Art Chansky

Chansky: Three-Game Season

Coaches like to say “play ‘em one at a time.” But, truth is, if the Tar Heels don’t beat East Carolina Saturday, their season is going down the tubes. At least the kind of season we had all hoped for. At 1-2, Carolina has lost where it was expected to lose. Sure, without a fumbled punt in Columbia and a couple of bonehead moves from the field to the replay booth in Atlanta, the Tar Heels might be 3-0. And we’d already be drinking the BCS Kool-Aid. But in most years, you are not winning at South Carolina and (for 17 years) at Georgia Tech. And, so far, this Carolina team is not even close to Larry Fedora’s first group on both sides of the ball. Not that it all can’t be corrected in time. Fortunately, the same schedule that has killed ticket sales at Kenan Stadium this fall can also help the home team over the long haul. The Heels should be good for 7 wins – ECU, BC, UVa, Pitt, ODU and DOOK beyond the MTSU victory already in. Despite scholarship limitations and the need for “more better” players as my Southern friends like to say, Fedora still has enough talent on hand to, at worst, finish 7-5 and get into some Podunk bowl on the ACC alignment list. But the important results should be in before...

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Art’s Angle: A Good Start. . .

Photo Courtesy of UNC Athletics The almost-ready-for-primetime Tar Heels were at the crossroads of the game and most likely their chances to win the ACC championship. After dominating their Coastal Division rival and old nemesis for the first 25 minutes, they allowed Georgia Tech to score just before halftime and narrow their lead to 20-14. And the Yellow Jackets were receiving the second half kickoff with a golden opportunity to take control of the game on a rainy Saturday in Atlanta. UNC had two chances to retain the edge it built with the attacking offense and aggressive defense of the expert...

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Chansky: Cock-Shocked

How ironic that lightning bolts in the sky is the background theme on Carolina’s football media guide and schedule cards for 2013. Lightning pretty much ended the Tar Heels’ much-anticipated national exposure Thursday night. When the threat of severe thunder storms (that eventually arrived) forced a 90-minute delay in the season opener at South Carolina, ESPN switched to the Ole-Vanderbilt game and returned in time for one last indignity – senior quarterback Bryn Renner stumbling just short of the goal line on fourth down (making losers of all those who took the Tar Heels getting 13 points). The Gamecocks did...

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Chansky: The New Rules

Be prepared for several college football rule changes this season that will cause confusion among the fans and controversy between players and coaches, officials and the replay booth. They were all made with the hope of enhancing player safety. The biggest changes are to further protect players from getting hit in a “defenseless position.” Clearly, the rule tweak that will be most apparent is when a receiver goes airborne to catch a pass. Beginning this season, the receiver must be allowed to come down and make a “football move” before he can be hit or tackled. No more intentional...

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Ford to Appear on First Google Hangout TV

Former UNC assistant basketball coach, All-American and Olympic Gold Medalist Phil Ford will be the guest on the inaugural live broadcast of Blue Blood TV Tuesday night at 7 p.m. live from the Beyu Cafe in Durham on the new Google Hangout on Air network. For will talk about Carolina Basketball and the Duke-UNC rivalry with host Art Chansky from WCHL and Chapelboro. Watch the live stream by clicking this link. Ford played for the Tar Heels from 1974-78, served on the staff of head coaches Dean Smith and Bill Guthridge for 12 seasons. He was among four UNC...

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