The COVID-19-related cancellation wasn’t unpredictable — last week Virginia Tech and other teams across the country had to postpone season openers due to coronavirus clusters — and in some sense, No. 12 UNC’s game against Charlotte being booted from the Tar Heels’ schedule feels almost routine.
The North Carolina women's soccer team defeated Wake Forest on Thursday night 4-1 in the first game of the season.
UNC-Charlotte has canceled its upcoming football game against UNC-Chapel Hill due to several team members being placed in quarantine.
The NCAA announced on Wednesday that college basketball would start on Nov. 25, with a reduced number of games for the upcoming season.
“Let’s make the most of every chance we get.” The UNC cross country team is excited to compete this year, despite the possibility that the entire season will not happen.
“Your best three players on the team may make some money out of their name," North Carolina football head coach Mack Brown said. "... But we’re worried about the backup right guard, and the 13th corner. The biggest thing we’re trying to do is stay ahead of name, image and likeness.”
Ahead of a Week 2 matchup with UNC-Charlotte, the North Carolina football team discussed their dominant performance against Syracuse on the defensive side of the ball and how the Tar Heels can improve even more before Saturday.
After missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007, the UNC men's soccer team will look to impress this year in an abbreviated season.
"With Jackie being a former player, national champion and an experienced coach at various institutions, he will certainly make an impact on the team," UNC women's basketball head coach Courtney Banghart said.
There's plenty of things the Tar Heels could improve on before their game on Saturday against UNC-Charlotte: catching punts cleanly, cutting down on the penalties, finding better success on deep throws. But at the end of the day, UNC still achieved a 31-6 blowout win.
Coming off of consecutive national championship losses, UNC women's soccer will look to dominate the ACC once again in an abbreviated 2020 campaign.
“I would tell anybody that if they're going to fight my son, to pack a lunch,” David Derby said. “You better be in shape 'cause he's going to be in shape. So, them giving one-minute rounds made it anybody's game. Anyone that trained half-ass can go (for a minute). So, it really bummed me out and I was really concerned about it.”
After UNC football opened its first game in Chapel Hill with a mostly empty Kenan Stadium, Tar Heels fans expressed mixed sentiments about not being able to watch their team in person.
After winning only eight matches two years ago, UNC volleyball took a step forward in 2019. With an abbreviated all-conference schedule in 2020, the Tar Heels could improve even more.
On the heels of back-to-back national championships, UNC field hockey enters an unusual 2020 season stacked with talent.
"There is a grieving process. Most swimmers don’t make any money. They really do it for the love of the sport, and so this grieving process is real. It’s not the end of the world, and we’re gonna survive, but it is real. I can’t deny that."
Roy Williams has been asked a lot of questions, but we (almost) guarantee that he's never been asked these questions before.
Call it early-season rust, or the unpredictable effects of a crowdless, COVID-19-wary Kenan Memorial Stadium, or both, but you’d be hard-pressed to make the case that the first three quarters of the Tar Heels’ 31-6 win were “normal.”