Could the University of North Carolina change the name of its athletic programs?
A group made its way to campus this week to advocate for such a move, arguing that the Tar Heels name has ties to the Confederacy and white supremacy, according to the Charlotte News & Observer.
The group wants UNC to change its name to the Rams, which would allow the school to keep its current mascot, which is named after a former player.
UNC has explained the Tar Heels as “workers who distilled turpentine from the sticky sap of pine trees and burned pine boughs to produce tar and pitch often went barefoot during hot summer months and undoubtedly collected tar on their heels,” according to the university’s website.
However, a UNC history professor contends that the term was later turned into a symbol of Confederate pride and loyalty.
I won’t go into all the details here of the complicated history (you can check out the News & Observer detailing it more here) but it seems that one of Kentucky’s basketball rivals could become the Rams.
I’ll still take the Cats either way.
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A top target for Kentucky and a major in-state talent.
Gavin Wimsatt will be a popular QB target for many of the top programs.
Maybe there will be a Kentucky-Louisville game.
Time is running out to make a decision.
Epps was the girls basketball coach at Campbellsville High School.
Titans are paying up for their franchise running back.
This was expected, but another high-level talent is skipping college.
Actually gotta give him some credit for thinking ahead.