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Durham, 'Voice of the Tar Heels,' dies at age 76

Durham, 'Voice of the Tar Heels,' dies at age 76

There was a moment of silence before the game for Durham, who was 76, and was the "voice of the Tar Heels" for 41 years.

"Our family is grateful for the incredible support my dad and our family received throughout his illness", says Wes Durham. He also said it was "a great learning tool for me and for a lot of us fortunate to have a second generation career in voices".

"I'm very excited", Berry said.

"I think we've got a good basketball team, and I think we can compete", said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, "We've proven that we can compete with anybody". Numerous greatest moments in North Carolina basketball history are best relived with Durham's play-by-play radio call.

"Woody loved the Tar Heels and players, coaches and fans of all ages loved him right back", UNC basketball coach Roy Williams said in a statement.

The university says it spoke to son Wes Durham.

As in the past, I will continue to attend Carolina functions and sporting events as my schedule permits; and be part of civic and other charitable endeavors throughout the state.

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The man said, "I don't know, but that's definitely Woody".

The name was "Woody" was on the back of North Carolina's warm-ups on Wednesday night in the Barclays Center. Wes Durham is a regular fixture on the ACC Network television broadcasts and the radio voice of the Atlanta Falcons. "It's Carolina. That'll make it a little tougher, obviously". He described his former partner as the ultimate in preparation, a guy who took his craft as seriously as anyone who has ever called a game. He called more than 1,800 games in his 40 years, including 23 Bowl games, 13 Final Fours and 6 National Championship games.

At the time, Durham didn't know his slip in performance was probably an early sign of aphasia, a degenerative brain disorder that robbed him of his exceptional ability to communicate and eventually his life. With AP Photos.Theo Pinson had 16 points, 11 rebounds and six assists and Kenny Williams scored 17 as No. 12 North Carolina beat Syracuse 78-59 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

Montgomery and Durham were teammates on the offensive line of the Albemarle High football team with Durham at pulling guard and Montgomery at tight end. We try to reach the standard of excellence Woody set for 40 years through his passion and professionalism on every broadcast on the Tar Heel Sports Network.

"He never said no", Montgomery said.

While Durham was busy, even in retirement, with a host of public appearances and golf tournaments, he was always willing to help out with the baseball museum.


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