Art Chansky

Art’s Angle: Happy Birthday, Dean Dome

N.C. State’s visit marks the 30th birthday of the Dean Smith Center, which opened on the third Saturday in January, 1986, against Duke in what felt like an NCAA Tournament game. Both teams were undefeated – UNC 17-0 and ranked No. 1, Duke 16-0 and No. 3 – and playing on the court for the first time; it was nationally televised and each of the then 21,444 light blue seats was filled for tip-off. The Blue Devils’ Mark Alarie scored the first basket in what had already been dubbed the “Dean Dome,” and Warren Martin made the first hoop...

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Chansky’s Notebook: Unverified Riveting

Unverified both answers and raises important questions. The much-awaited documentary on the UNC academic scandal premiers at the Varsity Theater Friday night in a private showing. Chapelboro obtained an advance copy from cereator and former UNC athletic tutor Bradley Bethel, and for anyone who loves this university, it is a riveting 90-minute watch that is a must-see. It deals primarily with the many nuances of the complicated, four-year ordeal.  Nuances that Bethel says were largely ignored by the media chasing a sexy, juicy story and did not want to be deterred by the details. Those details, according to Bethel’s own narrative, were also...

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Art’s Angle: Not Up To Speed

Three Clemson football players were sent home before the Orange Bowl national semifinal for failing a drug test. Well, the entire Baylor team should have been tested for speed after running through and past the Tar Heel defense for an embarrassing post-season record of 645 yards on 84 rushing plays. The Baylor Bears are mis-named. TCU teams are the Horned Frogs, but Baylor is more like the really fast frogs. How many times did their runners actually stop at the line of scrimmage, eyeball the opening and then dart through it to the secondary where they fired the after-burners and...

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Chansky’s Notebook: An ‘F-ing’ Good Day

BROOKLYN — What was it that sparked Brice Johnson’s best college game? When Johnson came to the bench with 16:44 left in the first half of Saturday’s UCLA-Carolina game in the CBS Sports Classic, he had one missed shot, one rebound and one block. His team also trailed by seven points. Little wonder he screamed an “F” bomb for FRUSTRATION, with such volume that Roy Williams heard it loud and clear. Ol’ Roy didn’t like what he heard; apparently Brice should have yelled “FRICK!” at the top of his lungs. Anyway, Williams told Johnson to go sit at 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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Chansky’s Notebook: Best ACC Title Game Ever

The 2015 ACC football champion? Hang on, I’ll tell you. A few things you may not know, or have forgotten, about the ACC Championship game, which will be played for the 11th time Saturday night, the 6th straight in Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium, the best home for the battle between Atlantic and Coastal Division winners. Florida State and Virginia Tech have each been in the game five times, facing each other only twice. The Seminoles have won four of their five appearances, but missed the game for five out of six years between 2006 and 2011. They have...

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Art’s Angle: It’s Outside AND Inside

If Marcus Paige’s return can keep the Tar Heels’ motor running on all five cylinders, this team is not overrated and can go a long way. Paige’s presence in short pants against Maryland Tuesday night energized the entire building, got the near-capacity crowd up early and often and, most important, stoked the UNC big men to play their best collective game of the season. The “bigs” are juniors and seniors, and their time is now. Make no mistake about it, whether the Tar Heels get to Houston for the Final Four, and hang another banner, will depend far more...

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Chansky Notebook: UNC Winning The Hard Way

If champions find a way to win, the Tar Heels must be champions. Larry Fedora said his team went into Saturday’s game at Virginia Tech facing the perfect storm. Frank Beamer coaching his last home game after 29 years in Blacksburg, the Hokies needing one more win to secure their 23rd consecutive bowl bid, senior day, black uniforms, Metallica revving up an already crazy crowd. The whole schmeer. Yet, Carolina had to find a way to win to avoid going to N.C. State this week to wrap up the ACC Coastal Division. If the Tar Heels kept playing like...

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Chansky’s Notebook: Long But Loving

The inaugural Dean Smith Award dinner was a bit long but very loving. The Carolina Club ballroom was packed, every table and nearly every seat sold out. And while it went on so long that Roy Williams had to buy up the last live auction prize – a foursome at Pinehurst No. 2 – so his players in attendance could get to bed, the first Dean Smith Award was given and received a success of stories. Master of Ceremonies, former coach and current TV analyst Bill Raftery got laughter when he poked fun at Jay Bilas and Dookie Vitale,...

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Art’s Angle: Back to the Future

The Tar Heels returned to dominating Duke like they had over the last quarter century while showcasing a football program that looks like it could finally be reaching long-awaited new heights. On a day when only an 80 percent chance of rain kept every seat in sold-out Kenan Stadium from being filled, the raucous near-capacity crowd and a crazy, overflow student section created the wild atmosphere UNC has been seeking for years, but never has been able to sustain. The home team, clad in light blue and Alexander Julian argyle, demolished what was supposed to be the ninth-best total...

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