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Danny Lotz, a member of UNC’s title team in 1957, dies at age 78

RALEIGH — The son-in-law of the Rev. Billy Graham has died after being found unresponsive in the swimming pool of the Raleigh home he shared with evangelist Anne Graham Lotz. …read more

Source:: Fayetteville Observer


If you can spare 10 bucks, get this book about Dean Smith’s principles

DavidChadwickCoverHiRes (3)David Chadwick played for Dean Smith at North Carolina from 1968-71, back in the relatively early portion of Smith’s tenure at UNC. Now, more than 40 years after playing for Smith and graduating from UNC, Chadwick has written a book – “It’s How You Play the Game” – detailing 12 principles of Smith’s approach to leadership, business and life.

Chadwick, who since 1980 has been the pastor of Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, is the only one of Smith’s players to have written a book about him. It’s available for $10 from Amazon… read more about the book.



Can UNC’s Bryn Renner make Ravens’ roster?

rennerWith Matt Schaub continuing an underwhelming final act of his career, there is always the possibility of him not making the final roster. If so, who would be the backup quarterback in his stead? The answer to that question is Bryn Renner, a 2nd-year player out of North Carolina… read more.

Source: Baltimore Beatdown


5-tool Connecticut star UNC bound

unccaspariusThe five tools of baseball are pillars of evaluation, and a player that can do all at a high level is rare. A 5-tool player is coveted by coaches and scouts at any level.

Enter Ben Casparius. The rising junior at Staples recently committed to the University of North Carolina due to his ability to do everything at a high level… Read more.

Source: Westport News


Fedora expects a more confident Williams, offense this season

By Clifton Barnes With a more experienced offensive line, UNC coach Larry Fedora expects quarterback Marquis Williams to take on less of the load and distribute the ball better. Last season the Tar Heels had just one returning starter on the offensive line and as a result Williams, a big and physical quarterback, called his own number many times to evade the defense. All that running got him bruised and battered and led to fewer of the other skill players getting the ball in their hands. “The reason he did that lack of experience on the offensive line… I think […]

By Clifton Barnes

With a more experienced offensive line, UNC coach Larry Fedora expects quarterback Marquis Williams to take on less of the load and distribute the ball better.

Last season the Tar Heels had just one returning starter on the offensive line and as a result Williams, a big and physical quarterback, called his own number many times to evade the defense.

All that running got him bruised and battered and led to fewer of the other skill players getting the ball in their hands.

“The reason he did that lack of experience on the offensive line… I think you’ll see him distribute the ball more,” Fedora said at the ACC football meeting Tuesday morning in Pinehurst. “Marquis will make some different decisions.”

In the Carolina offense, the quarterback has a lot of freedom and Fedora said a lot of Williams’ runs last year weren’t called runs.

Fedora said Williams likes to run and he isn’t apprehensive and cautious when he runs but that more production from the running back will take the load off Williams.

TJ Logan started nine games at tailback last season and played in all 13, running for 582 yards and three touchdowns. The junior will need to produce more this season, as will his backup Elijah Hood, a sophomore who ran for 259 yards and four touchdowns in nine games.

And as Fedora says, the success of the running game will depend on the offensive line.
“All five offensive linemen are back,” he said. “We have a lot of confidence we’re going to be good in the running game.”

Confidence seems to be a buzz word for this year’s Tar Heels team. With the linemen all back – including All-America candidate senior guard Landon Turner, junior tackle Jon Heck and junior center Lucas Crowley – confidence is high on offense.

But some of that confidence is being exuded by quarterback Marquis Williams too who is not looking over his shoulder this season. Last preseason there was an open battle between he and Mitch Trubisky for the QB position. In fact, especially early in the season, the two split time at the position.

“He’s very confident,” Fedora said. “He goes into the season knowing this is his team… He understands all he needs to do is keep moving the chains and take care of the football.”

And Fedora is confident he’ll do that.



Area football players land on Maxwell, Bednarik watch lists

A total of 14 Atlantic Coast Conference defensive players have been selected to the preseason watch list for the Bednarik Award, while 11 ACC players have been chosen to the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award. …read more
UNC defeats Duke, 45-20

A total of 14 Atlantic Coast Conference defensive players have been selected to the preseason watch list for the Bednarik Award, while 11 ACC players have been chosen to the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award. …read more


Guthridge, reluctant head coach, follows his friend Dean Smith in death

Bill Guthridge.

Bill Guthridge.

(Editor’s Note: Parts of this column were used in articles for the UNC General Alumni Association and WNCN TV)

Bill Guthridge, who reluctantly became head coach of the Carolina men’s basketball team after serving as a loyal assistant to Dean Smith for 30 years, died Tuesday night. He was 77.

During his career, Guthridge spurned offers to interview for head coaching vacancies, preferring to remain out of the spotlight and continuing to team with Smith, who died on Feb. 7. Once, in 1978, Guthridge nearly accepted the head coaching job at Penn State, but he changed his mind at the airport and reportedly never again thought about leaving Chapel Hill.

“If you have something you really enjoy, why go someplace else?” Guthridge said.

His kinship and relationship with Smith was a big part of that enjoyment.

Like Smith, Guthridge was the son of Kansas schoolteachers. He became a reserve guard in college at Kansas State, graduating with a math major.

Guthridge was known as a bit of a micromanager with superb organization skills. He went by the adage that if you take care of the little things, you’ll never have big problems.

Guthridge was generally mild-mannered and subtle, but when angered, he could be fierce and straightforward, coming to the aid of Smith and to the Carolina basketball program.

Once, following a particularly heated 72-71 victory over Maryland in 1983, Terp coach Lefty Driesell refused to shake Smith’s hand. Immediately, Guthridge yelled and charged after Driesell; he was restrained before making any contact.

Guthridge famously had to be restrained another time when a referee ejected Smith from a 1991 Final Four game against Kansas, with 35 seconds left and the Heels trailing by five. The explanation was that Smith left the coach’s box.

In the walkway after the game, Guthridge briskly and angrily approached the officials but was pushed away by a police officer and grabbed by then-sports information director Rick Brewer ’71.

Ironically, Guthridge was known more for his calm, professorial demeanor. In fact, Smith referred to just that when Guthridge retired after three years as the head coach.

“Bill’s basketball savvy, ability to remain composed and his genuine affection for his players are just some of the reasons for his success as a head coach,” Smith said at the time, adding that Guthridge never received enough credit as an assistant coach.

When Guthridge retired after the 2000 season, his 960 combined wins as an assistant at Kansas State and UNC (880) and head coach (80) were the most in Division I history. He was a part of 14 Final Fours — one as a player, 11 as an assistant and two in his three seasons as head coach.

Guthridge also was noted for what he did for the University away from basketball. In 1993, he and his wife, Leesie, created the William W. and Elise P. Guthridge Library Fund, which has helped with purchasing materials and renovation of the House Undergraduate Library. In 1998, the Bill Guthridge Distinguished Professorship in mathematics was established.

For 30 of his 33 years at Carolina, Guthridge was the behind-the-scenes guy — scouting opponents, making sure players got to class on time, disciplining players, getting the players on the bus or airplane and into the hotel, working with office staff on the smallest of details and recruiting (something, unlike many coaches, he said he enjoyed very much).

And he did it all with a dry wit and style.

He was known to answer a question such as “Coach, do you know what time it is?” with a “Yes” as he walked away. Once he asked a manager, whose arms were full of equipment, if he had change for a quarter. The manager put down his items and rifled through his pockets. Guthridge didn’t need the change — he just wanted to know if he had it.

At the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame museum, Guthridge pretended not to recognize a photo of Michael Jordan ’86, instead moving on to the photo of former Virginia coach Terry Holland.

On the practice court, he was all business, working with Carolina’s big men on posting up as well as working with all the players on their shooting skills.

But once he took over as head coach, he had to switch gears to leave the smaller details to his assistants and “tackle the big things,” as he said.

It wasn’t a transition Guthridge wanted to make, but some have speculated it was one orchestrated by Smith, who retired just before the start of the 1997-98 season, giving officials little time to find someone to succeed him.

In accepting the head coaching position, Guthridge said: “This isn’t quite the way that I have envisioned this whole scenario through the years. I had hoped that Dean and I could go out together and ride into the sunset in about five or six years.”

While Guthridge hinted he might stay as head coach for as long as 10 years, he retired in 2000 after three seasons as head coach. Despite running every morning, Guthridge, then 62, said he simply lacked the energy to go on.

He remained close to the University, the players and the basketball program after retirement, often going into the office to help. In 2007, the Carolina locker room was dedicated by the basketball lettermen in Guthridge’s honor.

In recent years, Guthridge often stood in for an ailing Smith at various events, many of them honoring Smith, who by then had lost his legendary memory. Guthridge’s memory itself started to fail in 2014.

Among his accomplishments:

National Coach of the Year in 1998;
He won more games than any college coach after one and two seasons and tied the NCAA record for most victories after three years;
Assistant coach for two UNC national championships (’82 and ’93);
Assistant coach for the 1976 U.S. gold-medal winning Olympic team;
Induction into the NC Sports Hall of Fame;
Recipient of the UNC General Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Medal; and
Induction into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

UNC Alumni Association article on Guthridge’s death

WNCN article on Guthridge’s death

What they’re saying about the death of Bill Guthridge:

ACC Commissioner John Swofford:
“Bill was uniquely special. He was a kind soul with a strong, competitive spirit. A relatively quiet man with a wonderful and dry sense of humor. A tremendously loyal person with an ego that was seemingly non-existent. I don’t think I have ever heard of anyone that didn’t like and respect Bill Guthridge. Just a really good man who made Carolina, the ACC and college basketball better.”

Former UNC Director of Athletics Dick Baddour:
“Bill was one of the most respected and admired people I have known. If you played for him you loved him; working with him was a joy. The University of North Carolina has lost a dear friend, as have I, and I know that we will all miss him greatly.”

Carolina head coach Roy Williams:
“It’s another tremendous loss for our University, our basketball program and our entire community. He was extremely special, important to every player, every coach who ever worked here. He was even more important to me.

Not only did he coach me on the freshman team, he was my coach, another mentor, a friend, a father figure, a big brother for me just like he was for so many players.

He was an unbelievable assistant to Coach Smith. Coach Smith had so many strengths and very few weaknesses, and the weaknesses that he did have Coach Guthridge tried to fill. He tried to do every one of those little things that drove Coach Smith crazy. He was a perfect sidekick for Coach Smith.

He stayed (rather than leave for a head coaching job at another university) because he was enjoying what he was doing and why leave something you know is good for the unknown. At one point he thought he wanted to be a head coach, but he also decided that he really enjoyed Coach Smith and the program here and why should he leave when he has what he thought was the perfect job.”

Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski:

“It has been a trying time for the University of North Carolina basketball program over the past four months and our thoughts and prayers are with them again today after the passing of Bill Guthridge. Coach Guthridge played an instrumental role in the program’s success as an assistant under Dean Smith for three decades before making his own name as a head coach in leading North Carolina to a pair of Final Four appearances in three seasons. Though he was a head coach for a short time, he gracefully carried ona culture and legacy that many thought could not be perpetuated. We offer our deepest sympathies to his Bill’s family, friends and the entire North Carolina basketball community.”

Statement from Linnea Smith (wife of Dean Smith) and the Smith family:
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Coach Guthridge. He was a fellow teacher and colleague to Dean for more than thirty years and a friend and confidant for even longer. He’ll be missed by our family and the entire UNC community. We offer our condolences and our prayers to the Guthridge and UNC basketball families.”

Statement from Antawn Jamison, who earned consensus National Collegiate Player of the Year honors in 1998, Bill Guthridge’s first season as UNC’s head coach.
“I’m extremely saddened by the passing of Coach Guthridge, aka “Coach Gut,” especially coming so close to the loss of Coach Smith. He, like Coach Smith, was more of a mentor and father figure than anything else. His legacy and contributions to my life and to our University will live on and he’ll be much more remembered for his sense of humor and class just as much as his coaching.”

Statement from Chancellor Carol L. Folt:

“The Carolina community mourns the passing of Bill Guthridge, a great coach, devoted friend and loyal Tar Heel. For more than three decades, Coach Guthridge served this University he loved so much with a deep commitment to academic and athletic excellence. Like his lifelong friend and mentor, Coach Dean Smith, he led by example instilling values of kindness, discipline and a strong work ethic. His legacy lives on in each of the players who were privileged to call him Coach and countless Tar Heels and people across the nation who admired him. We offer our deepest condolences to the Guthridge family as they grieve the loss of a wonderful husband and father.”


Undrafted: Duke’s Cofield signed by Redskins; ECU’s Carden by Bears

Takoby Cofield.

Takoby Cofield.

Now that the NFL draft is over, those who went undrafted are being made offers from teams as undrafted free agents. Several in North Carolina have already been signed including East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden (Bears) and Duke’s offensive tackle Takoby Cofield (Redskins).

Meanwhile, NC State was shut out of NFL Draft for the first time since 1996 but Wolfpacker Tyson Chandler, a 6-6 340-pound offensive tackle, signed with the Lions.

ECU’s Carden might be in a decent situation joining a team that went just 5-11 and whose fans booed the starting quarterback, veteraan Jay Cutler.

Carden has the best numbers of any East Carolina quarterback in history with nearly 12,000 passing yards, 86 touchdowns and more than 1000 completions.

Pirate teammate Lamar Ivey, a physical safety, was signed by the Seattle Seahawks.

As for the 6-4, 310-pound Cofield, a Tarboro native, Dane Brugler of CBS Sports said this before the draft, “Although guard Laken Tomlinson receives most of the attention on Duke’s offensive line, Cofield started 42 straight games at left tackle and has produced NFL worthy film of his own. He was a steady edge blocker for the Blue Devils, using adequate size, athleticism and constant hustle to get the job done. Cofield needs to introduce discipline to his play style to limit his lunges and improve his anchor to better sink in his stance to survive at the next level. Although he has wrinkles to iron out and his lack of range of physical tools aren’t ideal, Cofield shows promise and has enough talent to grow into a reserve swing tackle in the NFL – worth late round consideration.”

Cofield was a third-team All-ACC selection. His teammate quarterback Anthony Boone was signed by Detroit while Duke receiver Issac Blakeney was signed by the 49ers. Duke defensive end Jordan DeWalt-Ondigo, who was considered a possible draftee, signed with the Eagles.

The two UNC Tar Heel signed so far are cornerback Tim Scott, who was signed by the Cowboys, and tight end Jack Tabb, who was signed by the Saints. Scott impressed scouts with a 4.55 40-yard dash at UNC’s Pro Day prior to the draft but it wasn’t enough to get drafted.


UNC’s Gallen named Pitcher of the Week

Zac Gallen.

Zac Gallen.

North Carolina’s Zac Gallen has garnered ACC Pitcher of the Week accolades.

Gallen tossed his second straight home complete game and his first career shutout on Friday to beat Boston College 1-0. The sophomore from Glassboro, New Jersey, struck out eight and allowed just two walks and three hits, facing only five more than the minimum. With the win, he improved to 3-3 on the year and now holds a 2.98 ERA in conference play. Gallen has struck out 46 in 54.1 innings against ACC opponents with just 12 walks.


Syracuse women’s lacrosse stops Carolina in double OT

Kayla Treanor.

Kayla Treanor.

The path to an Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship title is never easy, but this year’s Syracuse team may be remembered as one that set a new standard for running a gauntlet.

Kayla Treanor’s sudden victory goal following double-overtime lifted the sixth-seeded Orange to a 9-8 win over top-seeded North Carolina in Sunday’s final at Klockner Stadium. It followed a familiar script for the tournament MVP, who also delivered a sudden-victory game-winner in Thursday night’s win over third-seeded Boston College.

Syracuse – deceptively seeded sixth in the tournament field but ranked seventh nationally – defeated the nation’s fourth-ranked team (Boston College), third-ranked team (Duke) and second-ranked squad (North Carolina) in a span of less than 72 hours en route to capturing its first ACC women’s lacrosse championship in two seasons as an ACC member.

The Orange (14-6) has grown accustomed to grinding out tough wins – Sunday’s match was its 10th of theseason decided by a single goal – and a determined defensive effort and execution of the fundamentals paid dividends. Syracuse won 16 of 21 draw controls (nine by Kailah Kempney) and limited UNC to eight goals on 30 shots.

Orange keeper Kelsey Richardson made 10 saves Sunday, and her 29 for the Championship were one shy of the tournament record. Her efforts helped Syracuse prevail on a day Tar Heel counterpart Caylee Waters was equally effective with 11 saves, giving her 26 in three tournament games.

Halle Majorana delivered a hat trick, and Treanor finished with two goals and an assist despite being marked effectively much of the day by UNC defensive ace Courtney Waite. Treanor tied an ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship record with six assists in her three games.

The Tar Heels (15-3) fell short in their bid for their first ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship since 2002 despite setting a tournament record for goals scored with 44. Aly Messinger paced UNC on Sunday with a pair of goals and an assist, and Marie McCool also scored a pair of goals for the Tar Heels.

Syracuse looked as if it might be set to win in regulation when a flurry of three unanswered goals by Riley Donahue, Treanor and Majorana put the Orange in front 8-5 with 7:16 remaining.

But with Messinger scoring one goal and assisting on another, UNC scrapped back to tie the score at 8-8 by the end of regulation. UNC actually held possession with a shot at the winning score in the waning seconds, but Richardson made the stop on Kelly Devlin’s attempt.

The second overtime period ended in similar high drama as Syracuse’s Taylor Gait worked for a close-range shot that just beat the final horn but was smothered in goal by UNC’s Waters, setting up sudden victory and Treanor’s decisive heroics.

The teams were tied 3-3 at the end of the first half that saw no scoring in the final 11:05. With Kempney, Erica Bodt and Majorana each scoring goals within a span of less than seven minutes, Syracuse grabbed a 3-0 lead in the early going.

UNC counted with three-goal run of its own to tie the score at 3-3 behind two goals from McCool and another from Messinger, who ran down a ground ball off a Syracuse turnover and charged in for an unassisted score.

The trio of Tar Heel goals came during a span of just over four minutes. The final 11 minutes of the half were ones of missed opportunities for both teams, as reflected by their six goals on 23 shots.

Sunday’s outcome, coupled with the ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship title secured by the Orange earlier in the day at Chester, Pennsylvani, left Syracuse as just the third program in ACC history to sweep the women’s lacrosse and men’s championships, joining Virginia (2006) and Maryland (2011).

After entering the match ranked among the nation’s top seven ranked teams, UNC and Syracuse each anticipate high NCAA Tournament seedings when pairings are announced next weekend. The ACC is hopeful of placing as many as seven teams in the NCAA field.

The 2015 ACC Women’s Lacrosse All-Tournament Team:

Kayla Treanor, Syracuse (MVP)
Kelsey Richardson, Syracuse
Halle Majorna, Syracuse
Kailah Kempney, Syracuse
Mallory Vehar, Syracuse
Caylee Waters, North Carolina
Aly Messinger, North Carolina
Maggie Bill, North Carolina
Kelly Devlin, North Carolina
Kenzie Kent, Boston College
Kerrin Maurer, Duke
Barbara Sullivan, Notre Dame

– News release