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Carolina Insider Podcast: Basketball Wins Big, Football Coaching Changes, Eric Chilton Interview

UNC Football made changes to its coaching staff. and Adam Lucas discuss the moves (5:50). They then reflect on the big Carolina Basketball win over Virginia (18:23). Eric Chilton, the first costumed Rameses, talks about growing up in a Tar Heel crazy family, his TV career, and how he came to don the Rameses suit (35:36). (Listen To Podcast)

Eric Chilton celebrates anniversary of his debut as UNC's first Rameses mascot

So, Thursday I had an anniversary. Not with my wife or even a work anniversary. It was the anniversary of when I debuted as the costumed Rameses for a UNC basketball game. Now, I didn't remember the actual date but it popped up on my Twitter feed since the Rameses Twitter account tagged me on the post. I was shocked and thrilled at the same time. (WFMY)

UNC’s former live mascot Rameses XXI dies

Rameses XXI died Monday afternoon. The ram was UNC’s mascot for nearly a decade and had gone to his first football game when he was less than a year old. He’d been treated for arthritis in his shoulder and hips, according to Ann Hogan Leonard, who lives on Hogan’s Magnolia View Farm. Rameses, Hogan said, was gentle and friendly from the start. (Daily Tar Heel)

Rebranded dance team “Carolina Girls” merges with UNC marching band

New silver pom poms, uniforms and bedazzled rhinestone shoes are just a few of the eye-catching differences to the newly rebranded UNC dance team — the Carolina Girls. The dance team has gone by several names: The High Kicking Heels, the UNC Dance Team and now the Carolina Girls. The dance team is adapting a new look, style and presence. (Daily Tar Heel)

Well Said Podcast: Rameses and the Hogans

Rameses, a 7-year-old horned Dorset ram who roams the sidelines of Kenan Stadium during football games, has become one of Carolina’s most famous and beloved Tar Heels. Away from the football field and public life, the same family has been caring for UNC-Chapel Hill’s mascots since the first Rameses walked campus in 1924. (UNC.edu)

Lath Morriss: the cheerleader they called Tarzan

With the 2018 football season kickoff, many Tar Heel fans are ready for their annual rite of autumn. An important part of that rite is fan participation—cheering, it’s called. And no one in Carolina history cheered like the rotund man from Farmville, the unofficial UNC cheerleader they called Tarzan. He was not only famous on the UNC campus. (A View to Hugh)

The Secret Life of Live Mascots

Rameses has no tar on his heels. He does, however, have red clay, mud and sawdust on his hooves. He picks up those each day as he frolics around Hogan's Magnolia View Farm, located only 5 miles west of his Saturday afternoon workplace, UNC's Kenan Memorial Stadium. "You'd be doing well to be living this ol' boy's life right here," says Hogan's grandson. (ESPN.com)

Ten years ago, UNC mascot Jason Ray entered our lives in an unexpected and tragic way

It's been 10 years since Jason Ray was hit by a car in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Ten years since Charlotte and Emmitt followed Jason's wishes and allowed him to become an organ donor. They're doing better today than they thought they would. Still, it isn't easy. How do you process the fact that the world praises a selfless decision your son made, but for that to have happened your son had to die? (ESPN.com)

Jason Ray's legacy lives on as an inspiration to organ donors

It's been 10 years since Emmitt and Charlotte Ray lost their son, but not a day has passed without honoring his legacy. "Jason was a good guy,” Emmitt Ray said. “He had a big heart. No pun intended. He was just a good kid.” Ray, a Concord native, was the UNC-Chapel Hill mascot Ramses, but most importantly, he was an organ donor. (WSOC)

Jason Ray: Always Remembered

Ten years ago, inside Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, Charlotte and Emmitt Ray said goodbye. On March 23, 2007, their son Jason – a 21-year-old senior at UNC who spent three years performing as the Tar Heels' mascot, Rameses, at sporting events – was hit by a car on the side of Route 4 in Fort Lee. Ten years later, Jason continues to be remembered. (GoHeels.com)
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