The first football practice of a new season and a new era at North Carolina came mercifully this month, a much-needed respite in what has been a two-year nightmare for a once-respected program.
It “was just like Christmas; I could compare it to that,” quarterback Bryn Renner, a redshirt junior, said before the annual Meet the Heels fan day Aug. 4 at Kenan Memorial Stadium. “So happy to get on the field. A full staff and everything and all the momentum behind us.”
The Tar Heels can only hope the scandal that has roiled this community since 2010 is behind them, too, even as it remains unsettled for some on campus.
“It’s been like a roller coaster, so many ups and downs throughout the years,” kicker Casey Barth, a senior, said. “A lot of good times kind of came down a lot, but we’ve done a good job of getting back up.”