Tar Heel Rundown: August 26
Welcome to the Tar Heel Rundown, which will appear on the new GoHeels.com every weekday morning before 8 a.m. with the day's essential (and some that aren't essential, but still fun) links, results from the previous day's action, and a look ahead to the day's Carolina athletics action.
As part of the feature, in each edition we'll feature an archive photo of a Tar Heel athlete or coach at the top of this column. Your photo requests will determine who we feature. Let us know by email or via Twitter, and we'll do our best to find any current or former Tar Heel that you want to see.
Kareem Martin wants to be the next great UNC defensive lineman...Larry Fedora among USA Today's five college football coaches you need to know now...South Carolina is likely to use a freshman walk-on kicker as Thursday's starter...Here's a story about South Carolina's defensive line...wait, it's not about Jadeveon Clowney! It's about two Gamecock brothers who play on the line, have the same name, and were born three months apart to different mothers. You've got to read it...Scientific poll lets Ohio residents have an opinion on "the real Carolina" (scroll all the way down)...Gamecocks' head coach Steve Spurrier once coached at Duke and still relishes the rivalry with UNC...If you missed it Friday evening, a new Carolina athletics digital magazine is coming tomorrow.
Good national publicity for the Tar Heels, as ESPN analyst Lee Corso picks them to win the Coastal:
Women's soccer: The first Tar Heel victory of the 2013-14 school year came Friday night in Charlottesville, as Carolina bested No. 9 Santa Clara, 2-0. UNC also beat VCU, 4-0, on Sunday. This behind-the-scenes look at the Tar Heel preseason from ESPN is a terrific look at the UNC women's soccer culture.
Baseball: Nice report on the summer league results for numerous members of the Diamond Heels, including a pair of Carolina players who became teammates with a couple of NC State stars.
Much of the buzz last week when the 2013-14 basketball schedule was released surrounded the challenging nature of Carolina's nonconference slate. But one non-league foe is having a rough summer: Texas. The Longhorns just lost their returning leading scorer to Europe. The program had already lost its second-leading returning scorer (transfer to Miami, he'll sit out this year) and third-leading returning scorer (transfer to Fresno).
How cutting edge is Danny Green? He was spotted wearing Google Glass this weekend.
Tar Heels in the NFL
There was some chatter a couple weeks ago that Brandon Tate might be on the fringe of the Bengals roster. That's not the case anymore, as Tate, who has had "a heck of a preseason," had a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown on Saturday. Video of the play will look very familiar to Tar Heel fans...T.J. Yates took a big step towards winning Houston's backup QB job...Gio Bernard: training camp sensation...Hakeem Nicks is in a make or break contract year for a big payout.
This has largely been a good preseason for Tar Heels in the NFL, but that changed on Saturday night, as Jonathan Cooper, who was a first-round pick of the Cardinals and likely to be a starter this year, broke his leg and could be out for the season.
Long read: Even if you don't like wrestling, or don't like Iowa, or definitely don't think you'd like them both together, this Wright Thompson story on longtime Iowa wrestling coach Dan Gable is terrific.