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This is what I remember from the three minutes I spent around P.J. Hairston on the final night of North Carolina’s season.
The Tar Heels had just lost to Kansas and Hairston stood about five feet in front of his locker with his cell phone in his hand. Reporters, myself included, waited for Hairston to finish whatever it was he was doing so we could ask our questions.
Eventually, Hairston tossed his phone to the side and mumbled his way through some answers with an “I’m mad at the world” look on his face.
The Pinstripe Bowl and the ACC have agreed to a six-year deal in which the ACC will annually play the Big Ten starting in 2014, according to a report from ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.
The ACC has yet to officially announce its future bowl lineup, but McMurphy has reported that next year, it will include: the Pinstripe Bowl, Belk Bowl, Gator Bowl, Music City Bowl, Orange Bowl, and the Russell Athletic Bowl.
The ACC also will have a deal with the Capital One Bowl that will allow the league to replace the Big Ten in the bowl if the Big Ten sends a team to the Orange, where it would play the ACC, according to McMurphy’s report. In the Capital One Bowl, the ACC would play a team from the SEC.
It’s been a while since we last took a trip down Tobacco Road for a rivalry piece. This time, we will settle an age-old argument between Duke and North Carolina fans: Do the Tar Heels or Blue Devils reign supreme in the NBA today?
There is no doubt UNC owns the past with Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Sam Perkins, Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace, Vince Carter…
You get the point.
But now we have folks that like to play the numbers game. Having the most players in the NBA is indeed an honor. However, it doesn’t do anything to prove relevance.
Bryn Renner is one of the more unheralded quarterbacks in the country, but he quietly has also been one of the best, and is poised to build on that this fall. Renner enters 2013 as one of the most accurate passers in ACC history (66.7 career completion percentage), with a career pass efficiency rating of 154.59 — the fifth-best among active players nationally and a mark which would be the best in ACC history for a career.
The Heels have to replace two starting linebackers, including one of their top defenders in Kevin Reddick, who had 31 career starts. Junior Tommy Heffernan (72 tackles) is now the leader of a group which includes junior Travis Hughes (38 tackles), and a pair of redshirt freshman in Nathan Staub and Dan Mastromatteo.