The 2017-2018 Tar Heels basketball team will face an upcoming challenge that only five other teams have dealt with in UNC history—following up a national championship season. The last three follow-up seasons (1993-94, 2005-06, and 2009-10) have failed to make it past the second round of the NCAA tournament, and the 2009-10 team failed to even make the field of 64. There are certainly some similarities between the upcoming Heels and those teams, but the differences between this squad and those of the past (a few negative and one huge positive) will determine if the 2018 Tar Heels have a strong showing in defending their title. There’s no secret that Roy and company have seemed to miss on the high end recruits recently, but the other championship teams were certainly reloaded after the trophy came to Chapel Hill.
Iowa offensive lineman Sean Welsh has gone public about his ongoing battle with depression. In a first person essay posted to Iowa’s official website, Welsh (No. 79, center) says symptoms emerged during his redshirt freshman season. He noticed himself eating less and spending more time isolated from other people, and felt his enthusiasm for school and football evaporate. He played through the depression, but felt his play suffer as the season progressed. Football, the driving force for many years of my life, went from a source of purpose to a source of apathy. I started to feel a myriad of negative emotions: sadness, anxiety, dread and anger. They hit me like a bombardment from the moment I woke
Buddy Boeheim has, in recruiting circles, forever been known as little more than Jim Boeheim's son -- a nice mid-major prospect who most assume will walk-on and play for his father at Syracuse. And he still might. Probably will. But a funny thing happened last week: Buddy Boeheim was super impressive on a big stage. The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 13.5 points and shot 55.9 percent from 3-point range while helping his team (City Rocks New York) advance to the quarterfinals of the prestigious Nike Peach Jam. He made five 3-pointers and got 18 points last Friday in an 81-47 blowout of a Team Penny squad that featured four top-40 national recruits. And now this: Yes, Gonzaga's Mark Few is actively recruiting