A few links to catch up on while the Harrison Barnes NBA draft watch continues…
- So apparently the long-rumored UNC-Michigan State “aircraft carrier” game is actually happening. We have so many questions about how this will actually work: if it rains, do they reschedule? Will Roy experience some new combination of vertigo and seasickness? And when can we expect to see footage surface of John Henson and Tyler Zeller playing beach volleyball?
- Tar Heel Fan has an interesting little piece on noting the minutiae of how NCAA violations occur and are reported. Reading how the NCAA operates, the word that comes to mind for me rhymes with “plustermuck.”
- UNC football running backs seem to be unable to shake the injury bug, as Ryan Houston will miss some time for a fractured shoulder blade suffered during spring football.
- Speaking of football, UNC’s spring game didn’t offer a great deal in the way of excitement or answers for next year, but that may have been because the Heels’ most standout performers are on the offensive and defensive lines. QB Brynn Renner was a solid 9-13 for 123 yards and a TD, and Carolina may have to look at a few option or wildcat packages with the speed of A.J. Blue and Marquise Williams at the position, assuming neither are redshirted. Oh, and assuming Carolina actually, you know, has a season without the NCAA deciding not to decimate their team. We’re still waiting for some resolution there.
- Tar Heel Fan also does their final Beyond-the-Box of the year, uncovering a few statistical nuggets and making some interesting Zeller-Hansbrough comparisons that wouldn’t have immediately come to mind.
- At the Nike Hoop Summit last weekend, Duke commit Austin Rivers led team USA with 20 points in a victory, and coach Kevin Sutton had great things to say about both him and UNC-bound James McAdoo in this interview with the Dagger.
- And finally, condolences to the family of former sportswriter Bill Brill, who passed away last week at the age of 79. Brill was a Durham resident and Duke fan who made a name for himself as a bit of a lovable grouch, and made enough of an impact that the Duke media room is named after him and have Coach Krzyzewski as a visitor to his hospital room in the final weeks of his life. Godspeed, Bill.