Avery Trendel

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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UNC Men’s Basketball Places Three on NABC Honors Court

The UNC men’s basketball team showed its academic chops Wednesday, when it was announced that three seniors from last year’s Final Four squad earned spots on the National Association of Basketball Coaches Honor Court. Marcus Paige, Justin Coleman and Toby Egbuna were each selected as recognition for their achievements in the classroom. In order to qualify for the honor, players must meet four requirements: 1) They must be either a junior or senior 2) They must have been at their current institution for at least a full year 3) They need to have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or...

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UNC Women’s Soccer Ninth in Preseason Rankings

Entering 2016 in desperate search of another championship, UNC women’s soccer was ranked ninth in the preseason poll released Wednesday by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. If there’s one thing that can be taken from the news, it’s that the Tar Heels should have plenty of reason to be motivated. Although last year’s 15-5-1 record would be considered a great success anywhere else, this particular program has spent the last three and half decades setting a bar as high as the Empire State Building. Since the inception of the sport’s NCAA Tournament in 1982, head coach Anson...

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JP Tokoto Signs Training Camp Deal With New York Knicks

Since the NBA Summer Leagues have all come to a close, it means that training camps are right around the corner. As each team looks to fill out its 20-man camp roster, many players are receiving the chance of a lifetime to prove they belong. Former UNC small forward JP Tokoto is no different. The uber-athletic, 6-foot-6 swingman agreed to a partially-guaranteed training camp deal with the New York Knicks on Monday–as he tries to carve out a place at the next level. After skipping his senior year in Chapel Hill to enter the 2015 NBA Draft, Tokoto was...

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Andrew Miller and Adam Warren Moved at the MLB Trade Deadline

This year’s MLB trade deadline has brought about an unfamiliar sight. The New York Yankees are selling, rather than buying. Sitting in fourth place in the AL East division, the Yankees made a pair of huge rebuilding moves over the last week that involved former UNC pitchers Andrew Miller and Adam Warren. Miller–the 2006 Baseball America Player of the Year as a Tar Heel–was sent from the Bronx to the Cleveland Indians on Sunday in exchange for a package of four prospects. Warren, meanwhile, was traded back to New York last week after spending the first half of this...

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Three Tar Heels Make Preseason All-ACC Football Team

If Monday’s list of preseason team predictions didn’t tell you all you need to know about ACC football, then Wednesday’s announcement of the All-ACC team surely will. There’s Clemson, then Florida State, then everybody else. Of the 26 players selected, 14 play for either the Tigers or Seminoles–nine for Clemson, five for Florida State. UNC was right behind the perennial powerhouses, though, with three of its players making the team–tying Louisville for third-most. Thanks to his outstanding work as a punt returner over the last three years, senior wide receiver Ryan Switzer led the way by earning 112 out...

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UNC Football Selected As Preseason Favorite in ACC Coastal

As if there was any need for more pressure on this year’s UNC football team, the Tar Heels were officially named the favorite to win the ACC Coastal Division on Monday. Based on a poll of 191 media members last week at the conference’s annual kickoff event, Clemson is projected to repeat as champion after receiving 144 first-place votes–but only after going through UNC in the league title game once again. Although Florida State (39) garnered more first place votes than the Tar Heels (seven), the Seminoles compete in the same division as Clemson. This assures that the two...

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