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Happy Birthday, MJ!

North Carolina Miscellany would like to wish Michael Jordan a happy forty-third birthday. It’s been a quarter of a century now since he arrived at the University of North Carolina. We took a look at the Daily Tar Heel basketball preview (in the December 3, 1981 paper) for the 1981-1982 season to see what people had to say then about the freshman from Wilmington. Coach Dean Smith’s appraisal of young “Mike” Jordan was short and to the point:

“He’s got a lot to learn, but he can be an outstanding player.”