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North Carolina takes command of ACC Coastal

North Carolina takes command of ACC Coastal

The Pittsburgh defensive lineman rushed North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams with his hand stuck in the quarterback’s facemask as he pulled him down.Williams, 9 yards behind the line of scrimmage, was bent at the waist from the tug with his face nearly tasting the turf....

North Carolina on uphill climb in third season

North Carolina on uphill climb in third season

North Carolina is only halfway through its 12-game regular-season schedule, but the Tar Heels seem to be playing their third season in one.This latest version of 2015 has 17 votes among “others” to equal No. 29. North Carolina should have No. 23 Duke and  No. 25...

North Carolina recruit hoping for another moment

North Carolina recruit hoping for another moment

DURHAM -- Football captivated Jordon Brown from an early age. No other sport matched the joy of scoring a touchdown. He should know.As a sophomore, the Southern Durham senior all-purpose back pulled off the TD every kid dreams of. Brown’s championship game-winning score in the...

Long ACC weekend of help or hurt for the openers

Long ACC weekend of help or hurt for the openers

Thank you, ACC.The conference presented us with a fan friendly opening Labor Day weekend with 14 teams playing from Thursday through Monday night. Some of the games are more important than others toward the ACC’s goal of shedding the label of No. 5 in overall strength among the...

Sports crumbled prejudice before 1957 Final Four

Sports crumbled prejudice before 1957 Final Four

It remains to be seen how forcefully the NCAA responds to the Indiana state legislature’s religious freedom law that critics say was designed with legalese to allow discrimination against gays and others in the name of religion. But as the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Los...

Michigan State first confronted Final Four perfection in 1957

Michigan State first confronted Final Four perfection in 1957

For the third time Michigan State stands among a Final Four field that features a No. 1-ranked basketball team seeking to complete an unbeaten season with an NCAA title and record for most wins in a season. This year it’s No. 1 Kentucky with a mark of 38-0 in quest of 40-0....

Colangelo points to Dean assist for USA Basketball turnaround

Colangelo points to Dean assist for USA Basketball turnaround

One constant throughout tributes to Dean Smith focused on words of a great man with humble deeds rather than a great coach that won games and titles. That was true in the initial comments from players, colleagues and media retrospectives following the legendary North...

Dean and Duffy shared MLK Dream

Dean and Duffy shared MLK Dream

I was still researching and writing “Raye of Light” when North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith was named to receive the Medal of Freedom in a White House ceremony with President Obama in 2013.In addition to detailing Michigan State football coach Duffy Daugherty’s...