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From the North Cack Stacks: The Weekly Best in NC Sportswriting


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Hello again, it’s…*looks at iPhone display screen*…Wednesday, which means it’s time for our weekly dose of the best writing involving North Carolina sports, past and present athletes, coaches, and other miscellaneous good stuff. Enjoy:

Over at UPROXX Sports, friend of the program (I assume) Martin Rickman has an insightful profile on N.C. State’s star junior running back Matt Dayes, who isn’t really a fan of dogs (but maybe cats?) or interviews, but seems to be a nice guy, and is quite good at toting the rock.

Down in Fayetteville, the University of God’s Chosen is performance art more so than it is a school or a football team. Check Stephen Schramm’s look into the team or school or whatever the hell this is for the Fayetteville Observer. And you thought N.C. State’s non-conference schedule was filled with low tier talent.

For the cover story on the most recent ESPN the Magazine, Kurt Streeter has a feature on the Point Gawd, former Wake Forest star Chris Paul, and how the NBA Players’ Union president is readying the group for upcoming labor negotiations.

Anyone who has watched at least a minute of the 4-0 undefeated Carolina Panthers knows just how well cornerback Josh Norman has been playing – dude is living by the Two Words code: even Kanye knows the man should be paid. As the Panthers head into their bye week, Norman chatted with SI’s Doug Farrar on the team’s fast start, and broke down a few of his highlights, too.

The defending national champs in college hoops had media day on Tuesday in Durham; the theme of this season for Duke: yo, that’s a lot of new players. JD King of DBR was there to give a few updates on the roster Coach K has assembled. Also: Amile Jefferson, who played in 32 games for Duke before Jabari Parker ever set foot on campus, is still here, which is fun.

The only thing smoother than Brett Strelow’s jumper are the words he pens; this week for the Observer, Strelow makes his first appearance in this space as he provides an update on the renovations going on at N.C. State’s Reynolds Coliseum.