Those jerseys hanging up there in Dean Smith Center honoring Michael Jordan, Billy Cunningham, Phil Ford, Charlie Scott, James Worthy and other extraordinary players who have graced North Carolina's basketball court had begun to seem like painful reminders of greatness lost. All those championship banners up there with them seemed old and dusty.
Tar Heels rediscover tradition
The Charlotte Observer
Reyshawn Terry jumped off North Carolina's bench Saturday, stayed on the Smith Center floor longer than usual, and ceased being a bit player.
He moved into a major supporting role, stunning a crowd of 21,750 and elating his teammates. He made four of five shots, grabbed four rebounds, dished out an assist and scored 11 points in 11 minutes.
Ready: UNC's Terry gets chance to shine
The Winston-Salem Journal
Reporters rushed to the corner of the players' lounge at the Smith Center on Saturday afternoon, anxious to grab a sound bite from one of the star's of North Carolina's latest blowout. Three-deep they stood, shoving tape recorders into the star's face.
It's treatment Rashad McCants, Sean May and Raymond Felton receive on a regular basis. But Reyshawn Terry? In the Tar Heels' galaxy of McDonald's All-Americans, Terry rarely had been in as high demand as he was after North Carolina's 109-75 victory against Maryland.
Heck, his name wasn't even spelled correctly in the halftime box score at the arena.
Terry emerging as newest weapon
The Jacksonville Daily News
Relegated to the National Basketball Developmental League, a wasteland for basketball castaways, Joseph Forte decided last month that he could pick between two outlooks on his life.
I could curse and feel sorry for myself. I could wonder how I dropped all the way down to this," said Forte, once a basketball prodigy. "But I want to own up to some things, so I decided to approach it more optimistic. I'm going to think, 'You know, with all the mistakes I've made, I'm actually lucky to play at all.' "
It marked the first good choice, friends and family said, that Forte had made in a very long time.
A fallen star begins to chart his course
The Washington Post
North Carolina wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer has been offered the position of offensive coordinator at Stanford. "I'm trying to mull some things over," Brewer, a UNC assistant the past five seasons, said Sunday night. "I have a lot to think about." Brewer took a trip to Stanford over the weekend, meeting with new coach Walt Harris before taking in the Cardinal's basketball upset of Arizona and catching an overnight flight back to the East Coast. Brewer, married with two children, said family would play an important role in his consideration of the multiyear deal. "It's a great opportunity, but there's more to it than just me," Brewer, 40, said. "If it was just me, it would be a no-brainer."
UNC receivers coach offered coordinator job at Stanford
The Durham Herald Sun