Davis puts to rest the Heels-Devils handshake controversy

By TOM SHANAHAN PHOTO: Hubert Davis. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN There apparently won’t be a Round II in the handshake line if North Carolina and Duke meet in the ACC Tournament this week in Brooklyn. North Carolina coach Hubert Davis was asked in his Tuesday media session on Zoom about the kerfuffle that developed after the Tar Heels won Saturday at Duke. A video circulated that showed Duke assistant coach Chris Carrawell blowing past…

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Turns out Ol’ Roy signed off on Hubert Davis long ago as a Tar Heel

PHOTO: Roy Williams and Hubert Davis coaching from the sidelines. By TOM SHANAHAN All that was needed before Hubert Davis was officially introduced as North Carolina’s new basketball coach was to hear his predecessor had signed off on the promotion from assistant coach. Turns out Roy Williams had endorsed Davis as a Tar Heel long before the Monday announcement and the formal press conference on Tuesday at the Dean E. Smith Center. If he hadn’t, Davis' historic hiring…

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Hubert Davis slides over on bench to succeed Roy Williams

PHOTO: Hubert Davis instructing the Tar Heels in a team huddle. By TOM SHANAHAN The North Carolina tradition fueled the logic and speculation. Now it’s reality. The Tar Heels promoted assistant Hubert Davis to head coach, following a pattern of that dates back 70 years – long enough to encompasses Dean Smith sliding over from assistant to head coach in the 1961-62 season. The job opened up only four days ago when Roy Williams announced his surprise retirement.…

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