sam's notes

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Sunday, September 26, 2004

Louisville leaves Heels feeling blue.....

I thought of that headline myself. Well, I had a little help from the N&R......and the Raleigh N&O. I guess sometimes you just can't ignore the obvious.

Full disclosure: I'm a State fan. But as someone who has been observing Carolina football for many years, it's been interesting to see such high expectations produce so few results. Once upon a time, people actually thought Carolina could win the national championship. Now, the program's on life support. In retrospect, Dick Crum's still the best thing that ever happened to the Tar Heels.

Fans and sportswriters alike are wringing their hands over the state of Carolina football (no pun intended). It would be easy to suggest that Carolina adopt Duke's strategy and just give up on football and concentrate on the basketball program.

But how confident should Carolina fans be that the basketball team will return to its former glory? Yes, Roy Williams had good teams at Kansas. Yes, he is a Dean Smith disciple. But the game and the players have changed. And the expectations are very high.


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