Tar Heel Bred Tar Heel Dead

Former UNC guard King Rice, who was just hired as the head coach at Monmouth, is rumored to be bringing in some assistants whose names will be familiar to the Tar Heel Nation: Derrick Phelps and Brian Reese. Both have been working with college teams in various capacities. Reese is an assistant at High Point, and Phelps was a video coordinator at Fordham.

If he adds Henrik Rodl, you can put us down for season tix.

Rice is also rumored be considering hiring former Dookie Roshown McLeod, who suddenly resigned after one season at St. Anthony’s high school, where he barely kept the team above .500. The team was 20-1 the previous season.

Henson had this to say.

“I want to come back to school next year because I enjoy all aspects of being a college student and I truly love being a Tar Heel,” says Henson. “We had a fun and successful season, but we all want to improve on what we accomplished. I know at some point I want to play in the NBA, but right now I want to enjoy my college life. My teammates and coaches are great and I want to help them reach the big dreams we all share.”

Two down, one to go.

Here’s more footage from Monday’s pick-up game behind Cobb dorm. It’s got interviews with Kendall Marshall, Harrison Barnes and Reggie Bullock. And best of all, they also chat with the Asian chick in a sweater who takes the ball from Butter. Bonus: You get to see John Henson make a 3/4 court-length shot.

Here’s some pretty great video showing the loose, fun nature of the proceedings. Watch in amazement as The Yellow Mamba — walk-on Daniel Bolick — violently dunks the ball. Of course he’s being lifted into the air by John Henson, but no matter…

So, word is, the game worked this way: It was the Carolina players vs. random bystanders. The first 5 civilians to make a foul shot would form a team. The game would be to 10, and five more bystanders would get a shot. (And no, the scholarship players did not lose once. Keep dreaming.)

Not to be petty, but did anyone else think Carolina got short shrift in last night’s “One Shining Moment” montage? There was literally only one momentarily flash of a UNC player: Kendall Marshall for a bout .3 seconds.

Luther Vandross is rolling over in his grave right now.

It’s not like North Carolina went out in the first round to Morehead State or something. The team bucked expectations and made it to the Elite 8. In fact, we’d dare say that Carolina’s rise from early-season disappointment to national title contenders was one of the best stories this year in college basketball. Also, the team has one of the biggest stars in the game, Harrison Barnes. So why no love in the montage? Someone get us Dick Enberg’s number. He’s about to get an earful.

Courtesy of the DTH.

This is it, the end the season awards spectacular! We hand out all sorts of trophies — coveted and otherwise — including Best Tweet, Best Dunk and Andy rattles off his very strange Dude awards.

We also explore the latest rumors about Tar Heels heading to the NBA, and Dook sucks this week because an old friend is going begging for work. Email us at thbthd@gmail.com, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Seems some of the starters, including Leslie McDonald and Dexter Strickland, organized a pick-up game via Twitter at one of the courts behind Cobb dorm and are playing there right now. Word is, it’s the starters vs. Blue Steel, with Blue Steel not faring very well. Hundreds of students are watching.

Anyone got any photos? Send ‘em our way at thbthd@gmail.com

Well, now we have a timetable.

Henson is widely expected to return, and will let the world know before the weekend. As for Barnes:

“It’ll probably be in at least a week, week and a half or so,” Barnes said.

Barnes added that he has not talked to UNC coach Roy Williams about his decision.

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