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South Carolina taps ACC roots at Final Four

South Carolina taps ACC roots at Final Four

You probably thought South Carolina’s upset of Duke spoiled the romance of a Tobacco Road showdown. Up in smoke went the anticipated North Carolina-Duke meeting in the NCAA championship game.If so, you have overlooked South Carolina’s Tobacco Road history. ... Click here for...

The case for Duffy and Medal of Freedom

The case for Duffy and Medal of Freedom

Letter to President Obama: Three years ago you presented North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a White House ceremony. Tobacco Road rivals -- indeed, the basketball nation -- united in applause. The proclamation recognized Smith’s...

Coach K speaking up a contrast to Bear Bryant

Coach K speaking up a contrast to Bear Bryant

Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski spoke up the day between the NCAA and ACC pulling championship events from North Carolina over the state’s discriminatory House Bill 2. Coach K’s words are not to be taken lightly.Krzyzewski assumed the mantle as patriarch of the state’s...

USA Basketball assist from Dean Smith

USA Basketball assist from Dean Smith

Americans love college rivalries. It starts at the top with coaches, and the bloodstreams of various colors bleed through to the players and fans.With another school year upon us and USA Basketball having returned from Rio de Janeiro with a third straight Olympic gold medal, this...

Duke AD stood by Krzyzewski before he was Coach K

Duke AD stood by Krzyzewski before he was Coach K

The flags should be flying at half-mast over Krzyzewskiville for Tom Butters throughout the Final Four weekend.Without the former Duke athletic director, there would be no Krzyzewskiville, the basketball village where Duke students camp out in tents in the shadow of Cameron...

Dean Smith would have loved Marcus Paige

Dean Smith would have loved Marcus Paige

In three short years, North Carolina senior guard Marcus Paige went from All-ACC first-team his sophomore season to second-team as a junior and honorable mention as a senior.But don’t begin to suggest Paige’s stature among the Tar Heels ever slipped. ... Click here for the...

Expanson has exposed old ACC as overrated

Expanson has exposed old ACC as overrated

This may surprise you, but for the first time since 2008, North Carolina cut down the nets to claim an ACC Tournament title. The Tar Heels beat Virginia, 61-57, Saturday night in Washington, D.C. ... Click here for the rest of my Today's U story

Feinstein book provides unique look at ACC hoop legends

Feinstein book provides unique look at ACC hoop legends

RALEIGH — John Feinstein fielded questions to kick off his “The Legends Club” book tour on college basketball coaches Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Valvano. One was to name his favorite sport.He listed, in order, college basketball, golf and baseball. One has to...

Michigan State boasts complete hoop package

Michigan State boasts complete hoop package

There may not be a more tightly packaged example of mentor and protégé in college basketball than Jud Heathcote and Tom Izzo.Consider that Bob Knight groomed Mike Krzyzewski as a player at Army and assistant at Indiana, but he became Coach K at Duke. Also, Knight and...

Colangelo points to Dean assist for USA Basketball turnaround

Colangelo points to Dean assist for USA Basketball turnaround

One constant throughout tributes to Dean Smith focused on words of a great man with humble deeds rather than a great coach that won games and titles. That was true in the initial comments from players, colleagues and media retrospectives following the legendary North...