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The History of UNC Football

by Charly Mann


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Neal F Rattican      1:43 PM Tue 6/8/2010

I attended that Gator Bowl game. At halftime, the Air Force folks put on a show with two trained falcons. Many of those paying attention, as I was, may have noticed that near the end of the program, one of the falcons flew off ... and never came back to his handler! At least not during halftime.

Sue Whitaker      8:30 AM Tue 12/15/2009

I remember that UNC 50...Duke 0. I was bittersweet after the death of Jim Tatum. Both of his kids went to school in Chapel Hill & it was so sad when they returned to school after their father's sudden death. Great kids, his son was sort of a mini version of him.

Brent Crosby      3:09 PM Mon 12/14/2009

This is a fabulous overview for a novice like me in Carolina football. I think I prefer the 1929 uniforms over those worn today.

Glen Rankin      3:47 PM Sun 12/13/2009

The best part of the Hickey era for me was his first year. I think Duke had beat Carolina most of the last eight years, and UNC had had a disappointing season, and that year, 1959, the game was played at Duke on Thanksgiving day - and surprise UNC demolished the Blue Devils 50 - 0. I do not think any other Tarheel victory has been so sweet or surprising.

Steve Johnson      6:17 PM Sat 12/12/2009

Great tribute to Carolina football. For me it is not the number of victories that is important, but enjoying the beautiful autumn days in Kenan Stadium. For most of my life all that really mattered was that UNC beak Duke and got the "victory bell".

Jeff Dye      8:55 AM Sat 12/12/2009

I do not think in our current culture in the United States that academic success will ever rival that of having a great sports team in a major sport. I lived in Europe and Japan for many years, and there "college" sports are only a minor part of university life.

John Green      2:15 PM Fri 12/11/2009

I now live in Pawhuska, Oklahoma where Paul &quot;Butch&quot; Davis was an assisant high school football coach in 1973 and 74. I have heard that his salary then was about $8800 a year. I think his amazing record and career since then make $2,000,000 a year a reasonable salary for Davis now.<br \><br \>If he stays at UNC and does not take on a job with a bigger program, or his alma mater, Arkansas, UNC should be a top 10 team within three years.

Charly Mann      12:21 PM Fri 12/11/2009

There are many organizations which rank universities by academic standing. Overall UNC averages #39 for the United States and #78 worldwide. As a state supported college it is considered #5 in the US. <br \> <br \> <br \> <br \>

Ben Barnes      11:53 AM Fri 12/11/2009

I think UNC should focus on their academic rankings instead of those in football and basketball. Do you know how UNC is ranked overall in that area now?

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There would probably be no Chapel Hill if the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees in 1793 had not chosen land across from New Hope Chapel for the location of the university. By 1800 there were about 100 people living in thirty houses surrounding the campus.



The University North Carolina's first student was Hinton James, who enrolled in February, 1795. There is now a dormitory on the campus named in his honor.





The University of North Carolina was closed from 1870 to 1875 because of lack of state funding.





William Ackland left his art collection and $1.25 million to Duke University in 1940 on the condition that he would be buried in the art museum that the University was to build with his bequest. Duke rejected this condition even though members of the Duke Family are buried in Duke Chapel. What followed was a long and acrimonious legal battle between Ackland relatives who now wanted the inheritance, Rollins College, and the University of North Carolina, each attempting to receive the funds. The case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court, and in 1949 UNC was awarded the money for the museum. Ackland is buried near the museum's entrance. When the museum first opened, in the early sixties, there were rumors that his remains were leaking out of the mausoleum.



The official name of the Arboretum on the University of North Carolina campus is the Coker Arboretum. It is named after Dr. William Cocker, the University's first botany professor. It occupies a little more than five acres. It was founded in 1903.



Chapel Hill's main street has always been called Franklin Street. It was named after Benjamin Franklin in the early 1790s.



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Chapel Hill High School and Chapel Hill Junior High were on Franklin Street in the same location as University Square until the mid 1960s.



The Colonial Drug Store at 450 West Franklin Street was owned and operated by John Carswell. It was famous for a fresh-squeezed carbonated orange beverage called a "Big O". In the early 1970s, I managed the Record and Tape Center next door, and must have had over 100 of those drinks. The Colonial Drug Store closed in 1996.



Sutton's Drugstore, which opened in 1923, has one of the last soda fountains in the South. It is one of the few businesses remaining on Franklin Street that was in operation when I was growing up in the 1950s.



Future President Gerald Ford lived in Chapel Hill twice. First when he was 24, in 1938, he took a law couse in summer school at UNC. He lived in the Carr Building, which was a law school dormitory. At the same time, Richard Nixon, the man he served under as Vice President, was attending law school at Duke. In 1942, Ford returned to Chapel Hill to attend the U.S. Navy's Pre-Flight School training program. He lived in a rental house on Hidden Hills Drive.



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