A Tribute to the University of North Carolina

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hil is a public university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. First enrolling students in 1795, UNC is one of the schools able to claim the title of oldest public university in the United States and is one of the original eight schools known as a Public Ivy.

The university forms one of the corners of the Research Triangle in addition to Duke University in Durham and North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

In 2009, the U.S. News & World Report ranked UNC Chapel Hill 5th among the nation's top public universities.  Many of UNC's professional schools have achieved high rankings in publications such as Forbes Magazine, as well as annual U.S. News & World Report surveys. In 2009, U.S. News & World Report ranked UNC business school's MBA program as the 20th best in the United States. In 2005, Business Week ranked UNC business school's Executive MBA program as the 5th best in the United States. Other highly ranked schools include journalism and mass communication, law, library and information studies, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, and city and regional planning. Nationally, UNC is in the top ten public universities for research.

UNC's undergraduate program is ranked 28th in the United States by the U.S. News & World Report and is consistently ranked among the nation's top five public universities, just behind UC Berkeley, University of Virginia, UCLA, and the University of Michigan. Kiplinger's Personal Finance has also ranked UNC as the number one "best value" public school for in-state students. Similarly, the university is first among public universities and ninth overall in "Great Schools, Great Prices", on the basis of academic quality, net cost of attendance and average student debt.

UNC has a strong history in athletics, most notably in men's basketball and women's soccer. The North Carolina Tar Heels share rivalries with other Tobacco Road schools and have provided many olympians to United States teams. The student newspaper The Daily Tar Heel has won national awards for collegiate media, while the student radio station WXYC provided the world's first internet radio broadcast.

The South's Oldest Rivalry between North Carolina and its first opponent, the University of Virginia, was prominent throughout much of the twentieth century. September 2008 saw the 117th meeting in football between the two teams. The bitterness of this rivalry has been superseded by in-state competition with Duke University, and North Carolina State University. North Carolina's rivalry with Duke is particularly intense in basketball. With a combined nine national championships in men's basketball, both teams have been frequent contenders for the national championship for decades. As the two schools are located just eight miles apart, the students and fans of both schools are focused in their mutual disdain.

After important basketball victories, there is a tradition for students to rush downtown to Franklin Street, which the police close to traffic. People converge at and around Franklin and Columbia Streets near campus and light bonfires.

As of Fall 2009, the university had won 37 NCAA team championships in six different sports, eighth all-time. These include twenty NCAA championships in women's soccer, six in women's field hockey, four in men's lacrosse, five in men's basketball, one in women's basketball, and one in men's soccer. The Men's basketball team just won its 5th NCAA basketball championship in 2009, the second for Coach Roy Williams since he took the job as head coach. Other recent successes include three consecutive College World Series appearances by the baseball team from 2006 to 2008. In 1994, the university's athletic programs won the Sears Directors Cup "all-sports national championship" awarded for cumulative performance in NCAA competition.

The rivalry between Duke and North Carolina has spilled over into other arenas. Beginning in 2001, the rivalry has been strengthened by the creation of the Carlyle Cup. This cup is given each year to the school that has the most combined head-to-head wins against the other school in all of the shared varsity sports. UNC has claimed the cup 6 times, winning in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Duke has won the cup 3 times, in 2001, 2003, and 2004. UNC and Duke tied for the cup in 2007.[19]

Duke and North Carolina have also developed a strong women's college basketball rivalry since the 1990s as Duke and North Carolina field two of the strongest women's basketball teams in the nation. Duke made four Women's Final Four appearances in 1999, 2002, 2003, and 2006. North Carolina won its first NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship in 1994, and made three Women's Final Four appearances in 1994, 2006, and 2007.

In 1992 North Carolina defeated Duke by a 9-1 score in the NCAA championship game in Women's Soccer in a game played in Chapel Hill's Fetzer Field, a decided home court advantage for the Tar Heels. UNC was led by super stars Kristine Lilly and Mia Hamm. This is the only time the two schools have ever met for a national championship in any sport. In 2007, 2008, and 2010, Duke and North Carolina played each other in the NCAA Lacrosse Quarterfinals, with Duke winning each time.

Twenty four students from the two schools got together from January 14–16, 2006 in order to attempt to break the world record for the longest continuous game of basketball ever recorded. The game set a new world record at 57 hours, 17 minutes and 41 seconds with Duke winning the game 3699-3444. All $60,000 raised from the marathon benefited the Hoop Dreams Basketball Academy, an organization which helps children with life-threatening illnesses develop successful life skills through basketball.

Some Memorable (and some not so memorable ) Basketball Games Over the Years

       March 2, 1968: #10 Duke 87, #3 North Carolina 86 (3OT)
March 2, 1974: #4 North Carolina 96, Duke 92 (OT)
February 24, 1979: #6 Duke 47, #4 North Carolina 40
December 5, 1980:   #10 North Carolina 78, Duke 76
March 3, 1984: #1 North Carolina 96, Duke 83 (2OT)
January 21, 1988: #9 Duke 70, #2 North Carolina 69
March 12, 1989: #9 North Carolina 77, #7 Duke 74
February 5, 1992: #9 North Carolina 75, #1 Duke 73
February 2, 1995: #2 North Carolina 102, Duke 100 (2OT)
January 31, 1996: #8 North Carolina 73, Duke 72
February 28, 1998: #1 Duke 77, #3 North Carolina 75
February 1, 2001: #4 North Carolina 85, #2 Duke 83
o 1.2.17 March 9, 2003: North Carolina 82, #10 Duke 79
February 4, 2004: #1 Duke 83, #17 North Carolina 81 (OT)
March 6, 2005: #2 North Carolina 75, #6 Duke 73
March 4, 2006: #13 North Carolina 83, #1 Duke 76
March 4, 2007: #8 North Carolina 86, #14 Duke 72
February 11, 2009: #3 North Carolina 101, #5 Duke 87
March 8, 2009: #2 North Carolina 79, #7 Duke 71

Feats by the Heels just in the last 5 years or so:

2009 - UNC Men's Basketball - NCAA National Champions
2008 - UNC Men's Football - CarCare Bowl
2008 - UNC Women's Soccer - NCAA Champs
2008 - UNC Men's Baseball - 3rd Place, College World Series
2008 - UNC Men's Basketball - NCAA Final Four
2008 - UNC Men's Basketball - ACC Tournament Champs
2008 - UNC Women's Basketball - NCAA Tournament Elite 8
2008 - UNC Women's Basketball - ACC Tournament Champs
2008 - UNC Women's Basketball - ACC Regular Season Champs
2008 - UNC Men's Basketball - ACC Regular Season Champs
2007 - UNC Men's Baseball - College World Series Finals - 2nd Place
2007 - UNC Men's Baseball - ACC Tournament Champs
2007 - UNC Women's Basketball - ACC Tournament Champs
2007 - UNC Men's Basketball - ACC Regular Season Champs
2007 - UNC Men's Basketball - ACC Tournament Champs
2007 - UNC Men's Basketball - NCAA Elite 8
2007 - UNC Women's Basketball - NCAA Final Four
2006 - UNC Women's Soccer - NCAA Champs
2006 - UNC Men's Baseball - World Series Finals - 2nd Place
2006 - UNC Men's Basketball - 2nd Round NCAA Tourney
2006 - UNC Women's Basketball - Final Four NCAA Tourney
2006 - UNC Women's Softball - NCAA Softball World Series
2006 - UNC Basketball's David Noel - Slam Dunk Competition winner

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A Few Pics I've Collected:

  2011 UNC Helmet- Marking the 10th anniversary of the WTC attack    
UNC v LSU 2010 pregame  tailgaiting
UNC v LSU 2010 pregame VIP buffet! UNC v LSU - A View from Our Seats! UNC v UT 19 Dec 2009 Our seats at UNC v UT 19 Dec 2009
    An unhappy Coach! - UNC v LBS 11 Dec 2010    
Watching Mia Hamm play -  1994 Watching TJ Yates in 2010 Tyler Zeller getting mugged by Long Beach State 11 Dec 2010 Tyler Hansborugh and the 2009 Championship Team John Henson v Long Beach State - 11 Dec 2010
1967 UNC Final Four Team Bobby Frasor & Tyler Hansborough seen on  UNC Campus John Henson seen on Campus Sean May seen on Campus 1982 Michael Jordan & Brad Doherty
  Cheerleader at UNC v LBS 11 Dec 2010 Austin Carolina Club ACC watching the Carrier Classic  
    Even the ketchup got patriotic on Vets Day 2011    
View from Hotel looking at USS Vinson Tar Heel parade Follow the rules! View from the bridge of the USS Vinson View from the seats
  Getting ready to road trip!   Getting ready two!  



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