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Al Wood: Former Tar Heel still shooting straight

Al Wood turned 58 in June, but he’s still shooting straight. A recovering alcoholic (sober for 28 years) and now a minister, Wood was in Salisbury on Tuesday, lending a passionate voice to the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission’s Talk it Out program. Wood is an authority on the negative impact of drinking.

Brice Johnson's jersey-raising UNC career a rarity, especially with burger-based snub

Brice Johnson is the exception. Since the McDonald’s All-American Game began in 1977, North Carolina has recruited 26 players who joined the Tar Heels and earned the right to have their jerseys retired or honored in the Smith Center. From Al Wood to Marcus Paige, 25 of the 26 made the McDonald’s game. Johnson didn’t.

UNC basketball great Al Wood part of the home team now

One guy really stood out at the GoDaddy.com Bowl's annual Celebrity Golf Tournament at Magnolia Grove on Monday. And not just because he stood 6-foot-6: He still carried the lanky build and smooth grace of a basketball player, and he was wearing a Carolina-blue golf shirt and matching Tar Heels cap. Didn't he realize this is football and SEC country? Turns out, Al Wood is part of the team after all.

Candace Wood battling back to top of her game

Candace Wood came to North Carolina with enough talent to dream of one day seeing her jersey hang from the rafters, just like the one of her father, Al Wood, the fifth-leading scorer in the history of UNC men’s basketball. Sure enough, the redshirt junior has become the Tar Heels top 3-point shooter and is expected to start for the fifth straight game when No. 23 UNC hosts Virginia tonight.

Former Tar Heel Al Wood Talks With The Drive

Taylor Zarzour and Marc James talk with former Tar Heel Al Wood about Dean Smith and his relationship with Lorenzo Charles.

A conversation with Sam Perkins

Q: If you could play one game over again, is there one that sticks out? A: Yeah. Game we lost to Indiana in 1981 (while at North Carolina). We had the lead and just didn't finish it. One of my teammates on that team was Al Wood. He should have won a championship in college and he didn't.

Honor Confirmed For 1980 Olympic Team

Members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team, including several Tar Heels, have received belated recognition as recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the U.S. Congress. The honors were confirmed on Dec. 17 for the 461 members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, among them Karen Shelton (field hockey), Sue Walsh (swimming) and Al Wood (basketball).

Overcrowding in UNC Women's Backcourt?

With She'la White's commitment now in hand, North Carolina has landed five highly ranked guards in the 2007 and 2008 classes, begging the question of where they'll all play. Add ex-NBA player and UNC stand out Al Wood’s daughter, Candace, to the fray and you have five outstanding backcourt performers all headed to Chapel Hill.


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