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ESPN Big Monday slate released: UNC, Kansas highlight the list
College basketball season isn't far off. And now the full Big Monday schedule on ESPN is official. Here's what it looks like. Jan. 4 - No. 2 North Carolina at Florida State, 7 ET, ESPN; Feb. 1 - No. 2 North Carolina at Louisville, 7 ET, ESPN; Feb. 29 - Syracuse at No. 2 North Carolina, 7 ET, ESPN.
35 years ago: Dean Smith writes legendary recruiting letter to Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan thrived under legendary coach Dean Smith’s tutelage, helping North Carolina win a national championship in 1982 and winning National College Player of the Year honors in 1984. As part of Smith’s recruitment of Jordan, he sent the young MJ a now-legendary letter following a visit with the basketball star. The note was sent to Jordan 35 years ago to this day.
Maryland-North Carolina considered marquee matchup of ACC-Big Ten Challenge
The Dec. 1 matchup between Maryland and North Carolina in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge will tip-off at 9:30 p.m., ESPN announced Tuesday. The game will be broadcast on ESPN’s main channel. The Terps and Tar Heels are expected to be among those under consideration for the No. 1 ranking. Last week, ESPN chose Maryland No. 1 and North Carolina No. 2 in its No-Longer-Way-Too-Early Top 25.
Michael Jordan vintage Converse sneakers up for auction
These groundbreaking Converse All-Star shoes were game-worn by Michael Jordan during the regular season of the Tar Heels’ 1981-82 NCAA Championship season. They are style-matched to games leading up to the 1982 NCAA Tournament, and Jordan has uniquely signed and inscribed them as being from that special season.
Time & TV Announced For UNC-Maryland Game
North Carolina will host Maryland in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on December 1 in Chapel Hill. ESPN, the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big Ten on Tuesday announced the game times and television networks for the 2014 event. The Tar Heels will host former ACC member Maryland at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday December 1 in the Smith Center on ESPN.
ACC basketball in enough working order to begin projecting one
Here goes with a still-early-but-not-way-too-early look at the ACC, presented with an understanding that I reserve the right to change my voting order at the league’s media day in October. This is my column, so I get to make the rules. Save the anger for my slight of your favorite team. The ACC’s top tier (three teams): 1. Virginia, 2. North Carolina, 3. Duke.
Jordan: I'd Take Dean Smith Over Phil Jackson
At his summer Flight School, Michael Jordan did a Q&A with campers and was asked who he would pick to coach him in one game. His answer: "Dean Smith." Several years ago, we were lucky enough to conduct an interview with Jordan in advance of Roy Williams' induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Most of that interview was about Williams. But Jordan also talks about Dean Smith:
Video: Berry and Pinson break it down
It seems former Tar Heel dancing phenom Danny Green might have been replaced as the most skilled and inspired dancing UNC basketball player. In a series of videos posted on twitter and instagram, sophomore point guard Joel Berry and wing Theo Pinson break it down with some sweet, sweet moves.
Video: M.J. Q&A at Michael Jordan Flight School
Michael Jordan, held an inspirational, informative, and entertaining Q & A session on Saturday Night in Santa Barbara at his 20th Annual Basketball Camp: Michael Jordan Flight School. The G.O.A.T did not disappoint as he, in tongue-in-cheek fashion, claimed superiority in one way or another over Shaq, Lebron James, and Kobe Bryant, in his prime, of course.
Michael Jordan picks Dean Smith over Phil Jackson
Michael Jordan did a Q&A with campers at his annual Flight School, and the kids in attendance asked Jordan some pretty interesting questions. Here are a few of the highlights: If I played one game, who would I want to coach: Phil Jackson or Dean Smith? Dean Smith. Dean Smith helped me become the basketball player I am today. Phil was lucky because I was taught the game by Dean Smith.
Kid impresses Michael Jordan at his basketball camp, wins shoes for his whole team (video)
A few days ago, a camper at Michael Jordan’s Flight School tried to clown his shoes with the “WHAT ARE THOSE??” meme. It didn’t go so well. Another camper had a more successful week: he had a chance to go around the world with shots, and he nailed it. He won free shoes for his entire team.
P.J. Hairston's mother pushes to start public speaking tour
P.J. Hairston’s mother has started a GoFundMe campaign to fund a public speaking tour, saying she hopes to “clear the air” about her son’s path to the NBA and his time at North Carolina after being a high school star in Greensboro. “It is time to clear the air and let people know the perils and pitfalls that can come about playing NCAA basketball,” Mailey wrote.
Lucas: Rebounding Emphasis Shows
Roy Williams has built a program hallmarked by a fast tempo, man to man defense, and a preference for pounding the ball inside. According to some recent numbers, however, there’s another trademark of the Tar Heels under Williams: success on the offensive glass. A recent story by Ken Pomeroy puts Williams as the third-best coach in the country in getting production off the offensive glass since 2002.
Harrison Barnes Invited To USA Basketball Men's National Team minicamp
A total of 34 players, including former Tar Heel Harrison Barnes, will make the trip to Las Vegas later this month in order to keep their name in the running for the final roster that will represent the United States of America at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next summer. Of the 34 players in camp, eight were added to the roster for the first time this year.
Arrest made in murder of Reggie Bullock’s sibling
An arrest has been made in the murder of a relative of former Kinston High School and current NBA player Reggie Bullock. Mia Henderson is a transgender woman from Kinston who was found murdered in Baltimore in July 2014. The 26-year-old is also known as Kevin Long. Detectives traced DNA found under the victim’s fingernails to Shawn Oliver, 43, who is currently in jail.