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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.
  • Art’s Angle: Great Coach? Not So Fast

    September 25, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Is Larry Fedora a great football coach? We probably won’t know for a couple of years. So let’s talk about what we DO know, while some segment of Tar Heel Nation continues to freak out over Saturday’s 70-41 flogging at East Carolina. Fedora’s first team gave up 68 points at home to Georgia Tech and […]

  • Art’s Angle: The Good And Bad

    September 21, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    GREENVILLE — Well, the good and bad news about Saturday’s 70-41 loss at East Carolina is that it looks neither Larry Fedora nor the Tar Heels are going anywhere after the season. Pounded by the bigger, stronger, faster Pirates and still plagued by missed tackles and mental miscues all over the place, Carolina embarked on […]

  • Art’s Angle: The Great ECU Freeze-Out

    September 17, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    WANTED in Greenville, North Carolina: somewhere the WCHL van can park and broadcast the pre-game show live before the Tar Heels take on East Carolina Saturday afternoon. This is getting funny. I have now talked to about a dozen ECU fans and businessmen, some of whom are actually UNC alumni (and root for the Tar […]

  • Art’s Angle: Striped And Steamy

    September 8, 2014 at 11:22 am

    A festive night in Kenan Stadium turned frustrating before one of six seniors in the UNC lineup saved the day and, in the process, might have saved the season. The opponent was San Diego State on a night when Carolina cleverly staged a stripe-out from alternating black-and-blue dressed sections of Kenan Stadium to the black-clad […]

  • Art’s Angle: Four Scores and 28 Points Ago

    September 1, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Four touchdowns in less than four minutes isn’t exactly 8 points in 17 seconds, but it will be memorable all the while. If you don’t know what “8 points in 17 seconds” means, ask someone over 45. Not sure whether they keep such stats, but I don’t remember an offensive explosion in Carolina football history […]

  • Art’s Angle: Happy Birthday, Four Corners!

    August 27, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    This week, 35 years ago, Four Corners opened on Franklin Street. I know because I was there as one of the original owners, along with then-UNC assistant basketball coach Eddie Fogler and about six other limited partners who “always wanted to open a sports bar.” We weren’t even 10 years out of college but believed […]

  • Art’s Angle: Household Names Needed

    August 6, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Larry Fedora has alluded to it several times already. Yes, the Tar heels have high-profile skilled players, but it’s what’s up front that counts. And, right now, there is not much up front with any experience. A household name on the “O” or “D” line? Maybe you know of Landon Turner, a 6-4 junior offensive […]

  • Art’s Angle: Imagined Conversations

    July 8, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Since the University is in shut-down mode over the ongoing athletic and academic scandal (and the NCAA won’t make its announced return to campus until the fall), somebody has got to say something. So I will. This is what I imagine of the various conversations between Federal prosecutor Ken Wainstein and Julius Nyang’oro, Deborah Crowder […]

  • Art’s Angle: What Has Changed?

    June 10, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    If Carolina Basketball has not changed much from the era of Dean Smith to the current program of his protégé Roy Williams, someone is lying, embellishing or taking advantage of what is different. When Smith coached the Tar Heels for 36 years, he literally talked about his players’ 90-plus percent graduation rate more than their […]

  • Art’s Angle: Where is Wayne Walden?

    June 6, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    As Rashad McCants has blown the latest lid off the UNC academic scandal with his ESPN interview Friday, there remains a missing person who could shed light on why the African and Afro-American Studies major became the focal point of the national story about Carolina athletics. Deposed AFAM Chairman Julius Nyang’oro has yet to speak […]