Phil Ford News Archive

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

The best recruiting pitches in college basketball

North Carolina: "The ceiling is the roof." Bob McAdoo and Phil Ford established the Tar Heel brand but what makes the program so unique is that it is the home to Michael Jordan, the best to ever play the game. The chance to become the next great to don the same powder blue jersey that Jordan once donned is difficult to decline, a recruiting pitch that Roy Williams and his staff have been sure to sell.

UNC remains a possibility for Zion Williamson after his official visit

Zion Williamson, the No. 2 recruit of the 2018 class, had his official visit at UNC this weekend. Williamson spent the weekend with coach Roy Williams and the rest of the Tar Heels. He watched the basketball exhibition against Barton College on Friday — where he sat next to UNC basketball legend Phil Ford — and also attended UNC's football game against Miami.

Photos: Five-Star Zion Williamson in the Smith Center

Before UNC tipped off against Barton College on Friday, five-star forward Zion Williamson walked onto the Smith Center floor and took a seat on the baseline. The 6-foot-6, 275-pound recruit and No. 2 overall player in the 2018 class is on his official visit to UNC. Williamson watched UNC's exhibition game seated next to former Tar Heel great and All-American Phil Ford.

College basketball starts in 50 days, so here are 50 fun facts to get you ready

8. Even though the Tar Heels lost a lot, they do return Joel Berry II, who could wind up as the most important point guard in college basketball this season. Berry will aim to become the fifth North Carolina player in program history to win a national player of the year award, joining Phil Ford, Michael Jordan, Antawn Jamison and Tyler Hansbrough.

Phil Ford - The Kid Who Couldn’t Dunk - Was Still An All-American

Phil Ford, arguably the greatest point guard to ever play in the ACC, faced a daunting challenge as a young boy growing up in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. He was too small – to jump up and touch the rim or dunk like the bigger players he idolized. So Phil decided he would learn to do other things better than every other player, no matter their size.

Chancellor Folt receives 12th Person Award from North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center

From the moment she first learned about the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center three years ago, UNC Chancellor Carol L. Folt has been an avid backer of the center. The center recognized that support on July 27 as it presented Folt with the 12th Person Award, named after Phil Ford – who wore No. 12 for the men’s basketball team in the 1970s.

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