Deadline deal averts link dump shutdown

— Reconsidering North Carolina’s oldest known landscape photo.

— “It certainly would be nice to have another Ohio native become part of our basketball program here at Chapel Hill.

— Bellum Charleston’s elite retreat. (Are East Flat Rock, Savannah and the Masters  “actually part of Charleston”? )

— Great-grandpa sends a Tweet from Gettysburg.

— Number of Raleigh women listed in 1860 census as prostitutes: 46

Jerseys-apoppin’! (alas, not Tar Heels’)

On Dec. 23, 2000, after his team had come back from 19 points behind against North Carolina, point guard Earl Watson grabbed the front of his jersey with both hands and displayed the “UCLA” to the Pauley Pavilion student section. Thus was born, or least popularized, the custom of “jersey popping.” (The Tar Heels won, 80-70.)

Joey Rodriguez popped his “VCU” after KOing Kansas, but I didn’t notice any Kentucky players pausing to pop Sunday night. During the game, however, Darius Miller made a spectacle of himself — basketball’s latest on-court fad.


Athletes and lies: What’s changed in half century?

“In May 1961 the [basketball] point-shaving scandal spread, as Doug Moe, an All-American at Carolina, became implicated ….Although Moe had accepted no bribes, he had been given a total of $75 in his dealings with [gamblers]…. Moe told the chancellor [William Aycock] he was in ‘no way’ involved in the scandal…. It was only at a fourth meeting…. that Moe acknowledged his role….[Aycock]  brought Moe’s case before the Men’s Honor Council, [but] the council… absolved Moe…. Aycock found its decision perplexing, and… suspended Moe ‘indefinitely,’ giving him 48 hours to leave campus….

“Students marched on the chancellor’s residence that evening, and Aycock hastily set up a meeting at Gerrard Hall to explain his apparent overruling of the student government. By the end of the meeting, he was given a standing ovation.”

— From “William Friday: Power, Purpose and American Higher Education” by William A. Link (1997)