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11/21/2000 12:00am

Smart Play Leads Tar Heels to ACC Title

WINSTON SALEM - Good teams play well when they need to. During much of the season, the North Carolina volleyball team played like it was fighting itself. While the Tar Heels usually outplayed their opponents, UNC couldn't always finish them off. Mental mistakes and a lack of focus made some of North Carolina's regular-season matches closer than they should have been. But that wasn't the case this past weekend. The Tar Heels entered the ACC tournament seeded No. 2 and left as conference champions.


11/21/2000 12:00am

Coach Declines Baddour's Offer To Step Down

On Nov. 22, 1999, UNC Director of Athletics Dick Baddour sat in the Bowles Room at Koury Natatorium and announced his support for Carl Torbush as the school's head football coach. On Monday, 364 days later, Baddour found himself in the same place. This time, however, he was there to announce that Torbush had been fired. "I have completed a review of the football program, and the decision has been made not to retain Carl Torbush as the head football coach at the University of North Carolina," said Baddour, who sat beside Chancellor James Moeser at a press conference.


11/21/2000 12:00am

Decision Shocks Tar Heel Players

The team meeting on the second floor of the Frank H. Kenan Football Center started at 2:15 p.m. like it does every Monday. Members of the North Carolina football team watched highlight film from their victory against Duke on Saturday. The players later voted on offensive and defensive MVPs for the season. UNC coach Carl Torbush went in front of the team to tell his players he was lobbying for a bowl berth.


11/20/2000 12:00am

Tar Heels Become Eligible for Bowl

Players and coaches had said all along that they could do it. But somehow, some way, it just never got done. Until Saturday. In what might have been its final contest of the season, the North Carolina football team put together a complete game. The Tar Heels scored on offense, defense and special teams as they pounded Duke 59-21 in front of 24,673 spectators at Wallace Wade Stadium. The win, UNC's third in a row, made the team bowl eligible.


11/20/2000 12:00am

A Dream Deferred: Tar Heels Fall Short of NCAA Title

NORFOLK, Va. -- For Marina DiGiacomo, it was a storybook ending. In the last game on her home field, DiGiacomo scored the first goal on a penalty corner to help Old Dominion defeat North Carolina 3-1 in the NCAA title game at Foreman Field. DiGiacomo also picked up her second national championship at ODU. For North Carolina, DiGiacomo's storybook ending was more like a nightmare. The Tar Heels were bolstered by the outstanding play of goalkeeper Amy Tran and managed to mount a rally with five minutes left in the game to try to upset the top-ranked Lady Monarchs.


11/20/2000 12:00am

Men's Soccer Uses Heads to Advance in NCAAs

The first-round game of the NCAA tournament that pitted North Carolina against William & Mary turned out to be not much of a real soccer game at all. A snow storm blanketed Fetzer Field and made the game a battle of which team could stay on its feet and make solid contact with the ball. The Tar Heels didn't even use their feet to score. They headed in three goals to erase a 2-0 second-half deficit and earn an overtime victory Sunday.

11/17/2000 12:00am

The North Carolina offense hasn't thrown for a TD in UNC Aims to Get Off Ground at Duke

Game and time: North Carolina at Duke. Kickoff is at noon. Site: Wallace Wade Stadium. TV/radio: The game will be televised regionally on JP Sports. The Tar Heel Sports Network will provide live radio coverage; its flagship station is WCHL 1360-AM. Records: UNC is 5-5, 2-5 in the ACC. Duke is 0-10, 0-7. Series: UNC leads 48-34-4. Personnel update: UNC - LB Merceda Perry (ankle), RB Rufus Brown (shoulder) and CB Anthony Anderson (shoulder) are out.


11/17/2000 12:00am

Tar Heels Race to Lead On 1st Day of Nike Cup

The North Carolina men's and women's swimming and diving teams took the lead after the first day of the Nike Cup at Koury Natatorium. The No. 9 UNC women won all five events Thursday night to jump out with 335 points. Virginia Tech is second (123 points), and 12 teams have scored overall. The No. 23 UNC men's team leads the field with 284 points. Pittsburgh is second (207), and LSU is third (136). Junior Kevin Erndl led the charge. He tied the school record in the 50-yard freestyle when he won in 20.06 seconds. UNC's women won both relays Thursday.


11/17/2000 12:00am

UNC's Trip to Appalachian State Marks Many Firsts

Matt Doherty, a relatively young man by coaching standards, is part of a new breed. Doherty has joined the likes of Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Florida's Billy Donovan in a youth movement that has made distinguishing a coach from his players increasingly difficult. This movement has also trickled down to some of the most successful mid-major programs in the country. Winthrop's Gregg Marshall and Tulsa's Buzz Peterson, who have already faced North Carolina, are both younger than the 38-year-old Doherty.


11/16/2000 12:00am

Absence of Robinson Won't Go Unnoticed

For someone who plays right in the middle of the field, Eddie Robinson hardly ever gets noticed. North Carolina's defensive midfielder is there, though. But with a potent offense and a stingy defense on either side of him, fans tend to lose sight of Robinson. One minute, he's battling for a head ball, using his 6-foot-1, 180-pound frame to gain leverage against opposing players. The next moment, he is marking the other team's best offensive midfielder. It's hard to focus on Robinson.


11/16/2000 12:00am

Seniors Aim to Recapture NCAA Title

Kristen McCann laughed at the memory of being one of five freshmen on the North Carolina field hockey team. "We were just a bunch of scrubs," said McCann, now a senior forward. No one would call them "scrubs" now. McCann was named the ACC Player of the Year and has a shot at national honors. Back Jana Toepel has earned All-America honors for two consecutive years and looks to make it three at the end of this reason.


11/16/2000 12:00am

UNC Enters Tourney Seeking Revenge

Winston-Salem. The name doesn't merely appear on the North Carolina volleyball team's schedule - it flashes brightly. No, the team isn't comprised of smokers. But the Tar Heels were swept by Wake Forest this season. What better time and place to avenge a pair of loses than the ACC tournament, in the Demon Deacons' home gym? "I would feel very confident and look forward to that opportunity to play Wake Forest in their gym in the ACC tournament," UNC coach Joe Sagula said.


11/15/2000 12:00am

UNC Gives Opposing Coach Rare Chance

Houston Fancher isn't shocked. Not after building up such an immunity to the rumors and speculation. The fact that he - not Buzz Peterson - is the head basketball coach at Appalachian State heading into Friday's game against North Carolina really comes as no surprise. Fancher watched his former boss entertain all the offers. Peterson's name came up for the Georgia job in 1999. He actually agreed to coach at Southwest Missouri State that same summer before deciding to return to Boone. The possibilities didn't end there. After last season, Georgia Tech became an option.


11/15/2000 12:00am

Scoreboard Watching Not in Torbush's Plans

The North Carolina football team is still alive in the bowl chase. That much, everyone knows. But not all of the Tar Heels want to get caught up in what has to happen for the team to advance to the postseason. UNC plays Duke on Saturday at noon, and N.C.


11/14/2000 12:00am

Tar Heels Still in Hunt for Postseason Game

North Carolina football fans will have to take timeout from their hatred of N.C. State this Saturday. If they want the Tar Heels to go bowling, a Wolfpack victory at Virginia would help the cause tremendously. Although UNC (5-5, 2-5 in the ACC) can't catch the Cavaliers (5-4, 4-3) in the conference standings, UVa. will not be bowl eligible if it doesn't pick up another win. After N.C. State, the Cavaliers head to Virginia Tech, a likely loss. Maryland (5-5, 3-4) is also teetering on the edge of bowl dreams.


11/14/2000 12:00am

Norkus Leads UNC Despite Injury

WINSTON-SALEM - It couldn't have happened at a worse time for Caleb Norkus. Just three days before his North Carolina soccer team would begin play in the ACC tournament, Norkus sprained his left ankle while vying for a head ball in practice. "I just went up for a head ball, and I came down and my ankle rolled," Norkus said.


11/14/2000 12:00am

Point Gaurds Audition for Leading Role in UNC Lineup

It was the one question everyone had about North Carolina men's basketball. It was also the one question UNC coach Matt Doherty would not answer. Who's your starting point guard? Doherty finally showed the world Friday night, when he sent freshman Adam Boone out for the opening tip against Winthrop in the first game of the NABC Classic. However, the answer was not a definitive one.


11/13/2000 12:00am

Tar Heels Scramble to Pull Out Victory

Ronald Curry walked out to his postgame press conference following Saturday's game against Maryland with a smile on his face. A smile? The North Carolina quarterback had just completed one of the worst statistical games of his career, finishing 7-of-16 for 42 yards with an interception. What did he have to smile about? Plenty. The Tar Heels kept their bowl hopes alive by defeating the Terrapins 13-10 before 40,000 fans at Kenan Stadium.


11/13/2000 12:00am

Tar Heels Waste No Time in Overtime, Win ACC Title

WINSTON-SALEM - In just 13 seconds, the frustration that built up during 90 minutes all but vanished. After a scoreless regulation period that included 16 fruitless attempts on the Virginia goal, the North Carolina men's soccer team crowned itself the 2000 ACC tournament champion in a matter of mere seconds. Forward Caleb Norkus broke a scoreless tie by netting a golden goal 13 seconds into overtime to propel the No. 2 Tar Heels to a 1-0 defeat of No. 9 Virginia at Spry Stadium on Sunday.