1. Creature vs. Creature: A Tar Heel On The Boston College ACC Opener

    (Note: Steve Auger wrote the other part of this Creature vs. Creature matchup; please read here for the Boston College point of view). Aw, shucks, Roy Williams. It's time for some dadgum Atlantic Coast Conference play...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 209 reads 2 comments

  2. Out of Focus: A Pac-10 Special (Jan. 2)

    You could call this the "Pac-10 Special" edition of the Out of Focus series, with a dash of Summit League play tossed in for good measure...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 125 reads 9 comments

  3. Stephen Garcia Makes Me Sick and It's Steve Spurrier's Fault

    As you can probably gather from the headline, this is purely an opinion piece, and I have a very strong opinion after suffering through another disappointing South Carolina season and watching an embarrassing bowl performance against the Iowa Hawkeyes...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 503 reads 7 comments

  4. NCAA Basketball Conference Rankings: Of the People

    Conventional wisdom has it that three conferences (the ACC, Big East and Big Ten) have separated themselves from the rest of the pack...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 485 reads 19 comments

  5. Out of Focus: Three College Hoops Games You Should Watch but Won't (Dec. 30)

    (Note: As a reminder, if you are participating in the Conference Rankings, they will be published tomorrow, so please send your rankings to nathanmedic2003@yahoo.com or leave them on my profile...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 78 reads 5 comments

  6. NCAA Basketball Conference Rankings: Take Two

    As the man in the photo above would say, "I want YOU." Last week, I put out what I hope will be weekly conference rankings for NCAA men's basketball. You can read the long version of the article here or the short version here...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 956 reads 2 comments

  7. Ty-Up: Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson Help UNC Run Past Rutgers with Ease

    Rutgers (9-4, 0-0 Big East) ran into a juggernaut Sunday night. North Carolina (12-0, 0-0 ACC) continued what could be a fairy tale season by drubbing Rutgers 97-75 Sunday evening...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 175 reads 1 comments

  8. Turnovers Dash UNC Hopes in 31-30 Meineke Bowl Loss to WVU

    (Note: This article can also be found at my UNC blog, at Carolina Tar Heel Blue ) Hakeem Nicks did all he could for North Carolina (8-5, 4-4 ACC). Nicks took three of T.J...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 170 reads 0 comments

  9. Stepping Stone: Excitement Builds For UNC, WVa Matchup in Meineke Bowl

    (Note: This article can also be found at my UNC blog at Carolina Tar Heel Blue). It’s been a while. North Carolina (8-4, 4-4 ACC) has not won a bowl game since a 2001 victory ...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 172 reads 3 comments

  10. NASCAR: Your 2009 Chase Lineup

    It's only 54 days until the 50th Anniversary of the Daytona 500 (as opposed to the 50th running; glad we can milk that twice), which can only mean one thing...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 1,610 reads 32 comments

  11. Conference Rankings: ACC Edges Out Big Ten, Big East (Short Version)

    I realize many people probably didn't want to wade through my earlier rankings, due to the length of the article. For a longer version of these rankings, with much greater detail and explanation, please see my in-depth article here...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 344 reads 6 comments

  12. Conference Rankings: ACC Edges Big Ten and Big East

    We have unofficially made it through the first quarter of the NCAA basketball season. There have been a few surprises both on the court (hello, VMI and Western Kentucky) and off the court (what's up, Andy Kennedy?)...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 413 reads 28 comments

  13. Out of Focus UPDATE: Five Best Games You Didn't Watch Tonight (Dec. 17)

    Let the games begin! Tonight! No, really! You've had a long day of work. Or school. Or post-exam lounging. You're tired of reading about Charles Barkley, Gene Chizik, Sean Avery reruns (pardon the pun), and Plaxico Burress' need for a holster...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 86 reads 3 comments

  14. More Than a Down Year: SEC, Pac-10 Will Send No More Than Three Each to Tourney

    There are down years, and then there are downright awful years. The SEC and the Pac-10 fall into the second category in 2008-09. Why is O.J...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 147 reads 20 comments

  15. A December Not to Remember: We Don't Need a "Winter Break" In NCAA Hoops

    "A long December and there's reason to believe / Maybe this year will be better than the last ..." -- Adam Duritz, Counting Crows, "Long December" Here in Chapel Hill, there are lots of reasons to believe exactly that...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 160 reads 15 comments

  16. ACC Scrutiny : The Middle of the Pack Is Not to Be Trifled With

    Forget about North Carolina and Duke. Just for a minute. I know you can do it. I believe in you and, don't worry, those 57 articles will still be waiting for you when you're done with this one...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 162 reads 10 comments

  17. The New Top 35: Likely Daytona Starting Spots for No. 47, No. 10, and No. 77

    As is usually the case with Silly Season, there is little that can be written without the word "speculation" entering the conversation...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 506 reads 21 comments

  18. Beggars Can't Be Choosers: Cowardly Ball State Pays For Declining Bowl Bid

    I don't know if it's the coaches or the administration who is at fault; I only know that it's not the players. The players and the fans, for that matter, have been cheated. I'll keep this short and sweet...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 1,407 reads 9 comments

  19. The UNC Anti-Plaxicos: How the Tar Heels Helped Save a Life

    New York Giants star wide receiver Plaxico Burress "shoots himself" in a nightclub. Reggie Bush's family is allegedly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in "cash and merchandise" ...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 217 reads 10 comments

  20. UNC-Oregon: Hot-Handed Danny Green, Tar Heels Hammer Hapless Ducks

    It is the calm before the storm. Earlier this week, I forecasted a Notre Dame vs. North Carolina final in the Maui Invitational here. To be more clear, I predicted a slim Notre Dame victory in tonight's game...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 261 reads 8 comments

  21. Breaking BCS Shocker: Jim Delany Revealed!

    In a shocking turn of events sure to shake up the college football world, it has been revealed that Big Elev ... er, Big Ten + ... er, Big Ten Commissioner James Edward Delany is not only a robot, but in fact Hal from Arthur C...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 413 reads 11 comments

  22. Breaking Down the Maui Invitational: Notre Dame over North Carolina

    Get your leis ready: The Wayne Duke Championship Trophy is on the line. I am a devoted fan of the North Carolina Tar Heels, but I do not think that they are taking home the trophy...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 839 reads 17 comments

  23. Notre Dame Students Throw Snowballs at Their Own Team

    File this incident under "never should happen." During Notre Dame's thoroughly embarrassing 24-23 loss to Syracuse, Irish students (I refuse to call them "fans") pelted their own players with snowballs...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 2,399 reads 53 comments

  24. The Gift of Life: Remembering Jason Ray of UNC

    The picture above means something very special to me. The black tape on Rameses' arm is for Jason Ray, the UNC mascot who died in New Jersey after being hit by a car on the side of the road...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 338 reads 6 comments

  25. Tyler Too, Part Two: Unnecessary Foul Injures Zeller in UNC Blowout of Kentucky

    Ramon Harris must have been hanging around Duke's Gerald Henderson before the game against North Carolina on Nov. 18...

    Nathan Bitner Written by Nathan Bitner about almost 6 years ago 1,333 reads 29 comments