By Art Chansky Art Chansky's commentary on WCHL, Sports Notebook, airs Monday-Friday. He is also the author of 6 books on Tar Heel basketball; the latest -- The Blue Divide -- is currently in bookstores nationwide.
  • Thorp's True Legacy

    September 17, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    For a change, Holden Thorp made a decision that left everyone happy.   His detractors who grew since the firing of Butch Davis 14 months ago are happy, and some may be demented enough to think that score has been settled.   Those who support Thorp and care about what he and his family have […]

  • 'Go, Romar, Go!'

    September 16, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Let’s discuss what happened in the first half Saturday at the Papa John’s Pizza Palace in Louisville.   Either the Tar Heels were still hung over from their disappointing loss last week at Wake Forest (which by the way got waxed by Florida State 52-0 earlier Saturday) and hurting by not having Gio B. and […]

  • 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 […]

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