CHAPEL HILL– The UNC men’s basketball team will be getting plenty of national attention this coming season.
On Wednesday, ESPN announced its “Big Monday” TV lineup and the Tar Heels will be showcased in three of those games.
Carolina will play on January 20 in the Dean Dome against the Virginia Cavaliers, February 17 at the Florida State Seminoles, and March 3 back in Chapel Hill against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
The contest against the Irish will be one of the season’s highlights as it will mark the first time the squads have played since the 2008 Maui Invitational championship game.
The complete Big Monday lineup includes:
Jan. 13 – Virginia at Duke
Jan. 20 – North Carolina at Virginia
Jan. 27 - Duke at Pittsburgh
Feb. 3 – Notre Dame at Syracuse
Feb. 10 – Maryland at Virginia
Feb. 17 – North Carolina at FloridaState
Feb. 24 – Syracuse at Maryland
March 3 – Notre Dame at North Carolina
CHAPEL HILL - Head Coach Mike Fox said game three of this weekend’s nationally-televised series between No. 1 UNC and No. 6 N.C. State might have gone on if it had been rescheduled for earlier in the day, but ESPN insisted on sticking to the original time–and Coach Fox was not happy about it.
“I’ll set the record straight here,” Coach Fox said. “The bottom line is that ESPN had the right to the game, and they evoked that right to play it at 7:00, and they were not interested in moving it even though it was pretty clear that it looked like it was going to rain. So, it wasn’t N.C. State; it wasn’t us; it was television having the rights to the game. That’s the contract the ACC signed in all their sports. To my knowledge, there was very little negotiation. They were asked to be flexible on the time, and they did not do that.”
Coach Fox made those comments on his weekly radio show Monday night on WCHL.
The Tar Heels are back in action on Wednesday, hosting The Citadel in Boshamer Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.; you can catch all the action on 97.9 FM, WCHL.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/mike-fox-sets-the-record-straight/