TO THE EDITOR:
I have never been a “bring on basketball” Tar Heel. I spent four of the best years of my life on the sideline with Carolina football as an athletic trainer. Yes, it was the last two years under Dick Crum and the first two years under Mack Brown — clearly, not the best four years of football at UNC under any stretch of the imagination.
However, it remains a transformative period in my life. Coach Crum treated me with respect and was supportive of me as a student-athlete and member of the Tar Heel football team.
Likewise, Coach Brown taught me invaluable life lessons about what hard work and staying positive amidst adversity look like.
I am also a coach’s son. I’ve been in the stands and on the sideline as my dad has been cursed and spit on. It is not fun.