There won’t be war rooms, a live crowd or even a chorus of boos for commissioner Roger Goodell as the NFL Draft gets started on Thursday. Instead, the draft will be done virtually with all team personnel in separate locations. For two former UNC football players who will have their names called, the new coronavirus world has changed the way they are experiencing the draft process.
The No. 1 junior in North Carolina, Dontrez Styles, has committed to play for UNC, he announced via Instagram Live on Saturday. Styles, a Kinston, North Carolina native, is labeled as a four-star power forward, according to 247Sports, and is the No. 57 recruit in the 2021 class. He picked the Tar Heels over the likes of N.C. State, Georgetown and Maryland, who also offered him.
Although most people are struggling to fill the newfound free time in their days, the UNC football team is keeping itself busy. During a press conference held over Zoom on Monday, defensive coordinator Jay Bateman said that he sees this unique situation as an opportunity to get a leg up on the competition.
It’s tough to compare athletes and teams from different eras. For example, it's difficult to compare LeBron James’ success to Michael Jordan's and even Kareem Adbul-Jabbar's because they played against different types of competition. The same could go to say for UNC’s basketball national championships. Their six titles that are recognized by the NCAA span across 60 years of basketball history.
Though a couple of Tar Heels, namely Garrison Brooks and Brandon Robinson, stepped up in Cole Anthony's absence, it wasn't enough to salvage the season.
The North Carolina men's basketball team needs to win five games in five days if it wants to get an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Anything less and its season is over.
Coby White has been inconsistent throughout the entire season but may have finally found his groove in the Association. He is averaging just 12.3 points per game, but coupled his 35 point game, with a pair of 33 point performances on Monday and Tuesday.
After starting 2020 with a 4-0 record, it is clear that the No. 4 Tar Heels have turned a corner and have a chance to return to the glory they experienced in 2016, when they won the national championship.
After suffering back-breaking defeats in three of its last four games, the North Carolina basketball team spared its fans of any more heartbreak in Louisville on Saturday afternoon. The Tar Heels were outmatched in a 72-55 loss to the Cardinals, losing the rebounding, turnover and assist battle.
Last season, the men's baseball team hosted an NCAA Super Regional, however, they will rely on an abundance of young talent in 2020. Entering the season ranked No. 18 by Baseball America, a young lineup could cause the team to struggle early in the season, but they will need to work fast to reach the big stage.