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A timelapse of NC State basketball portraits

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NC State basketball players #runningmanchallenge dance

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NCAA revises its entire approach to UNC scandal

Monday’s revised notice of allegations makes far narrower case against North Carolina than original, 2015 notice

NCAA removes references to football, men’s basketball, singles out women’s basketball

UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham: ‘They measured it against their bylaws and historical precedent, and this is what we’re left with’

Luke DeCock

In April, basketball hope springs eternal

Let last year serve as a warning before we go too far down this path, but as things stand at the end of April – and that specific timeframe is critical – next basketball season is looking pretty good for North Carolina, Duke and N.C. State.

Luke DeCock

ACC’s promotion of Bryan Kersey affirms officiating status quo

The ACC announced Tuesday that Bryan Kersey, 53, will leave the court to join the conference office, a move that can be read as an endorsement of the league’s current standard of officiating, which anyone who watched the NCAA tournament will appreciate is quite high these days. The ACC accounted for three of the 10 officials selected to work the Final Four in Houston, and Kersey was one of two ACC officials in Indianapolis a year earlier.

Luke DeCock

Women’s basketball in the Triangle bottoms out

From the trendsetting tenure of Kay Yow at N.C. State to North Carolina’s three Final Fours and national title under Sylvia Hatchell to Duke’s late-’90s ascendance under Gail Goestenkors, these three programs sat at or near the epicenter of the sport for a long, long time. Decades. And now? Women’s basketball in the Triangle has reached maximum irrelevancy.

Luke DeCock

Almost 50 years later, John Carlos’ protest still sets tone for athlete activism

From afar, John Carlos watched the Missouri football players last spring as they took a stand. He admired how they used their power as scholarship athletes to join the fight against what they saw as systemic racism on campus, eventually forcing the resignation of the university president. He also has a message for them: Using their position to fight for the greater good can’t be a one-time thing. And Carlos would know because he has devoted his life to backing up the stand he took.

Luke DeCock

Being part of history can’t erase UNC’s sense of loss

After Marcus Paige’s off-balance, leaning 3-pointer tied the score with 4.7 seconds to go, Villanova’s Kris Jenkins delivered the ultimate answer with a right wing 3-pointer as time expired. The four-year quest for a title by Paige and Brice Johnson fell short by the smallest of margins, 77-74.

Luke DeCock

NCAA dodged bullet when confetti flew early

It was pretty clear in real time that Kris Jenkins’ game-winner beat the clock Monday night – the ball was already on its way down when the horn sounded and the lights on the backboard lit – but it was close enough that the three officials wanted to check the replay monitor to be sure.

Luke DeCock

UNC’s Williams in full Roy mode ahead of NCAA title game

A great deal has been made of “cantankerous” Roy Williams, to use his own description, during this Final Four, but it’s nothing anyone who has actually paid any attention to North Carolina hasn’t seen before, on Tuesdays and Fridays during the ACC season, after games, at the ACC tournament.

Luke DeCock

UNC trying to follow in the footsteps of legends

With the Tar Heels two wins away from joining the 2005 and 2009 teams as national champions, there is one common thread that unites them. The 2005 and 2009 national titles came at the end of long, difficult journeys. This team is nearing the end of a long journey of its own.

Luke DeCock

Paige puts up numbers for UNC, then crunches them

Marcus Paige’s embrace of Synergy and other advanced basketball analytics dates to his freshman year, when he first became aware of the secret underground of advanced statistics whose disciples talk about points per possession, rebounding percentage instead of rebounding margin, tempo, effective field-goal percentage and so on.

Luke DeCock

Triangle may have answer for Georgia Tech vacancy

It’s only reasonable and prudent that schools like Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt would inquire about Duke’s Jeff Capel. They’re also exceedingly likely to be rebuffed. If Capel was going to leave Duke, he had a prime opportunity with Arizona State immediately after the Final Four last year.

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John Carlos on athletes' activism

John Carlos speaks Friday in Durham before N.C. Central's LeRoy Walker Track and Field Banquet.
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John Carlos on athletes' activism

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Carolina Hurricanes GM discusses Staal trade

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