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 -- One Hundred Things North Carolina Fans Should Know or Do Before They Die -- is currently in bookstores nationwide.
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    Chansky’s Notebook: Long But Loving

    November 11, 2015 at 7:55 am

    The inaugural Dean Smith Award dinner was a bit long but very loving. The Carolina Club ballroom was packed, every table and nearly every seat sold out. And while it went on so long that Roy Williams had to buy up the last live auction prize – a foursome at Pinehurst No. 2 – so […]

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    Art’s Angle: Back to the Future

    November 8, 2015 at 9:27 am

    The Tar Heels returned to dominating Duke like they had over the last quarter century while showcasing a football program that looks like it could finally be reaching long-awaited new heights. On a day when only an 80 percent chance of rain kept every seat in sold-out Kenan Stadium from being filled, the raucous near-capacity […]

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    Art’s Angle: Heaven Awaits

    November 5, 2015 at 9:39 am

    “Knock, knock, knocking on Heaven’s door.”   –Bob Dylan The refrain in Dylan’s 1973 masterpiece could apply to both teams playing football Saturday in Kenan Stadium, a game which by all measures could be a classic in its own right. For Duke, it means an unwanted visitor crashing the party of a team on the way […]

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    Chansky’s Notebook: A Hollow No. 1?

    November 3, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Is Carolina the most overrated preseason No. 1 in college basketball history? We’re all excited about the basketball season, which begins officially next weekend. But that excitement has to be tempered by this question: how exactly are the Tar Heels No. 1 in the AP and other preseason polls, darn near a consensus No. 1? […]

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    Art’s Angle: What Good Programs Do

    October 19, 2015 at 6:08 am

    The North Carolina football team did not pummel Wake Forest Saturday night. The North Carolina program did, with players of all ages, shapes and sizes getting into the game. And that is an important distinction in Larry Fedora’s quest to bring championships back to Chapel Hill in the oblong sport. Without five players on the […]

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    Art’s Angle: Save The Date

    October 4, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Write down the date October 3, 2015. It may mark the official turnaround for Carolina Football, not only in the Larry Fedora era but possibly all time. Remember, Florida State was once a women’s college before it went coed and began playing football. Somewhere in there was a game like the Tar Heels’ remarkable comeback […]

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    Chansky’s Notebook: Larry Brown Does It Again

    September 30, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Thank you, Larry Brown, for showing us what academic fraud really is. Some people are waiting for me to blast my old friend Larry Brown after his third NCAA probation was announced Tuesday. And I won’t disappoint them. Larry Brown has now coached three major college basketball programs and will have left all of them […]

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    Chansky’s notebook: Well-Played Argyle

    September 17, 2015 at 8:32 am

    The argyle look. Do we like it in football? Until the last few years, argyle was synonymous with Carolina Basketball because Chapel Hill native and fashion designer Alexander Julian made it part of Tar Heel hoops when he redesigned their uniforms back in 1992. Current assistant coach Hubert Davis, then a shooting star for UNC, […]

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    Chansky’s Notebook: Cathartic Saturday

    September 14, 2015 at 8:47 am

    The Tar Heels had no choice . . . but to kick some butt. It was going to be a long nine days, in fact a long 29 days before Carolina had a chance to prove it’s a better football team than it showed in Charlotte while losing to South Carolina on September 3. Everyone […]

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    Chansky’s Notebook: Charter Member

    September 10, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Perfect. John Thompson is the first Dean Smith Award winner. Dean Smith’s relationship went back to John Thompson’s days as a high school coach at St. Anthony’s in the nation’s capital.  Thompson sent his adopted son, Donald Washington, to play for Smith and the Tar Heels as the third African- American in the UNC program […]