Morning Heel: UNC Tar Heels Daily News Links

Welcome to another edition of the Morning Heel, a daily feature here at Keeping It Heel. Along with The Hub we want to bring you not only our original content but a collection of all the best UNC news. Have a link to suggest? Send it to

Jonathan Cooper ready to show off his skills at NFL Scouting Combine
How Jonathan Cooper, the former North Carolina offensive guard and Wilmington native, performs at the NFL’s annual Scouting Combine will determine where he goes in this spring’s draft and ultimately, how much money he’ll be paid to play professional football. “I’m pretty excited, but I’m a little nervous too,” Cooper said recently during a break in his pre-Combine training. (Wilmington Star News)

UNC baseball embraces expectations
North Carolina never made the College World Series in Mike Fox’s first seven years as its head coach. Over the past seven years, starting in 2006, the Tar Heels have appeared five times. Fox was the guest speaker at Wednesday’s meeting of the Durham Sports Club and explained how the Tar Heels made the leap to an elite-level program. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Conference realignment: Can ACC take schools for their word?
It comes down to this: The ACC has enough to offer that it would take a major greed play for a school to leave for another conference. This begs the question: Isn’t greed the catalyst of conference realignment? At least in part, yes. I think administrators want peace of mind as expenses balloon, and a bigger vault helps ease a president’s anguish over that next $100 million stadium renovation project. (CBS Sports)

By The Numbers: UNC’s New Rotation
Everyone seems to agree that Carolina’s new rotation–it’s more than just a new starting lineup, it’s also a dramatically shortened rotation–has worked. In general, it just looks like the Tar Heels are playing more effectively. The spacing is better, the shots look better, and the scores are higher. But what do the numbers say? (Tar Heel Monthly)

Four Corners: Tar Heels Win Big By Going Small
In our latest edition of “four corners” we want to delve into the Tar Heel line up and look ahead to the big match up with NC State. One: The Tar Heels went small last week against Duke and continued to put up big offensive numbers against Virginia. (Keeping It Heel)

Roy Going All In On Small Ball
Tuesday night in Atlanta cemented the fact that Coach Williams has fully embraced the small ball lineup. And even though all three games since making the switch haven’t resulted in wins, it can’t be denied that UNC’s season is finally looking up after a solid month (or two) of NIT talk. Point being: the new offensive philosophy isn’t going anywhere; not this season at least. (

UNC Soccer Recruiting: Colton Storm Commit Profile
At the end of this season the Tar Heels lost the national quarterfinal, an inspiring senior class, and the Uber-talented Sophomore Midfielder Mikey Lopez. (Keeping It Heel)

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