Morning Heel: January 31st

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A good look at UNC assistant basketball coach Steve Robinson.
“Wanda Williams thought her husband was moving a tad fast back in 1988 when he told her he was hiring some assistant coach from Cornell named Steve Robinson to fill out his first staff at Kansas.
“‘But you just met him,”’ Roy Williams remembers her telling him. “‘Are you sure?'”
More than a quarter-decade later, the North Carolina coach calls the instinctive choice “the best decision I’ve ever made in a 24-hour period.” And for good reason.”
From Robbi Pickeral of

Incredible journey to Super Bowl started with building radiators on assembly line for Broncos’ Sylvester Williams

Sylvester Williams, former UNC defensive tackle, will be playing in the Super Bowl this weekend. Here is a look at his journey to get there.
“This Sunday he’ll line up and go to work, with men on his right and on his left. He’ll be alone with his thoughts and his task. In that way, it’s the same as it was after high school for Sylvester Williams.
In every other way, it’s completely different. Williams is starting on the defensive line for the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. A little more than five years ago, he was on an assembly line in Missouri, building radiators. He weighed 360 pounds. He had started one football game in his entire life.”
From Eric Adelson of Yahoo Sports

UNC Basketball: Biggest Lessons Learned in ACC Play so Far
Some lessons learned from North Carolina’s basketball season so far.
“A week ago, it seemed as though the North Carolina Tar Heels season was spiraling out of control, following a lackadaisical effort against the Virginia Cavaliers that dropped their ACC record to 1-4. Then, just when everyone was ready to write UNC off, it followed up that poor performance with two of its best against Clemson and Georgia Tech.
While those two teams may not be on the level of Michigan State, Louisville or Kentucky—Carolina’s signature wins this season—they were rare, convincing wins against capable opponents.”
From Rollin Yeattes of Bleacher Report

Evaluating the ACC at the midpoint of the season
“We got one thing right, at least.
Media members who cover ACC basketball picked C.J. Fair, the Syracuse senior forward, as the ACC’s preseason Player of the Year. Fair, who’s averaging 16.7 points and 6 rebounds per game for the undefeated Orange (20-0, 7-0 ACC), has been the best, most consistent player on the league’s best, most consistent team.
Aside from that, though, North Carolina coach Roy Williams was mostly right to pick up a copy of the media’s preseason ballot and mock it. He did that back in mid-October, during the ACC’s annual preseason media day.”
From Andrew Carter of the News and Observer

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