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diately following revelation that he
was part of a student-townspeople
gambling ring. After having coached
at several colleges, Cartwell ended his
career as the track coach at West
Between the world wars, UNC
developed a nationally recognized
athletic program with multicham
pionship teams in football, basket
ball, and track and field. When
William "Bill" and Robert "Bob"
Fetzer came to UNC in 1921, the
sports facilities were still in the "first
generation" stage of development.
Bynum gym was availabe for basket
ball, gymnastics, and boxingr but its
pool had been declared unsanitary
and closed. There were a dozen or
so tennis courts. Emerson Field
hosted organized baseball, football,
and track and field events.
In 1922, Bob Fetzer became athletic
director and the brothers assumed
the shared responsibility of coaching
the basketball team. Since neither
knew very much about the game,
their "coaching" consisted primarily
of being present at games. They could
hardly have devised a better strategy.
Their 1922 team went 9-3 during the
regular season, then won the South
ern Conference Tournament with
victories over Howard, Newberry,
Alabama, Georgia, and Mercer. The
1923 squad was undefeated in 14
scheduled games including a 39
9 rout of N.C. State and beat
Mississippi College in the opening
round of the tournament, then fell
to the University of Mississippi 32
34. Norman Shepherd took over as
coach in 1924 and guided the Tar
Heels to a perfect 23-0 season,
including four lopsided tournament
When the students learned that
their Tar Heels had defeated Ala
bama in the title game that year, head
cheeleader Vic Huggins led 500 of
his classmates to the Durham train
station to welcome Cartwright "Cart"
Carmichael, Jack "Spratt" Cobb, and
their teammates." The loud, well oiled
trek back to Chapel Hill ended at
4 a.m., no doubt to the relief of the
solemn element of the community.
Among the innovations that have
allotted him a permanent slot in UNC
sports history, Huggins invited co
eds to join the cheerleader corps; he
wrote "Here Comes Carolina," and
convinced Charles Thomas Wollen
to shell out $25 to order a mascot
from Texas Rameses I.
Carolina fever (became chronic
during the 1922 football season. Bill
and Bob Fetzer were the coaches and
Grady Pritchard the captain of a
team that won nine and lost only to
powerhouse Yale, 0-18, in a game in
which UNC had three touchdown
plays called back because of penal
ties. Chapel Hill the village was well
represented on the 1922 team. Besides
guard Pritchard, there were half
backs Edwin Tenney and Ralph
Pendergraft, tackle Herman Mclver,
quarterback George Sparrow, and
the great running back Chancie Lee
"Jack" Merritt, the great-great-great-grandson
of Old Kit Barbee, the
great-great-grandson of the Rev.
William H. and Susanna Barbee
Merritt, and the son of Lonnie.Lee
From 1918 to 1921 when Jack
Merritt played for the Chapel Hill
High School, his teams lost only once
to a high school and beat several
college teams. The "Hillians"
defeated Greensboro 70-0 to win the
state high school championship in
1919 and repeated in 1920, losing only
to Elon College while beating fresh
men teams at State, Wake Forest,
arid UNC. Merritt carried his nick
name, The Battering Ram, with him
to UNC, and by 1924 when Vic
Huggins decided it was time to select
a team mascot, a "battering ram" was
the immediately obvious choice. .
. Huggins and some tuxedo-clad
classmates introduced Rameses I to
the student body by escorting him
to mid court in the Tin Can, the all
purpose, tin, perpetually leaky gym
nasium built in 1923 on the site now
occupied by Fetzer Gymnasium.
While the audience arid his dignified
attendants sang "Hark the Sound,"
Rameses broke the ice by relieving
himself on the polished floor.
Huggins led the mascot onto the
football field for the first time on 8
Movember 1924 while Carolina was
warming up to face favored VMI. But
the ram came through. Late in the
fourth quarter of a scoreless game,
Jack Merritt broke free for a 37-yard
run which, set up a Bunn Hackney
drop-kick field goal for a 3-0 UNC
This piece was extracted from
Chapel Hill, An Illustrated History.
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Carlton then delivered a 15-minute
speech, ignoring the Hendon case but
pleading innocent to charges that he
had killed his wife Isabella. She had
died shortly after suspicion fell on
her husband, and authorities sus
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keep her from implicating him in the
burglaries and the attack on Mrs.
Hendon. They exhumed her body,
and Prof. A.F. Redd discovered
evidence of poison and powdered
glass in contents taken from her
Alter the protestations of inno
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audience sang "There is a Fountain
Filled with Blood," friends bade the
condemned farewell, deputies app-
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