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Andrew DiBitetto Chosen as UNC Head Men’s Golf Coach

  The UNC men’s golf team officially got a new head coach this week, with the hiring of Andrew DiBitetto–who had previously served as an assistant for the last six years under former coach Andrew Sapp. DiBitetto was an honorable mention All-America when he was a golfer at UNC-Charlotte, and he’s proven to have a keen eye for talent as a recruiter. The native of Rochester, New York helped convince current standouts Ben Griffin and William Register to become Tar Heels. Both players enter next season tied for second all-time in UNC career stroke average. UNC has also won...

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Brandon Harris Selected to Unitas Golden Arm Watch List

When it comes to who starts at quarterback for UNC this fall, head coach Larry Fedora has quite a job on his hands. Four different signal-callers could potentially inherit the job left behind by Mitch Trubisky, but only one–graduate transfer Brandon Harris–was selected to the Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List on Wednesday. Given annually to the nation’s top quarterback, the award currently lists 47 potential candidates from across the country. Harris played in 25 games over the last three seasons at LSU, which shows he could at least provide Fedora and the Tar Heels with experience the other...

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Toronto Raptors Sign Kennedy Meeks

Former UNC forward Kennedy Meeks–fresh off a run to the ¬†NCAA championship with the Tar Heels–signed a contract Tuesday with the NBA’s Toronto Raptors. Meeks spent four games with the Raptors during the Las Vegas Summer League, where he averaged 11.3 points and 5.5 rebounds–all while playing just under 16 minutes per outing. The 6-foot-10-inch Charlotte native also reportedly won the respect of the Toronto front office with his gregarious personality and magnetic charm in the locker room. At UNC, Meeks finished fifth on the school’s all-time career rebound list with 1,052. He also provided head coach Roy Williams...

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UNC Football Picked to Finish Fifth in ACC Coastal Division

Results for this year’s ACC Preseason Football Poll were released on Monday, with UNC picked to finish fifth out of seven teams in the conference’s Coastal Division after ending each of the last two seasons in either first or second. Florida State was picked to win the Atlantic Division–and to become the overall league champion–by a group consisting of 167 media members, while Miami is the early favorite to take home the Coastal Division. UNC did receive four first place votes to win the Coastal Division, however, which typically comes down to a wide-open race where anything can happen....

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Thorpe Award Watch List Includes MJ Stewart

The preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award was released Monday, with UNC senior cornerback MJ Stewart among 45 candidates for the honor given annually to the nation’s top defensive back. The watch list is not final, since players can earn their way into contention with outstanding play on the field. Stewart led the Tar Heels with 11 pass breakups in 2016, and ranks third in school history with 29 over his first three seasons. He was an honorable mention All-ACC selection last year, and looks to make huge strides in 2017 as he takes on a much...

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Bentley Spain Among Outland Trophy Watch List Candidates

UNC senior offensive tackle Bentley Spain was among the candidates on the annual Outland Trophy Watch List, which was released on Thursday. The award–which has recognized the top interior lineman in college football for the last 71 years–lists 81 candidates on its initial watch list. Players from any spot on the offensive line, as well as defensive tackles, are up for consideration. Spain is a 6-foot-6-inch, 300-pound tackle from Charlotte, who is entering his third season as a starter for head coach Larry Fedora. He is expected to step into much more of a leadership role this season, with...

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Ray Guy Award Watch List Includes UNC’s Tom Sheldon

As the numerous watch lists for college football’s major awards continue to roll out in anticipation of the upcoming season, UNC sophomore Tom Sheldon was selected on Wednesday as a player to keep an eye on for this year’s Ray Guy Award. Handed out annually to the nation’s top punter since 2000, the Ray Guy Award lists a total of 29 preseason candidates entering the 2017 season. This includes Sheldon, who burst onto the scene last year as a 28-year-old freshman from Australia. The left-footed Aussie was named a Freshman All-American following his first season in the sport, after...

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UNC Graduate Transfer Cam Dillard Named to Rimington Award Watch List

UNC senior Cam Dillard is among the watch list candidates for this season’s Rimington Award, which is given each year to the top center in college football. The Rimington Trophy Committee created the list by accepting nominations from programs across the country who submitted their starting center’s name for consideration. After spending three seasons in the trenches as a Florida Gator, Dillard decided to take his talents to Chapel Hill for his final year of eligibility. The graduate transfer arrived at UNC this summer, and is expected to take over in the middle of the Tar Heel offensive line...

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UNC Tight End Brandon Fritts Selected to Mackey Award Watch List

The watch list for this year’s Mackey Award–given each year to the most outstanding tight end in college football–was released on Tuesday, with UNC junior Brandon Fritts finding his name among the candidates. At 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds, Fritts presents the Tar Heel offense with a huge target across the middle. Throughout his career, Fritts has hauled in 22 passes for 265 yards and a pair of touchdowns. A high school–and college–teammate of current Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky, Fritts was limited by injuries in 2016, but figures to make huge strides this upcoming season. His presence in the...

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Kenny Williams Undergoes Knee Surgery

At the beginning of last season–his second in Chapel Hill–UNC guard Kenny Williams established himself in the Tar Heels’ starting lineup with strong perimeter defense and the ability to space the floor with his outside shot. In mid-February, however, a torn right meniscus suffered in practice forced Williams to miss UNC’s final 14 games of the season–a stretch that included the team’s run to the national championship. The 6-foot-5-inch native of Midlothian, Virgnia stayed away from surgery on the knee until recently. Team spokesman Steve Kirschner announced Tuesday that Williams had a successful operation back on July 7. He...

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