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Ex-Illinois coach Tim Beckman hired as volunteer coach by UNC

As the one-year anniversary of his firing at Illinois approaches, Tim Beckman has a new gig. North Carolina officials confirmed Tuesday that Beckman is a volunteer assistant on Larry Fedora’s staff. The Tar Heels play at Illinois in a prime-time game on Sept. 10. No word yet on whether Beckman will be a part of the travel party. (Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette)

Larry Fedora Details Nathan Elliott's Rise to Backup QB

When Larry Fedora described the decision to give Nathan Elliott the backup quarterback job during his radio show on Tuesday, it sounded simple. "He made good decisions [and] he took care of the football." As far as how Elliott will fare in game action, Fedora said he hopes the pedigree he brought from his hometown of Celina, Tex. will translate in Chapel Hill. (Inside Carolina)

UNC's Freshmen Standouts in Camp

UNC coordinators Gene Chizik and Chris Kapilovic shared their insights on freshmen standouts throughout training camp during Larry Fedora’s radio show Tuesday night. Possibly the most significant storyline of August thus far is the multitude of freshmen that have worked their way into the secondary’s two-deep. “We’re going to have to count on some young guys,” Chizik said. (Inside Carolina)

Ranking all 86 games in the first week of 2016

6. Georgia vs. North Carolina in Atlanta (Saturday, 5:30 p.m., ESPN): For the first time since 1998, North Carolina enters a season with the momentum of a top-25 finish the previous year. The Tar Heels will be looking to prove 2015 was not a fluke, and the Bulldogs will try to prove that Tennessee is not the lone contender in the SEC East. (Athlon Sports)

Seven Tar Heels On Senior Bowl Watch List

North Carolina center Lucas Crowley, offensive tackle Jon Heck, wide receiver Mack Hollins, cornerback Des Lawrence, tailback T.J. Logan, offensive guard Caleb Peterson and wide receiver/punt returner Ryan Switzer have been named to the 2017 Senior Bowl Watch List. The Senior Bowl will be played January 28, 2017, in Mobile, Alabama. (GoHeels.com)

Donnie Miles goes in-depth

UNC junior safety Donnie Miles returns for UNC's 2016 season after a break-out campaign in 2015. The Florida native led the Tar Heels in tackles (128) and was a big factor in run-support. Miles spoke with reporters last week on topics including personal improvements, the defense as a whole, and what he sees out of new starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Men's Soccer Preseason Rankings

North Carolina men's soccer, the favorite to win the ACC according to the league head coaches, checks in at No. 1 according to Top Drawer Soccer, followed by Maryland, Akron, Stanford and Syracuse. The Tar Heels are selected No. 6 by College Soccer News, with the top-5 including Stanford, Akron, Maryland, Clemson and Wake Forest. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Coach Charlton Warren Mic'd Up at Training Camp

Hear from North Carolina defensive backs coach Charlton Warren as he gets mic'd up during a training camp practice. View Video...

Fedora's weekly radio show returns

Larry Fedora's weekly UNC football radio show begins on Tuesday evening live from Top of the Hill. A weekly show hosted by UNC play-by-play man Jones Angell, Larry Fedora Live will start at 7:00 PM. It can heard on GoHeels.com and across the state on the Tar Heel Sports Radio Network. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Field Hockey Leads National And Conference Polls

The UNC field hockey team opens the season ranked No. 1 in both the national and ACC preseason polls. Additionally, seniors Emma Bozek and Julia Young have been named to the Preseason All-ACC Team. At the start of last season, UNC was picked No. 1 in the ACC preseason poll and No. 2 in the national poll. Both predictions proved accurate. (GoHeels.com)

2016 ACC predictions: Clemson, North Carolina favored in respective divisions

The only offense in the ACC that might rival Clemson in terms of offensive weapons is North Carolina’s. Sure, Mitch Trubisky takes over at quarterback, but the Tar Heels aren’t worried. Trubisky has plenty of experience and has earned the respect of his teammates before he’s started a game. Plus, he’s got Elijah Hood in the backfield and a plethora of receivers. (ESPN.com)

North Carolina Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2016

With a new athletics year upon us, all eyes in Chapel Hill are on Larry Fedora’s squad to see if the football team can build off of last year’s success. Can North Carolina follow up on last year’s breakthrough with another division title? Here is a game-by-game look at how Athlon Sports writers and contributors see the Tar Heels’ season playing out. (Athlon Sports)

5 questions heading into ACC football season

What does North Carolina do with tougher schedule? This season, UNC faces No. 18 Georgia in Week 1 and then visits Florida State on Oct. 1. North Carolina will also make a road trip to Miami two weeks later. The Tar Heels could have a better roster, but 11 victories will be tough to repeat. (Today's U)

James Michael McAdoo: Finals Loss Adds Fuel to the Fire

James Michael McAdoo's sole focus this offseason has been on bettering himself, hoping that when his name is called, he’s ready to make an impact. “The biggest thing is really just working on my game, working on my individual skill. Just trying to work on the things that I know are gonna be essential to me being on the court and helping the team win." (Blue Man Hoop)

Q&A with sports law professor Tim Davis on UNC's Amended NOA

What (UNC is) asserting is that in both the instance of the failure to monitor as well as the lack of institutional control, there’s no underlying violation committed by UNC for the most part. What UNC’s attorneys are arguing is the following — because those courses were available to all the students and the student body, there was no extra benefit. (Daily Tar Heel)

Soccer Field in Tobin Heath's Hometown to be Named After Her

A soccer field at the crest of Pleasant Valley Park is due to be dedicated to 2006 Ridge graduate Tobin Heath, midfielder on this year's Olympics U.S. Women's National Soccer Team and also a member of last year's World Cup Team USA women's soccer. (Tap Into Basking Ridge)

Joke’s On You, Harrison Barnes is a Gold Medalist

All I am trying to say is that if you are having fun joking and cracking on Harrison Barnes for not getting playing time in Rio, the joke is on you. Barnes was one of twelve Americans to win an Olympic gold medal in basketball and he (along with all Dallas Mavericks’ fans) should be proud of it. (The Smoking Cuban)

Bret Strelow: Kris Jenkins' shot also my cue to exit stage

I was fortunate to cover Hall of Fame coaches, star players and incredible games. I'll remember helping hold open the Smith Center doors as a woman walked toward the exit pushing Dean Smith, who was seated in a wheelchair. Noticeably weak two years before his 2015 death, Smith raised his index finger and pointed it in an appreciative manner, thanking us for the assist. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC Field Hockey coach Karen Shelton prepares for season, reflects on Olympics

After coming to Chapel Hill in 1981, North Carolina field hockey coach Karen Shelton has claimed six titles and 10 runner-up finishes. She also won a bronze medal as a player with the U.S. National team in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Staff writer Sam Doughton caught up with Shelton as she begins her 36th season. (Daily Tar Heel)

Construction on three projects in downtown Chapel Hill continues into school year

Carolina Square is a $120 million mixed-used development project that includes three buildings, a public square and more than 200,000 square feet of office, retail and residential space. “We have made great progress this summer,” said Jeff Furman, vice president of development at Northwood Ravin, the construction company working on the project. (Daily Tar Heel)


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