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.
  • Blue Skies Ahead

    December 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    It still may not seem so to the knuckleheads who hate Holden Thorp, but the Chancellor had a plan that he could finally hatch last July 26, when he decided that Butch Davis and the embarrassment his football program cost UNC had to go. For whatever reasons Thorp did not dump Davis in August of […]

  • The Weekend Watch

    December 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    If you’re a devout Tar Heel and ACC sports fan, who did not succumb to the Saturday sunshine, it turned out to be a helluva weekend watch, beginning with the Carolina-Kentucky tip at high noon and ending with Russell Wilson hoisting the Big 10 Championship MVP trophy close to midnight. In between was a classic […]

  • On The Road Again (Updated)

    November 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    LAS VEGAS – They came from Idaho, South Dakota, New Mexico and across the deserts of Nevada, all decked out in Carolina blue hats, shirts and fine wear.   It’s a phenomenon with Tar Heel basketball, wherever the team plays and especially when it’s too far away for anyone to ever make it to Chapel […]

  • Rating Dean The Best

    November 20, 2011 at 3:05 am

    I did not mind the well-deserved accolades for Mike Krzyzewski after he set the new victory record for Division 1 basketball coaches. What gave me a slow burn is how Dean Smith was left outside the three-point line by certain “analysts” comparing the greatest coaches of all-time.   Bob Knight was in every conversation, of […]

  • A 'Classic' Beginning

    November 13, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    When the ACC expanded to 11 and then 12 schools a few years ago, the new members were worried about UNC and Duke running away from the pack in basketball. So they asked to be treated equally in every tangible way, and from that came the cockamamie schedule in which some old Tobacco Road rivals […]

  • Hurry, Bubba, Hurry

    November 4, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Bubba Cunningham can’t come too soon. And he might bring along a pith hat, small wooden chair and bull whip. Frankly, he’s walking into a bit of a zoo.   We’ve already fired a football coach and faced the judge and jury on nine major NCAA allegations, pleading guilty to eight of them and imposing […]

  • Eras of Imperfection

    October 28, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    As Bubba Cunningham takes over and goes about the process of producing a winning football program we can all be proud of, it brings to mind past UNC coaching regimes and blips along the way that occurred in all of them.   The post-Choo Choo Justice era has been rife with distractions and interruptions, the […]

  • Courage Defended

    October 22, 2011 at 4:57 am

    I have received a few comments and emails regarding my praise of Chancellor Holden Thorp for going against the “Carolina Way” in hiring Bubba Cunningham as the new athletic director.   “It was courageous to hire an Athletic Director? How stupid do you think we are?” said one of the comments.   Well, those people […]

  • Thorp and Bubba

    October 15, 2011 at 4:51 am

    On a long weekend that brought together the past, present and future of Carolina Athletics, one could surmise that it was the shining moment for UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp. Under incredible scrutiny and pressure since he was thrust into the middle of a football scandal he never imagined when he accepted the university’s top job three […]

  • Just Win, Baby!

    October 6, 2011 at 3:00 am

      If Everett Withers keeps it up, he’s going to make it easy on Carolina’s new athletic director.   Withers began his season as UNC’s interim football coach with a slight blip that had some people chortling in their corn flakes – publicizing that the game ball from the opening day win over James Madison […]