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Which ACC basketball venue is the toughest place to win?

4. North Carolina: Dean E. Smith Center; When it's the annual game against Duke or a marquee matchup with a top-ranked opponent, the nation's fourth-largest venue can be as loud as any. But when it's a middle-of-the-pack ACC opponent in a mid-week game, it can be as dry as white wine. UNC is 316-14 when leading at the half in the Smith Center. (ESPN.com)

Video: Elijah Hood Rushes To Greatness For UNC Football

UNC RB Elijah Hood has emerged as not only one of the great rushers in the ACC, but the nation as well. As part of the Havoline Football Saturdays series brought to you by Raycom Sports, find out how Hood's experience in high school and as a Boy Scout paved his way to success. View Video...

NCAA COI Hearing Up Next for UNC

The University of North Carolina is on track for a NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions hearing in October following Friday’s announcement that the school will respond to the NCAA’s amended notice of allegations on Aug. 1. Monday marked the close of the 90-day deadline for UNC’s response after receiving the amended notice on Apr. 25. (Inside Carolina)

UNC's front seven ready to atone for last season's efforts

Last season, 12 different defensive lineman averaged at least .9 tackles per game for UNC. Nine of them return. While there were problems with consistent rotations and remaining healthy last year, this UNC D-line may provide Larry Fedora with the most experience and depth during his tenure. Which is weird when you consider there is only one senior on the D-line this season. (Tar Heel Blog)

Michael Jordan speaks out on shootings of African-Americans, police

“As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers,” Michael Jordan writes. “I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.” (The Undefeated)

The ACC’s Top 10 Heisman Candidates for 2016

Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina: The Charlotte product lived up to the hype as a sophomore, rushing for 1,463 yards and 17 scores last fall. With quarterback Marquise Williams gone and four of his blockers returning, Hood may be asked to do even more this fall. (Athlon Sports)

Carolina Picked To Repeat As Coastal Champs

Clemson is the preseason favorite to repeat as Atlantic Coast Conference football champion, according to a poll of 191 media members in attendance at last week’s 2016 ACC Football Kickoff in Charlotte. North Carolina was selected the likely Coastal winner by 121 voters and finished with 1,238 total points, followed by Miami with 50 first-place votes and 1,108 points. (GoHeels.com)

Elijah Hood picked Third in ACC Football Player of the Year Poll

UNC junior running back Elijah Hood was picked to finish third in the ACC's 2016 Preseason Player of the Year Poll. A Charlotte native, Hood started all 14 games for the Tar Heels in 2015. He carried the ball 219 times for 1,463 yards, and 17 touchdowns. Hood averaged 6.7 yards per carry on the way to All-ACC honors. (Carolina Blue)

Three records Ryan Switzer could break this season

Ryan Switzer is already a tremendously accomplished athlete. He is a two-time All-America return man and has broken multiple records, but he has a chance to make even more history this year. Here are three records Switzer could likely break in his senior season. (Carolina Blue)

Explosive talent will define ACC in 2016

I asked Ryan Switzer the question very carefully -- certainly not wanting to denigrate the accomplishments of Marquise Williams, whom I consider to be one of the great two-way quarterbacks in ACC history. But the question had to be asked: “Ryan, is there a difference between a Marquise Williams ball and a Mitch Trubisky ball?” (WRAL Sports Fan)

Short Passing Game Could Make UNC Offense Better

For the many things that Marquise Williams did well as North Carolina’s starting quarterback, he never found consistency in one area. Williams struggled in the short passing game....This year’s starter, junior Mitch Trubsky, excels with the short ball. In fact, it’s a strength. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Disabled UNC Business School Grad Leaves Mark

No one expected Joe Brown of Mooresville, N.C., to go to college. He has a progressive disability that affects his speech and movement, and it’s getting worse with time. But in June of this year, he graduated from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, and left a lasting impact on his teachers, fellow students, and the school itself. (Poets & Quants)

Larry Fedora Excited About North Carolina-Georgia Opener

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora turned the Tar Heels program around last season, taking his team to the 2015 ACC Championship game and a 11-3 record. The 2016 season will not start easily, as the Heels will travel to Atlanta for a neutral site game against SEC contender Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. (Campus Insiders)

Marcus Krah, Nicole Greene Finish As Top Americans At World Juniors

Incoming freshman Marcus Krah and rising sophomore Nicole Greene competed at the World Junior Athletic Championships with tremendous success last week. Krah took home the gold in the 110-meter hurdles while Greene placed fifth in the high jump. Krah posted a career best 13.25 in the 110-meter hurdles to bring the gold medal to the U.S. team. (GoHeels.com)

Report: Yankees ‘close’ to trading Aroldis Chapman, will keep Andrew Miller

The New York Yankees have told teams they are close to making a trade that would ship out closer Aroldis Chapman, according to multiple reports. The Yankees, meanwhile, are planning to retain left-handed reliever Andrew Miller, according to reports. Reports indicate that the Nationals, Cubs, Giants and Indians are among the teams interested in Chapman. (ESPN.com)

What we learned about UNC football from ACC Kickoff

ACC Kickoff is over and we can now set our sights on fall camp as we step closer to the September 3rd showdown with Georgia in Atlanta. Media Days do their part to create headlines and offer some insight on what to expect heading into the season. Here’s what we learned about Carolina football from ACC Kickoff. (Tar Heel Blog)

The Georgia And North Carolina Rivalry Extends Beyond The Football Field

Both schools have two of the most picturesque campuses in the country and are situated in arguably the best college towns in America; Athens and Chapel Hill. Even the topography of each campus is similar— rolling hills filled with gardens and abundant oak and pine trees situated in the northern region of each state. (UGA Football Live)

Former Tar Heel Harrison Barnes looks to bounce back in Rio

For the first time since the prime days of Vince Carter, a Tar Heel will take the court for the United States men’s basketball team: Harrison Barnes. Barnes was a surprise inclusion to many, mostly influenced by the many declines over the past few months from more established stars and players. (Tar Heel Blog)

Pittsburgh Native Soccer Star Meghan Klingenberg Is Ready For Rio

In 2012, Pine-Richland graduate Meghan Klingenberg served as an alternate for the U.S. Women’s Olympic Soccer team. This year in Rio de Janeiro, Klingenberg will have the opportunity to be on the medal stand. “Being able to compete with them this time on the field and be in the locker room and be a part of the team is really special to me.” (WESA)

Ryan Switzer not phased by critics

UNC ended a historic 2015 season on a bit of a down note, but 2016 is a new year. And with a new year comes new critics. The SEC Network predicted UNC would lose its first game to Georgia by a score of 40-13. College Football News picked UNC to lose to both Miami and Duke in conference play, but none of this worries senior wide receiver and return specialist Ryan Switzer. (Carolina Blue)


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