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1 day ago UNC Football: Spring of Faith
Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports Not quite a leap, but the pollen says it’s spring. The Spring Game, much like Gil Scott-Heron’s revolution, will not be televised. The Tar Heels and Coach Brown traded ACC Network access to an open practice earlier this week for the opportunity to keep this season’s spring game under wraps, keenly identifying a valuable opportunity to gain an edge going into a big-time season opener against the mighty Golden Gophers of Minnesota, hot as they are off of a rousing 6-7 campaign last year. The reasoning given for this swap was a desire to keep defensive scheme changes shrouded in mystery, as well as carry out a “true” quarterback battle in a more private arena. The emphasis on this being a true quarterback battle might be saying the quiet part out loud, but this cloak-and-dagger stuff is what I live for in college sports. The level of gamesmanship needed to consider not giving your season-opening non-conference opponent film from your spring game is truly remarkable, and I’m here for it. It also, if I may add, makes me want to be there in person all the more. I’m anxious to see Max Johnson and Connor Harrell slug it out, and if this is my only chance before the battle is won or lost, I’ve half a mind to go soak it all in. There’s a certain kind of uncertainty floating on the springtime breeze in equal measure with the pollen in Chapel Hill. For the first time in a good while, there is no clear-cut starter under center, and that makes a lot of folks antsy. Currently on the roster, we have an unproven-but-effective-in-limited-time underclassman (Harrell) and a journeyman grad transfer with two previous Power 5 stops under his belt (Johnson). Experience in the system versus experience in a number of systems. Old versus young. I can understand the program wanting to keep the specifics of quarterback play out of the public eye, but I’m hoping against hope that it is the hilarious gamesmanship in wanting to prevent the wily PJ Fleck from getting his hands on film prior to the first game of the year instead of an anticipation of a precipitous drop in quarterback play, regardless of the eventual winner. At this time of year, the only thing we really have is faith. That faith might just carry me to Chapel Hill on Saturday.
Tar Heel Blog has new update
2 days ago UNC is third in Directors Cup standings after the winter season
Photo by Scott Taetsch/NCAA Photos via Getty Images Carolina remains in contention for the athletic department-wide award. While we’ve technically been in spring for a little while now, the end of the college basketball season last week officially marked the end of the winter sports season as designated by the NCAA. The end of winter sports means that the spring sports season is now in full swing. It also means it’s time for a check-in on the Learfield Directors Cup standings. The Directors Cup is a competition than spans a school’s entire athletic department, awarding points for championships and others high finishes in every sport’s postseason. They recently released their post-winter sports standings, so let’s check in on how North Carolina athletics are doing. After a national championship in field hockey and good seasons in a couple other sports, UNC led the competition through the fall sports season. While a Sweet 16 in men’s basketball and a couple other decent postseason runs kept Carolina fairly high up in the rankings, they have slipped down to third. The men’s basketball run and a fifth-place finish in men’s indoor track and field were the high water marks for the Tar Heels in winter sports. However, that wasn’t enough to keep hold of the overall lead. Both Stanford and Texas surpassed UNC, dropping Carolina down to third, although still within striking distance going into the spring. Their 361.00 points was the seventh best of any school in the winter sports season, but it wasn’t enough to keep hold of the slim lead they held after the fall. In total, UNC picked up points for men’s indoor track and field, men’s and women’s basketball, fencing, men’s and women’s swimming, and men’s wrestling during the winter season. UNC now sits 69.25 points back of first place going into the spring season, during which they should have several sports in contention to cut into that deficit. Carolina is traditionally pretty good at tennis, lacrosse, baseball, and more, all of which represent chances to put up some deep finishes and some points on the board. Of course, both Stanford and Texas are pretty good at some of those, as well as other spring sports. This may make closing the gap difficult. After all, Stanford is the most dominant school in Directors Cup history, while Texas has won it in two of the last three years. While it’s been far from perfect, it’s generally been a pretty good sporting year for UNC. Hopefully, the spring season can add onto that with a couple more good runs.

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