Art Chansky

Chansky’s Notebook: Spieth’s Good — And Human

This is today’s Art Chansky’s Sports Notebook as heard on 97.9 WCHL. You can listen to previous Sports Notebooks here. Jordan Spieth’s bad shots showed how good he is. He may have missed winning the third leg of golf’s grand slam by one stroke on the old course at St. Andrews, but based on how poorly Jordan Spieth putted in the last round shows just how dominant he will be moving forward. Spieth had six three-putt greens and one disastrous four-putt after leaving the ball 100 feet short of the pin on the windy 8th hole. He blew the...

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Chansky’s Notebook: Planetary Response

This is today’s Art Chansky’s Sports Notebook as heard on 97.9 WCHL. You can listen to previous Sports Notebooks here. Earth to Jay and Mary. Well, I see that Jay Smith and Mary Willingham used my column on Sylvia Hatchell as another excuse to rehash the entire academic scandal on their website, which has about as many readers as their convoluted tell-all book. They claim I say Sylvia should leave with grace because I am in a plot with Roy Williams, Larry Fedora and the rest of the athletic administration to turn the attention away from men’s basketball and...

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Chansky’s Notebook: AARP Taunts Tiger

Will Tiger be retiring after today, finally? The first round of the Open Championship at St. Andrews in Scotland may have been, all things considered, the worst day of Tiger Woods’ golfing life. He bogeyed the first two holes and went on to shoot a four-over par 76 for 139th place, while the leaders were firing rounds in the mid to high 60s.  And Tiger was playing in the morning before the famous Scottish winds kicked up. After his round, the worst score he has ever posted the first day of the British Open, he was asked by a...

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Chansky’s Notebook: Remembering Bruce Jenner

This is today’s Art Chansky’s Sports Notebook as heard on 97.9 WCHL. You can listen to previous Sports Notebooks here. Say what you must about Caitlyn Jenner winning the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage Wednesday night on the ESPY’s. Heart-warming that this transgender has finally found her true inner self?  Freak show that cheapens those who have won the award for acts of courage toward others, like Dean Smith? Or just a big WHAT- EVER publicity stunt? Jesse Helms would have loved this girl-guy! I prefer thinking about BRUCE Jenner, one of the most popular athletes in the country...

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Art’s Angle: Hatchell Should Go Gracefully

Hiring Sylvia Crawley as an assistant coach is the right play for Sylvia Hatchell. Getting her friends and colleagues in the university to lobby for an extension to her contract is the wrong play. Crawley, a star player and captain of the 1994 Tar Heels, will be seen by many people as Hatchell’s successor after she resigns following the 2016 season or is fired. Hatchell cannot survive as the Carolina coach for reasons that go beyond her program’s complicity in the NCAA allegations. That first. Her support group calling women’s basketball a “sacrificial lamb” is ill-advised, some would say...

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Chansky’s Notebook: Three Days in Hoover

This is today’s Art Chansky’s Sports Notebook as heard on 97.9 WCHL. You can listen to previous Sports Notebooks here. The SEC has three football media days and the ACC has . . . hmmm. I guess college football season is under way when the throng of SEC media heads to Hoover, Alabama, for three days of interviews with the coaches and players from the 14 programs, four exclusive hours apiece. Seriously, three days in Hoover, Alabama? It’s a good time to rob the confederacy. Hundreds of media members flock to Hoover, and getting press passes for the confab...

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Chansky’s Notebook: Hatchell’s Play Wrong

This is today’s Art Chansky’s Sports Notebook as heard on 97.9 WCHL. You can listen to previous Sports Notebooks here. Sylvia Hatchell is making a bad situation worse. Women’s Hall of Fame basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell is garnering public support for a contract extension,  similar to those awarded to Roy Williams, women’s lacrosse coach Jenny Levy and women’s tennis coach Brian Kalbass. There are several reasons why this is a bad move by Hatchell, who should be working behind the scenes to keep her job instead of comparing her plight to three coaches who deserved their contracts to be...

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Chansky’s Notebook: East Football Needs Creative Solution

This is today’s Art Chansky’s Sports Notebook as heard on 97.9 WCHL. You can listen to previous Sports Notebooks here. It’s time for East Chapel Hill to drop football or merge its team with another school. Here we are in July and less than a month away from prep football practice around the state. And East Chapel Hill High School has not officially named its new head coach. Supposedly, it is Ryan Johnson, the defensive coordinator on the Wildcats’ 0-11 team last season that had to forfeit three of its last four games due to a shortage of healthy...

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Chansky’s Notebook: Delany’s Journey Remarkable

This is today’s Art Chansky’s Sports Notebook as heard on 97.9 WCHL. You can listen to previous Sports Notebooks here. Jim Delany is a most improbable most influential man in college athletics. A list came out Thursday on CBSSports.com, where 12 of the supposedly smartest people around college sports picked the most influential of their peers. It’s a  curious collection, because it omits giants like John Skipper, the UNC grad and president of ESPN who controls college basketball and football by what teams and what times they put on TV. And Kentucky’s John Calipari, who has almost perfected the...

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Chansky’s Notebook: A Good, Easy Schedule

This is today’s Art Chansky’s Sports Notebook as heard on 97.9 WCHL. You can listen to previous Sports Notebooks here. The Tar Heels have a familiar, and pretty easy, non-conference basketball schedule. If Carolina is permitted to make a run for the NCAA Championship in 2016, the Tar Heels have a favorable early schedule to build up their record and their RPI. The names are big, but names NOT on the schedule are more important. Like Kentucky, which is in the same building but not the same game this season. The opener is in Annapolis against the Temple Owls,...

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