The University of North Carolina has been the figurative
birthplace of many basketball legends, from the players greats on the court to
the coaches stalking the sidelines. The legendary coaches of North Carolina
include Frank McGuire, Dean Smith and Roy Williams, all of whom led North
Carolina to National Championships. It is with the players, however, that the
stature of North Carolina was established: Michael Jordan, Billy Cunningham,
James Worthy, Phil Ford, Vince Carter, Rasheed Wallace, Jerry Stackhouse and
Kenny Smith among many others.
North Carolina's basketball program has been one of the most
prominent in the nation over the past half century. Since winning its first
national title in 1957, North Carolina has reached milestones and set records.
Among these accomplishments are 27 straight NCAA Tournament appearances between
1975 and 2001, the NCAA record. Also, between 1963 and 2001, the Tar Heels did
not have a losing season. The University's history of basketball excellence has
been given it entry into an exclusive club as only the second program to reach
1900 wins - the other member being the Kentucky Wildcats.
The North Carolina Tar Heels also participate in one of the
most heated rivalries in NCAA sports with the Duke Blue Devils. Known as "The
Battle of Tobacco Road" or "The Battle of the Blues", the annual meetings
between these two schools have given us some of college basketball's defining
moments. As of 2007, UNC leads the series with Duke 127-96.
Among the individual award winners are:
National Coach of the Year:
ACC Coach of the Year:
Frank McGuire - 1957
Dean Smith - 1967, 1968, 1971, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1988,
Bill Guthridge - 1998
Roy Williams - 2006
National Player of the Year:
ACC Player of the Year:
ACC Rookie of the Year:
Sam Perkins - 1981
Michael Jordan - 1982
J.R. Reid - 1987
Ed Cota - 1997
Joseph Forte - 2000
Marvin Williams - 2005
Tyler Hansbrough - 2006
Brandan Wright - 2007
The Tar Heels' National Championships:
1923-24: Record: 26-0, Coach: Norman Shepard (Named
national champion by the Helms Foundation)
1956-57: Record: 32-0, Coach: Frank McGuire
1981-82: Record: 32-2, Coach: Dean Smith
1992-93: Record: 34-4, Coach: Dean Smith
2004-05: Record: 33-4, Coach: Roy Williams
The University's football program has its own share of
tradition. The Tar Heels' annual meeting with the Virginia Cavaliers has earned
the name "The South's Oldest Rivalry". The two universities first played each
other in 1892 and have played every year since 1919. In addition, the Tar Heels
have collected eight conference championships.
Furthermore, the Tar Heels' women's soccer squad has
established itself as a truly dominant force in the sport. Since the first team
was fielded in 1979, the soccer program has collected 19 national championships.
The design of the North Carolina Tar Heels Fabric: Squares is
composed of the University's NC and ram's head logo and the
Rameses the Ram mascot over a cornflower and navy squared background.
The North Carolina Tar Heels Fabric: Squares is not suitable
for children's sleepwear. All patterns have been licensed by the University of North
Carolina and are for individual consumption only. Any other use of the North
Carolina Tar Heels Fabric: Squares is prohibited and illegal.