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How 16 words are helping UNC’s Larry Fedora cope with his most difficult season

A little more than two years have passed since one of the most triumphant Saturdays of Larry Fedora’s tenure at North Carolina: the overtime victory at Virginia Tech, where Quinshad Davis’ dramatic catch in the end zone sealed the Tar Heels’ win. The memories of that victory came back to Fedora this week while he prepared his team for another trip to Blacksburg. (Charlotte Observer)

Breaking down the Virginia Tech-North Carolina matchup

Disregarding the NFL departures, youth, injuries and mounting losses, North Carolina has not had a terrible year. Alas, you cannot disregard that stuff. It's been a nightmare season for the Tar Heels and Larry Fedora, a perfect storm of everything going wrong at once, and it doesn't look like there's a light at the end of the tunnel anytime soon. (Roanoke Times)

Carolina Closet hopes to make business wear more accessible

No need to worry about what to wear for Casual Friday at the office anymore — Carolina Closet has got you covered. The new organization is bringing business casual and business formal attire to Avery Residence Hall, next to Carolina Cupboard, that students can rent for free. The intent is to give students access to clothing for events that require business wear. (Daily Tar Heel)

New York Knicks Sign Isaiah Hicks to Two-Way Contract

After spending training camp with the Charlotte Hornets, former North Carolina forward Isaiah Hicks agreed Thursday to a two-way contract with the New York Knicks. The deal will allow Hicks to play for the Knicks’ G-League affiliate Westchester Knicks–equivalent to baseball’s version of the minor leagues–with the ability to be called up to the main roster in New York. (Chapelboro.com)

Hokies eager to get back to work when North Carolina visits

Virginia Tech returns from a week off for self-scouting and healing with a pretty clear sense of the challenge ahead. The Hokies are a game behind No. 8 Miami and Virginia in the loss column in the ACC's Coastal Division. They will get started on that ambitious closing stretch against a North Carolina team that is reeling, having lost four in a row. (Associated Press)

Carolina Insider Podcast: Redemption, Virginia Tech Football Preview & More

Get a detailed look at Redemption, the new book about the Tar Heels' 2017 NCAA championship season, and preview Saturday's football game at Virginia Tech in Friday's edition of the Carolina Insider podcast. Jones Angell and Adam Lucas visit with UNC senior associate athletic director Steve Kirschner. Angell and Lucas also preview the football game, set for Saturday in Blacksburg, Va. (GoHeels.com)

Countdown to Kickoff: UNC vs. Virginia Tech

UNC travels to Blacksburg Saturday as a significant underdog to Justin Fuente’s 14th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies. The Tar Heels have lost nine straight games to Power 5 opponents and will encounter the most difficult challenge of that stretch against a Hokies squad that ranks top-30 nationally in 14 statistical categories, including seventh in scoring defense. (Inside Carolina)

Thomas Davis says Mitchell Trubisky has Aaron Rodgers effect

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis says that Chicago Bears rookie quarterback Mitchell Trubisky “kind of has that Aaron Rodgers effect,” according to Bears sideline reporter Zach Zaidman. Trubisky, whom the Bears selected with the No. 2 overall pick of the NFL Draft back in April, has started two games thus far this season. (FanRag Sports)

Carolina Basketball Museum Renovated

After ten years and 500,000 visitors, the Carolina Basketball Museum has received a major overhaul. "This is easily the largest renovation since the museum opened in January of 2008," said Steve Kirschner, who heads UNC's athletic communications department and is responsible for updating the museum's content and artifacts. Multimedia updates were priority No. 1. (Inside Carolina)

UNC Basketball: Andrew Platek 2017-18 season preview

Andrew Platek was the Tar Heels’ second commitment in a five-player class that’s headlined by five-star combo guard Jalek Felton. Platek’s role on this year’s team will be to practice hard, learn as much as possible and play well when called upon. His number isn’t going to get called early and often, but when it does, he’ll need to be ready to do what’s asked of him. (Keeping It Heel)

Workouts With Luke Maye Help Brandon Robinson

Luke Maye averaged just 5.4 minutes as a freshman during the 2015-16 season. But after seeing Maye help lead the Tar Heels to the 2017 NCAA championship, Brandon Robinson knew he could make a similar leap during his sophomore season. In hopes of doing so, he worked out with Maye this summer. "I always made it a point for us to get in the gym together," Robinson says. (GoHeels.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: O-VER-RATED!

North Carolina and Duke are both overrated in the preseason poll. Duke is an overwhelming favorite as No. 1 and UNC is No. 9. Both positions must be where pundits think they will wind up five months from now, because the Blue Devils and Tar Heels have serious questions that can only be answered by playing the stiffest competition in January and February. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC's Malik Carney Making Plays at Defensive End

Malik Carney has been the primary disruptor on the Tar Heels’ defensive front this year, totaling eight tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks through seven games. In a season with so much uncertainty on both sides of the ball, the Alexandria, Va. native has been a dependable and capable veteran in the trenches. “He’s consistent with his production,” Larry Fedora said. (Inside Carolina)

Memphis basketball excited to scrimmage North Carolina

Memphis men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith balked earlier this week when asked about the game his team will play against North Carolina on Friday. Schools aren’t supposed to publicize these “secret scrimmages,” according to NCAA rules. They are closed to the public, and Smith is as rule-abiding as they come. But his returning players proved to be more forthcoming. (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

Bears players officially nickname Mitch Trubisky 'The Pretty Boy Assassin'

It's been two games of the Mitch Trubisky era and the Bears' locker room is already ready to hand the rookie quarterback a nickname that might remind you of two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry's nickname (the Baby-Faced Assassin). Meet "The Pretty Boy Assassin." So now, Trubisky will try to live up to his new moniker a year earlier than he probably expected. (CBS Sports)

Vince Carter Diary: Chapter 20, Part 1

Vince Carter: Today for me, it was interesting. I’m not going to say I was overly excited. After you’ve played so many years, it’s coming to work like normal. A lot of friends texted me, ‘Good luck this year and tonight in your 20th season.’ I know what it is. It’s 20 years. But I was able to sit back and say, ‘Hey, I was able to outlast a lot of great players and still play and still contribute.’ (The Undefeated)

After his 1st NFL win, can Mitch Trubisky make another 'big jump'?

As the third-down play came in during the Bears' final drive Sunday, Mitch Trubisky appreciated the directive. The rookie quarterback had spent much of the afternoon feeding his running backs — 50 run calls on 75 plays — and adhering to a conservative game plan that asked him to showcase his aptitude far more than his arm. But this situation was different. (Chicago Tribune)

Report: New York Knicks sign Isaiah Hicks to 2-way deal

The New York Knicks' front office was making a move Thursday to bring former North Carolina Tar Heel Isaiah Hicks to the team on a two-way contract, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. The Charlotte Hornets waived Hicks earlier this week. Hicks averaged 11.8 points and 5.5 rebounds and helped lead the Tar Heels to two Final Fours and an NCAA title. (FanRag Sports)

John Papuchis On UNC's Defensive Growth, Big Plays, Attitude & More

UNC defensive coordinator John Papuchis met with the media after practice Wednesday to discuss his defensive unit’s growth over the last month, why it’s still allowing a catastrophic play for a score each week, and about the unit’s overall attitude. "Our challenge is to be able focused and play with the type of effort that eliminates (errors) for four quarters." (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Two-time national wrestling champ Mason Phillips commits to UNC over Ohio State

Mason Phillips, who will wrestle in the 149-pound weight class in college, said he received interest from Ohio State, Oregon State and Nebraska, and took visits to Columbus and Corvallis, but he simply fell in love with North Carolina. “I went to North Carolina on a visit a couple weeks ago, and just loved it. I wasn’t really interested in going anywhere else after that.” (The Daily Herald)


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