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UNC Basketball Recruiting: Tar Heels’ Biggest Competition for 2014 Targets

By Rollin Yeatts | Bleacher Report

Roy Williams and the North Carolina Tar Heels are trying to close the deal on one of three prospects they’ve offered for 2014. But in the crazy world of recruiting, there is always another program standing in the way of a commitment.

The longer Rashad Vaughn, Dante Exum and Robert Johnson wait to make their decisions, the tougher the competition gets. And there is a good chance Exum and Vaughn won’t decide until spring.

Today, we’re breaking down UNC’s greatest foes in the courtship of Exum, Vaughn and Johnson. The first one to commit will take the final open scholarship at UNC.

Warriors’ Harrison Barnes says winning, not starting, matters most

By Marcus Thompson II | Mercury News

His expression was straight forward. His wording precise. His point emphatic.

Warriors budding star Harrison Barnes said he isn’t concerned about whether he starts. He isn’t even consumed by being on the court at the end of games.

“Winning the game matters more to me,” Barnes said.

Barnes, who started all 93 games he played last season including playoffs, is the center of a major question as the Warriors close in on training camp at the end of this month. With the acquisition of swingman Andre Iguodala, Golden State now has six players with starting credentials, meaning someone has to come off the bench.

Football attendance issues rooted in area culture

By Joe Ovies | WRAL Sport Fan

The months of May through August are spent pining away for football, but when it finally arrives in September, a good chunk of the conversation revolves around everything but actual football.

Tailgates, uniforms, whether or not a team has dirty players, pass-outs and attendance. All eye-level topics that are latched onto by fans when the real game leaves them unfulfilled for a myriad of reasons – from a lackluster opponent to a straight up loss.

The fascination with attendance in the area is especially bizarre since it’s largely a cultural problem. Sure, local fans will show up for the rivalry games or the contests deemed “events” because of the opponent involved. Outside of that? The crowds are hit or miss.

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Roy Williams Underappreciated? Never More So Than By His Own Fan Base

By Brian Barbour | Tar Heel Blog

Over the past couple of years CBS Sports basketball writer Gary Parrish and his co-horts released a series of pieces based on anonymous surveys they did of college basketball coaches. In those informal polls Roy Williams was called overrated by his peers and didn’t even register as one of the best recruiters in the game. Parrish, having digested these results, has taken up the mantle of defending Roy Williams calling him “underappreciated.”