Winnipeg Bombers, Adarius Bowman sign one-year dealFormer UNC receiver Adarius Bowman’s time on the open market didn’t last long. Days after his release, the veteran star receiver has signed a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the team announced Friday morning. Bowman has spent the past seven seasons in Edmonton, consistently being one of the league’s most dangerous receivers. (CFL.ca)
Mitch Trubisky buys Muhsin Muhammad's former home for $950kChicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky paid $950,000 for a six-bedroom, 5,577-square-foot traditional-style brick and cedar house in Gurnee several months ago. The home was once owned by former Bears and Panthers wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad. Trubisky, 23, arrived last year with heavy expectations after he was drafted as the second pick in the 2017 NFL draft. (Chicago Tribune)
Chase Rice has been through ups and downs, but he remains a 'Lion'In life, says rising country star Chase Rice, there are two types of folks: lambs and lions. “You gotta decide which one you’re gonna be,” says Rice. “I’ve been through so many ups and downs, but I choose to be a lion in the process.” Part of those ups and downs revolved around his latest album, “Lambs & Lions,” which includes the single “Three Chords & the Truth.” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
College football experiences largest attendance drop in 34 yearsMajor-college football experienced its largest per-game attendance drop in 34 years and second-largest ever, according to NCAA figures. North Carolina, Penn State, Arizona State, and Kentucky are all in the process of downsizing stadiums to make the game experience more intimate and as close to that living room experience as possible. (CBS Sports)
5 Newcomers to Watch for UNC Football in 2018These struggling Tar Heels actually finished with a recruiting class that was six spots higher than last year? Yep. The power of playing time can be a huge motivator and these incoming freshmen — along with redshirt freshmen from the class of 2017 — will get their opportunity to get Carolina back to its winning ways. Here are five freshmen to keep an eye on: (Athlon Sports)
Former UNC, NFL center Jason Brown donates 20 tons of sweet potatoes for UNC's ‘Yam Jam’A former UNC and NFL player who traded one field for a thousand acres of another has gifted for his alma mater 40,000 pounds of sweet potatoes — for “Yam Jam.” Jason Brown had the 20 tons of root vegetables dumped on the front lawn of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Saturday morning to be bagged and donated to local food banks. (WNCT)
Mitch Trubisky has big fan in Eagles rookie receiver Mack HollinsEagles rookie receiver Mack Hollins became a fan favorite in Philadelphia this season due to his quirky personality. He owns two snakes, rides his bicycle to games and carries a Rubik's Cube around with him. But for Bears fans, the most interesting thing about Hollins is the insight he can provide about quarterback Mitch Trubisky, his former teammate at UNC from 2014-16. (Chicago Bears)
Julius Peppers undergoes shoulder surgeryCarolina Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers underwent surgery on his right shoulder Thursday. The 16-year veteran posted an image to his Instagram account following the procedure, writing that “everything went smooth and I’m recovering well.” Peppers recorded a team-high 11 sacks this past season, moving him into fourth place in NFL history with 154.5. (Carolina Panthers)
Video: Kenan Stadium Bleacher Replacement UnderwaySee the progress being made as Kenan Stadium's aluminum bleachers are replaced with individual Carolina Blue seats. Individual seating will reduce the stadium's capacity to around 51,000 but will provide a much more comfortable and fan-friendly environment for football games this fall.
Video: Ryan Switzer Receives Patterson MedalFormer North Carolina wide receiver and Dallas Cowboys rookie Ryan Switzer received the Patterson Medal, UNC's top athletic honor, at halftime of the Tar Heels' basketball game against Duke on Thursday night, which Carolina won 82-78.
UNC Football Adds Assistant Coach Luke PaschallArkansas State wide receivers coach Luke Paschall will join the UNC coaching staff as the special teams coach, multiple sources have confirmed to Inside Carolina. Paschall spent the last four years in Jonesboro working under current head coach and former UNC offensive coordinator Blake Anderson. Paschall was a graduate assistant at UNC in 2012-13. (Inside Carolina)
Larry Fedora Press Conference Notes & QuotesLarry Fedora said that instead of the lead up to National Signing Day being like a recruiting fire drill, staffs narrowed their focuses, in some cases significantly. “I didn’t realize the intensity level would just increase on the rest of the kids that were out there,” Fedora said. “It was like the pool (of prospects) was much smaller and everybody was all over those guys.” (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Video: Larry Fedora Signing Day Press ConferenceNorth Carolina football coach Larry Fedora meets with the media Wednesday afternoon on National Signing Day to discuss UNC's 2018 football recruiting class and its newest group of signees.
M.J. Stewart, Andre Smith Invited to NFL CombineFormer North Carolina cornerback M.J. Stewart and linebacker Andre Smith have been invited to the 2018 NFL Combine. Stewart played four seasons at UNC and totaled 41 pass breakups over his career, which set at school record. Smith, a 6-0, 240-pound middle linebacker, played three seasons at UNC before his junior year was cut short with a knee injury. (Inside Carolina)
Bears QB Mitch Trubisky's rookie year stands as reason for hopeMitch Trubisky’s greatest strength was an ability to protect the football, which was a welcome sight after Glennon’s turnovers got him sent to the bench. In 330 pass attempts, Trubisky threw seven touchdowns with seven interceptions. In Year 2, Trubisky must prove he can keep the interceptions down while dramatically increasing the touchdown passes. (Chicago Tribune)
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