Saturday, May 22, 2010

Magazine runs photos of what they call drunken UNC players on Spring Break

An online magazine titled Coed Magazine has released what it calls "drunken Spring Break pictures" of UNC basketball players.

The photos undoubtedly show Carolina players; however, the timing of the photos is in question. While freshman John Henson was pictured so were Wes Miller, Bobby Frasor and Mike Copeland, who haven't been on the team in a while. Spring Break at UNC was March 6-14 but I think the Tar Heels were a tad busy during that time.

The pictures certainly appear to be real but when they were taken, and whether or not they were taken at the same time is uncertain. Those who want their Tar Heels to be straight-laced will nevertheless be upset by the pictures which appear to show Marcus Ginyard having beer poured down his throat and Henson dirty dancing with a scantily clad female, as well as other jocularity.

Take a look at reason one why the Wear twins shouldn't have transferred by clicking here. This photo appears to show Henson gettin' down on it. Take a look at all the photos and make up your mind for yourself.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Roy Williams to head home for 2011 opener

Here's an interesting note from Ken Tysiac of the Raleigh News & Observer - North Carolina will open its 2011-12 basketball season at UNC-Asheville as UNC-A unveils a new arena.

Williams, of course, is from Asheville, and he has shown a willingness to play in a new arena early. This past season Carolina played at the new Dallas Cowboys stadium, losing to Texas, and the College of Charleston's new arena.

Former Tar Heel signs with Redskins

Veteran defensive end Vonnie Holliday has signed to play for the New Over-the-Hill Gang Washington Redskins. A former Tar Heel All-ACC player, Holliday, 34, was selected in the first round of the 1998 NFL draft by the Green Bay Packers.

That draft was the first time in UNC school history that three Tar Heels were selected in the first round – Greg Ellis went to the Dallas Cowboys while Brian Simmons went to the Cincinnati Bengals. All three played defense. The 1997 Tar Heels (11-1) ranked as one of the strongest defensive units in school history, posting a program-record 42 sacks while placing second nationally in rushing defense, third in total defense and fifth in turnover margin.

The Redskins plan to use Holliday in its new 3-4 defense as a third-down player, or as a backup to Albert Haynesworth, or even as a starter if the oft-injured, expensive, overrated and unhappy Haynesworth is traded (possibly to the Vikings). Holliday had success in the 3-4 when with the Dolphins 2005-2008. He had been a starter every year until serving as a backup for the Broncos last year where he still proved to be a strong pass rusher.

Raleigh-Durham has the strongest out-of-market fan base for the Redskins, according to a national survey conducted by DirecTV. That’s not a big surprise considering that the Redskins were the “home team” for the area for more than 50 years until the Panthers moved into Charlotte.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Heels now leading for Knox

InsideCarolina is reporting North Carolina is the leader for Alabama transfer Justin Knox, and Roy Williams is telling Knox he'll play if he's wearing light blue next season.

Carolina lacks inside punch now that the Wear twins have transferred and Knox, who is 6 feet 8, is one of the few post players available. He is scheduled to graduate in three years - IC is reporting he has to finish in summer school - and thus would be eligible next season.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Carolina the best college baseball team in North and South Carolina

Coastal Carolina that is. The Chanticleers are 45-6 and should get a nice seed in the NC AA tournament. Two years ago Coastal Carolina fell to the North Carolina Tar Heels in the NCAA Super Regionals in Cary. The Tar Heels, who stand at 32-20 and 11-16 in the ACC, probably won't qualify for the ACC tournament and are on the bubble for getting an NCAA bid.

UNC lost pitching and hitting but few thought the Heels would fall this far, this fast. One of the biggest differences between this year's team and last year's club is power. With the season dwindling down, the Tar Heels have only 36 home runs compared to 69 last year. Carolina was a plus 19 in homers last year and are a minus seven this year.

Of course the main reason for that is the loss of Dustin Ackley, now in the Seattle Mariners minor league system. No one has been able to come close to making up for Ackley's 22 home runs and .417 batting average from last season.
The Heels' top hitter this year is Levi Michael, who is batting an impressive .351 but who has only six homers.