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Williams supporting Manning but not this week

Williams supporting Manning but not this week

CHAPEL HILL – Wake Forest coach Danny Manning is struggling. He guided the Demon Deacons to the NCAA tournament two years ago, but otherwise he’s mired in a fourth losing season out of five in Winston-Salam. The temperature is turning up on the hot seat. Manning never played or...

Julius Peppers surprised Williams long ago

Julius Peppers surprised Williams long ago

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The first time Roy Williams saw Julius Pepers in a summer basketball tournament he was still coaching at Kansas. Upon hearing Peppers was committed to North Carolina he thought the kid was in over his then-6-foot-5 height. “The Peach Jam is my favorite...

We learned little about Duke from Kansas game

We learned little about Duke from Kansas game

We learned as much about Duke’s basketball team in its third game of the season as we gained from Blue Devils Coach Mike Krzyzewski in a pregame interview.In one of those awkward faux conversations that TV dollars force coaches into, Coach K and Kansas Coach Bill Self met at...

Sports crumbled prejudice before 1957 Final Four

Sports crumbled prejudice before 1957 Final Four

It remains to be seen how forcefully the NCAA responds to the Indiana state legislature’s religious freedom law that critics say was designed with legalese to allow discrimination against gays and others in the name of religion. But as the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Los...

Michigan State first confronted Final Four perfection in 1957

Michigan State first confronted Final Four perfection in 1957

For the third time Michigan State stands among a Final Four field that features a No. 1-ranked basketball team seeking to complete an unbeaten season with an NCAA title and record for most wins in a season. This year it’s No. 1 Kentucky with a mark of 38-0 in quest of 40-0....