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UNC Basketball: Is an “ACC bubble” a realistic possibility?

The power conferences could elect to create their own “bubble,” and have teams from within their conference compete against each other. As academics play a major role in this as well, student-athletes would have the ability to compete while conducting their studies via online classes. For UNC, this could mean even more of a heavy dose of the ACC than usual. (Keeping It Heel)

UNC CB Tony Grimes Works Out With 3x Pro Bowler DeAngelo Hall

UNC four-star CB Tony Grimes has spent time this offseason honing his skills against top-level competition. Grimes’s father, Deon Glover, posted a video of his son lining up against 14-year NFL veteran DeAngelo Hall on Twitter. Hall made three Pro Bowl appearances at cornerback. Grimes who just turned 18 in April will be one of the youngest players on UNC’s roster. (Inside Carolina)

The Graduate Chapel Hill Hotel Officially Opens on Franklin Street

The Graduate Chapel Hill — formerly the Franklin Hotel — is officially open on Franklin Street. The Franklin Hotel was bought in 2019 by the Chicago-based company Graduate Hotels. It had been closed for the past few months while renovations took place. The most popular renovation aspect of the hotel is a detailed recreation of Michael Jordan’s UNC dorm room. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC Players Release Statements on Opting Out of 2020 Season

UNC announced that senior safety D.J. Ford, junior cornerback Bryce Watts, and sophomore safety Javon Terry have decided to opt-out of the 2020 season due to concerns over playing college football during the COVID-19 pandemic. They were tough decisions, but both Ford and Watts expressed on social media that it was the right decision. (Inside Carolina)

Opted-Out UNC Football Players Have Teammates' Full Support

Three UNC football players opted out of the 2020 season, the school announced Friday, and they have the support of their teammates. Senior safety D.J. Ford, junior cornerback Bryce Watts, and sophomore cornerback Javon Terry will remain on scholarship, but they will not play this season. Is there friction among their teammates? Not a chance. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Princeton Swimmer Addison Smith Transfers To UNC After Ivy League Cancels Fall Sports

Addison Smith will transfer from Princeton University to UNC. She will have 3 seasons of eligibility remaining. The Tennessee native spent one season at Princeton, but the school has announced it that will make the entire fall semester remote in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the Ivy League has canceled all sports for the fall semester. (Swim Swam)

Cleveland Browns claim CB M.J. Stewart via waivers

The Cleveland Browns claimed defensive back M.J. Stewart off waivers Saturday. Stewart is in his third NFL season out of UNC. A second-round pick by Tampa Bay in 2018, Stewart has appeared in 21 games with six starts. He has 64 career tackles and five passes defensed. Stewart appeared in 10 games with one start with the Buccaneers in 2019. (Cleveland Browns)

Six Tar Heels Ready For U.S. Amateur

Five current Tar Heels and one former UNC men's golfer begin play Monday in the first round of the 2020 United States Amateur at Bandon Dunes Resort in Bandon, Ore. Austin Hitt and Austin Greaser will play the Bandon Dunes Course. Kevin O'Connell, Ryan Gerard, Ryan Burnett, and freshman Ryan Smith will tee off on the Bandon Trails Course. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Football Preseason Camp Report 3: Wolfolk, Tucker, Surratt, Morrison & More

UNC Football practiced in helmets and shoulder pads Saturday and will again Sunday before having Monday off for the start of classes and then donning full pads Tuesday. Four Tar Heels spoke after Saturday’s practice. Here are interviews with safety Myles Wolfolk, offensive tackle Jordan Tucker, linebacker Chazz Surratt, and nickelback Trey Morrison: (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Self-Made Mike Fox Leaves Proud Legacy At UNC

After 15 years at North Carolina Wesleyan, Mike Fox took over at his alma mater in 1998, and over 22 years he elevated a program regarded as a “sleeping giant” into an actual giant. UNC had made just four trips to Omaha when Fox took over, but starting in 2006 he led the Tar Heels to Omaha six times in eight years, then added a seventh trip in 2018. (D1 Baseball)

Ray Vohasek Built for Bigger Role on UNC's Defensive Line

Ray Vohasek said he was "super weak" when he got to UNC, but also had natural strength that helped his play as a junior college defensive lineman. Now heading into the 2020 season, Vohasek has one full season in UNC's program, including the intensive winter strength and conditioning period when players look to make major weight room gains. (Inside Carolina)

New York Liberty Signs Former UNC Guard Paris Kea

New York Liberty General Manager Jonathan Kolb announced Saturday that the team has signed guard Paris Kea. The 5-9 North Carolina graduate should be eligible to join the Liberty for practices and games after completing the league’s quarantine protocol next week. Kea was drafted in the third round (25th overall) of the 2019 WNBA Draft by Indiana. (New York Liberty)

Mike Fox's Greatest Wins

Mike Fox is North Carolina baseball. The 1978 UNC graduate was an All-College World Series performer for the first Tar Heel team to advance to Omaha and ushered the program into the modern era of college baseball after taking over as head coach in 1999. Here is just a small sampling of Fox's greatest moments as head coach of the Tar Heels. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Football Position Previews: Wide Receivers

Slot receiver extraordinaire Dazz Newsome (72 catches, 1018 yards, 10 touchdowns) and dynamic vertical threat Dyami Brown (51 catches, 1034 yards, 12 touchdowns) return for North Carolina to build on their incredible first season with quarterback Sam Howell. Beau Corrales, at 6-foot-3 is the Tar Heels' best jump-ball threat inside the red zone. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC Adds Charlotte To 2020 Football Schedule

North Carolina has added Charlotte to its 2020 football schedule, and the in-state foes will meet on the gridiron for the first time Saturday, Sept. 19 in Chapel Hill. Charlotte is led by second-year coach Will Healy, who guided the 49ers to a 7-6 record and an appearance in the Bahamas Bowl last season. This year is the eighth season of 49ers football. (GoHeels.com)
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