Light Blue Reign: How a City Slicker a Quiet Kansan and a Mountain Man Built College Basketball’s Longest-Lasting Dynasty Art Chansky St. Martin’s Griffin First Edition editionJan 31
The University of North Carolina basketball team, 2009 national championship winners, owns more victories over the past 50 years than any other college team. In this history, UNC alum and veteran sportswriter Chansky (Blue Blood) explains how the Tar Heels got there through the well-researched stories of three disparate coaches. Until the arrival of coach Frank McGuire in 1953, the big men on UNC’s campus were football players. A well-coiffed Irish-Catholic charmer from the streets of New York City, McGuire set high standards for his players on and off the court, leading the Tar Heels to a 32-0 season en route to the 1957 national championship. Dean Smith (a liberal Baptist from Kansas) and Roy Williams (a broken-home survivor from the Appalachian Mountains who recently published his own memoir) continued the winning tradition, and the relationship among all three continued to grow until McGuire’s 1994 death. Drawing on published and personal interviews with coaches, players and fans, Chansky is well-read but far from impartial, and presumes his readers feel the same; accordingly, this should make an ideal gift for any Tar Heels alum.
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“As with all of Chansky’s books, this one is well-researched and highly anecdotal. Chansky knows UNC basketball as well as anyone, and his storytelling gift brings the characters in his books to life.” –The News & Observer (North Carolina)
Includes new chapter on the surprising 2009-2010 season
The inside story of how one of the most successful college basketball programs in the nation was built
“As with all of Chansky’s books, this one is well-researched and highly anecdotal. Chansky knows UNC basketball as well as anyone, and his storytelling gift brings the characters in his books to life.” –The News & Observer
What It Means to Be a Tar Heel: Roy Williams and North Carolina’s Greatest Players
“One of the Best 20 New Sports Books in America” –Bleacherreport.com
“Plenty of photos and anecdotes will delight Tar Heel fans.” –Pam Kelley, Charlotte Observer
“Scott Fowler’s ‘What it Means to be a Tar Heel’ has shot to the top of my top-10.” –W.E. Warnock, The Chapel Hill (NC) News
Great storytelling…. a must-buy for Carolina fans. –Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times
What It Means to Be a Tar Heel: Roy Williams and North Carolina’s Greatest Players by Scott Fowler explores the program’s vast success and asks the simple question – What does it mean to be a Tar Heel? One person or one phrase cannot answer that question completely because so many different emotions encompass Tar Heel basketball. What It Means to Be a Tar Heel brings together all of their stories, as told by the most outstanding voices of the North Carolina program and guaranteed to enhance your passion for Tar Heel basketball. It’s not just one tradition, one season or one game – it’s the stories coming from the athletes and coaches who made the magic happen over the decades that capture the true essence of representing the University of North Carolina.