<![CDATA[The Daily Tar Heel: Mens basketball]]> Sat, 25 Sep 2021 05:04:17 -0400 Sat, 25 Sep 2021 05:04:17 -0400 SNworks CEO 2021 The Daily Tar Heel <![CDATA[$1M grant from Jordan Brand to help Ida B. Wells Society fund more opportunities]]> California Polytechnic State University senior Roselyn Romero thought she'd be doing nothing this past summer.

That was until she stumbled upon the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, which helped her land a funded summer internship.

Housed at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, the Ida B. Wells Society is an organization dedicated to training reporters and editors of color, particularly in investigative journalism. Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand's Black Community Commitment recently donated a $1 million grant to the society, which will help fund future opportunities for Romero and other young journalists.

In addition to expanding summer internship offerings like Romero's, the grant will fund two new programs. The first is an All-Star Investigative Summer J-Camp, where high school students from majority-Black and Latinx schools will participate in a training program in partnership with a North Carolina historically Black college. It will also support a year-long investigative reporting project at Riverside High School in Durham, with local and national reporters coaching students through the process.

When considering what she wanted to do this summer, Romero knew she wanted a new challenge. She started searching for internships with national media.

But she ran into trouble while filling out applications.

"I didn't have the connections, basically," Romero said. "I didn't know who the hiring managers were. I didn't know who to address my cover letters to."

Something as simple as the Ida B. Wells Society listing internship opportunities on their website was a revelation, she said. She was amazed that the society tweeted job alerts for investigative opportunities, making the tools she needed much more accessible.

Through the society, Romero applied for and received an internship position with the Associated Press Global Investigations team.

Finally, her new challenge had come - but how would she navigate it?

Enter Ron Nixon, head of the AP's global investigations team and co-founder of the Ida B. Wells Society. Romero remembers Nixon checking in on her almost every day during the internship.

It was Nixon who suggested Romero change her original story on heat-related deaths among California farmworkers and instead pursue an investigation into fraudulent COVID-19 vaccine cards.

"Working on investigative stories, it takes weeks and tons of spreadsheets to gather enough data or information to have a story idea," Romero said. "So I was like, pivot? What do you mean pivot?"

That pivot got Romero her first byline with the AP. In response to her story, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called for a crackdown on the counterfeit cards.

Romero's internship experience illustrates the high-quality opportunities the Ida B. Wells Society aims to create for young journalists of color. The $1 million grant from the Jordan Brand will help the organization continue what it's been doing - and then some more.

Ida B. Wells Society Director Rhema Bland said the new programs' focus on engaging youth was what excited Jordan Brand representatives the most when hearing the society's proposal.

Riverside High School was picked because of its racial diversity - the school is 29.9 percent Black, 37.7 percent Hispanic and 26.1 percent white - and it offered a local option for the project to be pursued in person.

But what struck the society, Bland said, was Riverside journalism teacher Bryan Christopher's passion for student journalism and commitment to diversifying the investigative reporting pipeline.

Christopher has seen the school's demographics shift and has tried to build a newspaper staff representative of the school's diversity. He said he felt the project could have an immense impact on his students, giving them role models who looked like them.

"I think it just hits different than when they see me, a 37-year-old white male," Christopher said. "It hits different when they see really outstanding reporters who look like them and get to develop a personal relationship."

Bland said expanding these new programs will take a while, but the grant allows them to plan for multiple camps and projects at different high schools across the country.

That kind of reach, Nixon feels, is key to the Ida B. Wells Society's mission.

"We talk about diversity, it can't be about just numbers," Nixon said. "(It) means broadening the pool of people that you are recruiting from. So you hit up not just Yale or Columbia. Hit up (City Universities of New York) and hit up the HBCUs like Howard and Morgan State."

Romero felt the lack of reach when searching for internships. She thinks this is because higher-ups aren't really looking to cast their nets wide and are content with giving the position to their close connections.

"If we want to make newsrooms more diverse, then we need to have work like the Ida B. Wells Society to give those opportunities to journalists of color and to encourage people from historically disadvantaged communities to pursue investigative work," Romero said.


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The Ida B. Wells Society's yearlong project with Riverside's journalism program kicks off at Riverside High School in Durham. Photo courtesy of Benjamin Meglin.

<![CDATA[UNC men's basketball team releases conference schedule for 2021-22 season]]> The North Carolina men's basketball team announced its conference schedule for the 2021-2022 season on Thursday night.

The 20-game ACC slate starts on Dec. 5, when the Tar Heels travel to Atlanta to face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and wraps up on March 5 with a matchup against rival Duke in Durham.

After the conference-opener against the Yellow Jackets, UNC fans will have to wait until Dec. 29 to catch Hubert Davis in the Smith Center for his home debut as head coach of the Tar Heels. UNC will play host to Virginia Tech in their home-opener, after having their regular season game against the Hokies canceled last season.

The conference schedule heats up for the Tar Heels in January with a New Year's Day contest at Boston College along with four more road games against Notre Dame, Miami, Wake Forest and Louisville. UNC also has four home games in January against Virginia on Jan. 8, Georgia Tech on Jan. 15, Boston College on Jan. 26 and N.C. State on Jan. 29.

The Tar Heels play their first game against Duke on Feb. 5 in Chapel Hill, where they will look to build on their two-game winning streak against the Blue Devils. UNC will also host Florida State, Pittsburgh, Louisville and Syracuse later in the season.

There are only three away games on the schedule for the Tar Heels in the month of February. They will to travel to Clemson on Feb. 8, Virginia Tech on Feb. 19 and N.C. State on Feb. 26.

Barclays Center - home to the Brooklyn Nets -will host the ACC Tournament for the third time this season. The tournament is scheduled for March 8 to 12.


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<![CDATA[Calling all Carolina basketball fans. Just released: The Tar Heels, a comprehensive history of UNC basketball]]> When Ron Smith was in fourth grade, he got Dean Smith's autograph at a UNC basketball game. His dad, without missing a beat, captured the moment perfectly with his camera, complete with flash and color film.

"We sent Coach Smith a copy, and he sent a thank you note with a signed team picture," Smith said. "As a nine-to-ten-year-old, that got me started collecting stuff - programs, ticket stubs, photos, anything."

After more than 30 years of research, Smith finished authoring a comprehensive book detailing the history of the Carolina Basketball program entitled "The Tar Heels: A History of UNC Basketball, Volume One," otherwise known as The Tar Heel Book.

The Tar Heel Book is the first of a three-part trilogy. Volume One covers every season from 1911 to 1961, Volume Two will cover 1962 to 1997 (the Dean Smith years) and Volume Three will cover 1998 to 2021 (the Roy Williams years).

Not only does The Tar Heel Book trilogy include facts about key figures in UNC basketball like Frank McGuire, Dean Smith, Roy Williams and Michael Jordan, but it also goes beyond the surface to include information about their formative years and the people who contributed to their success.

Smith has sought countless libraries and photographers across the country in pursuit of information and photos for the book. He's studied every boxscore, identified every player in every team picture, and even put together correct statistics and team rosters for every season.

"We've looked all around, and we believe there's nothing like this book that's ever been published for any sports team," Smith said.

The high-quality, chronological images set the book apart, many of which have never been published and would have otherwise been lost. Many early players, who had previously been unidentified in team pictures, will also be highlighted, along with their stories.

"I graduated from UNC in '79, so going back to those games when I was in school, I love those memories," Smith said. "I've done a bio for one or two players for every season, so it's not just about games, it's also about people."

Whenever Smith would research a particular season, he would also review the corresponding articles written by The Daily Tar Heel, which are archived online. This revealed many interesting anecdotes, which serve as information-rich segues throughout the book that are weaved together by Smith in vivid detail.

The foreword was written by Larry Brown, a former UNC basketball player and the only coach in basketball history to win an NBA championship and an NCAA title. The book discusses his foundations, explaining why a boy from Brooklyn decided to move south and play for UNC.

"I'm very happy to be a part of The Tar Heel Book by Ron Smith," Brown said in a testimonial. "I'm pleased to be a part of the Carolina family, and The Tar Heel Book is the best way I know to see how it all happened."

Order your copy now.

<![CDATA[Analysis: UNC men's basketball enters 2021 with new look, still a staple for students]]> North Carolina men's basketball - a quintessential part of the student experience at UNC - will have a fresh face this season.

This season will be the first time since 2003 that Hall of Famer Roy Williams will not be on the sidelines, as head coach Hubert Davis ushers in a new era of UNC hoops. Many know Davis for his days playing in college and the NBA, as well as serving as an assistant coach with the Tar Heels for nine seasons.

Davis made history in April by becoming UNC's first Black men's basketball head coach. He's also the fourth former North Carolina player to hold the position.

While his legacy begins on a meaningful note, only time will tell if he can etch his coaching stint into Tar Heel lore.

His legendary predecessors, Dean Smith and Roy Williams, did not build Rome in a day. Smith missed the NCAA Tournament during his first five seasons as a head coach. Williams won the NCAA championship in his second season but finished 19-11 during his first, making the NCAA Tournament as a six seed.

Davis will likely have time to build a Rome of his own, especially given his status as a former Tar Heel player. Beginning with Tom Scott in 1946, only two of the six head coaches at North Carolina have coached fewer than four seasons. Davis' assistants - Brad Frederick, Sean May, Jackie Manuel and Jeff Lebo - also spent time in Chapel Hill as players.

But beyond the coaching staff, Tar Heel fans can expect to see a mix of old and new faces on the court.

This year's roster sees four of last year's five starters returning, alongside three new transfer players - Dawson Garcia of Marquette, Brady Manek of Oklahoma and Justin McKoy of Virginia - as well as two four-star first-year prospects in D'Marco Dunn and Dontrez Styles. With just two first-years on the squad, North Carolina has its share of experienced players, most of whom are already familiar with Davis' coaching style.

While the lineups for the upcoming season are up in the air, Armando Bacot, the team's leading scorer and rebounder from a year ago, is a near lock to stay in the starting five. Senior forward Leaky Black is set to complete his UNC tenure this season and will be an experienced wing defender and perimeter scorer for the Tar Heels. Sophomore Kerwin Walton is another swingman who saw the court a lot last season and will likely feature more this season as Davis hopes to channel his hot shooting streaks.

Davis' transfers, meanwhile, will enter a frontcourt that lost twin towers Day'Ron Sharpe and Walker Kessler to the NBA Draft and the transfer portal, respectively. Davis has the opportunity to alter his offensive game plan with Garcia, who stands at 6 feet, 11 inches tall and shot 36 percent from 3-point range last season with Marquette. Given his ability to stretch the floor, Garcia starting alongside Bacot at the four would give the Tar Heels' dynamic interior options and allow more room for Bacot to operate inside.

The roster also sees a level of glut in the backcourt, as UNC returns some familiar faces and adds new ones. Rising sophomores Caleb Love and RJ Davis got thrown into the pandemic-related fire during their unusual first seasons, which also saw redshirt sophomore Anthony Harris put on some eye-opening performances after his return from injury.

It may take time for Dunn and Styles, the incoming first-years, to crack the starting lineup. As many established starters have returned, the two new recruits will likely have to put on a show of their own in their reserve minutes.

With Davis taking the reins, UNC basketball could get a fresh start in 2022. He might not hit the heights expected of the North Carolina Tar Heels, especially given his transfer frontcourt options and jam-packed guard rotation.

But like his predecessors know, Rome wasn't built in a day.


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<![CDATA[Carolina Athletics announces first group licensing program for UNC athletes]]> Carolina Athletics announced a group licensing program specifically targeted towards current UNC athletes on Tuesday, which is the first of its kind for current NCAA athletes.

UNC worked with boutique brand agency The Brandr Group to create the program. UNC athletes who opt in to the voluntary program will have the opportunity to market themselves in groups of three or more within the same sport, or groups of six or more across multiple sports.

This isn't the first time UNC has worked with The Brandr Group on a licensing deal; In April, Carolina Athletics announced a similar voluntary group licensing program with former athletes from the men's basketball and women's soccer programs - with figures like Mia Hamm and Hubert Davis having already signed on. Carolina Athletics' Tuesday press release referenced the "early success" of the Alumni Group Rights program when announcing this new program.

This announcement comes on the heels of the NCAA's decision to allow college athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness (NIL). The NCAA's interim legislation went into effect on July 1, which was followed by Governor Roy Cooper signing an executive order setting NIL guidelines for schools in North Carolina.

Many in the industry had seen NIL as an inevitability for some time, but the move to reform compensation for college athletes escalated as U.S. states began to pass NIL laws this summer. And on June 21, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the NCAA's restrictions on education-related benefits violated antitrust laws, further pushing the NCAA towards action.

UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham had advocated for a group licensing program dating back to May, when he and former UNC volleyball player Malaika Underwood published an op-ed in the Sports Business Journal touting group licensing as "the best first step for NIL."

"When we thought we were going down this path for Name, Image and Likeness for student-athletes, I thought this was the logical next step," Cunningham said in a video released by GoHeels TV on Tuesday. "Let's take what we're doing institutionally, let's apply it to the students, let those students go to market and also share in the revenue, particularly jersey sales and the video game. Those are the two things people want, so that made the most sense to me."

The new NIL rules make it particularly easy for individual athletes to go out on their own and secure brand deals or start social media campaigns. But the group licensing program seems to fill a different niche: merchandise sales.

The video game Cunningham referred to is EA SPORTS' NCAA Football, which was one of the most popular sports video game franchises in the country before EA ended its circulation in 2014 because of lawsuits that alleged the company used athletes' likenesses without permission. But in February, EA announced the return of the video game.

"We are watching the recent developments regarding student-athlete name, image and likeness very closely," EA SPORTS said in a statement on July 1. "It's still very early stages at this point, and we plan to explore the possibility of including players in EA SPORTS College Football."

And, presumably, gone are the days of officially licensed jerseys with no name on the back and a generic number. Now, both the University and participating athletes will be able to profit from the jerseys of Tar Heels past and present.

"For decades, products that combine team logos and player names and numbers have accounted for a large portion of licensed sports merchandise sales at the professional level," Carolina Athletics' press release read. "This innovative project opens the door for the same opportunities for current student-athletes at the collegiate level."


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<![CDATA[Analysis: Cam Johnson, Justin Jackson and a history of UNC players in the NBA Finals]]> Former UNC basketball players have a long history with the NBA Finals, and this year the Phoenix Suns' Cam Johnson and the Milwaukee Bucks' Justin Jackson have made it there, vying for the championship.

Johnson started his college career at Pitt before transferring to UNC. After a prolonged fight for immediate eligibility, Johnson turned into an impact player for two seasons of highly-ranked UNC basketball. While at UNC, he developed into a quality NBA prospect with his lanky size and deep shooting ability and was selected as the 11th overall pick in the 2019 draft.

This past NBA season, Johnson averaged 24 minutes, 9.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 0.6 steals per game. He has made a significant impact on the 2021 NBA playoffs, taking his play to another level.

In the postseason this year, he is averaging 21.3 minutes, 8.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 0.9 steals per game. Despite a decrease in playing time, Johnson increased his production in the other categories. He has also made some impact plays during the playoffs, including a highlight-reel dunk over P.J. Tucker in game three of the finals.

Jackson played three seasons with the Tar Heels and was a member of the 2017 national championship team. After the season, he declared for the draft, being selected with the 15th pick by the Portland Trail Blazers. Jackson then bounced around the league for a few seasons before being signed by the Bucks in April, where he has played as a reserve.

UNC has a total of 18 former players that have won the NBA Finals. Six players from UNC have won three or more championships; the most recent player to join this club was Danny Green in 2020 with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Despite having 14 more active players in the NBA, Duke has 13 fewer NBA champions than UNC with five. Nearly one-fifth of all former Tar Heels who went on to play at the highest level of the sport went on to become champions.

The first former Tar Heel to win an NBA championship was Billy Cunningham with the 76ers in 1967. Alongside NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain, Cunningham averaged 19.7 points per game in the series, helping to defeat the San Francisco Warriors in six games.

Cunningham was one of Dean Smith's first star players at UNC. The power forward averaged 24.8 points across his college career and still holds the program record for his career rebounding average of 15.4.

Charlie Scott, the first Black scholarship athlete at UNC, also won an NBA championship while playing with the Celtics in 1976. A five-time All-Star and an Olympic gold medalist, Scott was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2018 after an illustrious career.

And of course, there's the most famous UNC basketball alumnus: Michael Jordan, who has a legacy of winning NBA Finals. After winning the 1982 NCAA Championship with UNC, Jordan went on to win six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls. Adding five regular-season MVPs and 14 All-Star selections to go along with his rings, Jordan cemented himself as arguably the greatest player the sport has ever seen.

The only other former UNC player to have won NBA Finals MVP was James Worthy with the Lakers in 1988. Worthy won a total of three championships throughout his career as a part of the "Showtime" Lakers dynasty.

With former players on both teams in the 2021 NBA Finals, UNC will get to add another NBA championship to its history of alumni success no matter the outcome.


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Graduate guard Cameron Johnson attempts a layup in the first half against Louisville in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte.

<![CDATA[Analysis: Transfers have become an integral part of UNC's men's basketball program]]> After the addition of Marquette transfer Dawson Garcia to the UNC men's basketball team, it's hard to ignore the question of what transfers might mean to the Tar Heels as they go forward under the leadership of new head coach Hubert Davis.

Ever since he stepped up to replace Roy Williams in April, Davis has been determined to bring in players, particularly shooters in the frontcourt. Garcia is no exception. The 6-foot-11 forward shot 35.7 percent from behind the arc and averaged 13.0 points per game last season.

In a game last season against the Tar Heels - in which Marquette pulled off the upset win - Garcia scored 24 of his team's 83 points, proving himself to be a dominant force for the Golden Eagles even as a first-year.

Like rising junior forward Armando Bacot, Garcia withdrew from the NBA draft this summer to join the Tar Heels for the 2021-2022 season, where he looks to continue his success on the college level.

Garcia isn't the only transfer joining the Tar Heels this fall. Davis has also acquired two more forwards in Brady Manek, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma, and Justin McKoy, a rising junior from Virginia.

Manek entered his senior year as a Sooner with an impressive 1,188 career points. Last season, he increased that number to 1,459 with 271 points, rising to No. 14 on the all-time scoring list at Oklahoma while shooting .375 from behind the arc.

McKoy was mostly used in a reserve role for the Cavaliers last season, shooting 48.3 percent from the field and 80 percent from the free-throw line. The latter skill will come in handy for North Carolina, who shot just 66.8 percent from the line as a team last season - second-worst in the ACC.

These transfers add some experience to a younger team, especially as UNC has lost Garrison Brooks, Walker Kessler and Walker Miller to other schools.

It's no fluke that UNC has so many players transferring in and out of the program this season. In April, the NCAA changed its rules so players would immediately become eligible to play for their new teams after transferring. Previously, players had to sit out a season after transferring, unless they were graduate students.

Transfers have played a significant role on the UNC men's basketball team in recent years. Justin Pierce and Christian Keeling both became Tar Heels in 2019 as graduate transfers from William & Mary and Charleston Southern, respectively.

And it's hard to forget Cam Johnson, who came to North Carolina in 2017 after graduating in three years at Pitt. The small forward led the team in scoring in the 2018-2019 season and was drafted 11th overall in the 2019 NBA draft.

UNC hasn't had many basketball transfers compared to other similarly successful programs, but the players that have transferred in over the years have made a big impact. Even before Johnson, Tar Heel transfers left their marks on the program.

Wes Miller came to North Carolina as a point guard from James Madison in 2004, just in time to be part of the 2005 national championship team. The following season, he led the team in three-point percentage at 44.1 percent - seventh best in a season in Tar Heel history. Miller would go on to become the head coach of UNC-G in 2011. He was considered a serious candidate for the North Carolina job in April before being named the next head coach at Cincinnati.

The significance of transfers for the UNC men's basketball program isn't new. As Tar Heel fans eagerly await the start to Davis' head coaching career, they should also focus on what new transfers may contribute to this year's team.


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UNC graduate guard Christian Keeling (55) drives the ball up the court against N.C. State in the Smith Center on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.

<![CDATA[Column: Women's sports teams dominate UNC athletics, so treat them like it]]> Three national championships, six national semifinals appearances, two national players of the year, over a dozen first-team All-Americans.

To have won all those accolades over the course of the entire history of an athletic program would be considered an impressive accomplishment for almost any university.

Not at the University of North Carolina - that's just what UNC sports brought in last year.

Maybe you missed seeing Austin O'Connor capture the 149-pound NCAA wrestling title back in March, or the women's tennis duo of Makenna Jones and Elizabeth Scotty claim the doubles championship in May. Perhaps you haven't even heard about the UNC field hockey dynasty that has now won back-to-back-to-back championships.

The unfortunate truth is that not many self-proclaimed Tar Heel fans paid heed to the world-class athletes who added to UNC's trophy cases this year, for the simple reason that they weren't on the basketball or football teams.

If you're an incoming student, you may have the preconception that North Carolina is a "basketball school," a label that in no way represents the true nature of UNC athletics.

Trust me, that's just the tip of the iceberg.

If you really wanted to single out one team to define the vast array of varsity sports at UNC, you would want to start by looking at the women's programs.

For too long, the triumphs of women's sports at UNC have gone unacknowledged by the average sports fan.

We're not just the school that produced Michael Jordan, we're the school that produced Mia Hamm.

Of the Tar Heels' 47 NCAA team titles, women's teams have won 34 of them. But you wouldn't know it from all the attention and coverage of the men's programs that greatly overshadows that of the women's.

The UNC women's teams first surpassed the men's in total championships in the 1980s, when women's collegiate sports first started to gain traction, and that trend of dominance still persists today.

Women's soccer and field hockey haven't let up since their first titles over 30 years ago, and more recently, the women's lacrosse and women's tennis teams have emerged as national powers.

In the last decade, women's teams have won 11 championships across four sports, compared to five men's titles.

So even though you, in all likelihood, are excited about the prospects of cheering on the Tar Heels in Kenan Memorial Stadium and the Smith Center, don't let that be where your fandom end.

After all, what has the men's basketball team done recently to keep the excitement of the fans?

For a team that came into last season ranked No. 16, had the ACC preseason player of the year and brought in a top-three recruiting class, you can't call an 18-11 record and a brutal first-round tournament loss anything other than a disappointment.

And yes, it's been great to watch the rebirth of the football team under the tutelage of Mack Brown, but in all reality, the chances of UNC ever becoming anything more than the little brother to Clemson in the ACC are incredibly slim.

If students are willing to flock the Dean Dome this year to see a team that's been trending downwards, helmed by a rookie head coach in Hubert Davis, then they are just as capable of carrying that same enthusiasm to support the women's soccer team coached by Hall of Famer Anson Dorrance.

Or the field hockey team coached by Hall of Famer Karen Shelton. Or the women's lacrosse team coached by Hall of Famer Jenny Levy.

You get the point.

My hope is that when you get to Chapel Hill, you'll soon realize that men's basketball and football are just two of the almost 30 varsity sports programs that the University boasts, each with a winning pedigree that's worthy of your respect.

So venture outside your comfort zone as a UNC fan. Grab a ticket to watch a sport that you may not be familiar with, sit down and watch greatness unfold before your eyes.

You won't regret it.


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UNC sophomore forward Isabel Cox (13) drives downfield against FSU junior midfielder Jailen Howell (6) in Sahlen's Stadium in Cary, NC on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. The Seminoles beat the Tar Heels 3-2 to win the ACC Women's Soccer championship.

<![CDATA[A brief history of UNC's storied athletic programs and their national titles]]> UNC is nicknamed the University of National Champions for a reason.

Since 1977, every four-year student that has attended North Carolina has seen the Tar Heels win at least one national championship, beginning with the 1981 men's lacrosse title. In total, UNC has won 46 NCAA team titles.

Carolina Athletics is probably best known for its six-time NCAA champion men's basketball team, which has seen iconic moments from Michael Jordan's game-winning shot in the 1982 title game to Chris Webber's ill-fated timeout in 1993.

But you may not have even heard of one of the team's greatest championship runs, which happened in 1957. Coaching legend Frank McGuire led the team to a perfect 32-0 season alongside ACC Player of the Year Lennie Rosenbluth. The team played in Woollen Gymnasium, which is now used as a student recreation facility.

The team then took out Yale, Canisius, Syracuse and Michigan State to face a Wilt Chamberlain-led Kansas team, which only had two losses, in the title game. In three overtimes, the Tar Heels were able to contain Chamberlain and won their first-ever national championship 54-53.

The football team has never won a national championship, but it has produced its fair share of stars. Players like Lawrence Taylor, Julius Peppers, Dré Bly, Mitch Trubisky and many others all played in Kenan Memorial Stadium wearing Carolina blue. The team is on the rise once again, guided by Hall of Fame coach Mack Brown and junior quarterback Sam Howell, who is primed for a run at the Heisman Trophy that eluded former Tar Heel Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice in 1948 and 1949.

However, the men's basketball and football teams are far from the most decorated sports programs that North Carolina has to offer. The talent that has stepped foot on campus doesn't just stop at names like Vince Carter and Giovani Bernard.

One of the most dominant teams featured at UNC is women's soccer. The program has won 22 national championships with many of its players going on to star on the international level. Five of the 23 players on the United States women's national team are former UNC players.

From 1986-1994, current women's soccer head coach Anson Dorrance and the Tar Heels dominated the NCAA, winning nine straight championships and only losing one game across that span.

During those nine years, Dorrance coached legendary players such as Kristine Lilly, Mia Hamm and Tisha Venturini, all of whom won the Hermann Trophy, awarded annually to the best player in college soccer.

Recently, the field hockey team has put the country on notice, winning three straight titles. Rising senior forward Erin Matson is one of the best athletes to ever come through Chapel Hill. This past year, she won her third ACC Player of the Year award in three years with the team. Matson is just three goals away from becoming the program's all-time leader, and with at least one more year in a Tar Heel uniform its more than likely she will smash that record this upcoming season.

Another team to look out for is women's lacrosse. This past season, head coach Jenny Levy and her team wreaked havoc on whoever they played. Behind two national player of the year finalists in attacker Jamie Ortega and goalkeeper Taylor Moreno, the team won twenty straight games and an ACC Championship and made it to the NCAA Tournament semifinals.

Levy won two national titles in 2013 and 2016 with the Tar Heels, and with many of their stars returning, they are primed for another run next year.

Like the women's lacrosse team, the men's lacrosse team reached the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament this past season while also sharing a piece of the ACC title with the team 8 miles up the road. Head coach Joe Breschi has had a part in the last two championships for men's lacrosse, winning as an assistant coach in 1991 and as head coach in 2016.

So when you come to campus, make sure to keep your eyes on all corners of Carolina Athletics, because the University of National Champions is still adding to the trophy case.


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DTH Graphic. Photos by Ira Wilder, Angelina Katsanis, Laura Morton and Alex Kormann.

<![CDATA[Column: What to do on the weekends in Chapel Hill and surrounding areas]]> As a first-year student, it can be difficult to occupy your weekends since you won't be very familiar with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area yet.

Here are some fun ways to spend your days off.

Carolina Basketball Museum

When you're a UNC student, being a basketball fan is a staple of your college experience.

Though you won't be able to enter the Dean Dome to cheer on the Heels until later in the fall, you can experience the fandom at this museum dedicated entirely to UNC basketball players, history, artifacts and more.

Some of the artifacts on display include championship trophies, the shoes Roy Williams wore for the last win of his coaching career and new panels about the hiring of Hubert Davis as head coach.

You can find the Carolina Basketball Museum on the ground floor of the Ernie Williamson Athletic Center at 450 Skipper Bowles Drive right next to the Dean Smith Center, so you can get a quick peek at the action.

On-campus arts and cultural events

Memorial Hall performances, PlayMakers Repertory Company shows and Ackland Art Museum exhibits are among the top arts and culture attractions on campus.

Carolina Performing Arts hosts many of its events at Memorial Hall throughout the year, typically offering free or discounted admission to UNC students.

The calendar has not yet been announced for the 2021-22 season, but stay tuned for updates regarding upcoming performances. Past events have featured the Martha Graham Dance Company, Grammy Award winner Chris Thile and New Orleans-based jazz band The Soul Rebels.

PlayMakers Repertory Company, based in the Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art, is the professional theater company in residence at UNC. This fall, the company will perform "As You Like It" by William Shakespeare.

If you're interested in the visual arts, the Ackland Art Museum provides a cultural exploration into art and history through its various exhibits. In addition to the museum's permanent collection, visitors can view the "Clouding: Shape and Sign in Asian Art" installation this fall.

Explorations of nature

A hidden gem at UNC is the presence of the North Carolina Botanical Garden on campus through the Coker Arboretum.

Open from dawn to dusk every day of the year, Coker Arboretum is a 5-acre serene escape in the heart of campus. Picnic on one of its open lawns, take in the beautiful scenery on a shady bench or explore the wide variety of flowers and trees.

Despite its location tucked between the Pit and Franklin Street, Coker Arboretum is arguably the most peaceful place on campus. This outdoor space can serve as the perfect stress-reliever during midterms or the ideal spot to just relax and take in the beauty that is UNC's campus.

Underrated outdoor spots in Chapel Hill can also be seen on the trailways in the Chapel Hill backroads around the downtown scene.

Tanyard Branch Trail, Bolin Creek Trail and Battle Branch Trail all connect gorgeous outdoor scenery from the border of Carrboro through Battle Park. These routes through nature are an ideal way to get outside to bike, walk or run and enjoy the Chapel Hill weather.

Eating your way through Chapel Hill

The easiest way to occupy your time is by enjoying all the cuisine that Chapel Hill and the surrounding towns have to offer.

Chapel Hill is packed with iconic food activities like getting the famous BLT from Merritt's Grill, overlooking Franklin Street at Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery or having brunch at the oldest restaurant in North Carolina, Carolina Coffee Shop.

Another fun way to try local food is by visiting the Carrboro Farmers' Market, located in the Carrboro Town Commons at 301 W Main St. Vendors provide fresh produce, meats, eggs, bread, pottery, art and much more.


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<![CDATA[Armando Bacot announces he will return for junior season at UNC]]> Armando Bacot, a center on the North Carolina men's basketball team, told CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein on Monday that he would be returning for his junior season.

Bacot had entered the NBA draft process but did not hire an agent, allowing the option for his return to UNC. Bacot was not projected to be selected in the NBA Draft on July 29, nor was he invited to this year's NBA Draft Combine.

"I'm thankful Armando got an opportunity to work out with some teams and he played off-the-charts great," head coach Hubert Davis said in a press release. "As much as I am pleased that he was able to go through the process and flourish in that process, I am just as ecstatic that he is coming back to Carolina."

Bacot will be one of UNC's few returning frontcourt players next season.

Day'Ron Sharpe, who also entered the draft process, signed with sports agency company CAA on Friday, officially ending his college career after one season with the Tar Heels. UNC is losing two other big men to the transfer portal, with Garrison Brooks and Walker Kessler headed to Mississippi State and Auburn, respectively.

Bigs dominated the UNC offense last season, and replacing those points and rebounds generated from inside would have been a tough ask without Bacot's return.

Brady Manek, a 6-foot-9 stretch four from Oklahoma, and Justin McKoy, a forward from Virginia, will be transferring in to join Bacot in UNC's new-look frontcourt next season.

Bacot led last season's team in points (12.3) and rebounds (7.8) and was named to the All-ACC Third Team. He started every game but senior night and shined in the ACC Tournament, averaging 16.3 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks across three games.

Next season, Bacot is slated to be one of the veteran leaders of UNC's young team.

"He's our team leader, our captain, he's worked extremely hard, he's our leading returning scorer and rebounder, and for us to have a chance next year we need to have someone like Armando," Davis said.


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<![CDATA[Roy Williams speaks after reports that Mike Krzyzewski will retire after next season]]> Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski will retire following the 2021-2022 basketball season, according to a tweet from Stadium's Jeff Goodman on Wednesday.

Krzyzewski has served as Duke's head coach since 1980, and over his 40-year career with the Blue Devils, he has accrued five national championships and 1,170 wins, the most of any Division I college basketball coach.

Krzyzewski's retirement will come just one season after Roy Williams retired as head coach of the North Carolina men's basketball program. The Hall of Famers competed against each other for 18 seasons in one of the fiercest rivalries in sports.

Williams guided the Tar Heels to three national championships and retired as the third-winningest head coach in Division I men's basketball history with a total of 903 wins over 33 seasons - behind only Krzyzewski and Syracuse's Jim Boeheim.

"Mike's been fantastic for the game of basketball, he's been fantastic for college basketball, he's been fantastic for the ACC and the greatest rivalry in sports, Duke and North Carolina basketball," Williams said Wednesday. "He's been a good friend. He's been a guy I've respected a great deal. He made everybody bring their A-game for years and years."

Krzyzewski is working with university officials to finalize a search process and name Jon Scheyer as his successor, according to a tweet from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The 33-year-old Scheyer played for Duke from 2006-2010 and has served on the coaching staff since the 2013-2014 season. He was named the program's associate head coach in 2018.


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<![CDATA[Analysis: How Hubert Davis' contract stacks up against other coaches' at UNC and beyond]]> On April 5, the UNC Board of Trustees approved the contract signed by new men's basketball coach Hubert Davis.

In total, Davis is set to make $9.75 million over five years. But how does his pay stack up against his predecessor, Roy Williams, or other big-name coaches in the UNC family? How about other men's basketball coaches that just inked new deals?

Here's everything you need to know about Davis' contract:

Breaking down Davis' contract

Davis signed a five-year deal that stipulates $400,000 per year in base salary, along with supplemental compensation that starts at $600,000 in year one and increases by $100,000 annually. Additionally, he will be paid $750,000 per year from his agreements with Nike and Learfield IMG College.

The compensation from Nike and Learfield are not an anomaly among UNC coaches. As of 2018, five North Carolina coaches had personal service contracts with Nike and/or received compensation from Learfield, including Williams. Those agreements are approved by the UNC chancellor and Bubba Cunningham, the school's athletic director.

Also included in the contract is a $50,000 expense allowance and annual bonuses that could be worth up to nearly $1.1 million.

Roy Williams, former UNC men's basketball coach

That being said, the University will be saving some money with Davis' contract. Williams was still on contract through 2028 when he retired, with his base pay for the 2027-28 season being $800,000 - double that of Davis' in his first season.

When Williams was brought on as UNC's head coach in 2003, he signed an eight-year deal with a base salary of $260,000. Adjusted for inflation, that would be about $375,000, comparable to that of Davis' new deal - despite Williams' 15 years of experience being head coach of Kansas' program.

Williams was the sixth highest-paid men's basketball coach last season, raking in over $4 million despite giving up 20 percent of his annual base salary of $625,000 in light of COVID-19 related budget cuts. In the ACC, only Duke's Mike Krzyzewski made more, with a total pay of over $7 million.

Davis will earn $1.75 million in his first season as head coach. Comparing that figure to other coaches' salaries in the 2020-2021 season, Davis would have been about the 61st highest-paid coach in the nation and about the second lowest-paid in the ACC, just ahead of former Boston College head coach Jim Christian.

Mack Brown, UNC football coach

Brown, like Williams, is a national champion and longtime staple of a very successful program, and his contract with UNC reflects that.

After an 8-4 campaign in the fall, Brown signed an extension that will put him on contract through the 2025 season with an annual salary of $3.5 million. Next season will be the first time in a while that UNC's head football coach will be earning more than the head men's basketball coach.

Juwan Howard, Michigan men's basketball head coach

Davis and Howard seem to have a lot in common when it comes to their coaching careers. Both had lengthy stints in the NBA before returning to their alma maters - flagship public institutions in Power Five conferences - with no previous head coaching experience.

Just as their paths to becoming head coaches parallel each other, so do their contracts. When Howard was hired to replace longtime coach John Beilein at Michigan, he signed a five-year deal with a base salary starting at $400,000, just like Davis did. Both coaches will be making somewhere in the ballpark of $2 million annually throughout the lengths of their contracts.

After leading Michigan to a Big Ten regular season championship and an Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Tournament in just his second campaign, Howard is on track to earn even more money should he continue his success. If Davis' career continues to follow the same path as Howard's, then perhaps that bodes well for the future of UNC men's basketball.


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<![CDATA[Analysis: UNC men's basketball loses Kessler, Bacot, Brooks and Sharpe]]> The North Carolina men's basketball team is currently going through a complete turnover.

The past few weeks have included Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams retiring, assistant coach Hubert Davis being promoted to the head coaching position and the team becoming depleted in the frontcourt - with multiple players entering the transfer portal or throwing their name out for the NBA Draft process.

Here's a look at some of the departing players and what holes they will leave for the Tar Heels.

Walker Kessler

Kessler, a highly-touted 247Sports five-star recruit, was the first to announce that he was entering the transfer portal. His place in the rotation of UNC's stacked frontcourt led to him only averaging 8.7 minutes per game.

After a few solid games, Kessler put everything in his arsenal on display in a 78-70 home win over Florida State. He turned the tide in the game en route to a 20-point, eight-rebound, four-block, one-steal game, while shooting 9-10 from the field and 2-2 from the free-throw line. He played a season-high 24 minutes and gained a major following in the fan base, with hopes that he would get a chance to shine down the road.

Kessler is the most recent McDonald's All-American to transfer from North Carolina after just one season, announcing yesterday that he will be transferring to Auburn. Twins David and Travis Wear transferred from UNC in 2010, the last McDonald's All-Americans to do so after just one year in Chapel Hill.

His departure leaves the Tar Heels without what many believed to be a major part of the team's frontcourt depth in the coming seasons.

Garrison Brooks

The senior from LaFayette, Alabama announced he was entering the transfer portal last week, bringing an end to his time in Chapel Hill. Brooks, who was the 2020-21 Preseason ACC Player of the Year, didn't exactly play up to those standards this season, but still put together a solid final year in Chapel Hill.

While he saw a drop in his numbers from last season, Brooks still managed to average 10.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He finished his North Carolina career with 1,211 points in 130 total games.

Day'Ron Sharpe

The first-year from Greenville, North Carolina declared for the 2021 NBA Draft after just one season in Carolina Blue. Sharpe was a major spark for the Tar Heels throughout the season, averaging 9.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game, all while shooting 52 percent from the field. His play this season earned him a spot on the ACC All-Freshman team.

There were multiple games where Sharpe flashed signs of potential to be a force at the next level. His work on the glass led to him having five double-doubles on the season, as well as a 25-point, nine-rebound game in a 66-65 win over Notre Dame in January.

In an ACC tournament blowout win against the Fighting Irish, Sharpe displayed his versatility on the offensive end with a 14-point, 10-rebound, six-assist performance.

Armando Bacot

The sophomore from Richmond, Virginia made the decision to test the NBA draft waters in order to work on and evaluate his game, in an effort to decide if he wants to come back for his junior season in Chapel Hill.

Bacot is coming off a year where he made great strides in his efficiency from the field. He upped his scoring from 9.5 to 12.3 points per game and his field goal percentage from 45.9 percent to 62.8 percent. He also averaged 7.8 rebounds and around one steal, block and assist per game. He totaled seven double-doubles for the season, and his play earned him third-team All-ACC honors.

While he could come back, losing Bacot would leave the Tar Heels with yet another big hole to fill in the frontcourt.

Overall, the Tar Heels are left with little to no depth in the paint at the moment. The offseason is still young, so the rookie coach Davis could still have some additions in mind. But as of now, there is a lot of production that needs to be replaced, most likely through the transfer portal.


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<![CDATA['The man for the job': UNC students are optimistic about Hubert Davis hire]]> The announcement that assistant coach and former North Carolina basketball standout Hubert Davis would succeed Roy Williams as the next head coach of the Tar Heels sparked discussion across the nation and in Chapel Hill.

Williams expressed his approval of the hiring and his optimism for the future of UNC basketball with Davis at the helm in a statement last Tuesday. Williams' strong recommendation of Davis is one of several reasons UNC students are excited about the future of Tar Heel basketball.

"I really do think Hubert Davis is the man for the job because when you have someone with the legacy of Roy Williams supporting him, it's huge," junior Richard Adkins said.

The sense of loyalty and tradition that Davis' hiring evokes also has students excited. Many students preferred UNC to make an internal hiring because it represented loyalty, hiring someone that's been so closely connected to and involved with the program.

"I don't think that 'keeping it in the family' is the one thing that's going to make him a good coach, but I think it can elevate his coaching because of the sense of loyalty and belonging (from hiring internally)," sophomore Emma Schieck said.

Some students are also looking forward to changes Davis might make in play style. While Williams enjoyed substantial success playing two traditional post-players at a time, some fans said the style of play needs to be adapted for UNC to return to being a dominant force in the ACC and the NCAA.

Adkins, along with other Tar Heel fans, believe Davis will take the best of Williams' scheme and implement it into a more modernized, spaced-out style of play.

"You can still run two bigs, but have one that's more of a shooter," junior Luc Stadler said. "There's ways to keep the core of what we have that has worked so well for so long, like adding in another 3-point shooter ... what we saw with Luke Maye as a stretch-four."

Along with changing the game on the court, students are excited about the prospects of Davis changing the game in recruiting. With former players turned coaches like Michigan's Juwan Howard and Memphis' Penny Hardaway garnering top recruits, UNC students are hopeful that Davis' impressive collegiate and professional basketball resume will help him add similar talent to the Tar Heels' roster.

"I think that'll be huge, especially in the recruiting process because a lot of these players have dreams of going to the NBA," Adkins said. "He has the experience of playing in the NBA and knows that next step to get those players to the NBA."

Davis is already showing aggression in recruiting, especially in the transfer portal. Davis lured sophomore forward Justin McKoy - a former standout at nearby Panther Creek High School and three-star recruit, according to 247Sports - from Virginia to UNC.

He also spoke about plans to bring Walker Kessler - a former McDonald's All-American and five-star recruit, according to ESPN - back to UNC after Kessler announced his intentions to transfer last month.

"I think it's kind of cool because you didn't get that outward aggression in recruiting with Roy," Stadler said. "I think if he can figure out transfer recruiting and recruiting through the high school ranks, he can make Carolina the cool place to go."

While Tar Heel basketball hasn't quite lived up to the UNC standard the past two seasons, students are optimistic that Davis' understanding of and connection to the Tar Heel tradition and culture - coupled with a potential recruiting edge and an openness to a more modernized style of play - will help UNC basketball return to national prominence in the near future.

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<![CDATA[Analysis: A look the first newcomers to UNC men's basketball for the 2021-22 season]]> The North Carolina men's basketball team has seen its fair share of change over the past few weeks, with multiple players entering the transfer portal and, most notably, head coach Roy Williams retiring after winning three national championships in Chapel Hill.

With new coach Hubert Davis at the helm, he will have the opportunity to shape this team into the future, starting with the recruiting class of 2021.

The Tar Heels were able to sign two players in the class of 2021 and score one transfer, helping bolster the team after the losses of this past season. Here's a look at the newcomers while UNC awaits further transfer decisions.

Dontrez Styles

Dontrez Styles, a 247Sports four-star recruit out of Kinston High School in Kinston, is a much-needed piece for the Tar Heels entering the upcoming seasons. The 6-foot-7, 205-pound small forward will help fill the immediate gap in the paint after Day'Ron Sharpe and Armando Bacot potentially leave for the NBA Draft, as well as Garrison Brooks, Walker Kessler, Walker Miller and Sterling Manley, who head into the transfer portal.

Styles posted stellar numbers throughout his high school career, with his strongest year being his junior season in 2019-20. He scored 19.7 points per game that year, as well as 11 rebounds per game, 1.1 assists per contest and 0.7 blocks per game. His senior season showed similar numbers but was less than a quarter of the length of his junior campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Styles should make a case for a starting role in Davis' new system, with the current lack of paint presence.

D'Marco Dunn

D'Marco Dunn, the other four-star recruit in North Carolina's 2021 class, will help bolster another aspect of the Tar Heel team - mid-range and perimeter shooting. Hailing from Westover High School in Fayetteville, Dunn will add depth to the guard position and should help improve one of UNC's weaker points last season.

In Dunn's upperclassman seasons, he played incredibly well for his position in both. He managed to improve upon his junior season, scoring 23.4 points per game his senior year, compared to 20.4 the prior year. He also averaged 8.6 rebounds per game, 2.6 assists per game, 2.7 steals per game and 0.9 blocks per contest in his senior campaign.

Though Dunn might not be a day-one starter for the Tar Heels due to the depth at the guard position, he will certainly be a deadly rotation piece for the offense with his 6-foot-4, 180-pound frame. If he plays his cards right, a starting role might not be that wild an idea.

Justin McKoy

Justin McKoy, a rising junior from the University of Virginia, is another small forward who could immediately make an impact in the new system due to the lack of depth in the paint. Standing at 6-foot-8 and weighing 215 pounds, McKoy could very well see an increase in playing time compared to his limited career at Virginia.

McKoy played in 19 games at Virginia this past season, starting in four. He averaged 3.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, mainly as a bench player, but gradually increased his minutes on the court as the season progressed. At Panther Creek High School in Cary, McKoy averaged a double-double of 24.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game in his senior season.

McKoy could see his role switch to that of a hybrid player as a Tar Heel, as he and rising senior Leaky Black are slated to be the tallest players on the team, barring further transfers coming to UNC.

In what has been one of North Carolina's most hectic offseasons in the history of the program, the Tar Heels, led by their rookie head coach, look to turn around two years of disappointing seasons. And they look to do so with the help of fresh talent in the form of Styles, Dunn and McKoy.


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<![CDATA[UNC men's basketball forward Garrison Brooks enters transfer portal]]> Forward Garrison Brooks of the UNC men's basketball team, a 2019-20 second-team All-ACC selection and the 2020 Preseason ACC Player of the Year, has entered the transfer portal, sources within the program have confirmed.

Brooks has one year of college eligibility left, thanks to the changes made due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Brooks was a four-year starter at UNC, who in the 2019-2020 season averaged 16.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game en route to being named the ACC's Most Improved Player.

Despite being named the conference's preseason player of the year, he disappointed in his senior season, with his scoring, rebounding and assist numbers all dropping from the prior year.

Brooks is the fourth Tar Heel to announce they plan to enter into the transfer portal this off-season. The most prominent transfer besides Brooks came from Walker Kessler, who will be leaving after only a year in Chapel Hill. Walker Miller will also be entering the portal as a graduate, while Sterling Manley is leaving after injuries derailed his time in Chapel Hill.

In addition to the four transfers, both Day'Ron Sharpe and Armando Bacot have declared for the 2021 NBA Draft. Bacot is only testing the draft process and can still return to UNC, however, as he has not hired an agent.


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<![CDATA[Column: Davis points to new era for UNC men's basketball]]> I have been to more press conferences in my life than I care to remember, not because the number is so high, but because they are usually pretty boring affairs.

I don't mean to bemoan the people who ensure that this sports reporting industry exists (if they never spoke we'd have far less to write about), but you can generally predict most of what will be said before you get there.

I don't think I ever could have predicted - and I likely soon won't forget - Hubert Davis' introductory press conference as the head coach of the UNC men's basketball team. The level of emotion and sincerity he brought to that moment caught me completely off guard.

For years, Roy Williams brought a certain level of curmudgeonly sarcasm to the job - that made the few moments when he really made himself vulnerable, like after the losses to Clemson and Duke last year, all the more notable. But in the hour that Davis was there, talking about his journey to this moment, he made it immediately clear he's going to wear his heart on his sleeve while in the head coaching chair.

What that means exactly for the program, I couldn't tell you. I'm not a Division I basketball player, and I don't think I could ever have the mentality of one - but at the very least things will be different.

After two sub-par years where the talent seemed better than the results for North Carolina, maybe different isn't such a bad thing.

Williams made it almost heartbreakingly clear that he didn't think he was the right man for the job anymore, and I don't think it's out of turn to say that college basketball, with everything both on and off the court, was going to fully pass him by sooner rather than later.

Davis has already joked on ESPN about needing big men who can shoot, which at least means he's thinking about moving UNC in a modern direction. The Carolina offense, while not static, is at least very similar to the same stuff Dean Smith was running 60 years ago - it's also a style of play that's really hard to run with a bunch of young guys.

Williams proved he could still coach genuinely great teams (the Tar Heels were a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament two years ago) but that was helmed by talented and experienced players. That combination is rare these days, especially if you go chasing blue-chip prospects who won't stay all four years like UNC has.

Is Davis going to come in on day one and throw out the principles the school has relied on for the past several decades? Absolutely not, and he said it himself: "The foundation is set here at Carolina."

But he also knows the game has changed. You don't have to tell the best statistical three-point shooter in school history that shooting is important. Davis watched first-hand on the bench this past season as his team shot an abysmal 31.8 percent from three. You cannot play the game trading threes for twos, especially not when UNC's best advantage - offensive rebounding - might not even be there next year with most of the frontcourt possibly gone.

I'd expect North Carolina men's basketball to look more modern next year. The transfer-palooza that could come means it's impossible to predict what UNC's roster will actually look like, but I'd be surprised if Davis doesn't target a modern big man who can stretch the floor.

Davis said all the right things in his introduction, but college basketball is a cruel world where the eternal dictum is 'what have you done for me lately?' If Davis' team starts slow, or looks like an antiquated offense with ill-fitted players, good-natured sincerity will only keep him in the coach's chair for so long.


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<![CDATA[LISTEN: University COVID-19 vaccine clinic & Coach Hubert Davis' hiring]]> Listen on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

Episode hosted by Evely Forte and produced by Praveena Somasundaram. Supervising producers are University Desk Editor Maddie Ellis, Digital Managing Editor Will Melfi and Editor-in-Chief Anna Pogarcic.

<![CDATA[Editorial: Hubert Davis is making history]]> UNC announced Monday that longtime assistant coach Hubert Davis would be promoted to replace Roy Williams as the Tar Heels' new head basketball coach.

The selection is significant for several reasons. Davis continues the tradition of the UNC basketball head coach coming from the Carolina family, a deep network that consists of UNC basketball alumni. Davis was also Williams' apparent choice to succeed him on the sideline.

Davis' hiring also sets another major milestone for UNC. He now becomes the first Black head coach at UNC in a major revenue sport, and just the fourth Black head coach ever in any UNC sport.

In Davis's words, this milestone is "significant."

It becomes even more important when you consider the racial breakdown of college basketball as a whole. It is currently a sport overwhelmingly made up of young Black players, but led by white coaches.

Within the Power 5 conferences - Big Ten, ACC, Big 12, SEC and Pac-12 - only 26 percent of players are white, yet 83 percent of head coaches are white.

Out of the 77 coaches to have led a college basketball team this previous season at the Power Six level (Power 5 plus Big East), just 13 are Black. One reason there are so few college basketball coaches of color is a lack of diversity in the hiring process.

One of the 13 Black coaches, Georgetown's Patrick Ewing, pointed to a lack of representation among athletic directors in a 2020 interview.

"People hire people that look like them," Ewing said. "It's not necessarily racist. Most of the time you hire a person you can relate to."

At Division I schools, just 15.6 percent of athletic directors are Black -a number that drops to 10 percent once historically Black colleges and universities are factored out. In the seven major conferences, only 11 of the 87 universities have a Black AD. Just one of those 87 universities has a Black president.

Davis' hiring also comes at a time when racial injustice continues to be at the forefront of national conversation. At a time when former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the murder of George Floyd, we cannot underestimate the impact race has on our nation.

Especially when you have a group of primarily young Black men now learning from a Black coach who can also act as a mentor and role model.

With Davis coming from the Carolina Family, he will continue the legacy established by Dean Smith. One of Coach Smith's goals, when hired as basketball coach, was to recruit African American players for UNC.

In fact, Hubert Davis' uncle, Walter Davis, was among the first African American basketball players for UNC, starring for Coach Smith from 1974 to 1977.

It will now be up to Coach Davis to carry the legacy of being UNC's first Black head coach, following the path paved before him by Dean Smith and Walter Davis.

The pressure will be on -but if anyone can live up to the lofty expectations, it's Hubert Davis.

As Roy Williams said in a video posted to Twitter yesterday and directed toward Davis, "You are the finest young man I've ever known in my life... you'll be better than me."