From the Board: An update on Thad's book

Our own Thad Williamson is nearing the completion of his highly-anticipated book on Carolina basketball. I've gotten the opportunity to read most of the transcript and am quite sure this is going to be a book all Tar Heel fans will want to get their hands on.

He posted an update on the status of the book on the message board today.

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As requested, here's a brief update on the book.

*working title: More Than a Game: Why North Carolina Basketball Means So Much To So Many

*The goal is to have it ready by this season, and hopefully before Christmas. In the next month or two some more precise arrangements should be in place. In any scenario, people will be able to order it online and that info should be available here. Right now a complete draft is done and is in the process of being edited and also getting feedback from a few people.

*The book is about what it means to be a Carolina fan, what's good about it and what's not so good about it, why it means so much to people and whether it means too much.

The main features of the book include:

--an autobiographical section that talks about how I grew up as a Carolina fan in Chapel Hill, and goes on to talk about my experiences covering the team from 1995 to 2000 as a part-time columnist.
--discussion and analysis of the 607 completed fan surveys done last season
--an account of the fan diaries kept by 14 fans detailing their experiences during the 2001 season
--quotes and stories from over 100 different Carolina fans about different things....
--interviews with Dean Smith, Bill Guthridge, Matt Doherty, and Phil Ford on the topic.

Anyway, the whole thing will run about 300 pages.

Many thanks to all those who did the survey, and also all who have agreed to be cited or quoted. It certainly has been fun to put this together although substantial sweat remains between now and it rolling off the presses.

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