In an effort to start your day with a smile, via Jones Angell, here's the mid-1980s Tar Heel Sports Network radio open. Wasn't sure if we remembered this...until we heard the familiar, "Carolina Fever's got me!" "It's everywhere!"
Good off-week reading: analyzing Carolina's offense on first and second down, and analyzing Carolina's offense on third down...Teammates and coaches have noticed a more mature Marquise Williams this fall...Larry Fedora isn't looking down the road; he's going to play the players who can help his team win today...This is still a game away, but national writers are noticing a possible renaissance at Boston College, which comes to Chapel Hill on Oct. 26...The ACC just happened to put out a FAQ this week on how the conference determines game times...Larry Fedora and Kareem Martin explain the Carolina schedule during the unusual bye week/short week lead up to the Miami game:
Memories of the night Michael Jordan scored 63 points in Asheville...Tyler Zeller's hip injury is not serious, and he practiced yesterday...Double-double for Ed Davis in preseason against the Mavs, as he went for 10 points and 10 rebounds...9 points and 7 rebounds for Tyler Hansbrough last night in a preseason game...Raymond Felton had 11 points and 5 assists against the Celtics...
If you missed any of our coverage of the anniversary of Dean Smith's retirement: Adam Lucas' column on missing an important stage of Smith's career, Steve Kirschner's account of being at the podium when Smith announced his retirement and first-person recollections from three players who were in the room when Smith informed the team of the news...We also asked for fan memories of Coach Smith, and we got some great ones...
Today in great headline writing: "Confidence a fragrance for Joel James"...GoHeels TV visited with Leslie McDonald to learn more about how preseason practice is going after two weeks:
Really good feature on Kealia Ohai and Crystal Dunn..."Anson Dorrance changed my life," by UNC women's soccer legend Kristine Lilly...Women's soccer standout Caitlin Ball is not your typical women's soccer super-recruit:
Women's soccer hosts NC State at 7 p.m. in a match you can watch on ESPN3.
Tar Heels in the NFL
Apparently, the interviews Julius Peppers gives with the Chicago Bears are not much different than the interviews he gave as a Tar Heel: he's just not one to waste a lot of words..."If there's a rookie of the year conversation, Giovani Bernard belongs there"...Good to see Kevin Reddick giving back to the community in New Orleans...The success of the Broncos has actually hurt Sylvester Williams' quest for playing time.
Today in Tar Heel history
Oct. 10, 1998: Carolina defeated Pittsburgh, 29-10, behind a defense that registered five sacks, including two for Ebenezer Ekuban. The game was part of a two-game home-and-home series between the two schools that represents the last time the two programs met in the regular season. Carolina travels to Pitt on Nov. 16 this season.
It seems like a long time ago that Chuck Pagano was at Carolina (he was the defensive coordinator in 2007). This is a very good feature that ran on FOX over the weekend with Pagano sitting down with Erin Andrews: