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(I'm a member of TOS, also, & just posted this on there)
This DJ vs. Dabo stuff made me think of a passage in Don Klores' 1980
book "Roundball Culture: South Carolina Basketball" widely considered
the definitive chronicle of the Coach McGuire hoops era. He was talking
about the rematch game between the 'cocks & the heels when UNC came
to Cola. in Feb. of '71:
"...Throughout the game, Roche taunted
Coach Smith. He dribbled over to the North Carolina bench and yelled,
'Sit down, sit down' or 'Straighten your tie' and worse..."
Have always wondered about the, "...And worse"!!
"I wouldn't trade the dirt under his (Roche's) fingernails for anyone else's soul"~ Coach Frank McGuire
What could be worse than "straighten your tie?"
This is very interesting. I had never heard that before.
Zip your pant?
I'll always remember the message Ribok gave to Lefty. Bingo!!!
Roche always had a chip on his shoulder about Smith. Everyone knew Roche and Tommy Owens were a package deal. UNC offered Owens but not Roche and Roche never forgot it.
In the 1971 game at the Coliseum the OP referred to, Roche screamed at Smith, "am I good enough to play for you now?" Smith replied "yes."
It wasn't the first time Roche went to great lengths to teach UNC a lesson. In Roche's sophomore year UNC All-American Charlie Scott said in the media that Roche "couldn't go to his left." In a huge upset of UNC at the old Charlotte Coliseum, Roche and Ribock both fought with Scott. With five minutes left, Roche drove left on Scott and delivered a layup to give him 38 points against Scott. For the rest of the game, Roche passed the ball every time he had possession. After the game Roche said he did it "so Charlie Scott will remember I can drive to my left anytime I want to."
Great Pic. I recognize Roche and Owens. Who are the others (Carver, Aydlett?). Thanks.
Thanks. From left to right, Coach, Billy Walsh, Roche, John Ribock, Bobby Cremins, Owens.
Billy Walsh, a lost opportunity. Wish he had been with the team for four years. He was the best shooter on the team.
Yep. The hand injury in the 1969 NIT and bad grades doomed him. As good as they were, imagine them with him for his junior and senior seasons.
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