Weekend Wrap: October 8
The weekend in football was memorable for the first signature win of the Larry Fedora era, which was powered by, as Turner wrote, perhaps the signature play of the early Fedora era. The Tar Heels are only halfway through the season, but they’re already putting up pinball machine-type numbers. I tried to quantify some of those stats—plus the huge day by Giovani Bernard—in Saturday’s postgame column. And remember when receiver was a question mark for this year's Tar Heels? As Turner pointed out, Sean Tapley is rapidly answering those questions.
As usual, I thought the team’s pregame motivational video was very well done:
Volleyball: Tough Florida road trip for the Tar Heels, as they were swept at Florida State on Friday night and lost a 3-1 decision to Miami on Sunday.
Field hockey: Shut out Boston College and Dartmouth by a combined 10-0.
Women’s Soccer: Edged Boston College, 1-0, on Thursday.
Men’s Soccer: Shut out Clemson, 2-0, on Friday night.
Tar Heels in the NFL
Bye weeks have begun, and at least three Tar Heels took the opportunity to be in Chapel Hill this past weekend. Connor Barth, Robert Quinn (whose Rams played on Thursday) and Bruce Carter were all spotted at Kenan Stadium. Following Carter’s Twitter feed was an interesting window into his weekend, as he also watched his high school, Havelock, play on Friday night.
On to the alums who played this weekend:
Brandon Tate returned two kickoffs for the Bengals for an average of 24.5 yards per return.
Zach Brown had two tackles, including one for loss, for the Titans.
Da’Norris Searcy had three tackles for the Bills.
Shaun Draughn rushed 12 times for 40 yards and caught a pass for five yards for the Chiefs.
Julius Peppers was held without a tackle, but did recover a fumble, for the Bears.
Greg Little was held without a catch for the Browns. In that same game, Hakeem Nicks did not play. He has missed three straight games with a foot injury and swollen knee.
Tar Heels in the NBA
Harrison Barnes began his pro career by coming off the bench for the Warriors in a 110-83 shellacking of the Lakers. Barnes shot 5-of-11 from the field, was a team-high +22 for the game, and finished with 13 points and two rebounds. Barnes received good reviews for his first pro performance.
Tyler Zeller and the Cavs play tonight, and then John Henson and the Bucks open their preseason schedule against the Cavs tomorrow. Kendall Marshall and the Suns open the preseason Wednesday against Sacramento.
Ty Lawson, meanwhile, began what appears to be an important season by hitting a game-winner for Denver:
If you're wondering what's happening with the rest of the Tar Heels in the NBA, last week we compiled a complete list of storylines for every Carolina alum in the pros.
Best story I read this weekend: In the flooded media world we live in, I don’t understand how Lefty Driesell doesn’t have a radio or television show. Luckily, the Baltimore Sun basically turned on the tape recorder and let the former Maryland coach—who is 80 years old!—tell some recruiting stories.
In honor of Lefty, here’s an interview with him in which he discusses how he invented the idea of Midnight Madness/Late Night:
Three Tar Heel storylines to watch this week:
- Don’t look now, but Carolina plays the two Coastal Division leaders on the road—Miami and, yep, Duke—over the next two weeks. The ACC has ruled that Carolina can’t officially win the division title. I seriously doubt anyone inside the Kenan Football Center cares about an official trophy. This week’s game at Miami is a big one.
- Late Night with Roy Williams is Friday night, and I’m guessing the head coach will get a huge ovation. If you missed it, I talked with him on Friday and got some insight on what the last 24 days have been like for him.
- Carolina basketball holds its annual media day on Thursday. Later this week, we’ll preview the most likely storylines from that event. Williams plus all returning players will conduct long interviews in which they’ll be asked the same questions multiple times. Freshmen, as has been the case since the Dean Smith era, are not available to the media until after they have played in their first regular season game.