Larry Brown News Archive

He’s 97, and Bobby Gersten’s influence still is being felt

At 97, former Long Beach High School baseball and basketball coach Bobby Gersten remains a renaissance man. He coached future Hall of Fame basketball coach Larry Brown at Long Beach High, was a college teammate of future Yankee George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss at North Carolina and provided educational guidance to future comedy star Billy Crystal.

Jordon Brown's Quiet Strength

During Larry Fedora tenure at North Carolina, his offenses have been highlighted by players whose boisterous personalities almost equal their output on the field. That may be why running back Jordon Brown sticks out from the bunch. Brown, who is entering his junior season, doesn’t need to be loud in order to play his best football.

Is Larry Brown the right hire for Penny Hardaway?

Memphis shouldn’t hire Larry Brown as an assistant because all three programs he led wound up with NCAA sanctions. Memphis should hire Brown because he’s an awesome basketball coach. Memphis shouldn’t hire Brown because he misled investigators during his last coaching gig, at SMU. Memphis should hire Brown because he’s an awesome basketball coach.

Larry Brown rumored to be joining Penny Hardaway's staff at Memphis

The rumor is that Larry Brown will join the staff of Penny Hardaway, the new head coach at Memphis. This could be perfect for Brown, since Hardaway is not an established coach but has contacts with the best high school and AAU teams. Brown does not want to recruit, so he will teach his newest team how to play at practice while Hardaway lures top talent.

Duke-Carolina: The rivalry that seldom disappoints

On February 4, 1961, the North Carolina Tar Heels traveled the short distance to Duke Indoor Stadium to take on the Blue Devils. The game was close throughout and when Art Heyman dropped two free throws with 15 seconds to go, it all but sealed the fate of the Tar Heels. Larry Brown then drove the lane and Heyman intentionally fouled him under the basket.

NC football coaches make landing in-state recruits a priority

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora’s local haul included No. 2-rated wide receiver Jordyn Adams of Green Hope, the son of Tar Heels defensive line coach Deke Adams; No. 9 Avery Jones, an offensive guard from Havelock; and a a pair of top 25 recruits — “athlete” Dyami Brown of West Mecklenburg (No. 13) and running back Devon Lawrence of Wake Forest (No. 22).

Larry Brown, Art Heyman and a brawl: Classic moments abound in UNC vs. Duke rivalry

Art Heyman and Larry Brown started throwing punches, fans poured out of the stands and joined in, and later Heyman even claimed he was kicked by a pair of alligator shoes presumably belonging to UNC coach Frank McGuire. “Duke won the game, but lost the fight,” wrote Jack Horner, the Durham Morning Herald sports editor. A few other noteworthy results:

Signee 101: Get to know 4-star ATH Dyami Brown

Larry Fedora is attempting to re-stock the Tar Heels’ talent pool this winter. Going into this week, North Carolina has the No. 30 overall football recruiting class in the country and No. 6 class in the ACC, and a major reason for that is 4-star ATH Dyami Brown. Brown is one of the six expected recruits from North Carolina to commit to the Tar Heels during the early signing period.

North Carolina trying to flip Maryland OL Spencer Anderson

We’re a week away from the college football early signing period. Just this weekend, the Tar Heels had Maryland three-star commit Spencer Anderson on campus in an attempt to flip him. So, not only is Larry Fedora trying to sign his own recruits, like LB Dax Hollifield, OL William Barnes, DT Rick Sandidge, and RB Leddie Brown, he’s also going after everyone else’s too.

Jordon Brown Makes Amends

It always starts with a phone call. After Jordon Brown's fumble in the final minutes of UNC’s 24-19 loss to Miami on Oct. 28, North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora called his sophomore tailback after both men had left the stadium. “I called him late that night to make sure he was okay and make sure he was with his teammates,” Fedora said.

Extra Points: Energy

Despite the energy and rebound from the misery in Blacksburg, the themes of 2017 were front and center. "There were a lot of good things overshadowed by the things we didn't do," Larry Fedora said. The gamut of emotions ran from the elation of the Tar Heels heralding Beau Corrales' impressive catch to embracing a heartbroken Jordon Brown after his fumble.

Perspective on UNC football under Larry Fedora

Since arriving in Chapel Hill, Larry Fedora has guided UNC to a bowl game every season that they have been eligible. You know who did not accomplish that feat? Bill Dooley, Dick Crum, Mack Brown, Carl Torbush, John Bunting, and Butch Davis. What Fedora has achieved are not normal results. Be frustrated. Caring is good. Just understand how well Larry Fedora has done.

Now Healthy, Versatile Jordon Brown is UNC's Featured Back

After being injured for much of the offseason, UNC running back Jordon Brown is now earning the majority of the reps for the Tar Heels, head coach Larry Fedora said Monday. Brown is coming off his second game of the year with nine catches and leads the Tar Heels with 20 receptions on the year. But the most important aspect of Brown's game this season may be his health.

Weekly State of North Carolina Football Coaching Grades

Larry Fedora, UNC, C: The biggest problem against Duke was the lack of a consistent rushing attack other than quarterback Chazz Surratt. Running backs Jordon Brown and Michael Carter combined for only 41 yards on 16 carries. The defense showed a lot improvement, and wide-out Anthony Ratliff-Williams is becoming a field flipper. Injuries obviously have become a theme.

Stats to know after UNC's football first win

UNC is averaging 39.3 points over three games, tying them for 30th in the country. Their 450.7 yards per game average ranks 49th. In Larry Fedora’s 68-game tenure, the Tar Heels have scored 40 or more points in 27 games and 50 or more points in 11 games. Sophomore tailback Jordon Brown had more carries against ODU (18) than UNC had rushing yards against Louisville (17).

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