a foot too low. Quigg slapped the ball to
Kearns, who knew when he heaved it into
the rafters it wouldn’t come down in time.
“Early on, our third or fourth game we
go into overtime at South Carolina,” Kearns
said. “Then the three games with Wake
Forest, I think, the biggest spread there was
something like five points. They were very,
very tough games. Then being at Maryland
and winning there was kind of a luck of the
“And then of course when you get into
the playoffs the game against Michigan
State where Pete Brennan got a rebound,
Johnny Green was on the foul line, they’re
up by two. He makes one of the foul shots,
and the game’s over. He misses, and Pete
gets the ball, dribbles down the court, puts
it up, bangs it, and we go to overtime.
“But you never know. As we found out
last year. In a lot of ways, I’d rather be lucky
than smart or a lot of other things.”
The problem with putting games on
television in 1957 was that the radio people
didn’t want to share the market.
Billy Carmichael ’ 21, then the vice
president of what was called the Consolidated University (now known as the UNC
System), gets most of the credit for solving
that problem. First came an experiment
with live TV that had no audio — viewers
would have to tune in to the radio.
One day, Carmichael and then-President
William Friday ’ 48 (LLBJD) went down
to Woollen and chiseled a hole in the wall
on the second floor overlooking the court.
They stuck a limited-movement camera in
the hole, and on Feb. 9, a two-point win
over Duke had a home audience that could
see and hear. They aired what they called
“Broadvision” again four days later, when
the Heels played Wake Forest.
Castleman Chesley ’ 36, who had tin-
kered with televising football games, put
together a three-station network to air the
NCAA tournament regionals in Philadel-
phia. He expanded that to 11 stations in
Kansas City for the semis and finals, includ-
ing a broadcast back to North Carolina.
Stay-home basketball was born. The Car-
olina players didn’t know until after the title
game that they’d been on TV back home.
New York suited the Tar Heels: Cunningham, Rosenbluth, Kearns, Quigg, Brennan and McGuire mug for the camera on the day before they played
Yale in the first round of the NCAA tournament. They had beaten NYU in the city in December.