By Art Chansky Art Chansky is a contributor to WCHL and the author of several Tar Heel books. You can find his new book, The Blue Blood Rivalry, in digital form on and iTunes.
  • The Irish: Nowhere Else To Go

    September 14, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Sure, it is a boon for the ACC to add fabled Notre Dame as its 15th school, but let’s look beyond the lore of Touchdown Jesus to the reality of the situation.   Notre Dame, at least for now, will not be a football member of the ACC and will keep all money from its […]

  • What Was He Thinking?

    September 13, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    When Matt Kupec played football for Carolina, he was one of the smartest quarterbacks ever to wear the Tar Heel uniform.   In the final minute of the last regular-season game in his true freshman year, he perfectly executed the option pitch to Mike Voight for a two-point conversion that defeated Duke 39-38 in a Kenan […]

  • Heartbreak Heels

    September 9, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Larry Fedora got his first taste of the ACC, playing on Tobacco Road and, unfortunately, the culture that has dogged Carolina football for a long time. It may take him three cans of Red Bull to help him swallow all of it.   Sure, the Tar Heels withstood an hour storm delay in a small […]

  • 'Fast' Larry Fedora

    September 6, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Retired Southern Mississippi Athletic Director Richard Giannini knew he would have a hard time retaining his own football coach, Larry Fedora, late in his breakthrough season with the Golden Eagles. So when they talked about where the multi-million-dollar offers might come from, they discussed the UNC job. A former assistant A.D. at Duke, Giannini thought Fedora would be […]

  • A Stunning Start

    September 2, 2012 at 3:17 am

    The cloud of controversy hovering over Carolina Football gave way to bright blue skies Saturday, as the Tar Heels kicked off the Larry Fedora era with an air of excitement and energy that could only have come from the new head coach.   The opponent was Elon of the Football Subdivision Southern Conference, so the […]

  • The Blue 'War' Zone

    August 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    When UNC football lurched into trouble with the NCAA in the summer of 2010, and the probability increased of probation and that head coach Butch Davis might actually get fired, a slow panic began to grow among alumni and fans. Those who had seen so much promise in Davis’ last three years wondered how all […]

  • King Of Coaches

    August 21, 2012 at 7:56 am

    The “K” in Mike Krzyzewski‘s nickname could also stand for “King.”   The Duke basketball coach has climbed to the top of his own personal and professional mountain as the highest-paid employee at his university and, metaphorically, overseeing his empire on the top floor of the six-story tower that sits next to Cameron Indoor Stadium. […]

  • Dirt Bags We Know

    August 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Gregg Doyel first got my attention when he was a punk sports writer for the Charlotte Observer, obviously trying to make a name for himself. At the time, he wrote a story claiming the problems surrounding UNC’s basketball program in the early 2000s were all Dean Smith’s fault. Smith had been retired for five years […]

  • Kupchak's Living Legacy

    August 10, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Of all the quality kids who have come through the Carolina Basketball program over the last half century, none was any more real than Mitch Kupchak, the Tar Heels’ star center and ACC Player of the Year in 1976.   Kupchak faked nothing. He came from a blue collar background in the middle of Long […]

  • The 'New Way'

    July 31, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    While other athletic departments put Band-Aids on the ills of big-time college sports and some coaches and administrators may be sitting on secrets in the wake of the Penn State scandal, UNC finds itself with a golden opportunity.  No one wanted it to happen this way, but Carolina now has the chance for the Square […]

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