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North Carolina reportedly received Coastal Division championship rings on Monday for its final spot in the ACC standings while ineligible last season. The Tar Heels were serving an NCAA-sanctioned postseason ban, but still finished in a tie for first place with Georgia Tech and Miami, and would have won the tiebreaker scenarios against those schools.

Had they been eligible, the Tar Heels would have faced FSU in the ACC title game last December. Those within North Carolina’s program have self-proclaimed themselves Coastal Division champs, the latest evidence being the rings that arrived.

They’ve taken some heat for it from rival schools and fans. Do they deserve the rings? It depends, of course, on whom you ask …

 

NKU, which finished 11-16 last season – its first season in Division I – will also play perennial powerhouse North Carolina, meeting the Tar Heels on Dec. 27 in Chapel Hill, N.C.

It will mark the first time in program history NKU has played either Kentucky or North Carolina in a regular-season game. The Norse lost to UK in that 2004 exhibition game, 91-73.

 

Hailey Cook of Hendersonville High School and T.J. Logan of Northern Guilford High School have been named winners of the 2013 Athlete of the Year awards by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA).

These are the top athletic awards given by the NCHSAA to honor the most outstanding male and female high school athletes in the state. They were presented at the Dean E, Smith Center on the University of North Carolina campus during the NCHSAA’s Annual Meeting on Thursday.

 

When watching the NBA playoffs, Carolina fans can be proud of two former Tar Heel point guards who are helping their teams in the first round: Denver’s Ty Lawson and New York’s Raymond Felton. Watching these two play, led to a discussion with a friend of mine about who had a better college career. With that question in mind, I took a look back to answer who was the best Carolina point guard ever.

Before I delve into the rankings, I’ll say that through my research I felt that six point guards stood above the rest. These rankings are somewhat subjective, and there are many point guards who might be worthy of consideration. These are just the top six, according to this writer.

 

Each living honoree will speak at tonight’s North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet. When asked how long his speech will be, former North Carolina running back Kelvin Bryant chuckled.

“Not that long, trust me,” Bryant said. “It’s real short and straight to the point.”

Nicknamed “The Reluctant Superstar” by his wife, Teresa, Bryant has always deflected attention from himself.

In his most famous game as a Tar Heel – he scored six touchdowns against East Carolina in 1982 – Bryant is remembered for handing the ball to wheelchair-bound former teammate Steve Streater, who was paralyzed because of a car accident that he suffered after signing a free-agent contract with the Washington Redskins.

 

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