True Blue

Matt Doherty Returns to Carolina Basketball

Book Description

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.

About DeWitt, David

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.