Avery Trendel

UNC and Georgia Enter Top 25 Showdown With Plenty to Prove

Facing expectations that are among the highest in program history, the No. 22 UNC football team heads to Atlanta on Saturday hoping to prove last year’s 11-win campaign was no fluke. Standing in the Tar Heels way, however, are the No. 18 Georgia Bulldogs—a perennial contender looking to remain on top under new head coach Kirby Smart. If UNC head coach Larry Fedora truly has his sights on turning the Tar Heels into an NCAA powerhouse, then there’s no doubt he’s paid close attention to the school on the opposite sideline this week. Georgia is immensely talented, boasts one...

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UNC Football Ready For Life Without Hollins During First Half vs. Georgia

Heading into its highly-anticipated season opener this Saturday against No. 18 Georgia, the No. 22 UNC football team faces the problem of knowing it will be without one of its biggest weapons—senior wide receiver Mack Hollins—for the entire first half. As a result, plenty of practice time has been devoted to filling his void against a Bulldog defense stacked with talent. The situation was created in last year’s bowl loss to Baylor—a game where the Tar Heels were thoroughly outplayed from start to finish. While blocking in the second half, Hollins made a helmet-to-helmet hit on a defender. Thanks...

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Ty Lawson Signs With Sacramento Kings

In an effort to get his once-promising career back on track, former UNC point guard Ty Lawson agreed to a one-year contract Sunday night with the Sacramento Kings. Over the course of his seven seasons in the NBA, Lawson–a key cog during the Tar Heels’ 2009 national title run–has averaged a solid 13 points and six assists per game. He has also established himself as one of the league’s quickest players with the ball in his hands–mostly during his first six seasons with the Denver Nuggets. After being charged with his fourth DUI in July of 2015, however, the...

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Beckman Out at UNC Amid Controversy

Tim Beckman’s short tenure as a volunteer assistant with the UNC football team is over just as quickly as it began. The former Illinois head coach with a history of player mistreatment issues created a media firestorm Wednesday when it was realized he was part of head coach Larry Fedora’s staff throughout training camp. “Tim will no longer serve as a volunteer with our program,” Fedora said in a statement released by the university. “I brought Tim here to help a friend gain experience from our staff, but after meeting with him today, we agreed his presence had become too...

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UNC Football Hiring Tim Beckman as Volunteer Assistant Creates Controversy

In the opening weeks of last season, the UNC football team defeated Illinois by a landslide—just days after the Illini fired head coach Tim Beckman due to player mistreatment. It was announced Wednesday that Beckman has now found a new home in Chapel Hill, working as a volunteer assistant under head coach Larry Fedora. An outside law firm which investigated Beckman’s situation at Illinois found that the coach made efforts to discourage injury reporting–and forced injured players to play before they were physically ready. Another issue that was raised in the investigation centered on seniors having their scholarships revoked for...

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UNC Field Hockey Ranked No. 1 in Preseason Poll

After coming up just one win short of a national title in 2015, the UNC women’s field hockey team is facing enormous expectations entering 2016. Tuesday morning marked the release of the season’s first National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) top 25 poll–with the Tar Heels being selected No. 1 in the nation. Although it only received 16 first place votes while No. 2 Syracuse picked up 25, UNC tallied more overall points–915 to the Orange’s 898–in order to earn the distinction of top team in America. In fact, it was Syracuse that beat the Tar Heels in last...

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UNC Women’s Soccer Opens Season Friday vs. UCF

Looking to end its longest national title drought since the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament began in 1982, the No. 9 UNC women’s soccer team begins its regular season Friday night at Fetzer Field with a game against the University of Central Florida (UCF) Knights. It’s the first of two games for the Tar Heels this weekend, as they host the Carolina Nike Classic. They’ll also play host to the Charlotte 49ers on Sunday. For UNC–which have gone three straight years without accomplishing their only goal each season–it will be an important weekend to figure out which new players are...

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Joel James Signs to Play Professionally in Japan

It appears now that the eastern hemisphere will now get a piece of one of Chapel Hill’s favorite local treasures. Joel James, the lovable former UNC men’s basketball big man, announced Thursday via Twitter that he has reached an agreement to sign with the Kumamato Volters in Japan. Thanks for the support Tar Heel family. I'm happy to announce that I'll spend next season playing for the @K_VOLTERS in Japan ?? — Joel James (@joel_jamesnkz) August 18, 2016 A 6-foot-10 teddy bear from West Palm Beach, Florida, James averaged 2.2 points per game in his Tar Heel career. His...

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Elijah Hood: The Most Interesting Man in Chapel Hill

For thousands of years scientists have held that each day consists of 24 hours. This discovery has gone unchallenged for much of human history. That is, until UNC’s star tailback Elijah Hood made it his life mission to stretch the limits of time. For most mere mortals, the grind of a high-level Division I football schedule brings with it an overwhelming workload. That’s not even including all the schoolwork and extracurricular activities that come with it. But for Hood–a former Eagle Scout who maintains a GPA above 3.8—comparisons to mortals don’t really do him justice. He consistently seeks out...

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ACC Men’s Soccer Coaches Select UNC as Preseason Favorite

With the college men’s soccer season set to begin late next week, the ACC released its annual preseason coaches poll on Wednesday–with UNC chosen to win the league this year. The Tar Heels earned first place votes from five of the conference’s 12 head coaches, which was two more than runner-up Clemson. Notre Dame picked up two votes for first place, while Wake Forest and Virginia each had one. By virtue of being chosen to win the whole league, UNC was also the favorite to take home the Coastal Division crown. Clemson, last season’s NCAA runner-up, was picked to...

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