Since Roy Williams took over in 2003, UNC men's basketball has relied heavily on veteran experience. Now, the Tar Heels are evolving, entering the year with what could be their third consecutive one-and-done point guard.
During his time at UNC, Albert Long played varsity football, basketball, baseball and track, and he's still the only athlete in ACC history to letter in four sports.
“It was dramatic, back and forth,” said Karen Shelton, who set the NCAA all-time record for wins as a field hockey head coach with the victory.
For the third consecutive season, junior forward Erin Matson is leading the North Carolina field hockey team in goals and assists. She scored a hat trick in the team's final game of the regular season Friday.
“I think it went as smooth as it possibly could,” UNC assistant women's soccer coach Damon Nahas said. “It’s more just having fun with it, just interacting with them in a fun way without making it too serious. Not making it feel awkward.”
After losing in the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament in 2017, the UNC field hockey went on a historic two-year win streak. On Friday, with a loss to Louisville, the Tar Heels' streak ended.
Krista Junkkari, a sophomore on UNC’s women’s golf team, is spending the fall semester in her home country, Finland, while Zach Young, a sophomore defenseman on the men’s lacrosse team, elected to remain in Chapel Hill instead of returning to Canada.
In its second game of the season, UNC women's soccer used strong defensive play and an early goal from Brianna Pinto to go up 2-0 on the season.
With upperclassmen Chazz Surratt, Tomon Fox and Jeremiah Gemmel leading the way in 2020, UNC football's linebacker core could play a key role in guiding its defense to success.
As much as these leagues post statements on social media, have players wear Black Lives Matter T-shirts on the bench or have coaches wear pins on their shirts, it has always been up to the individuals on the team to transcend the title of “athlete” and make sacrifices on their own. The owners and coaches sometimes support the players publicly, but historically, it has always been the players who speak out on their own.