Art Chansky

Art’s Angle: BOO-YA!!!

Some Carolina basketball teams, particularly for the last two seasons, have not been especially lovable. We had the “going small” debate in 2013 and the affaire d’PJ last year. The current Tar Heels, despite their obvious foibles, have become solid fan favorites for the first time since the 2011 and 2012 Elite Eight teams. The two wins over Florida State and Syracuse in three days had the Smith Center filled to near capacity and as loud as it can be if the opponent is not Duke. Despite a failure to blow FSU out when the Seminoles were on the...

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Art’s Angle: A Dog Of A Crowd

If Carolina supposedly has the “wine and cheese” crowd, the N.C. State Wolfpack fans from here on in must be known as the doggy downers. I guess that’s what losing 16 of the last 17 games to your arch rival will do to the home crowd’s excitement and confidence going in – even three days after State upset Duke on the same floor. State’s crowd, in a word, was lame Wednesday night, giving its team virtually no home court advantage and not getting out of its seats in unison until the Tar Heels almost handed the Pack the game...

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Art’s Angle: What A Weekend!

If you just enjoy watching sports, it was a dawn-to-dusk smorgasbord of games that began with a double-overtime win by still undefeated Kentucky and ended with what might have been the last time we see one of the greatest quarterbacks in football history. If you had a dog or two in any of the fights, you might have found yourself slumped on the couch early  Sunday evening in need of a 90-minute massage and two hours in the whirlpool. There was action from dramatic comebacks, controversial calls and big, spectacular plays. And, of course, there remained inaction from UNC...

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Chizik Hiring Slowed By Background Investigation

Despite widespread reports last week that UNC football would name Gene Chizik as its new defensive coordinator, sources close to the university and athletic department say the vetting process for the former Auburn head coach is still going on. This, apparently, is a much more detailed review than has occurred with past coaching hires due to the NCAA sanctions and academic scandal that have rocked Carolina over the last three-plus years. It could be considered redefining what “institutional control” means at UNC. Chizik coached Auburn to an undefeated season (14-0) and national championship in 2010, but he was fired...

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Art’s Angle: Honeymoon Over

The shining light through the malaise that has become Carolina Athletics over the last three years has been Larry Fedora and his football program. Until the last two hapless games of the 2014 season. Fedora was hired in late 2011 to lead the Tar Heels back to respectability off the field and continued (if not added) success on the field. He seemed exactly the right choice, playing an exciting brand of football and showing a tough-minded approach that was looking ahead – not behind at the mess he inherited. After getting off to a surprising 8-4 start in 2012,...

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Art’s Angle: Christmas Confidence

The first CBS Sports Classic wasn’t exactly a classic, but there were strange juxtapositions through the two days in Chicago. Roy Williams said his players were kind of gaga during Friday’s practice in the United Center, where Michael Jordan won the last three of his six NBA Championships with the Bulls (the first three were in the old Chicago Stadium). “It’s almost like we were out in left field,” Williams said. “I said, ‘C’mon guys, we’ve got to have more enthusiasm.’ But they were sort of looking around.” The next day, they played about six minutes like Lady Gaga,...

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Art’s Angle: Already On The Bubble?

I guess it’s not too early to ask the question: Will Carolina make the NCAA Tournament this season? The Tar Heels have missed the Big Dance only once in Roy Williams’ 11 years back in Chapel Hill, and while the current team is much better than the 2010 squad that went to the NIT final, several early season losses have already raised the question. A disappointing defeat to then-unranked Butler in Nassau and a damaging home loss to Iowa have led to a 6-3 record after nine games, with UNCG in Greensboro Tuesday night and perhaps the most important...

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Art’s Angle: A Poor Response

I have never bought into the losing excuse that “we weren’t ready to play.” After a week of practices, team meetings and other various organized preparation, of course major college football teams are “ready to play.” If they are not, their coaches are stealing their six- and seven-figure incomes. What some teams don’t do as well as others is take the opponent’s first punch and respond in kind. That was obviously the case in UNC’s dismal 35-7 loss to N.C. State, which had a week off to prepare for the defining game of its season. The Wolfpack threw the...

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Art’s Angle: Statement Game  

If the paratroopers who dropped into Wallace Wade Stadium at halftime Thursday night had been returning from three years on Comet 67P, they would have looked at all the empty seats and the scoreboard that read UNC 28, Duke 7 and shrugged, “Same old, same old.” The Tar Heels edited the revisionist history of their last two games with Duke by pounding the ballyhooed and rebuilt Blue Devils into the stadium turf that will be lowered after the season to add more seats to the old horseshoe. Duke might want to wait another year or two to see if...

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