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WWE Signs Former UNC Football Player Brennan Williams

During his time as an offensive tackle at UNC under head coach Butch Davis, Brennan Williams was given the opportunity to lay the smackdown on a defender each time the ball was snapped. His sheer size and dominance led to him being taken in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. However, a microfracture in his knee stripped Williams of his pro football career before he ever took a single snap–despite two years spent working on a comeback. In search of another shot to continue laying the smackdown for a living, he turned to the...

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UNC Men’s Soccer Exhibition Moved to Cary

The fall season is all set to begin for many of the different UNC sports teams. For the No. 8 Tar Heel men’s soccer squad, the hype train was originally supposed to get started with a top 25 preseason showcase in Chapel Hill against the No. 24 South Carolina Gamecocks on Monday, Aug. 15. Now, though, that game has been moved across the Triangle from Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill to Wakemed Soccer Park (Field No. 2) in Cary. Admission will be free to everyone in attendance that night–with kickoff set for 7 p.m. It will be the second...

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UNC Agrees to Home-and-Home Football Series With UCF

It was announced Wednesday that UNC and the University of Central Florida (UCF) have come to an agreement on a home-and-home football series with the games scheduled for 2018 and 2020. The teams have never previously met before in the sport. Members of the American Athletic Conference since 2013, the Knights are coming off a winless season in 2015–one in which the team fired longtime head coach George O’Leary midway through the season. However, the program will have two full seasons under new coach Scott Frost before it’s forced to take on the Tar Heels in Kenan Stadium on...

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U.S. Women’s Soccer Clinches Group at Rio Olympics

Despite a shocking 2-2 draw against Colombia on Tuesday night, the U.S. National Team took the first step to winning its fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal in women’s soccer. Former Tar Heel standout Crystal Dunn scored the first goal in Tuesday’s game and then assisted on the second, highlighting the presence that the UNC program has over the current roster–with five of the 18 active members of the team having played their college careers in Chapel Hill. Midfielder Tobin Heath has yet to score a goal in Rio, but has used her amazing passing and ball control to act...

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Wayne Ellington Hosts Inaugural Philadelphia Peace Games

For Miami Heat guard, and former UNC standout, Wayne Ellington, life was turned upside down on Nov. 9, 2014. His father, Wayne Ellington Sr., was shot to death in the driver’s seat of his red Oldsmobile in the Ellingtons’ hometown of Philadelphia. In response, the younger Ellington has become a devoted advocate for gun safety–even taking home the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his tireless efforts. The honor is given annually to the player who displays outstanding service and commitment to the community. Next up in Ellington’s continued campaign, though, is the inaugural Philadelphia Peace Games at Girard...

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Eight Tar Heels Named to 2017 U.S. Women’s Lacrosse Roster

If two national championships in the last four years wasn’t enough to show the dominance of the UNC women’s lacrosse program, then Monday’s news should be. Of the 36 players selected to play on the United States National Team in the 2017 World Cup, eight are either current or former Tar Heels. For those who struggle with math, that’s nearly a quarter of the entire roster. Maryland–which has also won two of the last four titles–was second with six players on the team. Next on the list was Syracuse with five. “We’re always surprised at who the 36 are,...

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Chemistry A Huge Factor in UNC Football’s Recent Success

Chemistry definitely isn’t the easiest subject in school, but if there’s one thing most people know about it—it’s that when things go wrong, they typically blow up in your face. It’s a good thing, then, for the UNC football team—which opened training camp Friday afternoon— that there seems to be a winning formula brewing. There’s plenty of obvious reasons to believe this group of Tar Heels has what it takes to put together another 11-win season—such as returning at least seven starters on each side of the ball. And then there’s the things that are less obvious–the off-field relationships...

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Saturday Allows Fans to Meet the Heels at Eddie Smith Fieldhouse

For UNC fans trying to make plans this weekend, look no further than the Eddie Smith Fieldhouse on campus. There, you’ll be able to get up close and personal with some of your favorite Tar Heel players and coaches at the annual “Meet the Heels” event–which will take place Saturday between 4 and 6 p.m. If that’s not enough, the get-together is also free of charge and boasts another great selling point in that there will be free parking available in six nearby campus locations. Those places are: Stadium Drive, the Raleigh Road Visitors Lot, Boshamer Lot, Cobb Deck,...

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Two Assistant Coaches Join UNC Baseball Staff

Following the departure of former assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Scott Jackson in July, the UNC baseball team announced a pair of new hires for its staff on Thursday. Robert Woodard and Jesse Wierzbicki–who each helped lead the Tar Heels to the College World Series during their careers–will rejoin their former head coach, Mike Fox, in the dugout this season. A key cog in both the 2006 and 2007 runs to Omaha, Woodard is also the winningest pitcher in school history at 34-5. He also never lost a home start during his time in Chapel Hill. After a short...

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Tar Heels Ranked 20th in Preseason College Football Coaches Poll

The expectations just keep on growing for the UNC football team in 2016. Following an opening-game loss to South Carolina last season, it took the Tar Heels reeling off wins in its next seven straight games to finally break into the top 25. Not this year. This UNC group finds itself ranked 20th in the first Coaches Poll of the season–which was released Thursday afternoon. That ranking will be put to the test early on, however, as the Tar Heels’ opponents in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game on Sept. 3–the Georgia Bulldogs–were ranked 16th. Four weeks later, head coach Larry...

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