IS THE SAME ONE
IN WOOLLEN GYM
WHEN THE AUTHOR
WAS IN SCHOOL.
AROUND THE GAME
SOME GUSTY WINDS
An Essay by Alfred Hamilton Jr. } 65
Watching the ebb and flow in the Carolina men's basketball program over the past 15 months has been like witnessing one of those big, scary northeasters that
pound away at the state's Outer Banks a couple
of times each year.
Like those grand old Nags Head cottages
that seem so permanent but really are so
fragile, the great tradition ofUNC basketball has
seen its share of stormy weather lately. It has
not been a quiet time in the basketball office
tucked into the southeast corner of the Smith
Center's ground floor.
A little more than a year ago, the program
was coming off its second Final Four
appearance in three seasons. Then suddenly, Bill
Guthridge retired and the Tar Heel Nation sat
back and waited for the coronation of Kansas
Coach Roy Willian1s ' 72. When Williams
turned away from the altar, the situation
turned into a bizarre, media-driven soap opera
as Dick Baddour ' 66 crisscrossed the country
looking for a coach.
Once that media firestorm cooled, the per-
fectly predictable decision by Matt Doherty
' 84 to bring his assistant coaches from Notre
Dame to Chapel Hill spurred public debate
about loyalty and who owes it to whom.
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