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Oakes’ Outlook: Storybook Ending for UNC?

This wasn’t how exactly how it was supposed to go. The preseason No. 1 Tar Heels were expected to cruise through the season, using their veteran experience to breeze by opponents with overwhelming offense and suffocating defense. Led by senior stalwart Marcus Paige, indeed, UNC was destined for greatness and a showering of accolades. However, true to form for Carolina basketball in recent years, an up-and-down season ensued. Few exclamation points and a whole lot of question marks. And here we are, the portion of the year where hopes and dreams are both realized and crushed. Yes, Saturday night...

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Oakes’ Outlook: Old School Pigskin Dyslexia

Less hoopla and little fanfare surrounds the upcoming 2015 Carolina football season. And that may be just what the doctor ordered…rest, relaxation and a little dyslexia. Yes, that’s right. It’s time for the Tar Heel footballers to go dyslexic: Out with new, in with the old. A miserable 2014 season has left Carolina faithful dazed and confused. The once hearty optimism surrounding the Red Bull-guzzling Larry Fedora regime has long since faded out of Chapel Hill. And although that could all change with a season-opening win in the Queen City against South Carolina, I’m saying it won’t…unless, unless, UNC...

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Oakes’ Outlook: Omaha – Book It

Something was just plain weird about college baseball last year. There was a disturbance in the force…even Yoda thought so. But the Tar Heels could sense it even better than their little green friend. What were they to do? No work to knock out. Plenty of time to hit the beach. Yessir, June was inexplicably an idle month for Carolina. Head coach Mike Fox has made a trip to Omaha for the College World Series a permanent fixture on his calendar. But those plans fell through in 2014. In the offseason, all the players sang the same tune –...

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