CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Mack Brown knows one of his first tasks is getting North Carolina to play with confidence again.
The College Football Hall of Fame member is back in a second stint...
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina says football coach Mack Brown has had his right knee replaced by one of his former players.
Team spokesman Jeremy Sharpe said Tuesday that the...
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina quarterback Nathan Elliott is leaving graduate school to become a graduate assistant at Arkansas State.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has hired Scott Boone and Stacy Searels as new coach Mack Brown completed his coaching staff.
The school announced hirings Thursday. Boone will be the special teams coordinator and coach outside linebackers, while Searels will coach the offensive line. Brown is also retaining running backs coach Robert Gillespie from former coach Larry Fedora's staff.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — After a year at North Carolina, Henry Baker has rejoined the Rutgers football staff as defensive backs coach and coordinator for the passing defense.
Coach Chris Ash announced the hiring Monday, with Baker returning to take the job he left in 2017 to join Larry Fedora's staff.
Fedora was dismissed after this season and Baker was able to return to his old job when Cory Robinson left to join Mike Locksley's new staff at Maryland.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has hired Army's Jay Bateman to serve as co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach.
The school announced the move Sunday.
Bateman spent the past five seasons at Army, with this year's team ranking ninth in total defense by allowing 293.5 yards per game. Bateman joins the staff of new coach Mack Brown, who previously named Tommy Thigpen as the other co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — New North Carolina coach Mack Brown is adding former Tar Heels and NFL cornerback Dre' Bly, Tim Brewster and Tim Cross to his staff.
The school announced the hirings Friday, along with the decision to retain Tommy Thigpen from former coach Larry Fedora's staff.
Bly was an All-American under Brown in the 1990s before an 11-year NFL career. He'll coach cornerbacks.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Mack Brown knows there are many problems to solve as he returns to North Carolina, from stopping the Tar Heels' deepening downturn on the field to improving shaky recruiting and hiring a coaching staff.
"It gives us an opportunity to fix things," Brown said during a Tuesday news conference. "And we love to fix things."
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Mack Brown turned around North Carolina's football program once before, and the Tar Heels believe he could do it again.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Larry Fedora overcame years of NCAA trouble at North Carolina — from inherited scholarship reductions to an academic case that hovered over recruiting — to help the Tar Heels put up big offensive numbers and win an Atlantic Coast Conference division championship.
But Fedora never could halt a startling two-year downturn for his program, and that ultimately cost him his job.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren says he saved his job by once beating North Carolina. Larry Fedora could use a victory in the rivalry to cap a disappointing season.
The Wolfpack (7-3, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) visit the Tar Heels (2-8, 1-6) on Saturday looking to extend their winning streak in the neighborhood rivalry.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — After being close so many times, North Carolina finally got a victory.
Nathan Elliott passed for 308 yards and two touchdowns to help North Carolina beat Western Carolina 49-26 on Saturday.
Javonte Williams rushed for 93 yards and three touchdowns for the Tar Heels (2-8), who ended a six-game losing streak.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The losses have piled up for North Carolina. At least this week, the Tar Heels are playing a team they know how to beat.
UNC looks to snap its six-game slide Saturday when Western Carolina of the FCS visits in a matchup of teams on long losing streaks.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — This wasn't what North Carolina coach Larry Fedora had envisioned for his seventh season.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Larry Fedora hopes during their open week that the Tar Heels have corrected some of the problems that plagued them through a rough opening month.
How well they used that time could determine how things go Saturday night against Virginia Tech and beyond.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Miami's Mark Richt and North Carolina's Larry Fedora fielded plenty of questions this week about their teams' respective quarterback situations.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is nearly back at full strength for its game at No. 16 Miami with the return of several players who were suspended for selling team-issued shoes.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina is finally back on schedule.
The Tar Heels open Atlantic Coast Conference play Saturday at home against Pittsburgh after having a game canceled due to Hurricane Florence. It will mark their first chance to climb out of an 0-2 start , though it comes after a week that took them out of in-season routines.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Nathan Elliott hasn't had the accurate start North Carolina needs from its starting quarterback.
The junior has been frequently off target, prone to mistakes and unable to get the Tar Heels' offense consistently moving through the first two games. It's a big reason why UNC sits at 0-2 for the second straight season entering Saturday's Atlantic Coast Conference opener against Pittsburgh, and Elliott is determined to fix it.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Duke and North Carolina will collect donations starting Tuesday for areas of the state affected by Hurricane Florence.
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — East Carolina coach Scottie Montgomery saw everything he needed from his players after a dispiriting season-opening loss, both in how they worked through the week's practices to their response in an emotional in-state matchup.
The same couldn't be said for North Carolina coach Larry Fedora, whose Tar Heels have problems proving alarmingly difficult to fix.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina started the year with a cross-country trip that ended with a loss amid a flurry of turnovers and penalties. The Tar Heels know they have to fix those problems when they travel to East Carolina on Saturday.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Little went right for North Carolina last season in what became the first serious stumble of Larry Fedora's tenure. Things aren't off to a great start in the bid to get the Tar Heels rolling again, either.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Larry Fedora isn't deviating from the normal plan for early in preseason camp, even with 13 players facing suspensions for secondary NCAA violations for selling team-issued shoes.
The focus remains on installing basic schemes for at least a few more days, though the coaching staff will soon start adjusting the amount of reps for players facing suspensions as the Tar Heels prepare for the season opener at California on Sept. 1.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Ohio State transfer Antonio Williams can play this fall for North Carolina.
UNC said Friday that Williams is immediately eligible with two seasons of eligibility. Transfers typically sit a year at their new school per NCAA rules, but coach Larry Fedora last week said UNC had sought a waiver for immediate eligibility.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said Wednesday he doesn't believe it's been proven that football causes the degenerative brain disease CTE and offered a passionate defense of a sport he believes is "under attack."
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has hired Robert Gillespie as an assistant football coach.
The school announced the move Wednesday. Gillespie had spent the past five seasons as running backs coach at Tennessee under former coach Butch Jones. He was initially expected to stay on under new coach Jeremy Pruitt before the two sides parted ways in February, with Pruitt hiring Chris Weinke.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has added Henry Baker to its coaching staff.
Coach Larry Fedora announced Baker's addition Thursday. Baker coached cornerbacks at Rutgers last season and spent six seasons coaching that position at Delaware before that.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina junior linebacker Andre Smith is entering the NFL draft.
The school announced Smith's decision on Sunday. The Jacksonville, Florida, native made 14 starts at middle linebacker before suffering a season-ending injury in September against Louisville.
Smith ranked seventh in the Atlantic Coast Conference at 8.7 tackles per game in 2016. He had 21 tackles in two games this season and also had a 73-yard interception return against California in the opener.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Now that North Carolina's long losing streak is history, it wants to end a tough season on a roll in the opposite direction.
The Tar Heels play host to Western Carolina on Saturday hoping to string consecutive wins together for the first time in more than a year.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — These days, North Carolina coach Larry Fedora is staring at game film looking for something positive, even if it's just a freshman wide receiver blocking the right guy on a play.
The Latest on the NCAA ruling on North Carolina's multi-year academic case (all times local):
North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams says the school has learned "to be a better university" in the wake of a long-running academic scandal.
The NCAA infractions committee panel handling North Carolina's multi-year academic case plans to release its ruling Friday, three people with knowledge of the investigation said.
The people said the NCAA notified parties involved in the case Thursday morning. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither the school nor the NCAA have commented publicly on the release.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Larry Fedora plans to be more involved in play-calling duties with the Tar Heels off to a 1-5 start fueled by inexperience and injuries.
Fedora said he would be more involved "when we are between series ... in what I would like to try to do" entering Saturday's home game against Virginia.
No. 21 Notre Dame (4-1) at North Carolina (1-4), Saturday 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Line: Notre Dame by 15.
Series record: Notre Dame leads 17-2.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Notre Dame is looking for a 5-1 start, which would surpass its win total in a frustrating 2016 season. The Tar Heels are trying to stop a slide fueled by inexperience and a long line of injuries.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's injury list keeps growing.
Senior receiver Austin Proehl, senior defensive tackle Tyler Powell and redshirt freshman receiver Rontavius Groves were hurt during Saturday's loss to Duke.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Chazz Surratt gave North Carolina exactly what it needed — a solid, mistake-free performance that allowed the Tar Heels to take control early and end a season-opening two-game losing streak.
Surratt ran for two touchdowns and threw for one as the Tar Heels dominated Old Dominion 53-23 Saturday.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's veteran-filled defense was expected to be dependable enough to provide some cover for an inexperienced offense. Instead, the Tar Heels' defense has been inept.
The Tar Heels rank last among power-conference teams by surrendering 587 yards per game, while they rank next to last among those 64 schools by allowing 41 points per game. And there's plenty of other ugly numbers that help explain why the Tar Heels are 0-2 for the first time since 2010.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Michael Jordan has postponed his scheduled appearance at alma mater North Carolina on Saturday for the Tar Heels' football game against Louisville because of Hurricane Irma-related travel issues.
The school announced the postponement in a brief statement Thursday night. Jordan was scheduled to serve as an honorary captain for the Tar Heels' Atlantic Coast Conference opener against the 17th-ranked Cardinals and Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's quarterback uncertainty has extended into the season.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — LSU graduate transfer Brandon Harris started at quarterback for North Carolina in Saturday's opener against California.
Harris was competing with redshirt freshman Chazz Surratt and last year's No. 2 Nathan Elliott through preseason camp, while another redshirt freshman — Logan Byrd — also was in the mix.
Coach Larry Fedora hadn't publicly named a starter, insisting this week he was still waiting for one player to separate from the pack.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina has always been able to count on a high-scoring offense under Larry Fedora. That might not be the case for Saturday's home opener against California.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Larry Fedora still isn't ready to pick a starting quarterback.
The Tar Heels on Monday released the depth chart for this week's opener against California, but it didn't answer many of the questions that lingered through preseason camp.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Brandon Harris left LSU looking for a clean start in his final season as a college quarterback. The graduate transfer figures he's found the perfect opportunity at North Carolina, from the open starting job to a fast-paced scheme known for putting up big numbers.
"Anytime you're making a transition like this . you want to make sure you get it right," Harris said, "just because this is the last go-around."