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North Carolina Head Coaches Contracts Available For Online Viewing

UNC has made available for online viewing the contracts of 16 head coaches, including basketball coach Roy Williams, football coach Mack Brown, new women's basketball coach Courtney Banghart, and baseball coach Mike Fox, among others. The contracts include salary details, performance incentives, and supplemental compensation from Nike. (GoHeels.com)

UNC vs. Appalachian State: Three Things to Watch

North Carolina will try to rebound on Saturday following their loss to Wake Forest. In order to do so, they will have to make their way through Appalachian State, who is more or less an exact mirror of UNC if you’re looking at points scored vs. allowed. Sure, the level of competition has been different, but this weekend we will find out who the real deal is. (Tar Heel Blog)

Defensive-Minded Garrison Brooks Adding Offensive Dimension

With UNC’s top five scorers from last season no longer on the team, Garrison Brooks will have to add offensive flair to his defensive skill set as the primary big man in 2019-20. As the lone returning starter for Roy Williams, Brooks leads the team in nine returning statistical categories, ranging from minutes (23) to points (7.9) to rebounds per game (5.6). (Inside Carolina)

North Carolina Offensive Line's Mission: Greater Physicality

The mantra is quite simple for North Carolina's offensive line: The big boys up front need to take steps forward for UNC’s offense to properly grow into the air raid attack that offensive coordinator Phil Longo envisions. And the process begins with a more rugged disposition. Effective third-down teams usually have consistent success on first downs. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

How Rick Porcello, Madison Bumgarner almost formed college baseball's greatest starting rotation

Rick Porcello, a Cy Young award winner, and Madison Bumgarner, a 4-time All-Star and World Series MVP, committed to UNC in the same 2008 class as former Mets All-Star Matt Harvey. But instead of getting a triple-headed monster of talented freshmen, the Tar Heels only got Harvey after Bumgarner and Porcello were drafted in the first round in 2007. (Mass Live)

Three weeks into the season, it’s time to evaluate the state’s football coaches

Mack Brown, UNC, A: The Tar Heels came back down to earth Friday with a loss at Wake Forest. But that notwithstanding, UNC is in much better shape at 2-1 after three weeks — with wins against South Carolina and Miami — than anyone ever imagined. Including, perhaps, Brown himself. The 68-year-old Hall of Famer has brought an optimistic new outlook. (North State Journal)

Chansky’s Notebook: ACC Pablum?

When he was in Chapel Hill the first time, Mack Brown used to talk in comparative analysis coach-speak, such as Team A beat Team B and Team C beat Team A, so Team C must be the best of the bunch. He may be out of that habit or just can’t figure out how to put into words what has happened in the ACC so far in this young season. So let me try. (Chapelboro.com)

Levi Michael savors Triple-A title

Levi Michael is coming home a champion. The former North Carolina baseball star spent most of the 2019 season with the Sacramento RiverCats, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Sacramento just won the Triple-A National Championship by defeating the Columbus Clippers 4-0 on Tuesday in Memphis. “It was fun to be a part of,” Michael said. (Lexington Dispatch)

Charlotte Hornets to Hold Training Camp in Chapel Hill

The Charlotte Hornets announced this week that they will hold their 2019-20 training camp in Chapel Hill at the Dean Smith Center for the second straight preseason. Last year the Hornets also played the Boston Celtics in a preseason game at the Smith Center. It does not appear the Hornets will hold a preseason game in Chapel Hill this season. (Inside Carolina)

Robert Quinn itching to make impact for Dallas Cowboys in return

Robert Quinn returns to a Cowboys team favored against the Dolphins, who traded the two-time Pro Bowl selection to Dallas in March. Quinn isn’t putting extra hype on the matchup with his former team. “Don’t try to make things more than what it is,” Quinn said. "I don’t want to overhype myself. As a team we want to do one thing and that’s win.” (USA Today)

App State fans gear up to conquer a new hill

For the first time since 1940, when Appalachian State was in the NAIA's North State Conference and North Carolina played in the Southern Conference, a football school from the mountains will play a basketball school from the Piedmont. Deep down, everyone from Boone to Chapel Hill knows that Appalachian is capable of winning this game. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Appalachian State Has A History Of Challenging Power-5 Opponents

Twelve years have passed since Appalachian State shocked the college football world by upsetting Michigan in “The Big House” and, while the program has gone 0-11 against Power 5 opponents since, it’s come dangerously close on more than one occasion. Just last season, the Mountaineers took Penn State to overtime in Happy Valley before falling 45-38. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Podcast: Fixing the Mistakes & Preparing for App State

In today’s podcast, former North Carolina Football lettermen E.J. Wilson and Mike Ingersoll join host Jon Seiglie to highlight some key mistakes that cost the Tar Heels last week in their loss to Wake Forest and give their thoughts on how UNC can learn from those errors when they take on Appalachian State on Saturday in Chapel Hill. (Player FM)

Oakland Raiders release Jonathan Cooper

The Oakland Raiders have released guard Jonathan Cooper, the club announced Tuesday. Cooper set a career high with 14 games played in 2015 with Arizona and started 13 games with Dallas in 2017. A native of Wilmington, N.C., Cooper started a record 48 games at UNC, was a three-time All-ACC selection, and earned first-team All-American honors. (Oakland Raiders)

Lack Of Depth Hitting UNC's Secondary The Most

Just three games into the 2019 football season, depth in North Carolina’s secondary has become a serious concern. Senior cornerback Patrice Rene was ruled out for the year last week after tearing his ACL in the 28-25 win over Miami, leaving sophomore Trey Morrison and junior Greg Ross as the only cornerbacks on the roster with real game experience. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC Football Applying Energy Lesson

"I think like you do in your life. You have to learn to create (energy)," UNC football coach Mack Brown said on Wednesday. "You have to create an edge in everything you do every day and it’s hard to do, but what a great lesson for our coaches and our players last week that we didn’t create it, and we got beat. If we had created it, maybe we’d be 3-0." (Inside Carolina)

A scouting report on North Carolina, App State's upcoming opponent

The North Carolina defense improved as Friday night went along. It was aided by the fact that Wake Forest's offense stalled out and that it started chewing clock after getting a 21-point lead. During his weekly press conference, Coach Eli Drinkwitz of App State praised UNC defensive tackles Jason Strowbridge and Aaron Crawford as NFL talents. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Mack Brown: Good energy this week, evaluating center, and why he left App State after one season

Mack Brown: "The energy has been really good this week. We talked about the lack of energy we had Friday, that you have to earn the right to win and if you don’t come out with all you’ve got and play your best, you’re probably not going to win. We’re not good enough to do that at this point. Practice yesterday was really good, practice was really good today." (Heels Maven)

UNC Preparing for ASU's Unknown

Appalachian State football coach Eli Drinkwitz’s ability to keep his schemes vanilla until the North Carolina game was savvy given what’s at stake. The Mountaineers, considered the FCS version of the in-state ACC programs’ little brother, exploded onto the FBS scene six years ago and have posted the best win-loss record in North Carolina since that time. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Mack Brown Wednesday Post-Practice Interview

North Carolina football coach Mack Brown speaks with reporters following the Tar Heels' practice on Wednesday as the team prepares to face Appalachian State on Saturday in Chapel Hill. Read More...

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