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Carolina Firsts: Karen L. Parker

Karen L. Parker made history at UNC in 1965, when she became the first African American woman to receive an undergraduate degree from the University. Parker began her studies at UNC in 1963 following two years of study at the North Carolina Women’s College in Greensboro (now UNCG). During her time at UNC, she took an active role in civil rights movements. (UNC.edu)

Gene Chizik goes in-depth on his decision to step away from coaching

Gene Chizik has decided to step away from coaching. The 55-year-old Chizik has spent the past two seasons at North Carolina as the team’s defensive coordinator. So what made a relatively young coach who has had a lot of success as both a defensive coordinator and head coach step away from the profession altogether? In the end, it’s all about family. (FOX Sports)

The Book on Mitch Trubisky: Scouting polarizing UNC QB

After finishing with the fifth-highest completion rate in the FBS and shattering several North Carolina passing records in 2016, Mitch Trubisky is poised to make a meteoric rise from being a backup quarterback in 2015 to a top pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. The third-team All ACC selection displayed a polished game that is ideally suited for the NFL. (NFL.com)

Chansky’s Notebook: Pack Is Pathetic

If Mark Gottfried isn’t fired this week, how long can it be? UNC has beaten N.C. State twice this season by a combined 75 points. That means an almost certain end for Wolfpack Coach Mark Gottfried, whose program lacks talent and togetherness and must be an embarrassment to the school’s fans, who have seen Roy Williams beat their team 27 out of 30. (Chapelboro.com)

Tar Heels to move forward without injured Kenny Williams

Tenth-ranked North Carolina will likely go the rest of the season without starting shooting guard Kenny Williams. The sophomore injured his right knee earlier this week and, after watching Wednesday night’s 97-73 blowout of N.C. State from the bench, Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said his team won’t get him back this season. “He’ll have surgery early next week.” (Fayetteville Observer)

Maye Day in Raleigh: Luke Maye scores career-high 13 points

Luke Maye is hardly known as a scorer, let alone a rim-rocker. Coming into Wednesday’s game, the sophomore averaged 5 points in 13 minutes per game as UNC’s fourth option inside. But with the N.C. State defense conceding the lane, Maye put the ball on the floor with confidence. Two steps, two hands and two of his career-high 13 points. (Daily Tar Heel)

Andrew Miller set to balance Indians' season, World Baseball Classic

Indians reliever Andrew Miller fired throw after throw, his catch partner positioned in a crouch, as a light rain fell on the practice diamond Monday morning at the club's spring complex. The lefty ace got his work in early on the eve of the first official workout for pitchers and catchers. (MLB.com)

Video: NC State fans boo coach Mark Gottfried in pregame introductions vs. UNC

The joyous roar of the crowd upon the introduction of NC State senior guard Terry Henderson was followed up with resounding boos to the next name announced over the loud speakers: Mark Gottfried. The Wolfpack coach has had a rough go of it this week. After reports surfaced that Gottfried’s days appear to be numbered as coach at NC State, the Wolfpack fans let loose on the coach after playing back-to-back road games (CBS Sports)

Another rise for Matt Harvey begins quieter than the last

Can Matt Harvey regain his pitching superpowers? The answer carries clear consequences for the Mets, whose chances of securing a franchise-record third consecutive postseason appearance would improve dramatically if Harvey can pitch like he did in 2015 or, even better, 2013. (New York Post)

UNC student Benjamin Kompa named Churchill Scholar

Benjamin Kompa, a fourth-year student at UNC, has been named a recipient of the prestigious Churchill Scholarship, a research-focused award that provides funding to outstanding American students for a year of master’s study in science, mathematics and engineering at Churchill College, based at the University of Cambridge in England. (UNC.edu)

Wolfpack stumbles through another blowout, faces uncertain future

After sending N.C. State's Omer Yurtseven flying with a pump fake, UNC forward Luke Maye got in one dribble and threw down a dunk that no team that was invested in playing defense would have allowed. This should have been a jarring sight. But for a Wolfpack team that's already seen its season crater thanks in part to hapless defense, it somehow wasn't. (Fayetteville Observer)

No mercy among rivals: Tar Heels blast reeling Wolfpack

Theo Pinson looked around this emptying building during the final minutes Wednesday night, relishing the sight of the North Carolina State crowd thinning, the aisles filling with people heading for the exits. “That’s a great feeling,” the North Carolina swingman said, smiling. “You always want that on the road. That means you played pretty well, and we did.” (Burlington Times News)

North Carolina-N.C. State Postgame Quotes

Roy Williams: "We feel very good right now to say the least. It was one of those things where we thought we would have an advantage inside, and we wanted to make than an important part of the game like we’ve tried to do all season. Points in the paint, 60-22, was huge and 41 rebounds to 25, 27 second chance points to their 13, but we got off to a good start." (GoHeels.com)

North Carolina-N.C. State Postgame Notes

This is the first time North Carolina has beaten NC State twice in one season by 20 or more points since 1993. The 24-point margin of victory ties Carolina’s largest over NC State in PNC Arena. Joel Berry II became the 75th Tar Heel to score 1,000 career points (most in NCAA history). The game was Roy Williams’ 500th game as UNC’s head coach. (GoHeels.com)

NC State, with Mark Gottfried's job reportedly in peril, routed by North Carolina

Amid reports coach Mark Gottfried will likely be fired after the season, NC State got smoked 97-73 by North Carolina in Raleigh on Wednesday, a sixth straight loss which turns up the heat more on an embattled coach. It wasn’t as bad as the 51-point loss to the Tar Heels on Jan. 12 -- the second most lopsided result in series history -- but this one might sting more. (CBS Sports)

Lucas: Tough Times

After Wednesday’s Tar Heel win, the Wolfpack now sits at 14-13. I don’t pretend to know anything about the coaching ability of Mark Gottfried, or his fit at NC State, or any of the decisions that will be made in Raleigh. But I do know he’s surrounded by some very good people who have tried to do a very good job in a very tough situation. It’s a miserable, frustrating feeling. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Overwhelm Pack in Post

No. 10 North Carolina had one goal in mind when they entered PNC Arena on Wednesday night: attack the paint early, and attack it often. That plan prevailed as the Tar Heels outscored N.C. State, 60-22, in the paint on the way to a 97-73 win to complete the season sweep. UNC had a distinct advantage in the post from the tip as NCSU opted for a smaller lineup. (Inside Carolina)

Video: NC State Coach Mark Gottfried Post-UNC Press Conference

North Carolina State basketball coach Mark Gottfried says his team made many mistakes, but he gave plenty of credit to North Carolina in Wednesday's 97-73 Tar Heel victory. View Video...

Seventh Woods puts defender in a spin cycle

With the unfortunate news that North Carolina sophomore guard Kenny Williams is out for the rest of the season, the Tar Heels will need other players in the backcourt to step up and help fill that void. One of those players is talented freshman Seventh Woods. (Carolina Blue)

UNC men's basketball defeats NC State, 97-73, to sweep season series

Much like the first matchup between the two, UNC dominated the opening minutes of the contest. The Tar Heels got the ball into the paint early and often, scoring virtually at will against an undersized N.C. State squad. No matter which tandem of forwards took the floor for UNC, N.C. State could do little to slow the Tar Heels down inside. (Daily Tar Heel)

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