Weekend Watch: November 9-11
It's another busy weekend around Carolina athletics, with many teams stepping into tournament play and basketball ramping up for 2012-13.
First, however, I want to extend thoughts and prayers to the family of Eddy Landreth. Eddy, who wrote for many, many publications, including Tar Heels Illustrated, Carolina Blue and the Chapel Hill News, was a mainstay in Carolina press boxes and media rooms and a good, genuine man, and sincerely loved the Tar Heels. I sat next to Eddy at many Carolina games, including recently in Louisville. When the Tar Heels got punched in the mouth early, Eddy began writing his postgame column. Why wouldn't he? The score was 29-0 midway through the first quarter? Anyway, Carolina began crawling back, and had the ball, down five, with 4:15 to play. I turned to Eddy and said, "I believe you better rewrite that story." He said, "I already have."
It doesn't feel right that Carolina's starting a basketball season without Eddy Landreth in the front row at press conferences, and in fact, WRAL's Jeff Gravley called for a moment of silence at yesterday's. It was a nice gesture for a man we'll all miss. So long, Eddy.
Football hosts Georgia Tech on homecoming, Saturday at 12:30 p.m. (ACC Network). Giovani Bernard needs just 70 rush yards to reach 1,000 for the second straight season. Did you see Gio on CFB Daily on Wednesday? I can't stress this enough: you may have only two more chances to see Gio play in Kenan Stadium. Go do it.
Just posted a GoHeels column on defending Georgia Tech's spread option offense.
A Tar Heel women's tennis doubles team in in the quarterfiinals of the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. On Friday, they face the top seed and defending champions from USC at the USTA Bille Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens. Here at home, Carolina hosts the Kitty Harrison Invitational. Those matches are free and open to the public at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center.
Fencing's North American Cup takes place in Virginia Beach this weekend. Tar Heels Joseph Alter and Ian Kanar will compete.
Cross Country is in Charlotte for the NCAA Southeast Regional on Friday.
Men's Basketball opens the season with two home games this weekend: Gardner-Webb on Friday at 7 (RSN), and Florida Atlantic at 2:30 Sunday (ESPNU). The Florida Atlantic game is part of the EA Sports Maui Invitiational. If you get get to Friday's game early, you can cheer on JV men's basketball as they take on Milligan College. Sunday, the JV team faces Wake Tech at 11:30 a.m. Yesterday, Adam took a look at the 2012-13 Tar Heels as they compare to the 2006 and 2010 teams.
Women's Basketball hosts Davidson in the Preseason WNIT Friday at 5. The winner of that game will play the winner of Liberty-Duquesne on Sunday.
Men's soccer is in Germantown, Md. for the ACC Tournament semifinals and finals. The Tar Heels will play Virginia Friday at 5:30 (ESPN3). Should they win, they'd take on either Maryland or Clemson on Sunday at noon (ESPNU). Carolina had six players named to All-ACC teams, and freshman midfielder Danny Garcia was named ACC Freshman of the Year. Goalkeeper Scott Goodwin, who has allowed four goals in 18 games, was second-team All-ACC.
No. 2 seed women's soccer opens NCAA Tournament play Saturday with a game against Radford at Fetzer Field.
Speaking of the NCAA Tournament, top-seeded field hockey begins tournament play Saturday at 11:30 a.m. with a tilt with Stanford at Francis Henry Stadium.
Volleyball is at Clemson Saturday at 6.
Star Wars: Episode VII may have a writer in Michael Arndt?
How about the USC student manager who, acting entirely on his own (a lone wolf, if you will), deflated footballs during the game against Oregon. Well, he was fired, and that takes care of that.
Is there trouble brewing in Charlotte? The Panthers want upgrades to Bank of America Stadium. Meanwhile, Los Angeles wants an NFL franchise (or two). Could North Carolina's NFL team go to Hollywood?
OK, time for me to fly. Have a great weekend.