Phil Ford News Archive

Life lessons from basketball, Phil Ford's basketball workshop

Phil Ford’s workshop was incredible. The proceeds from the event and Ford’s book, “The Kid Who Couldn’t Dunk,” went to Ford’s Foundation. The foundation fights childhood obesity. Ford took time with each child instructing them on the mechanics of shooting and basic ball handling. He also dropped several pearls of wisdom on not only the youth but on us old folk too. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Audio: Shaun Draughn: UNC football standout hosting 2nd Celebrity Bowling Fundraiser on June 2

Shaun Draughn, a former standout running back at UNC and current NFL free agent who has played for the Redskins, Giants and 49ers, discusses the Draughn Family Foundation. Draughn also discusses the foundation's 2nd Annual Celebrity Bowling Fundraiser. Scheduled guests include Phil Ford, Todd Gurley and the newest Carolina Panther, Torrey Smith. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Phil Ford Undergoes Surgery for Prostate Cancer

Phil Ford, North Carolina's legendary former point guard and assistant coach, underwent surgery Tuesday (May 22) for prostate cancer. Ford was recently diagnosed as a result of his annual physical. He is under the care of Dr. Eric Wallen at UNC-Chapel Hill. "As soon as I was given the news, I called Coach (Roy) Williams and he recommended Dr. Wallen." (

ACC Barnstorming Tour Brings a Big Crowd to Watauga High School

The team of varsity boys and girls players, as well as coaches and even the school principal suited up for the game to take on ACC standouts Joel Berry, Al Freeman, Theo Pinson and others in a night of fun hoops. The Barnstormers team, coached by former UNC star Phil Ford, gave fans plenty to cheer for with three-point baskets and rim-rocking dunks. (High Country Press)

An Afternoon with Phil Ford

It has been 40 years since Phil Ford ran the legendary Four Corners offense for Dean Smith, but Ford remains perhaps the most popular athlete in the history of North Carolina. “Fabulous Phil” will be giving two basketball workshops Saturday at Southern Season, beginning at noon at the University Place Mall entrance to Southern Season. (

Phil Ford to Serve as Keynote Speaker at ACC Postgraduate Luncheon

UNC and ACC basketball legend Phil Ford will be the keynote speaker at the annual ACC Postgraduate Luncheon presented by ESPN and hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club. The following UNC student-athletes will be honored as 2018 ACC Postgraduate Scholars: David October, (Soccer), Emily Godwin (Track & Field), Morgan Lane (Gymnastics). (The ACC)

Aggies look to overcome North Carolina mystique in second-round matchup

North Carolina’s lineage and history are as rich as any college basketball program in the country. Michael Jordan is among the Tar Heels decedents. So are Sam Perkins, James Worthy, Antwan Jamison and Phil Ford. And none of them will be on the court when seven-seed Texas A&M clashes with the defending national champion and second-seeded Tar Heels. (TexAgs)

Phil Ford and Roy Williams Honor Woody Durham

Phil Ford: When I think of Woody Durham, the Voice of the Tar Heels, so many memories flash though my mind. For UNC fans of football and basketball, it’s both the knowledge of the game and the passion in Woody’s voice that set him apart. For those of us who knew Woody, we knew he put in as much preparation for each game as did the players and coaches. (Inside Carolina)

In 1979, UNC-Duke had it all: From 'Air Ball' to 'Black Sunday'

1979 looked promising for UNC and Duke. The Blue Devils returned their starting five from a group that had played for the NCAA Championship in 1978. Plus, they added Indiana transfer Bob Bender at point guard. UNC had to replace its All-American point guard Phil Ford but returned most of its nucleus from ’78 when the Tar Heels won the ACC regular-season title. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Chansky’s Notebook: A Special Tradition

North Carolina’s Senior Night falls between two very special anniversaries. When Joel Berry, Theo Pinson and Aaron Rohlman make their final appearances at the Smith Center tonight, it will be just after the 40th commemoration of Phil Ford’s famous last game in Carmichael Auditorium and before what would have been Dean Smith’s 87th birthday. (

Audio: Phil Ford - You don't have to be popular, rich or famous to be nice to someone else

UNC Basketball great Phil Ford joins the Sports Shop in-studio as the newest honoree of the "Salute to Champions" initiative in recognition of Black History Month. Ford shares stories from his legendary career and gives his take on college basketball today. Ford also shares what inspired him to start the Phil Ford Foundation, with the objective of fighting childhood obesity. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Video: Phil Ford runs the "Four Corners" to beat Duke - Feb. 12, 1975

North Carolina point guard Phil Ford runs Dean Smith's "Four Corners" offense to perfection in a 78-70 win over Duke in Chapel Hill on February 12, 1975. Read More...

Tobacco Road Podcast: Episode 7

This podcast was recorded prior to Thursday's UNC-Duke game: Tyler Hansbrough and Gerald Henderson discuss North Carolina and Duke's tough stretch leading into the first meeting between the two schools this season. Then, former Carolina star and ACC legend Phil Ford joins to discuss his career under Coach Smith and his journey to becoming a Tar Heel (19:30). (Tobacco Road Pod)

Carolina Insider Podcast: Duke Preview, Phil Ford

Preview Thursday's home basketball game against Duke, recap the win over Pitt and visit with former Tar Heel National Player of the Year Phil Ford in the latest episode of the Carolina Insider podcast. Carolina Insider is a twice-weekly production hosted by Jones Angell and Adam Lucas. Fans can also access the series on Apple iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and Google Play. (

Future Tar Heel Jeremiah Francis Looks to Grow His Game

The list of top point guards in North Carolina history is impressive. From Raymond Felton and Phil Ford, to Kenny Smith and Ty Lawson, just to name a few, it’s a position loaded with marquee names at the traditional powerhouse. Pickerington Central junior Jeremiah Francis is determined to one day be included on that list. “You see all those names, you just want to follow that,” Francis says. (GameBreaker Magazine)

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