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April 6, 2009 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
DETROIT - They will apparently complete the NCAA's Final Four proceedings at Ford Field, although from a Villanova perspective, interest in tonight's last scene began to seriously flag just before midnight Saturday. The Wildcats, who had gotten this far by playing as a sum-of-the-parts collective, dissolved into a group of independent contractors against North Carolina in their 83-69 loss. Carolina is good enough to do that to a team, but Villanova helped things along, rushing some shots, missing some defensive switches - leaving Tyler Hansbrough alone in the half-court for an uncontested dunk was not in the game plan - and generally looking frantic in places where they usually look aggressive.
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November 7, 2012 | By Annette John-Hall, Inquirer Columnist
Four years ago, my daughter's excitement was palpable. A first-time voter living in North Carolina, she enthusiastically put her full support behind Barack Obama, the candidate she truly believed in. She was convinced that her efforts and those of thousands of other young people would help flip a traditionally red state to Carolina blue - and it did. Fast forward to 2012. Boy, it sure didn't take long for disillusionment to set in. "I don't think I'm going to vote this year," she proclaimed a couple of weeks ago. Cue my distress setting in. "I don't trust politics.
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October 7, 1997 | By Stephen A. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Known for suffering everything from dislocated shoulders to banged-up knees, a healthy Scott Williams will begin a season of promise Thursday when the 76ers take on the New York Knicks in their first exhibition game. But no one aware of Williams' history will fault him if he lapses into despondency or fury when Oct. 15 rolls around. On that day, the Sixers will visit the Toronto Raptors. It will be the 10-year anniversary of the day Williams lost his parents in a violent incident.
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November 24, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
The sky, I thought while gazing out a window on the SEPTA train carrying me from Malvern to Philadelphia Wednesday morning, was a Carolina blue. Funny. It wasn't a cerulean, cyan, or cobalt blue. It was Carolina. The reason was simple. Carolina blue is a sports reference and, at 65, my bank of diminishing memories is overloaded with sports references. I realized just how many on that pleasant morning train ride, a sentimental journey that, in an exact reversal of my life's geographical movement, took me east from Chester County to Philadelphia.
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February 10, 2015 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
IN THE SUMMER of 2000, my son Rory, then an impressionable 13-year-old, attended the Carolina Basketball School on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He got to play against other youngsters his age from all over the country who wanted to soak in the Carolina Blue. He was there to learn whatever he could from the camp's coaching staff. He was able to play in the Dean Dome, got to meet Bob McAdoo and got ballhandling advice from Phil Ford. But the most meaningful moment in his 1-week stay was getting to meet Dean Smith, the legendary Tar Heels coach.
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April 6, 2005 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At long last, after North Carolina had fought off Illinois, 75-70, in Monday night's national title game at the Edward Jones Dome, Roy Williams hoisted the championship trophy that had slipped from his hands during four previous trips to the Final Four, all while the coach at Kansas. And afterward, when the self-proclaimed cornball brushed the confetti from his silver hair, he reacted predictably, teary-eyed and ready for a group hug involving everyone who ever wore Carolina blue and espoused the Carolina Way, which is buttoned-down and proper.
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March 20, 1998 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mateen Cleaves had nowhere to hide. Every time the Big Ten player of the year touched the basketball, North Carolina defenders flocked to him like autograph seekers around Michael Jordan. With its top weapon shooting blanks and its big men looking stuck in the mud against the Tar Heels' athletic aerial artists, Michigan State had no chance against North Carolina and lost to the top-seeded Heels, 73-58, last night in an NCAA East Regional semifinal game. The Tar Heels (33-3)
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March 20, 1998 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
Five days ago, North Carolina had been embarrassed for 20 minutes by UNC Charlotte. Not on the scoreboard, but on the backboards. The 49ers got every loose ball, every contested rebound, dominated their offensive board. North Carolina coach Bill Guthridge seems reserved, but you just know he spent all week reminding his team about those 20 minutes. The Sweet 16 NCAA game with Michigan State, he would tell them, was about rebounding. The Spartans were the nation's third-best rebounding team, getting 9.8 more boards per game than their opponents.
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March 15, 1998 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
All the heated little battles were taking place as expected when North Carolina, prim, proper and the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament's East Regional, went at it against gritty North Carolina-Charlotte, located about 125 miles from Chapel Hill but much further in basketball image and prestige. All these years, the Tar Heels had looked so far down their noses at the 49ers that they had refused to play them, despite constantly being approached. It was Dean Smith's policy. "And it's a good policy," Bill Guthridge, North Carolina's first-year head coach, said before the game.
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March 20, 1987 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
No, there was no truth to the rumor that Rony Seikaly was seeking passage back to Syracuse, N.Y., after watching North Carolina freshman wonder J. R. Reid dissect, chew up and otherwise devour Notre Dame last night. But no one would have been surprised if Seikaly, the Syracuse center, woke up in a cold sweat during the night after Reid strapped the Tar Heels on his back and carried them to a 74-68 victory over the Fighting Irish in the second game of the NCAA East Regional semifinal doubleheader at the Meadowlands Arena.
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February 10, 2015 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
IN THE SUMMER of 2000, my son Rory, then an impressionable 13-year-old, attended the Carolina Basketball School on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He got to play against other youngsters his age from all over the country who wanted to soak in the Carolina Blue. He was there to learn whatever he could from the camp's coaching staff. He was able to play in the Dean Dome, got to meet Bob McAdoo and got ballhandling advice from Phil Ford. But the most meaningful moment in his 1-week stay was getting to meet Dean Smith, the legendary Tar Heels coach.
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November 24, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
The sky, I thought while gazing out a window on the SEPTA train carrying me from Malvern to Philadelphia Wednesday morning, was a Carolina blue. Funny. It wasn't a cerulean, cyan, or cobalt blue. It was Carolina. The reason was simple. Carolina blue is a sports reference and, at 65, my bank of diminishing memories is overloaded with sports references. I realized just how many on that pleasant morning train ride, a sentimental journey that, in an exact reversal of my life's geographical movement, took me east from Chester County to Philadelphia.
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November 7, 2012 | By Annette John-Hall, Inquirer Columnist
Four years ago, my daughter's excitement was palpable. A first-time voter living in North Carolina, she enthusiastically put her full support behind Barack Obama, the candidate she truly believed in. She was convinced that her efforts and those of thousands of other young people would help flip a traditionally red state to Carolina blue - and it did. Fast forward to 2012. Boy, it sure didn't take long for disillusionment to set in. "I don't think I'm going to vote this year," she proclaimed a couple of weeks ago. Cue my distress setting in. "I don't trust politics.
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March 24, 2012
North Carolina will have as many as four players selected in the next NBA draft. On Friday night, with one of those players - point guard Kendall Marshall - sitting on the bench with a fractured right wrist, the top-seeded Tar Heels were almost shown the door in the NCAA tournament. Ohio, a lowly 13 seed, thrived on its night in the spotlight and, with everyone in the Edward Jones Dome not wearing Carolina Blue cheering them on, forced the Tar Heels into overtime in the Midwest Regional semifinals.
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March 13, 2012
You think you have pressure? Imagine you are the three players at the end of the North Carolina bench, probably the most famous scrubs in college basketball. You have your own nickname - Blue Steel - taken from male model Derek Zoolander's trademark pose in the Ben Stiller movie Zoolander .   You have over 13,000 fans on Twitter. You tweet incredibly clever things like: "Every time blue steel has gotten in the game we've won. Coincidence? I think not. " Blue Steel usually gets in the game when there is absolutely no chance they can blow the lead.
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April 6, 2009 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
DETROIT - They will apparently complete the NCAA's Final Four proceedings at Ford Field, although from a Villanova perspective, interest in tonight's last scene began to seriously flag just before midnight Saturday. The Wildcats, who had gotten this far by playing as a sum-of-the-parts collective, dissolved into a group of independent contractors against North Carolina in their 83-69 loss. Carolina is good enough to do that to a team, but Villanova helped things along, rushing some shots, missing some defensive switches - leaving Tyler Hansbrough alone in the half-court for an uncontested dunk was not in the game plan - and generally looking frantic in places where they usually look aggressive.
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December 5, 2007 | By Kevin Tatum INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Penn basketball team started three freshmen against North Carolina last night, and the result was almost predictable - a runaway 106-71 win for the No. 1 team in the nation. Before a sellout crowd of 8,722 at the Palestra, the Tar Heels headed to an easy victory by outscoring the Quakers, 15-6, to start the second half. With just over 15 minutes remaining in the game, the visitors were up by 69-48. Penn (2-7) simply was ill-equipped to deal with a battle-tested North Carolina squad coming off road wins against Ohio State (66-55)
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April 6, 2005 | By Ray Parrillo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At long last, after North Carolina had fought off Illinois, 75-70, in Monday night's national title game at the Edward Jones Dome, Roy Williams hoisted the championship trophy that had slipped from his hands during four previous trips to the Final Four, all while the coach at Kansas. And afterward, when the self-proclaimed cornball brushed the confetti from his silver hair, he reacted predictably, teary-eyed and ready for a group hug involving everyone who ever wore Carolina blue and espoused the Carolina Way, which is buttoned-down and proper.
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November 29, 2000 | by Michael Whitmer, For the Daily News
The state of North Carolina has bullied the University of Pennsylvania this season, and the Quakers haven't even faced any Tar Heels or Blue Devils. Three games, three losses. The latest defeat could be the most disheartening, though. Despite having 10 days to prepare, Penn continued to struggle in two key areas - rebounding and foul shooting - and lost to Davidson, 84-81, in overtime last night. The Quakers are 0-3 for the first time since the 1986-87 season. A pair of season-opening losses in Raleigh at the CoSIDA Classic admittedly left the Quakers' confidence shaken.
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July 8, 2000 | By Stephen A. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After much speculation about Larry Brown heading to Chapel Hill for the vacant head coaching job at the University of North Carolina, the courting process became official yesterday. The Tar Heels requested - and received - permission to speak to the 76ers' coach and head of basketball operations. About 10:30 a.m. yesterday, Sixers president Pat Croce received a call from Dean Smith, the legendary Tar Heels coach who retired in October 1997, just weeks before Brown began his first regular season at the Sixers' helm.
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