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Kyle Seager Named On All-Underrated Team

On the current list, Mariners fans will be happy – albeit somewhat surprised perhaps – to find a familiar face: Third baseman Kyle Seager. Seager may be underrated by the rest of the league, but for Mariners fans and the Mariners organization in general, it’s hard to find the All-Star, Gold Glove third baseman to be underrated. (Sodo Mojo)

Why the Wake-UNC non-conference series should start a trend (please)

There's no bigger component of college football tradition than a classic rivalry game, which is why when ancient ACC rivals North Carolina and Wake Forest announced Monday they would face each other in a pair of non-conference games outside the ACC schedule in 2019 and 2021, college football fans reacted with universal applause and acclamation. (CBS Sports)

One on One with J.P. Tokoto

J.P. Tokoto: "I’ve always been able to hit an open teammate and use that court vision. I played a lot of point guard my senior year of high school, so I feel like that helped a lot in transitioning to college. As far as anything changing, I worked on my ball-handling, which helps a lot, I don’t have to look down at the ball at all when I’m dribbling. I feel like it just comes down to teammates finishing plays." (GoHeels.com)

UNC Football Facelift

Larry Fedora’s makeover of Carolina football continues this month after a lackluster 6-7 2014 season. Last Monday, the program officially announced the arrival of Gene Chizik as defensive coordinator. Chizik brings a championship pedigree to Chapel Hill. But even prior to Chizik’s announcement, the Tar Heels added ten January enrollees to the roster - the most in Carolina history. (GoHeels.com)

Position that needs improvement: North Carolina

Every team has issues to address this offseason, and this week, we're taking a look at the most glaring holes for each ACC team and figuring out where they might find answers between now and the season opener. North Carolina position to improve: Secondary. Why it was a problem: UNC had issues all over the defense in 2014, but it was particularly vulnerable to the pass. (ESPN.com)

UNC-Wake agreement might not start a trend but at least puts spotlight on ACC's scheduling problem

Yesterday, Wake Forest and North Carolina, two original ACC members, took an unprecedented step of scheduling a pair of games against each other that will be non-conference contests. The aim, of course, was to cut down the time in between their infrequent matchups as members of opposite divisions in the ACC. (Roanoke Times)

Remembering Mack Brown ahead of National Signing Day

Early in the first half at the Dean Smith Center, the University of North Carolina welcomed Mack Brown back to Chapel Hill, showing him in the crowd on the video board while announcer Tony Gilliam recognized the former coach on the public address system. The ovation that followed was warm. Quite warm. If some fans still harbored any bitterness toward Brown, it was not discernible. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC football alum Pat Crowley building program at Winston-Salem high school, ex-UNC players helping

In case anyone was wondering, no, Pat Crowley isn’t just rounding up his best friends with football knowledge and descending on Reynolds with hopes of turning the Demons into a contender. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Lucas: UNC Basketball Notebook

One of the biggest stories of Carolina’s recent surge has been the play of the Tar Heel big men. Brice Johnson has four double-doubles in his last six games, while Kennedy Meeks has two double-doubles in Atlantic Coast Conference play and is coming off a solid performance against Syracuse’s Rakeem Christmas on Monday night. (GoHeels.com)

Roy Williams Radio Show Quotes

Hubert Davis on Monday's win over Syracuse: "I think as a team one of the things that we struggle with is that we have a tendency to be soft. And when you play a team like Syracuse, they’re a tough team. They’re a physical team and one of the things that we talked about at halftime was that there was no way out of this from a competitive standpoint. You’re going to have to fight." (Inside Carolina)

Nate Britt finds relief during tough stretch

Basketball can’t erase pain or automatically make things better. It can only partially alleviate bad things. But on Monday, Nate Britt got a little alleviation from basketball. It was much-needed. Britt changed shooting hands in the offseason from left to right. He struggled to gain confidence with his shot. After UNC’s win against N.C. State, Britt found out that his grandfather, Ned Britt, had died. (Greensboro News & Record)

Video: Wayne Ellington scores career-high 28 points

It's been a long time since we've seen Wayne Ellington make it Wayne like this. Ellington scored a career-high 28 points in the Lakers' 98-92 loss to the Washington Wizards Tuesday night in Los Angeles. Here are his highlights. View Video...

‘Ultimate haberdasher’ Milton Julian leaves behind clothing legacy

Polo jackets, tweed, loafers and Oxford shirts — the style made popular on college campuses throughout the country — brings one family’s name to the minds of many: Julian. Milton Julian, known as Chapel Hill’s “ultimate haberdasher” and the brother of Maurice Julian, passed away last Saturday at the age of 96. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Stilman White recognized as part of academic competition-winning group

UNC basketball player Stilman White was among a group of students recognized during Monday’s game against Syracuse for winning a competition for the best entrepreneurial proposal. The group’s proposal — Academy Online Educational Service Incorporated Rewards — is designed to provide mentorship and motivational resources to increase graduation rates for low-income students. (Wilmington Star News)

Marcus Paige Back?

Following the 72-71 win over Louisville during which Marcus Paige hit the game winning layup with eight seconds left, the junior guard said he had jokingly told the his teammates, "I'm back." As it turns out, what Paige said as a joke may actually be true, at least in the five games since. After being rather up and down for much of the season, the past five games have seen Paige really lock in. (Tar Heel Blog)

Countdown to First Pitch: Benton Moss

After turning down an offer to play for the defending world champions, senior starting pitcher Benton Moss is back in Chapel Hill for a final run at college glory. Our Countdown to First Pitch preview continues with an inside look at UNC baseball’s most fascinating player. Selected in the 15th round by the San Francisco Giants during last June’s MLB Draft, you can’t blame Moss for feeling a little slighted. (Chapelboro.com)

My Carolina Experience: Jason Brown

Former UNC football player Jason Brown’s life has been far from ordinary. He has faced challenges head on and conquered them. Now, he's a man on a mission to help the less fortunate. It all started when he was looking for a school in the early 2000s. “I was looking for the place that had it all – not just athletics but a great combination of academics and social life. Carolina had the best combination of all three." (GoHeels.com)

Art’s Angle: BOO-YA!!!

Former UNC football coach Mack Brown and Tar Heel player Reyshawn Terry, who visited after not being back for years, may have noticed all the changes to game atmosphere in the Dean Dome. It starts with an inspiring Stuart Scott video clip, pumped-up and pumped-in music and the electric voice of PA announcer Tony Gilliam, whose starting lineup calls get the blood flowing. (Chapelboro.com)

Video: Mack Brown Visits Chapel Hill

Former Tar Heel football coach Mack Brown visited Chapel Hill and spoke with Jones Angell about the recent hire of defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, the new facilities, and the potential of the program. View Video...

UNC Baseball has the Chemistry for Success

It’s just a hunch that North Carolina junior infielder Alex Raburn has. Junior pitcher Reilly Hovis feels it, too. Things just seem different: the chemistry is stronger, the friendships are better, the idea seems possible. This team, the 2015 UNC baseball team, feels comfortable. It feels right. It feels like the 2013 squad that made it to the College World Series for the sixth time in an eight-year span. (Inside Carolina)

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