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Duke finishes upset bid this time

Duke finishes upset bid this time

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke won more than a late-season game with a 28-27 upset of No. 17 North Carolina Thursday night before ESPN’s cameras. The young Blue Devils validated their previous near-upsets of Louisville and Virginia Tech.Until beating North Carolina, some national fans might...

Beamer and Fuente make it work at Virginia Tech

Beamer and Fuente make it work at Virginia Tech

 Two or three years from now we’ll be talking about the seamless transition from Virginia Tech legend Frank Beamer’s retirement to Justin Fuentes’ successful first season in Blacksburg.By then, the Hokies may add to the ACC Coastal title to the one they’re so close to...

Tar Heels again enjoy senior advantage

Tar Heels again enjoy senior advantage

Duke basketball possesses the No. 1-ranked recruiting class, with three freshmen projected as first-round draft picks. Add junior Grayson Allen as a first-rounder, and the Blue Devils are everyone’s favorite to win the national title.North Carolina – picked second to Duke in the...

The case for Duffy and Medal of Freedom

The case for Duffy and Medal of Freedom

Letter to President Obama: Three years ago you presented North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a White House ceremony. Tobacco Road rivals -- indeed, the basketball nation -- united in applause. The proclamation recognized Smith’s...

Coach K speaking up a contrast to Bear Bryant

Coach K speaking up a contrast to Bear Bryant

Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski spoke up the day between the NCAA and ACC pulling championship events from North Carolina over the state’s discriminatory House Bill 2. Coach K’s words are not to be taken lightly.Krzyzewski assumed the mantle as patriarch of the state’s...

NCAA follows through on warning to state of North Carolina

NCAA follows through on warning to state of North Carolina

NCAA president Mark Emmert warned the state of North Carolina it was in danger of joining Mississippi on its banned list.The NBA did the same before it announced on July 21 it had followed through on a promise to pull the 2017 NBA All-Star game from Charlotte. ... Click here...

North Carolina offense comes to life

North Carolina offense comes to life

With North Carolina’s offense coming to life, let us honor the late Gene Wilder with his legendary words from “Young Frankenstein.” They apply to the Tar Heels’ 48-23 win Saturday night at Illinois.“Alive! It’s alive! IT’S ALIVE!” ... Click here for the rest of my Today's U...

North Carolina lets opportunity slip away

North Carolina lets opportunity slip away

It was a Kirby Smart win for Georgia and a not-so smart loss for North Carolina.For the second straight year, North Carolina, the defending ACC Coastal champion, showed it wasn’t ready to open the season against an SEC East opponent. ... Click here for the rest of my Today's...

North Carolina future in place

North Carolina future in place

This time six years ago North Carolina widely gained rankings among the top 20 in preseason polls.Optimism ran high in Chapel Hill as the Tar Heels, then coached by Butch Davis, prepared to open against LSU in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. The ACC hoped for credibility...

Tar Heels gained confidence despite Clemson loss

Tar Heels gained confidence despite Clemson loss

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – North Carolina is picked to win the ACC’s Coastal Division, which — around the rest of the nation — can be called “The Other Guys.”Clemson, the 2015 national runner-up, and Florida State, the 2013 national champion, reside in the tougher ACC Atlantic. Louisville...