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5/10/2020 9:52pm

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the foreseeable future of UNC athletics looks grim. Original photograph taken at a men's soccer game on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.

'I just can’t imagine it': UNC professors on sports' return in 2020

With Monday marking two months since the NBA suspended its season in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNC professor Jonathan Weiler, who hosts the "Agony of Defeat” podcast about the intersection between sports and politics with UNC history professor Matthew Andrews, admits he's on the pessimistic side for sports' return in the near future. Both noted in interviews with The Daily Tar Heel that virtually every league is in uncharted territory right now, with no clear path forward. “We’ve never had this before. Ever,” Weiler said. “Where there’s no sports, anywhere in the world.”


4/23/2020 11:14pm

Guard Joel Berry II (2) celebrates during North Carolina's 96-89 win over N.C. State on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at PNC Arena.

Analysis: How the 3-point revolution impacted UNC basketball

The 3-point shot has revolutionized the game of basketball. After it was created, low-frequency shots from way outside were not only rewarded but encouraged.  Despite Roy Williams' emphasis on the paint, the Tar Heels aren't immune to the rising importance of the 3-pointer. When there is individual 3-point success at UNC, national championships seem to follow. 


4/23/2020 10:47pm

UNC forward Shea Rush (11) runs onto the court during player presentations at Late Night With Roy on Oct. 13, 2017. 

Shea Rush looks back at four years on the UNC men's basketball team

To Shea Rush, basketball is central to nearly all of his experiences. He certainly became a better player over the last four years, but he says the program means much more to him.  “That stuff is all fun, but the thing that I will miss most, without a doubt, are my teammates,” Rush said. “It was the greatest bond and friendship I’ve ever had on a team.”


4/23/2020 3:58pm

The UNC 1957 men's basketball team celebrates its win. Photo courtesy of North Carolina Collection.

North Carolina's own March Madness: Remembering the Dixie Classic

The Dixie Classic undoubtedly shaped the legacy of North Carolina college basketball fans. This annual three-day period showcased the top talent of the "Big Four" North Carolina schools, coming to a sudden end with the exposition of a point-shaving scandal involving the players of participating schools.


4/20/2020 8:13pm

Senior defensive lineman Jason Strowbridge (55) tackles USC’s quarterback during the Belk College Kickoff in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday, August 31, 2019.  

Former UNC football players Heck and Strowbridge prepare for a virtual NFL Draft

There won’t be war rooms, a live crowd or even a chorus of boos for commissioner Roger Goodell as the NFL Draft gets started on Thursday. Instead, the draft will be done virtually with all team personnel in separate locations. For two former UNC football players who will have their names called, the new coronavirus world has changed the way they are experiencing the draft process.


4/18/2020 9:06pm

Head Coach Roy Williams prepares to toss t-shirts into the crowd ahead of a game against Duke in the Smith Center on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. The Tar Heels lost to the Blue Devils 98-96.

Dontrez Styles, the No. 1 junior in North Carolina, commits to play for UNC basketball

The No. 1 junior in North Carolina, Dontrez Styles, has committed to play for UNC, he announced via Instagram Live on Saturday. Styles, a Kinston, North Carolina native, is labeled as a four-star power forward, according to 247Sports, and is the No. 57 recruit in the 2021 class. He picked the Tar Heels over the likes of N.C. State, Georgetown and Maryland, who also offered him.