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UNC Hires Texas A&M’s Terry Joseph as Defensive Backs Coach

Having already lost two coaches to SEC teams this offseason, UNC finally struck back late Monday night when it made a move to hire Texas A&M’s Terry Joseph as its new defensive backs coach. Joseph replaces Charlton Warren in the position after Warren decided to take the same job at Tennessee. After three seasons with the Aggies, Joseph should inherit a talented secondary at UNC that includes cornerback MJ Stewart and safety Donnie Miles–two of the Tar Heels’ best defensive players over the last couple seasons. His pass defense at Texas A&M ranked 91st in the country in 2016,...

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Roy Williams Notches 800th Career Win as No. 9 UNC Pounds Syracuse 85-68

Two days after he deployed a never-before-seen small lineup to beat Florida State, UNC head coach Roy Williams saw his team return to the style he’s become known for on Monday against Syracuse. The ninth-ranked Tar Heels pounded the ball inside with great success against the Orange’s trademark 2-3 zone on the way to an 85-68 victory at the Dean Dome—a win that gave Williams 800 for his career. With freshman center Tony Bradley out for the second straight game with a concussion, senior big men Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks were again put in a position where they...

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ACC Tabs Joel Berry as Player of the Week for Fourth Time in 2016-17

Death, taxes and Joel Berry winning the ACC’s Player of the Week Award. It was announced Monday afternoon that UNC’s star point guard earned the honor for the fourth time this season, following yet another stellar week on the hardwood–starting to make his selection each week seem like one of the few certainties this life has to offer. The junior from Apopka, Florida–who was also named Co-National Player of the Week along with teammate Justin Jackson–scored 26 points in the Tar Heels win over then-No. 9 Florida State on Saturday as they picked up their most impressive win of...

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UNC Jumps to No. 9 in AP Top 25

Despite being billed as one of the top national title contenders in all the land since the beginning of the season, the UNC men’s basketball team slipped out of the top 10 in the rankings for two weeks after losing its ACC opener. Since then, however, the Tar Heels have rattled off four straight wins–including an electrifying home victory over then-No.9 Florida State on Saturday. As a result, UNC found itself taking the Seminoles’ spot at No. 9 in this week’s AP Top 25. Villanova returned to take the No. 1 spot in the poll after Baylor–now No. 6...

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UNC Defensive Backs Coach Charlton Warren to Take Same Position at Tennessee

Just over two weeks after UNC saw defensive line coach Tray Scott leave to take the same job at Ole Miss, the Tar Heels will lose another member of their defensive staff to the SEC. Defensive backs coach Charlton Warren–who, like Scott, came to UNC prior to 2015 along with coordinator Gene Chizik–is headed to Knoxville to take over the secondary at Tennessee. Before coming to Chapel Hill, Warren coached the defensive backs at Nebraska for one season after spending nine years on the staff at Air Force–his alma mater. In his first year at UNC, the Tar Heels...

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NBC Names Joel Berry, Justin Jackson as Co-National Players of the Week

After losing its ACC opener to Georgia Tech in a stunning upset, the UNC men’s basketball team has won its last four conference games and has risen to second place in the league standings. While the Tar Heels have certainly used their depth with great success this season, two players consistently seem to shine above the rest on a game-by-game basis. Following UNC’s recent wins over Wake Forest and Florida State, NBC didn’t even try to pick one over the other–naming point guard Joel Berry and wing Justin Jackson as its Co-National Players of the Week. Both juniors in...

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Small-Ball Strategy Guides No. 11 UNC to Crucial Victory Over No. 9 Florida State

With freshman center Tony Bradley out with a concussion on Saturday, UNC head coach Roy Williams was left short on big men for the 11th-ranked Tar Heels’ big-time matchup with No. 9 Florida State. It ended up making no difference, as Williams went with a small-ball approach that ultimately carried UNC to a 96-83 win over the ACC leaders–in front of a raucous Dean Dome crowd. It’s not often when three players combine for over two-thirds of their team’s points and become afterthoughts. But that’s exactly what happened for UNC on Saturday. Point guard Joel Berry hit a number...

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UNC Baseball to Retire Dustin Ackley’s No. 13

At halftime of UNC’s home basketball game against Virginia Tech on Jan. 26, former UNC baseball great Dustin Ackley will become just the fourth player in program history to have his number retired. Dave Lemonds, B.J. Surhoff and Andrew Miller are currently the only other Tar Heel baseball players to receive the honor. Ackley’s No. 13 will be recognized during a ceremony that will highlight some of the amazing accomplishments he put together during his time in Chapel Hill. He took home the National Player of the Year award in 2009 after a campaign that saw hit .417 with 22...

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Tony Bradley Out for UNC’s Showdown Against Florida State

When the UNC men’s basketball team–ranked 11th in the country–hosts No. 9 Florida State at the Smith Center on Saturday, it will have to do so without freshman center Tony Bradley. The team took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to announce the 6-foot-10 Florida native has not cleared his concussion protocol and will need more time to recover. He suffered the injury during the first half of Wednesday’s win over Wake Forest after a collision with an opposing player led to him banging his head on the floor. So far this season, Bradley (8.1 points , 5.7 rebounds per game)...

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UNC Football Welcomes Eight New Players

For as much talent as the UNC football team has had to say good-bye to over the last few weeks–a group that includes the starting quarterback, top three receivers, top three tailbacks and top three offensive linemen–reinforcements can’t arrive soon enough. On Wednesday that process got underway, with eight new Tar Heels welcomed to campus as early enrollees–having graduated from high school a semester early to get their careers started in Chapel Hill. Those players include: tailback Michael Carter, wide receiver J.T. Cauthen, defensive lineman Xach Gill, offensive lineman Quiron Johnson, defensive lineman Jake Lawler, offensive lineman Jonah Melton, defensive...

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