Luke DeCock

Luke DeCock

For hockey official, some thanks for a thankless job

If serving as a hockey official – of any amateur sport – is a thankless job, it’s relatively glamorous compared to the people who talk people into doing that job, train them to do it right and have to replace the most promising younger ones when they inevitably move on to college and careers.

Luke DeCock

Florida State at ‘home’ while NC State, Duke, UNC struggle

North Carolina didn’t even make the 10-team ACC baseball tournament. Duke made it as the No. 7 seed, but exited meekly Tuesday with a 4-3 loss to 10th-seeded Wake Forest in a play-in game. And N.C. State, which harbored legitimate hopes of competing for the title again – the Wolfpack went into Wednesday ranked seventh in the RPI despite a 34-17 record – dropped its very winnable opener to Florida State.

Luke DeCock

N.C. State narrows baseball gap with UNC

Chance Shepherd remembers. The N.C. State senior was around in 2013, the last time North Carolina visited Doak Field. The Wolfpack went to Chapel Hill last year, and the teams met once in the ACC baseball tournament in 2014, but a rivalry that reached blast-furnace intensity three years ago merely sizzles today.

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.

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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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