Brandon Harris is, along with former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire, a top quarterback on the transfer market right now, and the former LSU signal caller has narrowed his next school down to three choices.
Harris has announced plans to visit North Carolina, Texas and Arizona but tacitly admitted the Heels as his leader in an interview with Fox Sports’s Bruce Feldman. While visits to Austin and Tucson are lined up, Harris said of his March 23 trip to Chapel Hill, “[I]f North Carolina blows me away I’ll go to North Carolina.”
Harris is set to graduate from LSU this summer and, as such, would be immediately eligible to play for UNC. The Heels have a vacancy with Mitch Trubisky‘s graduation.
“I like the coach (Larry Fedora) and the coordinator and the situation. They’ve had some great quarterbacks back to back,” Harris said. “If I go there, I know I have the opportunity to win now. They have a winning culture. That system is friendly — and I know that quarterbacks have had great success in that system. I feel like it’s a good fit for me to go in there and compete.”
In addition to the listed contenders, Harris also told Feldman he heard from two SEC schools that would have liked him to visit.
The calendar says it’s March and that can only mean one thing for most sports fans: NCAA Tournament time and the inevitable madness that ensues.
While you’re busy filling out your brackets (here’s a printable one in case you haven’t yet), you may have noticed that Wisconsin is the No. 8 seed in the East Regional and set to play No. 9 Virginia Tech.
Why is that notable for CollegeFootballTalk? Well, thanks in part to an assist from the Badgers on the gridiron, the school can extend an NCAA record streak one more season.
Per a university release:
UW’s football team has qualified for a bowl game and its men’s basketball team has earned an invitation to the NCAA tournament for 15 straight years (every year since the start of the 2002 season). That is the longest streak in NCAA history. The next longest belongs to Texas, which qualified for a bowl and the NCAA tournament 12 straight seasons from 1998-99 to 2009-10.
In case you’re wondering, the next two schools with active streaks are Baylor and North Carolina at a paltry (by comparison) four such seasons with both a bowl and tournament appearance.
While the Longhorns’ streak ended a few years ago, Wisconsin did appear to have some competition from a Big Ten rival in Michigan State. The Spartans did have a run of nine straight years where they made the postseason in both sports but the football team’s shocking 3-9 record in 2016 put an end to that.
Maybe even more impressive for the Badgers is how they’ve been able to keep things going on the football side despite having four different head coaches in the same time frame. One name from that very same quartet of coaches should see some face time in Wisconsin’s opening round game as Barry Alvarez is now the athletic director at the school and overseen the streak from the very beginning.
‘On Wisconsin’ indeed it seems, especially when it comes to the postseason of the two biggest college sports.
North Carolina’s in the running for one SEC graduate transfer after already reeling in another from the same conference. In the meantime, the ACC school has landed a similar transfer from that same league.
Cameron Dillard confirmed to 247Sports.com‘s Ryan Bartow that he has decided to transfer to North Carolina. The offensive lineman, who had narrowed his choices down to UNC and Arizona, made the move to transfer from Florida earlier this offseason.
As a graduate transfer, Dillard, who is married, will be eligible to play immediately in 2017 for the Tar Heels.
“I thought about things and it worked out,” Dillard said about his decision. “UNC has a really good plan for me. They’ve sent four offensive linemen to the NFL in the last four years. Everything worked out.”
During his time in Gainesville, Dillard had started 20 games.
In late January, running back Stanton Truitt confirmed his move from Auburn to UNC. Former LSU quarterback Brandon Harris will visit the Tar Heels later this month.
In mid-February, Brandon Harris acknowledged that he has “two final possibilities” as a transfer destination, “but one really sticks out above the other.” Nearly a month later, Harris’ field may be expanding a bit.
On his Twitter account Saturday night, Harris stated that he has his first official visit scheduled for March 24. While he didn’t state a specific school on the social media site, he subsequently confirmed to the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he will be visiting North Carolina that weekend.
The Tar Heels were mentioned prominently as a potential landing spot in the wake of his transfer from LSU.
Harris also told the Times-Picayune that he is considering visits to Arizona and Texas as well. As a graduate transfer, Harris will be eligible to play his final season immediately in 2017.
After starting all 12 games in 2015 for the Tigers, Harris started the first two games of this past season. He lost his job to Danny Etling prior to Week 3 and never regained it.
North Carolina fans’ attention is busy focused on the men’s basketball team this March but the football team did recently make an announcement that they would be switching to Nike’s Jumpman line as their uniform provider in 2017.
The move makes plenty of sense considering the apparel giant is so closely entwined with the Tar Heels’ legend who inspired the line, Michael Jordan. The greatest basketball player of all time was actually on hand in Chapel Hill to introduce the new partnership last week but in doing so, inadvertently became yet another internet meme by saying the “ceiling is the roof.”
The line drew plenty of laughs on social media and across the internet… and apparently the UNC football team itself. That’s because head coach Larry Fedora and a few Tar Heels players decided to make fun of His Airness and released a ‘This is Sportscenter’ spoof on Friday centered around the quote.
Pretty funny. And if you think Air Jordan is going to get upset over the football team making fun of the line, don’t fret because even the Jordan Brand is cashing in on the flub with merchandise.