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Editorial mistaken about Hatchell

As a women’s basketball season ticketholder, a faculty member and a female, I felt compelled to respond to the misleading Daily Tar Heel editorial from Thursday on the women’s basketball situation. Many recent articles and letters have touted claims that women’s basketball is being offered up as the sacrificial lamb in our scandal to save the revenue sports. (Daily Tar Heel)

I'm A Tar Heel: Jeff Schoettmer

Tar Heels, Can you believe the start of the 2015 football season is just a week away? Our team would like to thank you for all the support you have shown us over the years. You guys truly make it special to play for the University of North Carolina. We firmly believe that we have all the pieces in place to make this a SPECIAL year!...-- Jeff Schoettmer (GoHeels.com)

Turner's Take: The Fun Part

“This is the fun part,” Landon Turner said after Tuesday’s practice. The senior right guard was referring to the flip of the switch as the calendar turned from training camp to game prep after Monday’s off day. Carolina’s meeting with South Carolina is just eight days away now, and the Tar Heels began to install the game plan for the Belk College Kickoff. (GoHeels.com)

Coach Kap on the O-line: "We just got to keep pushing"

Always a straight shooter, North Carolina offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic spoke with CarolinaBlue about the health of the offensive line, the likelihood of some freshman playing, and the Tar Heel running game. "The first couple of weeks was probably the most interesting couple of weeks I've had as a coach." (Carolina Blue)

Some Interesting Over/Unders for UNC Football

Via WTVD's Mark Armstrong on Twitter who proposes three interesting over/unders for UNC football this season. "Elijah Hood -- 1049.5 yds rushing Marquise W -- 31.5 Total TDs UNC Defense -- 31.5 PPG". My gut feeling on these is under, over and OVER. Can Hood rush for that many yards? Sure. Will he in the context of Larry Fedora's offense with Marquise Williams? Probably not. (Tar Heel Blog)

Denver Broncos release kicker Connor Barth

The Denver Broncos released Connor Barth on Wednesday morning, leaving Brandon McManus as the only placekicker on the roster. Barth supplanted McManus on field goals and extra points after 10 games last year following a midseason skid for the then first-year kicker. Barth hit 15 of his 16 field-goal attempts down the stretch, but struggled on kickoffs. (Denver Broncos)

The State Of UNC's Defense

If the three position groupings of North Carolina's rebuilt defense were to race from one end zone at Navy Field to the other, what would the pecking order be in terms of being most ready to play a game today? One certainty is the three parts to the unit aren't at all synchronized yet, so the defense isn't ready for a game. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Meghan Klingenberg named to 2015 World Cup All-Star Squad

A day after Meghan Klingenberg scored a goal in her hometown, the Richland native has earned another accolade. Klingenberg earned a spot on the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup All-Star Squad, FIFA's Technical Study Group announced today. The starting defender on the U.S. women's national team, which won its third World Cup last month, played every minute of the World Cup at left back. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

ACC preseason quarterback rankings

4. North Carolina Tar Heels: Marquise Williams accounted for more than 3,800 yards and 35 touchdowns last season despite playing much of the season with a nagging hip injury. Now he’s fully healthy and has nine returning starters surrounding him on offense. Add in Mitch Trubisky behind him, and there’s a strong case UNC has one of the best 1-2 punches in the country. (ESPN.com)

Ranking All 87 Games of the First Weekend of the 2015 College Football Season

9. North Carolina vs. South Carolina: Both teams need an early win in the worst way. South Carolina never recovered from last year’s 52-28 loss to Texas A&M in the opener. UNC has gone 6-7 in August and September under Larry Fedora and 15-10 otherwise. New Tar Heels defensive coordinator Gene Chizik has a simple assignment: Keep the ball away from Pharoh Cooper. (Athlon Sports)

Video: UNC Football Position Breakdowns 2015 - Tight Ends

Coach Seth Littrell fills us in on his group of tight ends - Kendrick Singleton, Brandon Fritts, Caleb Samuel, Carl Tucker, and Jake Bargas - which includes a few converted wide receivers. View Video...

2015 Position Breakdown - Running Backs

Last year was supposed to be a breakthrough year for the Tar Heel running backs. But with a young offensive line that struggle with injuries the production was not nearly where it needed to be. For 2015, North Carolina returns a stable of healthy and talented backs. It should be very exciting to see what the group can do with a more experienced offensive line and a veteran offense group. (Carolina Blue)

Playground legend: Antawn Jamison helps rebuilding effort after Katrina

The host city of the 2008 NBA All-Star Game held deep meaning for Antawn Jamison. The veteran power forward, then an All-Star for the second time for the Wizards, had made regular trips to New Orleans from Shreveport, La., where he lived until his family moved to Charlotte when he was 13. (Sports Illustrated)

UNC Launches New Academic Support Website for Student-Athletes

UNC has launched a new website centered on academic services for student-athletes. The Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes at UNC announced the new website that offers information regarding all of the academic support services offered to student-athletes at Carolina, according to the ASPSA Director Michelle Brown. (Chapelboro.com)

Could Bryn Renner be the Ravens' backup quarterback?

I seriously doubt the Ravens keep three quarterbacks on the roster. That means that either Matt Schaub or Bryn Renner will take a seat behind ironman quarterback Joe Flacco. Almost everyone has expected that Schaub would be the guy to hold the clipboard, but Renner is making that decision a little harder. You know Renner for his great two-minute drill against the Saints where he ran the ball in for a score with seconds left on the clock to beat the new Orleans Saints at home. (Baltimore Beatdown)

Difficult opener a low-risk, high-reward opportunity for UNC

Instead of easing into the 2015 season, the Tar Heels will jump right into the deep end when they take on South Carolina at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium a week from Thursday. “We want that game to be a measuring stick of where we are as a program,” Fedora said. “They’re a great program. You’re talking about Steve Spurrier and you know he’s going to have a team prepared." (Wilmington Star News)

Ten most important players for 2015 - No. 3

Experience and leadership. That what starting UNC middle linebacker Jeff Schoettmer brings to the 2015 Tar Heel football team. The Texas native has played in every game the past three seasons, starting 24 at middle linebacker. As a sophomore the 6-foot-2, 235-pound Schoettmer registered 85 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, six quarterback hurries, and three pass breakups. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Football: The Biggest Openers Ever

North Carolina's game next week versus South Carolina in Charlotte is one of the bigger season openers of the 2000s for the Tar Heels, if not ever. Entering the fourth year of the Larry Fedora era with the NCAA probation period in the rear view mirror and a manageable schedule ahead, getting off to a big start against a notable opponent would be huge for this team and program. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Free safety Sam Smiley embraces old man role

North Carolina safety Sam Smiley is a sage among his peers. The fifth-year senior — who is slated to start at free safety this season — has silently guided his teammates since making five starts as a redshirt freshman. But as the only senior likely to see action in the secondary during UNC’s season opener against South Carolina, Smiley accepts his role. (Daily Tar Heel)

Sophomore offensive lineman Bentley Spain up to speed

Bentley Spain and Larry Fedora have one thing in common — they both like to go fast. And while not many people associate 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive linemen with pure speed, Spain, a sophomore offensive tackle on the UNC football team, is prepared to break that mold — both in his style of play and in his dream job. Spain lists in his player bio that he’d like to be a NASCAR driver. (Daily Tar Heel)

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