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The ACC’s first 20 years

Just as the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is poised to expand again, North Carolina’s basketball victory over South Carolina in Las Vegas last week brought back memories. They are memories of a time when the ACC was young and South Carolina was part of the small family. Well, sort of. (Richmond County Daily Journal)

"The Classic” is a classic Christmas gift for ACC hoop fans

If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for the ACC basketball fan on your Christmas list, you’d better hurry. There are, after all, only seven days left until the big day. But here’s a suggestion that might help. (Wilmington Star News)

Raymond Felton mentors Nolan Smith

The first time Nolan Smith realized Raymond Felton would be his "Big Bro" was at a pickup basketball game over the summer at UNC. Smith was making his first appearance at the regular offseason workouts, which feature NBA, college and other pro basketball players, and he was playing point guard on one of the teams when he noticed Felton sitting on the sideline scrutinizing him. After the game, Felton sauntered over to Smith for a one-on-one. (Oregonian)

Interview: J. Samuel Walker on the History of ACC Basketball

I call Everett Case “the man who made ACC basketball” because he built a program at NC State, a school without a winning basketball tradition, that forced other Big Four schools to play catch-up. This was especially true at North Carolina, which hired Frank McGuire to try to keep up with its institutional sibling. (UNC Press Blog)

Raymond Felton goes from one-on-one pickup games with his dad to the NBA

Raymond Felton ended practice number six of the Trail Blazers season by declaring that he knows very little about the men who preceded him as the point guard of this city's professional basketball team. He grew up in South Carolina. He didn't follow the Blazers. In fact, "as a kid," Felton said, "I didn't even follow the NBA." Felton followed his father -- Raymond Sr. Everywhere. (Oregonian)

UNC-Appalachian State Quotes

Jason Capel opening statements: "I was a little nervous. I have to say Coach Williams took some of that away; he and I shared a moment. I haven't been back here a lot. It was good to come back. It was good to see a lot of faces, people I know, people that meant a lot. It was good to be home." (Tar Heel Blue)

Three things to know: Appalachian State at No. 5 North Carolina

1. Familiar face in charge: Former UNC standout Jason Capel is in his second season as Appalachian State's head coach. He played at North Carolina from 1998-2002, scoring 1,447 points. At 31, he is the third-youngest coach in Division I behind only Robert Morris' Andy Toole (who is also 31) and newly appointed UNC-Greensboro coach Wes Miller (28). (Fayetteville Observer)

After trying week, UNCG falls in Wes Miller's debut against East Carolina

The youngest head coach in Division I men’s basketball said he walked onto the Greensboro Coliseum court Friday night with a multitude of emotions colliding inside him. And upon absorbing a 71-62 loss to East Carolina, the toll from an exhausting week became evident on Wes Miller’s face and heavy in his voice while he took inventory of his debut as UNC Greensboro’s interim coach. (Burlington Times News)

Jason Capel returns to Chapel Hill

Coach Roy Williams said that Jason Capel will be embraced as a member of the Carolina basketball family when the UNC alumnus returns to Chapel Hill for today's 6 p.m. game. "Once you're a Tar Heel, you're always part of the family," Williams said. "It's neat to look down there and see those guys at the other end. We haven't done it a lot, but we have done it some. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

It’ll be hard to keep Hansbrough off the court

What stood out during the game, though, was the play of Tyler Hansbrough. Hansbrough had his motor going nonstop against the Bulls. He had 19 points, 11 rebounds and three steals in a team-high 38 minutes. Hansbrough said this was the first offseason in years where he was healthy and able to workout as much as he wanted to. (Indianapolis Star)

Williams: Jason Capel working on 'signature'

During his years playing at North Carolina, Jason Capel played for coaches Bill Guthridge and Matt Doherty. Capel also had the chance to spend a lot of time with Dean Smith, who retired the year before Capel arrived at UNC in 1998. UNC coach Roy Williams, though, isn't so sure that Capel's Appalachian State team will play a familiar style when the Mountaineers and Tar Heels meet tonight at the Smith Center. (Charlotte Observer)

Former Tar Heel Capel headed home

Earlier this week, Jason Capel said he was too busy to think about it. He was busy recruiting while his Appalachian State players were busy with exams. He was too busy trying to come up with the right strategy for the Mountaineers (4-5) to employ against No. 5 North Carolina (8-2) tonight in Chapel Hill (6 p.m., ESPNU). (Charlotte Observer)

Excerpt on Dean Smith From John Feinstein’s New Book

John Feinstein has a new book out titled One on One which recounts various stories from his interaction with some of the great coaches and athletes over the course of his career. In this excerpt from the book, Feinstein writes about approaching Dean Smith in the early 1980s regarding the possibility of writing an article on the UNC head coach. (Tar Heel Fan)

Q&A with Shammond Williams

Shammond Williams decided to conclude his pro career and get serious about pursuing a career in coaching. As such, he's been a regular at the Smith Center this season. He looked back at his playing days and ahead to his coaching future in this Inside Carolina Magazine interview. (Inside Carolina)

Jason Capel returns to Chapel Hill

Jason Capel's first game as a basketball player at North Carolina was on Nov. 13, 1998, at the Smith Center. He was a freshman in the starting lineup on opening night, and he made a splash with seven points, 10 rebounds and five assists. The opponent was Appalachian State. On Saturday, Capel will coach for the first time in Chapel Hill. (Winston-Salem Journal)

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