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Williams has one disagreement with Smith

Williams has one disagreement with Smith

CHAPEL HILL – Roy Williams lives by unwritten philosophies he began learning from Dean Smith upon arrival in Chapel Hill 51 years ago to play on North Carolina’s freshman team. He never disagrees with his mentor. Until now. “I am mad at Coach Smith right now, to be honest with...

Roy Williams is poised to pass Dean Smith

Roy Williams is poised to pass Dean Smith

CHAPEL HILL – Winning college athletic programs are often taken for granted. One assumption not to make, though, is that’s an easy transition for an assistant coach to pick up where his mentor left off. Sometimes there are hiccups before a blue blood re-establishes itself. At...

Ol Roy keeps alive good old days with Dean

Ol Roy keeps alive good old days with Dean

CHARLOTTE – As North Carolina took its turn on stage at the ACC basketball media day, the dominant subject was the Tar Heels blending their new roster. They have an influx of newcomers following the loss of four starters and six players in all.Roy Williams, with seniors Garrison...

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...

South Carolina taps ACC roots at Final Four

South Carolina taps ACC roots at Final Four

You probably thought South Carolina’s upset of Duke spoiled the romance of a Tobacco Road showdown. Up in smoke went the anticipated North Carolina-Duke meeting in the NCAA championship game.If so, you have overlooked South Carolina’s Tobacco Road history. ... Click here for...

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...

USA Basketball assist from Dean Smith

USA Basketball assist from Dean Smith

Americans love college rivalries. It starts at the top with coaches, and the bloodstreams of various colors bleed through to the players and fans.With another school year upon us and USA Basketball having returned from Rio de Janeiro with a third straight Olympic gold medal, this...

Duke AD stood by Krzyzewski before he was Coach K

Duke AD stood by Krzyzewski before he was Coach K

The flags should be flying at half-mast over Krzyzewskiville for Tom Butters throughout the Final Four weekend.Without the former Duke athletic director, there would be no Krzyzewskiville, the basketball village where Duke students camp out in tents in the shadow of Cameron...

Dean Smith would have loved Marcus Paige

Dean Smith would have loved Marcus Paige

In three short years, North Carolina senior guard Marcus Paige went from All-ACC first-team his sophomore season to second-team as a junior and honorable mention as a senior.But don’t begin to suggest Paige’s stature among the Tar Heels ever slipped. ... Click here for the...