Avery Trendel

UNC Releases Plans for Football-Specific Indoor Practice Facility

Last November, as the UNC football team was in the midst of a school-record 11-game win streak, it was announced that the school had plans to build an indoor practice facility on campus. Thursday, the first round of plans for the football-specific building were released–with the location of the project being revealed for the first time. It’s billed as the “next step” to the Tar Heel football program’s rise to being among the nation’s best. According to the Rams Club release, the facility will be built near the intersection of Ridge Road and Stadium Drive–on top of where the...

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Seven UNC Coaches Receive New Contracts

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That seems to be the mantra that the UNC Athletic Department is operating under, as it was announced Thursday that the school came to an agreement on brand new three-year deals for five of its head coaches and extended the contracts of two more. The group receiving the multi-year deals consists of: Anson Dorrance (women’s soccer), Sam Paul (men’s tennis), Joe Breschi (men’s lacrosse), Carlos Somoano (men’s soccer) and Karen Shelton (field hockey). Believe it or not, it’s the first multi-year deal for each of the coaches listed above. All five of them...

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Survey Lists Boshamer Stadium as One of Nation’s Top College Ballparks

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of taking in a UNC baseball game at Boshamer Stadium during a nice 70-degree spring day, then you were certainly already aware of what the rest of America may just be learning. According to a survey conducted by D1Baseball.com, the Bosh was ranked the No. 10 overall baseball facility in the country. Results were taken from a vote that included college baseball coaches and sports information directors nationwide. Boshamer received 57 points in total, including a pair of first place votes. Clemson and Florida State were the only other ACC programs to have...

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UNC Invited to Play in Prestigious “PK80” College Basketball Tournament

Over the last few decades, not many people have had more influence over college athletics than Nike chairman Phil Knight. That relationship will be recognized in November of 2017, with the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Oregon–a prestigious preseason college basketball tournament known as “PK80.” UNC was among the 16 teams selected to play in PK80, which will be among the largest–and toughest–regular season tournament fields in history. “What a thrill for North Carolina Basketball to be playing in such a special event to honor a truly special man,” head coach Roy Williams said, in a statement released by...

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UNC Football Still Seeking Leadership in Key Positions

In a sport like football where a large number of moving parts must work together seamlessly to achieve a common goal, leadership becomes paramount to success. With big vocal presences like former quarterback Marquise Williams yet to establish themselves in the locker room this season, the UNC football team—despite being extremely talented—is still working on finding its voice at a couple of key positions. “Leadership doesn’t just come from seniors,” Fedora said. “It can come from anybody. Anybody that has influence on your team—and that can be a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior. It doesn’t matter. “If you’ve got...

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UNC Men’s Basketball Ranked Seventh In Blue Ribbon Preseason Poll

Although Larry Fedora has done a great job capturing the attention of the Tar Heel faithful during the fall, the fact remains that most of Chapel Hill divides the year into two distinct parts: basketball season and waiting for basketball season. With the release of the annual Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook Preseason Top 25 on Tuesday, it’s safe to proclaim that basketball season is almost here. Despite losing senior fan favorites Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige, the Tar Heels were ranked No. 7. Led by a group of juniors that includes Joel Berry, Justin Jackson and Theo Pinson–as well...

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Tar Heels Explode Offensively to Fend Off Early JMU Upset Bid

Early on in UNC’s 56-28 win over James Madison on Saturday, it wouldn’t have been easy to tell the difference between the Tar Heel defense and the Grand Canyon. However, a career day from junior quarterback Mitch Trubisky helped UNC fight through its shortcomings in its home opener—as the Tar Heels made sure there would be no upsets happening on their watch. James Madison (2-1) entered Saturday’s matchup as the No. 8 team in the lower-tier FCS, with a powerful rushing attack to match. Tailback Khalid Abdullah introduced himself to the Tar Heels (2-1) quickly with a pair of...

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UNC Men’s Tennis Star Schneider Ranked No. 10 in Preseason

Entering his senior year, Ronnie Schneider is no longer playing second fiddle to anyone. The UNC men’s tennis star enters 2016 as the No. 10 ranked individual in the nation–just over a month after former teammate Brayden Schnur left school early to turn professional. Schneider reached as high as No. 10 in the polls last February, but hopes to move up the charts as this season progresses. For his career, he has a 90-33 record in singles competition–including a 26-8 mark in 2015-16. Despite Schnur being ranked higher throughout much of the year, Schneider actually went further than any...

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Artis Scandal Paints a Black Cloud Over UNC Football’s Home Opener

Coming off a convincing win on the road last Saturday, you’d assume the UNC football team would be excited and ready to go for this week’s home opener against James Madison. However, the news of linebacker Allen Artis being charged with sexual assault has brought a black cloud to Chapel Hill that’s loomed large over the team’s preparations. Nearly four minutes into his session with the media on Wednesday, UNC head coach Larry Fedora took time to remind reporters that the Tar Heels do, in fact, have a game this weekend. The problem is this. His program dealt with...

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Hood and Logan Building an Identity for UNC Football

Through its first two games in 2016, the UNC football team has gashed opponents with its rushing attack when it’s chosen to do so—as tailbacks Elijah Hood and TJ Logan work to carve out an identity for this year’s Tar Heel squad. The beginning of the Mitch Trubisky era at quarterback received much of the attention surrounding the team throughout spring practice and training camp. Since then, Trubisky has played solid but has appeared a bit timid at times—especially when it comes to making deep throws downfield. For the most part, though, UNC’s potent offense has been led by...

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