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Maintaining the Winning Tradition of UNC basketball

by Charly Mann


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Daniel Foote      2:12 PM Tue 3/23/2010

I am very impressed with the old photos of UNC basketball you have in this article. Previous to this all I had ever seen was a photo of the first UNC team.

T Carver      4:20 PM Mon 3/22/2010

If something is not done soon to counter the spreading mediocrity in college basketball then TV ratings and attendance will go down. I think we are just seeing the beginning of this decline in quality, which in large part is because of the attraction of pro ball for good college players.

Bill Baggett      8:19 PM Sun 3/21/2010

I have had the opportunity to be a shot clock operator at a small university. The school had a mediocre record against other small schools. The players are students first and players second. This is not to say they may not make a career out of basketball as a coach and some do receive scholarships for their basketball ability. The coaches and players take the game seriously also (no shortage of technical fouls).<br \>I think that they are closer to the tradition than is UNC and other big time programs. I do not think you can turn the clock back, just look elsewhere if you want the old time college sports tradition.

Ron Young      2:03 PM Sun 3/21/2010

I think we should go back to the old days and let the team be made up of real student athletes. I think if all the NCAA schools did this games would be as enjoyable as they are today - and good coaching would matter even more.

Paul Drucker      10:36 PM Sat 3/20/2010

I think a lot of great young players would love to play basketball for Carolina at $450,000 a year, and I bet that would help both recruiting and retention. Good luck getting the NCAA to go along with this idea.

John Davidson      2:50 PM Sat 3/20/2010

I am glad the Tar Heels are still playing and beat Mississippi State today, but it is really hard playing this up with the Duke fans in my office. I noticed that CNN was not even carrying updates on the N.I.T. games. I agree something must be done to keep our best players that is fair and equitable to all.

Scott Reynolds      9:58 AM Sat 3/20/2010

I had a good laugh when you described UNC&#39;s &quot;powerhouse&quot; opponents during their first season. <br \><br \>Has UNC ever honored Marvin Ritch in any way?

Brandon Price      7:12 AM Sat 3/20/2010

I would love to see a way that our top players could make it financially worth their while to stay at UNC for four years. Obviously the rules and the way we look at these talented men must come to terms with the reality of the world today.

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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.



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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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