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UNC Sports Quotes of the Year

Nearly every time a UNC player or coach was talking to the media this season, I was there with a camera. Here’s a collection of some of the best quotes I heard during the 2017-18 season. Most are funny, but some of them are just thoughtful or sincere. Most of them come with a video link, so click and enjoy watching the video of the best quotes of the season.

Delany family gives $1 million gift to the Carolina Edge initiative

Jim Delany may be commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, but he is a lifetime member of the UNC basketball family and his Tar Heel roots run deep. Delany came to Carolina to play for the late, great Dean Smith and went to two NCAA Final Fours. Now, the Delany family is taking their commitment even further with a $1 million gift to the Carolina Edge initiative.

Marie McCool ready for her final run with the UNC women's lacrosse team

Marie Marie McCool doesn’t have much time left at North Carolina. With only a few games left in her waning senior season, she has proven to be one of the most complete women's lacrosse players in the country. “Nothing fancy, nothing that necessarily wows you, but at the end of the game, you're like, ‘Holy s***, she is incredible,'” teammate Naomi Lerner said.

Four Corners: Offseason Training Underway

The 2018-19 UNC basketball team has begun offseason conditioning work at the Smith Center, working with strength and conditioning coordinator Jonas Sahratian and assistant James Ayscue to begin preparations for next season. The academic year will wrap up soon, with pending graduations next month for Joel Berry, Kane Ma, Theo Pinson and Aaron Rohlman.

UNC Offensive Line Still Hampered by Injuries

Chris Kapilovic’s offseason challenge was daunting enough with a full slate of inexperienced bodies along his offensive line. With two projected starters sidelined due to injury, spring ball became a proving ground for freshmen, walk-ons and other backups battling for playing time next fall. UNC only returns 19 starts along the offensive line, the fewest in the ACC.

Larry Fedora Wraps Up UNC's Spring Football Practice

Larry Fedora: "We finished up spring on Monday, had a good spring, we got a lot of reps with a lot of young guys and we got a lot of people a lot of work. It was a very productive spring. I would say that both quarterbacks are better off than they were at the end of the season. They’ve made a lot of progress and did a really good job this winter preparing themselves."

After 51 Years, Ron Miller Retires As Tar Heel Fencing Coach

After 51 years and 1,553 victories, Ron Miller is retiring as coach of the UNC men's and women's fencing programs. He coached UNC's first varsity fencing team, in 1967-68, and has mentored thousands of Tar Heel student-athletes since then. "Ron's dedication to Carolina and the sport of fencing is just incredible," UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham said.

Early 2019 NBA Mock Draft Features Nassir Little in Top Five

In ESPN's most recent 2019 mock draft, North Carolina signee Nassir Little is projected to go No. 2 overall to the Boston Celtics. The mock draft comes after scouting of the nation's top rising college freshmen at the McDonald's All American, Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit events. Little is the No. 2 player in the 247Sports' 2018 rankings.

Ike Freeman Leading UNC On And Off The Diamond

If you ask Ike Freeman to describe himself, you won't get a complicated answer. "It's really hunting and baseball. They're my two main things." Freeman is a simple man. And if you know him, you'll understand that to be an absolute truth. He's soft-spoken, a hard worker, and humble. Trying to get the sophomore to talk about his accomplishments is a futile task.

NY Knicks: 5 things to know about new head coach candidate Kenny Smith

A surprising name was thrown into the Knicks' coaching search Wednesday when ESPN reported that TNT analyst Kenny Smith would interview for the job. Smith, 53, joins a list of candidates that includes Mark Jackson, David Fizdale, Jerry Stackhouse, Mike Woodson and David Blatt. Here are five things to know about Smith, who has no NBA coaching experience:

Carolina Insider Podcast: Non-Conference Schedule, Basketball Team Awards, Spring Football

Friday's edition of the Carolina Insider podcast is packed with content. Join hosts Jones Angell and Adam Lucas for a discussion of UNC basketball's out-of-conference schedule for 2018-19, a look back at the end-of-year basketball awards ceremony, spring football chatter and former Maryland coach and soon-to-be Hall of Famer Lefty Driesell joins the pod.

Raymond Felton Q&A: 'All the little things' mean a lot at playoff time

It's familiar territory for Raymond Felton. The Thunder's loss to the Jazz on Wednesday was Felton's 38th career playoff game, and Oklahoma City is the sixth different franchise with which he's reached the NBA Playoffs. He won an NCAA title with North Carolina in 2005. So Felton has been around the block and talked about the little things that matter at playoff time.

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