“Redemption” was the word that followed the Tar Heels throughout the season that followed the 2016 NCAA Championship loss.
It was used so much toward the end of the season – by media, fans and the team –that it became a running joke.
But now that word has been replaced by another – “Redeemed.” And that includes the name of the players’ group chat.
Forward Justin Jackson changed the name of the team’s text messaging group that summer – a digital conversation that includes every member of this team, including the walk-ons – to that single word: “Redemption.”
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On Tuesday, Guard Nate Britt tweeted a screenshot of the new group message. It’s called “Redeemed” followed by a trophy and diamond ring emojis. The last message sent to the group when Britt posted it was “Dudes awake?”
While that name of a group chat may seem small, players like Jackson previously said that the name was a small reminder of the painful loss that motivated them to a second chance and a title.
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