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Herring pushed Ahlers in QB competition

Herring pushed Ahlers in QB competition

East Carolina coach Mike Houston's his first day on the job could have named Holton Ahlelrs his starting quarterback and not raised an eyebrow among Pirate Nation faithful. Ahlers, after all, was the returning starter, having earned the job at midseason when Reid Herring...

Taking a new approach to a familiar job

Taking a new approach to a familiar job

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Mack Brown, North Carolina’s new/old coach, showed up at the Westin Hotel last week for the ACC Kickoff media days with the look of a CEO. The Not surprising since the CEO coach approach has become a bit of a trend in college football.Let the head coach with a...

North Carolina talent grows with population

North Carolina talent grows with population

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – No need for Mack Brown to click on Internet college football recruiting sites or to study population growth figures. He only needed to drive from North Carolina’s Chapel Hill campus to Charlotte for ACC media days to understand the state of North Carolina's...

ACC playing up more than hoop and baseball

ACC playing up more than hoop and baseball

DURHAM, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference likes to capitalize on its basketball and basketball tournaments as a time highlight national prominence in the sports. It’s also a subtle method to overlook football’s second-class stature. Not anymore. Throughout the 2019 ACC...

Izzo long ago validated on Tobacco Road

Izzo long ago validated on Tobacco Road

Tom Izzo’s opinion that he needed a second NCAA title to “validate” his career sparked myriad responses. Mostly, the Michigan State basketball coach's innermost thoughts were met with rebuttals he has already proven himself. Let me tell you a story from the Heart of Tobacco...

Lipscomb travels reverse Tobacco Road

Lipscomb travels reverse Tobacco Road

Tobacco is no longer North Carolina’s economic engine, Tobacco Road as an old label for college basketball in the state and Lipscomp University is located in Nashville, Tenn. But there is still a reverse Tobacco Road trip for the Bison to complete. Lipscomb, which won three NIT...

Bowman defies NFL with NBA draft promise

Bowman defies NFL with NBA draft promise

The smart NFL teams -- ones that find prospects in college basketball dating to Dallas Cowboys scout Gil Brandt converting Pete Gent and Cornell Green in the early 1960s from the hard-court to the gridiron -- safely tucked away their file on Ky Bowman. That meant once Bowman...

Luke Maye turned may develop into he can

Luke Maye turned may develop into he can

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Luke Maye grew up a North Carolina fan. Both his parents are UNC graduates, including his father Mark having played quarterback for the Tar Heels’ football team from 1984 to 1987. But once he grew into a 6-foot-8, 225-pound power forward at Cornelius Hough...

Virginia adds more than a puff with Huff

Virginia adds more than a puff with Huff

College basketball teams with national title aspirations this time of year are balancing health with not disrupting a cohesive unit that can make a run through March Madness. In the ACC, the top three contenders are North Carolina and Virginia, tied for first in the...

A Little improvement means a lot to Tar Heels

A Little improvement means a lot to Tar Heels

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina appears to have benefitted from an NBA-like trade as March Madness approaches. Nassir Little’s talent and late-season improvement are that intriguing to consider down the stretch. Think of it this way: There are no trades in college sports, of...