Avery Trendel

Roy Williams Wears Mic, Gives Inside Look at UNC’s First Practice

Standing in front of his team during its first practice of the new season, UNC head men’s basketball coach Roy Williams told them, “We were this close last year.” Wearing a microphone for a behind-the-scenes look at the Tar Heels’ first practice, Williams wanted to hammer the message home–even though surely nobody could have forgotten. They were just one devastating Kris Jenkins three-point buzzer-beater from getting a shot in overtime against Villanova in the NCAA Championship. However, Williams made another thing clear to this year’s crop of Tar Heels in the video released by the school’s athletic department. “We’re...

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ESPN Lists UNC Men’s Basketball as No. 6 in Nation Entering 2016-17

As team media days begin across the country, the beginning of college basketball season continues to draw closer. ESPN college basketball writer Eamonn Brennan got in on the excitement by releasing his own version of the preseason top 25. UNC came in at No. 6 on the list, showing that the Tar Heels are still a trendy pick to make another deep run in the NCAA Tournament. A veteran returning cast including senior big men Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks–paired with a deep junior class that boasts wings Justin Jackson and Theo Pinson as well as point guard Joel...

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ACC ADs Vote to Keep Eight-Game Conference Schedule in Football

Throughout the offseason and into this year, there was plenty of chatter about whether the ACC would move from its current eight-game conference schedule in football to a nine-game schedule. Speculation came to an end–at least for now–on Wednesday when the league announced on Twitter that it would maintain the eight-game schedule. #BREAKING: #ACC ADs vote to continue playing an eight-game league schedule with at least one Power Five nonconference game. #ACCFootball pic.twitter.com/XAU2d7EIP4 — ACC Football (@theACCfootball) October 5, 2016 The decision also keeps the league’s mandate that each of its teams schedules at least one non-conference game against...

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ESPN Highlights Nick Weiler in its “Big Man on Campus” Series

It goes without saying that if you’re a college student who also happens to kick a game-winning 54-yard field goal to defeat one of the nation’s best teams on the road–you’ll probably receive a fair amount of attention when you get back home. For UNC kicker Nick Weiler, that has been his reality this week. The senior helped lift the Tar Heels past No. 12 Florida State on Saturday, putting an end to the nation’s longest home winning streak–22 games–in the process. Coming off the biggest kick of his entire life, ESPN decided to follow Weiler around campus on Monday...

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UNC Football Hopes to Stop Living on the Edge

As fun as the last two weeks have been for UNC football fans–with the Tar Heels snatching victory from the jaws of defeat against both Pitt and Florida State—head coach Larry Fedora and his guys realize they can’t keep playing with fire if they want to achieve their goals this season. “On Sunday, when we come in to watch the film, you guys are like ‘Oh, they beat Florida State and everything,” Fedora said at his weekly press conference on Monday. “But it’s pretty gloom in that staff room. “Because everyone knows that you can’t keep living on the...

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UNC Field Hockey’s Ashley Hoffman Named ACC Defensive Player of the Week

This past Sunday, the No. 2 UNC field hockey team avenged its season opening loss to No. 9 Michigan with a dominant 5-1 victory over the Wolverines at home. Sophomore back Ashley Hoffman was named the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday for her efforts–which included great defense, of course, but also a goal and two assists. The Mohnton, Pennsylvania native assisted on the Tar Heels’ first two goals against Michigan–both of which came after the visitors had taken a 1-0 lead. Later in the game–on a penalty corner–she scored her first goal of the season. UNC...

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ACC Releases New Sites For Championships Moved Due to HB2

Following last week’s announcement that the ACC Football Championship would be moving from Charlotte to Orlando, the league has released the new locations for eight other championship events originally scheduled to take place in North Carolina. Concerns over HB2’s discriminatory nature saw the NCAA and the ACC each decide to relocate each of its tournaments and championships previously scheduled to be held in the state. The new championship sites and dates are as follows:         ACC Women’s Soccer Championship, Nov. 4 & 6 – MUSC Health Stadium; Charleston, South Carolina         ACC Women’s Swimming &...

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Larry Fedora Earns Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week Award

As his Tar Heels continue to make waves throughout the college football landscape, so too does head coach Larry Fedora and his frantic, up-tempo offense that gives nightmares to opposing defenses. The most recent landmark for the UNC football program was its thrilling 37-35 win over No. 12 Florida State last week in Tallahassee. Not only did that game earn Player of the Week honors for receiver Ryan Switzer and kicker Nick Weiler, Fedora himself was named the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week on Tuesday. The Dodd Coach of the Week Award recognizes the football coach whose program embodies...

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Switzer, Weiler Selected as ACC Players of the Week

With 30 catches in UNC football’s thrilling wins over the last two weeks, senior wide receiver Ryan Switzer set the league’s all-time record for catches in back-to-back games. His reward? It was announced Monday that he’s the recipient of a second straight ACC Receiver of the Week honor. Switzer caught 14 passes against Florida State for 158 yards–giving him a whopping 49 grabs for 587 yards through five games this season. Of course, as well as Switzer and quarterback Mitch Trubisky played in Tallahassee, the Tar Heels wouldn’t have won the game without the leg of kicker Nick Weiler....

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“The Kick”: Weiler’s 54-Yard FG Gives UNC Football Upset Win at No. 12 Florida State

For the second straight week Larry Fedora and the UNC football team needed a miracle, and for the second straight week they got one. Nick Weiler’s 54-yard field goal as time expired gave the Tar Heels a 37-35 victory over No. 12 Florida State in Tallahassee, as Fedora earned perhaps his most important win as a head coach. Not since 2001 had UNC defeated a top-15 team on the road, and with 23 seconds remaining on Saturday it appeared as if that streak was about to continue. The Seminoles had just taken the lead for the first time all...

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