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UNC Hires Jay Bateman as Co-Defensive Coordinator

UNC announced Sunday that it has hired Jay Bateman to be a co-defensive coordinator on head coach Mack Brown’s football staff alongside Tommy Thigpen. Bateman–a finalist for the 2018 Broyles Award as the nation’s top assistant coach–has spent the last five seasons as the defensive coordinator for Army. With Bateman in charge of the defense, the Black Knights have won 28 games over the last three years–finishing fourth in total defense in 2016 and ninth in 2018. Along with his role as co-defensive coordinator, Bateman will also coach the safeties at UNC. Thigpen, meanwhile, will move over to coach...

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UNC Tight End Brandon Fritts Announces He Will Transfer

UNC tight end Brandon Fritts announced via Twitter on Friday that he will transfer from the school for his final year of eligibility on the football field next season. Fritts, who attended Mentor High School in Ohio alongside former Tar Heel star quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, missed all of the 2018 season after undergoing knee surgery in the spring. In 24 games for UNC, Fritts caught 47 passes for 439 yards and nine touchdowns. Thank you, UNC pic.twitter.com/Y9rK9x6vqp — Brandon Fritts (@bfritts_1) December 7, 2018       Photo via UNC...

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Men’s Soccer: UNC Stars Alex Comsia, Mauricio Pineda Recognized as All-Americans

United Soccer Coaches released its men’s All-American teams on Thursday, naming UNC senior defender Alex Comsia to the First Team and junior midfielder Mauricio Pineda to the Second Team. This gives head coach Carlos Somoano 16 All-American selections from 13 different players over his eight-year tenure in charge of the Tar Heels. Comsia, the ACC Defender of the Year, helped UNC field one of the nation’s top defenses all season long. He was tied for third on the team in minutes played, and was recently named a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy–the award given to the national player...

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Nils Bruening, Alex Comsia Named Division I Men’s Soccer Academic All-Americans

UNC men’s soccer seniors Nils Bruening and Alex Comsia were each selected Thursday to the Google Cloud Academic Division I Men’s All-America team selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).  This marks the second Academic All-American selection for both players, who were each third team selections in 2016. Comsia was the ACC Defender of the Year this season and is a three-time All-ACC Academic performer. A forward from Germany, Bruening has been recognized as an All-ACC Academic selection on two occasions for his work as a business administration major. For the full Academic All-American teams, click here.   Photo...

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Julius Peppers Nominated for NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award

The Carolina Panthers announced Thursday that they have nominated former UNC star Julius Peppers as the team’s representative for this year’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, which is the NFL’s only honor that recognizes excellence both on and off the field. Each of the league’s 32 teams select one nominee for the award, with the field ultimately being whittled down to three finalists and one winner. The winner will have $500,000 donated in their name, with half going to a charity of their choice and the other half going to expand Character Playbook, the NFL and United Way’s...

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No. 14 UNC Cruises to Easy Victory Over UNC-Wilmington

With a showdown against No. 1 Gonzaga looming next weekend, the 14th-ranked UNC men’s basketball team showed Wednesday night at the Dean Dome that it hasn’t lost focus of the task at hand—picking up a 97-69 victory over the visiting UNC-Wilmington Seahawks. Despite playing without freshman point guard Coby White—the team’s leading scorer who missed the game with a minor ankle injury—the Tar Heels used a game-high 21 points from graduate transfer Cameron Johnson to get back into the win column. UNC (7-2) had lost two of its previous three games, all of which came against teams who have...

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Stephanie Watts Scores 35 Points to Lead UNC Women’s Basketball to Blowout Over UNCW

Junior guard Stephanie Watts went off for 35 points Wednesday afternoon at Carmichael Arena, carrying the UNC women’s basketball team to an 82-55 blowout over the visiting UNC-Wilmington Seahawks. Watts made nine three-pointers in the game, as she set the mark for top scoring performance by an ACC player so far this season. UNC (6-4) snapped a three-game losing streak with the dominant victory, dropping UNCW to 5-3 overall in 2018-19. With Watts leading the way, the Tar Heels led by 32 points at halftime and held the Seahawks to just 27.5 percent shooting from the floor on the...

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Men’s Lacrosse: Tar Heels Ranked No. 16 in Face-Off Yearbook Preseason Top 25

Despite missing the NCAA Tournament last season for the first time since 2006, the UNC men’s lacrosse team was ranked No. 16 in the Preseason Top 25 poll released by Face-Off Yearbook on Wednesday. The Tar Heels started last year 6-0 before stumbling to a 7-7 finish, missing both the ACC and NCAA Tournaments. Strong performances in fall scrimmages against High Point and Ohio State, however, have created a positive buzz around the program entering the 2019 campaign. For the full Face-Off Yearbook Preseason Top 25, click here.     Photo via UNC...

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Former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant Will Transfer to Missouri, Had Considered UNC

One of the first recruiting visits made by new UNC head football coach Mack Brown was to see former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant, who had announced his intentions to transfer from the program earlier in the season after losing his starting job to freshman standout Trevor Lawrence. Bryant visited UNC twice during the year and considered the Tar Heels among his top five options for next season. On Tuesday, however, Bryant revealed that he will instead take his talents to the University of Missouri. In addition to UNC, he had also considered Arkansas, Auburn and Mississippi State. During his...

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Mack Brown Officially Inducted Into College Football Hall of Fame

New UNC head football coach Mack Brown was officially inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday night in New York City, as one of 13 members in this year’s class. A crowd of nearly 1,600 people at the New York Hilton Midtown’s Grand Ballroom were on hand to celebrate the event, which ended with Brown giving a speech on behalf of the 2018 class. Others inducted on Tuesday included: Trevor Cobb (Rice), Kerry Collins (Penn State), Dave Dickenson (Montana), Dana Howard (Illinois), Calvin Johnson (Georgia Tech), Paul Palmer (Temple), Ed Reed (Miami [Fla.]), Matt Stinchcomb (Georgia), Aaron Taylor (Nebraska), Charles Woodson (Michigan) and coaches Frank Beamer (Murray State, Virginia Tech) and Mel Tjeerdsma (Austin College [Texas], Northwest Missouri State). Throughout 30 years...

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