Editor's note: This is satire.
With the NCAA nixing fall sports championships and the future of UNC athletics becoming hazier by the day, now feels like a natural time for Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham to take stock of each Tar Heel team and decide if any coaching changes are in order.
A few candidates immediately jump out. There's Roy Williams, whose bad season in 2019-20 should probably negate his three national titles. Or maybe Mack Brown, who won a bowl game last year but wasn't able to turn a team that went 2-9 in 2018 into a College Football Playoff contender.
If you ask me, though, the most logical pick is women's soccer head coach Anson Dorrance, who's won just six — yes, you read that right, only six — NCAA championships since 2000, a far cry from the 15 titles he won in the previous century .Then combine that with the fact that the Tar Heels went 175-39-18 in the 2010s, good for *whips out calculator* 3.9 losses per season, and won only one national title.
Plus, he hasn't had Mia Hamm on his team since 1994. Anson Dorrance: Are we sure he's good?
Call it recency bias, but you only need to look at the last few seasons to find evidence for a Dorrancian decline. Take last year, when the Tar Heels went 24-2-1, won the conference title and made the national championship game. Or the year before that, when the Tar Heels went 21-4-2, won the conference title and made the national championship game.
Sure, those are alright runs. But those season-ending losses to Florida State and Stanford will ensure that questions about the Tar Heel coach's ability to win the big one continue to swirl. I've also picked up on an interesting trend, per ESPN's Tim Kurkjian: UNC's shots per game usually hover around 17.8 in a season, but drop to 16.4 on weeknight road games when the temperature is below 65 degrees and Mercury is in retrograde.
If you're wondering what that smell is, it's Dorrance's seat getting hotter and hotter by the day.
If Cunningham looks around, he'll see that I'm not alone on this. After Dorrance signed a five-year extension in 2018, he had this to say: