancing and singing skills of the nation’s preseason No. 1 team, and even featured a little bit of basketball. The annual Blue-White scrimmage, the grand finale, saw the White team pull out a 41-32 victory behind 14 points from junior forward Isaiah Hicks. Senior Brice Johnson led the Blue squad with eight points of his own. Head Coach Roy Williams wore a...

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Unleash the Beast: UNC’s Elijah Hood Leaving His Mark

Sitting at 5-1 overall and 2-0 in ACC play, the UNC football team is off to its best start ever under head coach Larry Fedora. The key? Sophomore tailback Elijah Hood, who has proven during the first half of the season that he is the most important piece in the explosive Tar Heel attack. “Everything’s better when you’re winning,” Hood said. “I mean, the food tastes better, the days are sunnier, everything gets a lot better when you’re winning for sure.” Although Hood downplays the effect he’s had as an individual, entering the 2015 season Fedora and his staff...

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UNC Refuses to Look Past Virginia As Pitt Showdown Looms

With some fans eyeing next week’s Thursday night showdown Pittsburgh–one of two teams tied with UNC atop the ACC Coastal Division–it’s worth noting that the Tar Heels still have to face the Virginia Cavaliers this Saturday at Kenan Stadium. Despite coming in to the game as heavy favorites, they refuse to let their focus stray from the task at hand. Virginia enters this week 2-4 against all competition. In the ACC the Cavaliers have put together a 1-1 mark after a wild 44-38 overtime victory against Syracuse in their last outing. When UNC Head Coach Larry Fedora looks at...

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UNC Overcomes Sloppy Start to Smash Wake Forest 50-14

Over the past seventeen seasons, each since 1997, one thing has remained the same in the UNC football program. The team has been unable to win its first two conference games during any of those years. On Saturday night the 18th time proved to be the charm, as the Tar Heels overcame a sloppy first quarter at Kenan Stadium to defeat the Wake Forest Demon Deacons by a score of 50-14. Five straight wins, including the first two ACC games, has UNC sitting in unfamiliar territory. Now at 5-1 (2-0 ACC), the Tar Heels still control their own destiny...

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Style Clash: High-Powered UNC Offense Meets Stingy Wake Forest Defense

When UNC and Wake Forest meet on the gridiron this Saturday night at Kenan Stadium an old, tired cliché will ring true. An unstoppable force—the Tar Heel offense—will collide with an immovable object—the Demon Deacon defense. “They’re gonna fight you all the way to the end,” UNC Head Coach Larry Fedora said about Wake Forest. “There’s no doubt about it. They’re really good on defense. I mean, they’re 15th in the country in total defense right now.” Allowing just 296 yards per game, the Demon Deacons are 3-3 (1-2 ACC) coming off a grind-it-out 3-0 victory over Boston College...

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UNC Football Seeking Best ACC Start Since 1997

When the UNC football team rallied from 21 points down for the largest comeback win in school history two weeks ago against Georgia Tech, it was also the first time the Tar Heels had won in Atlanta since 1997. This week at home against Wake Forest, 1997 will still be on the minds of the Tar Heels—but for a different reason. In Mack Brown’s final season as head coach in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels finished 11-1, ranked fourth in the final Coaches Top 25 poll after a win against Virginia Tech in the Gator Bowl. Led by future...

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Seniors Have Loaded UNC Basketball Team Thinking Big

With his team returning nine of its top ten contributors from last year’s run to the Sweet 16, UNC Head Men’s Basketball Coach Roy Williams said at the team’s media day on Monday that he has the deepest squad he’s had during his thirteen years at the helm in Chapel Hill. High expectations have surrounded the Tar Heels in each of their two national championship runs under Williams, in 2005 and in 2009. But as talented as this year’s team is, its head coach is not quite ready to make that lofty comparison just yet. “In ’05 I thought...

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Tar Heels Complete Largest Comeback In School History, Beat GT 38-31

With four minutes remaining in the first half, the UNC football team had just let Georgia Tech run the ball down the field for its third touchdown of the game on its third drive of the game. Down 21-0 at that time, all hope looked lost for Head Coach Larry Fedora and his team. But the Tar Heels stayed resilient, fighting all the way back to defeat the Yellow Jackets 38-31 on Saturday–the biggest comeback in team history, and its first win in Atlanta since 1997. UNC wins its fourth consecutive game and moves to 4-1 on the year,...

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UNC Football Preview: Georgia Tech’s Triple Option Always a Test

For the first time during Head Coach Larry Fedora’s four-year tenure, the UNC Football team is 3-1 after its first four games. This week the Tar Heels take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in Atlanta—a place they have not won since 1997. To come away with the victory, UNC will have to show improvement in its run defense—which ranks 113th in the nation–against Tech’s triple option offensive system. Last season’s ACC Coastal Division Champions, the Yellow Jackets sit at 2-2 (0-1 in ACC play) so far in 2015—coming off back-to-back losses at the hands of Notre Dame and...

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