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The North Carolina Tar Heels have one of the most successful programs in all of college basketball, and the state of North Carolina itself is nicknamed the "Tar Heel State."
But where the heck did the name came from?
I remember from years ago when I went to a college recruitment fair at my high school. One of the recruiters was from the University of North Carolina, and I asked this question.
This is the story he gave me, which I will remember for a long time:
"Thousands of years ago, there was a tired, old ram, roaming what is now North Carolina, in search of food.
"One day, he found a large field, filled with food for him to eat, but he had to cross a huge tar pit in order to get there. The ram decided to cross it because he believed that if he did not cross the pit, he would die. Halfway through, though, he sunk to the bottom of the pit, and it seemed like he was dead.
"However, through sheer will and determination, he continued to trudge through and escaped out of the tar. He never went hungry again.
"As a result of his actions, his feet were covered in tar and he could not get it off of him. As he continued to walk through the state, he left tar footprints in his wake, and that's where the name 'Tar Heel' comes from."
Now, I have no idea if this story is true or if he was just pulling my leg, but if it is true, that is one of the silliest, yet most awesome stories I have ever heard.