The Banghart Way

Last spring, Courtney Banghart earned the job of a lifetime when she was named the first new Tar Heels women’s basketball coach in 33 years, replacing a coach and taking over a program whose shine had faded under the tarnish of scandal and disconnection. The role is tailor-made for Jim Banghart’s daughter: An opportunity to repair a beloved thing that has fallen out of favor, to patch its holes and mend its stitches — and then go out and win with it. … More The Banghart Way

Converting the Shot

Charlotte Smith’s already spent part of a June evening in her Elon University office talking about the stuff that really matters: the lessons she’s learned since one improbable shot, a mere seven-tenths of a second in time, changed her life. How a win for the ages can turn into a long, expectant shadow, following you around for years after the last piece of confetti has fluttered to the court. How the world can shake you to your core, present death and divorce to you in a single year and dare you to keep your competitive edge, dare you to somehow grow from deep loss. … More Converting the Shot

Citizen Smith

Carolina Alumni Review – March-April 2015 Thirty-six years as the gold standard courtside tactician would have been plenty. The man hired to plug holes in a crisis brought Carolina and his community so much more. Dean Smith, North Carolina’s incomparable basketball coach for 36 years, who mastered the beautiful complexities of a simple game on the … More Citizen Smith

Hurts So Good

Rasheed Wallace is not what people have come to expect from a Dean Smith-coached player. Wallace himself admits he attracts as much vitriol as he does admiration. He’s been called a “bad boy,” a “Jailblazer” and a “cancerous lesion” on the league by his detractors.

But his supporters say he’s misquoted, misunderstood, a marvel – and possibly the greatest basketball player Carolina has ever produced.

So do you dare to love Rasheed Wallace? And if you don’t, should you? … More Hurts So Good

Desperation Shot

Nikki Teasley went home that night, her mind dark with thoughts. She was to leave the next day for Charlottesville to play Virginia. She began to consider all the ways she could end this torment. She had spent many a night before this one, praying that she would get seriously injured so she wouldn’t have to play anymore, thinking about how she could hurt herself. But now she was cooking up a scenario about taking her own life, and, trembling, she started praying that someone could stop her. … More Desperation Shot

The Rarity of Rasheed

Questions, questions. There always have been questions for Rasheed Wallace. When Sports Illustrated came calling at 14 years old, Wallace probably had a pretty good indication it would be difficult to hide from all those questions for the next, oh, 20-30 years. When The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News began a college-choice vigil on the … More The Rarity of Rasheed