True Blue: Matt Doherty Returns to Carolina Basketball

True Blue: Matt Doherty Returns to Carolina Basketball

by David DeWitt
     
 

Chapel Hill, North Carolina is home to one of college sports' finest traditions and programs—University of North Carolina Tar Heels basketball. When head coach Bill Gutheridge announced his retirement in 2000, only three years after replacing the legendary Dean Smith, Carolina kept it all in the family when filling one of the most coveted collegiate coaching

Overview

Chapel Hill, North Carolina is home to one of college sports' finest traditions and programs—University of North Carolina Tar Heels basketball. When head coach Bill Gutheridge announced his retirement in 2000, only three years after replacing the legendary Dean Smith, Carolina kept it all in the family when filling one of the most coveted collegiate coaching positions in the country by naming Matt Doherty, former UNC player and first-year head coach of Notre Dame, to follow in Dean's footsteps. True Blue is an inside look at this fascinating transition of tradition. Author David DeWitt intensely followed Matt Doherty's first season at the helm of Carolina hoops—from the tumultuous days of Doherty's hiring to the top of the college basketball rankings to the ultimate disappointment of falling short of the Final Four. DeWitt takes you inside the locker rooms and huddles to reveal the courage and camaraderie of the players and coaches as they chased their collective dream of a national championship. More than just a story of one season, True Blue is a celebration of a program building on its rich roots and beginning a new era in its hoop history.

Editorial Reviews

New York Daily News
Dave DeWitt is right when he writes that North Carolina's storied program carries the weight of history. And who better to chronicle a new chapter than a former college assistant who had excellent access to Matt Doherty, the man who now sits in Dean Smith's chair, and the compassion to understand the players who are committed to keeping the Tar Heels' legacy alive.
— Dick Weiss
Charlotte Observer
Dewitt's access to the historically closed-off North Carolina program is surpassed only by his attention to detail. The information is staggering, and skillfully delivered. If you're a basketball fan, you ought to read this book. And if you're a UNC fan, you simply must.
— Gregg Doyel
Jay Bilas
The retirement of Bill Guthridge, the courting of Roy Williams, and the hiring of Matt Doherty was an extraordinary period in the storied history of Carolina Basketball. Dave DeWitt gives an exceptionally detailed look behind the curtain of the decision-making process, the transition, and Doherty's first season. True Blue is a unique opportunity to get a front row seat inside the Carolina program.
Mick Mixon
With Dave's basketball knowledge, feel for the game, writing skill, and dogged reporting, you'll feel so much like a member of the team that you may need to keep a towel handy to wipe off the sweat...never before has a book like this been written about North Carolina basketball.
New York Daily News - Dick Weiss
Dave DeWitt is right when he writes that North Carolina's storied program carries the weight of history. And who better to chronicle a new chapter than a former college assistant who had excellent access to Matt Doherty, the man who now sits in Dean Smith's chair, and the compassion to understand the players who are committed to keeping the Tar Heels' legacy alive.
Charlotte Observer - Gregg Doyel
Dewitt's access to the historically closed-off North Carolina program is surpassed only by his attention to detail. The information is staggering, and skillfully delivered. If you're a basketball fan, you ought to read this book. And if you're a UNC fan, you simply must.
Basketball America - Adam Lucas
Inside glimpses of the Carolina basketball program are rare. A book like this, written with the trained eye and skill of a talented journalist, has never been done on Tar Heel basketball. Dave DeWitt has produced a work that will continue to be a reference point on Carolina basketball for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781888698428
Publisher:
Taylor Trade Publishing
Publication date:
02/11/2002
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.16(d)

Meet the Author

David DeWitt is a former college basketball player who coached the game for five years at the collegiate level (NCAA Divisions II and III). His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Basketball America, Basketball Times, and various other newspapers and magazines. He currently resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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