Carolina Basketball: A Century of Excellence by Adam Lucas

By Adam Lucas

This is often the must-have publication for Tar Heel enthusiasts and school basketball fans in all places. Boasting six nationwide championships and ratings of corridor of status coaches and avid gamers, Carolina Basketball has come far from the 1st season--when the campus newspaper released a detect asking an unknown perpetrator to come the team's basketball. those pages are jam-packed with little-known tales from the program's earliest days and new insights into its best-loved moments. all of the greats are the following, from Jack Cobb and the "Blind Bomber" George Glamack to Lennie Rosenbluth, Phil Ford, James beneficial, Michael Jordan, Antawn Jamison, and Tyler Hansbrough. Lucas finds the that means of the "Carolina relatives" and the origins and evolution of Tar Heel traditions that experience made North Carolina one of many most suitable groups in men's university basketball.These tales are delivered to existence with greater than two hundred colour and black-and-white photographs; a foreword by way of corridor of repute trainer Dean Smith and an afterword through fellow corridor of Famer Roy Williams; and an appendix of files and statistics. a few 30 sidebars characteristic first-person reminiscences from well-liked gamers together with Rosenbluth, Ford, and Jordan; opposing coaches like Lefty Driesell; and nationwide broadcasters like Dick Vitale.

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Today, the backboard is used by shooters as an offensive advantage, but it was created as a defensive measure against overzealous fans. 1 A team size of five players per side had become standard by 1898. In 1906 one of Naismith’s less-patient cohorts had the idea of cutting the bottom out of the peach baskets to eliminate the need to climb a ladder to retrieve the ball after every successful field goal. The YMCA helped spread the game’s popularity in the early years, and colleges soon adopted the new sport.

Peacock oversaw the program through World War I. The war crippled intercollegiate athletics across the nation, and Chapel Hill was certainly not spared. Almost every member of the football team saw action overseas, and the basketball team was similarly depleted. There was a brief moratorium on teams traveling outside the town in which their college was located, and the Carolina program played a limited schedule of nine games in 1917 and twelve games in 1918. War veteran Fred Boye assumed the head-coaching position for the 1919–20 season.

In late February 1936, Carolina alumni passed a resolution against the Graham Plan. The Monogram Club—an on-campus organization made up of athletes—met and went on record in opposition of the plan on the grounds that it discriminated against athletes. Clemson threatened to secede from the Southern Conference if the Graham Plan was adopted leaguewide. The Charlotte Observer reported “Carolina alumni associations all over the State are vigorously voting their disapproval of the Graham Plan for sanitation of college athletics.

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