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WWE Signs Former UNC Football Player Brennan Williams

During his time as an offensive tackle at UNC under head coach Butch Davis, Brennan Williams was given the opportunity to lay the smackdown on a defender each time the ball was snapped. His sheer size and dominance led to him being taken in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. However, a microfracture in his knee stripped Williams of his pro football career before he ever took a single snap–despite two years spent working on a comeback. In search of another shot to continue laying the smackdown for a living, he turned to the...

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Art’s Angle: A Great Day Nonetheless

Although the ACC Championship game did not end well for Carolina, the new deal announced earlier Saturday between UNC and Larry Fedora was far more reaching and, in fact, bodes well for the Tar Heels getting back to Charlotte. In making a seven-year commitment to each other, UNC and Fedora have agreed that Carolina Football has such potential to become a regular ACC contender (and, by virtue, a national player) that neither has to look anywhere else for a long time. At 53, Fedora could conceivably be in his last coaching job. Fedora will earn between $2.5 and $3...

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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: 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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Davis To Transfer From UNC

North Carolina quarterback Drew Davis has decided to transfer to Coffeyville Community College (Kan.) where he will begin practice this fall. Davis, 6-2, 210 pounds, joined the Tar Heels prior to the start of the 2012 season and redshirted.

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Shoop Heads For Purdue

When Everett Withers and the remains of the Butch Davis coaching regime were not retained, only one member of the old staff stayed in Chapel Hill. John Shoop was still under contract for the 2012 season at UNC, so for the first time since grade school Shoop spent an autumn off the football field. Besides a completely new experience, he said it turned out to be one of the best years of his life. He grew a beard and wore cool, outdoorsy clothes. He watched his son and daughter in their school activities, like a normal parent. The Shoops actually took weeks and weekends off to travel, see the world and visit family and friends. While the early morning meetings and late-night game-planning were not part of his life and he barely stepped on a football field, the game he has loved forever was never far from his mind. He wrote a weekly column for Chapelboro, previewing the local college and high school games of note. He called Friday night prep games on WCHL radio with play-by-play sidekick Paul Connell. And, as the only member of Davis’ staff who still lived in Chapel Hill, Shoop unobtrusively remained an advocate for the players he had recruited and coached at Carolina. He wanted them to succeed under new coach Larry Fedora and he supported the players who had been through two...

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