(fourth) and Carter (fifth) in 1998. Only academically shaky guard McInnis, who left in 1996 despite his coaches' rec- ommendations to the contrary, was chosen in the second round. (At the opposite nd of the spectrum was Phil Ford ' 78, now a UNC assistant coach, who wouldn't go in 1977 despite Smith's insistence the time was ripe.) Certainly it's understandable if Carolina fans feel their world has been violated a bit. Only four years ago, Stackhouse and Wallace, bulwarks of a squad that reached the 1995 Final Four, left for the NBA after only two years in Chapel Hill. No ther Tar Heels have left as sophomores. Their abrupt departure caused Smith to rely heavily on a trio offreshman Oamison, Carter and Ademola Okulaja) in 1995-96, the only time that happened during his 36-year tenure. Similar prospects await Guthridge in 1998-99. Told a Carolina fan claimed she may not be able to bear watching this year's overwhelmingly youthful squad- only starters Ed Cota and Okulaja return, and nine of 13 scholarship players are underclassmen- Guthridge laughed. "I may join her," the second-year coach said. "I m.ay not watch, either." The Tar Heels hardly are bereft oftalent. There are six McDonald's high school All-Americans on the squad-Cota, sophomores Vasco Evtimov and Brendan Haywood, and freshmen Jason Capel, Ron Curry and Kris Lang. Others were highly recruited, though lacking a similarly lustrous national profile. Youth may be a short-term handicap, but the ' 96 squad emonstrated that UNC's basketball approach can overcome that limitation without a major stumble. Given its track record, Carolina hasn't altered course in the face ofshifting cir- cumstance. Ifplayers say they'll come for four years, they're recruited. Should their swift development, however predictable, occasion a change in plans, the coaching staff takes it in stride. "We still recruit the same as we always have," Guthridge said. "We are not, and we never have, and we never will as long
A Tribute to the Journalism of
Full, Fair and Accurate Reporting
Soon there will be a special place to pass on the journalistic ideals
of Charles Kuralt Class of 1955. Thanks to the generosity of Kuralt's
widow, Petie, the broadcaster's Manhattan office will be reassembled
in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication complete
with professional papers and videotapes as well as his 13 Emmy
and three Peabody awards.
Beginning in fall 1999, the Charles Kuralt Learning Center will be a
place where students can debate important issues in journalism.
That's what we believe he would cherish the most: teaching students
to research, write and present a full, fair and accurate report, always.
And to report-without airs, without folderol-not just about
statesmen and the elite but about down-horne folks. To care not
only about good writing, but to care.
The School is trying to raise $150,000 to establish the Center. We
are asking alumni, friends and fans of Kuralt for assistance. If you
would like to help with this project, please consider a gift in any
amount to the School.
For additional information, contact Mary Anne Rhyne, Assistant
Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs, (919) 962- 3037, or
Send your gift to the School of Joum alism and Mass
Communication, UNC-Chapel Hill, Campus Box 3365,
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3365.
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