I think it's safe to say I've had the most abnormal tenure as sports editor in the history of The Daily Tar Heel.
For just the second time in Roy Williams' career at Chapel Hill, the UNC basketball team failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. That would have been unusual (and challenging) enough — except for the fact that the spread of the novel coronavirus has led not only to the cancellation of March Madness, but also to the suspension of all University winter and spring sports for the foreseeable future.
The question for us becomes: how do you cover UNC sports when there are no UNC sports?
First I should say this is obviously very, very unimportant in the grand scheme of things. Tons of publications, including the DTH, are doing crucial work to keep people updated on the spread of the coronavirus and its global medical impact; the virus' effect on sports in Chapel Hill is, comparatively, small potatoes.
Still, we have a job to do. The way I see it, our coverage for the next few months will fall into four general categories: