1. Road Trip! Wilmington, North Carolina — hometown of news anchor David Brinkley and NFL quarterbacks Sonny Jurgensen and Roman Gabriel — is a pleasant little beach town that is also the eastern-most point of Interstate 40. There's a sign at the start of the I-40 that reads Barstow, Calif. 2554. Having Wrightsville Beach just five miles away would be a better recruiting tool if the school had a stronger academic reputation. Legend has it that one enterprising UNCW student earned extra cash for college by running a fully stocked bar out of his dorm room.
2. Hoosier Myopia. Why is UNC-W head coach Brad Brownell not even being mentioned as a potential head coach at Indiana? He's from Evansville, he played for Royce Waltman at DePauw and he was a grad assistant under Jim Crews at Evansville. In four years at UNCW, he's 82-38, he's been named CAA Coach of the Year twice and he teaches the kind of intelligent, unselfish, defense-oriented basketball that you rarely see in men's hoops anymore. Then again, maybe Brownell, like most Indiana natives, just loves going to the beach.
3. The Teal World. UNCW Seahawks fans love their school colors, especially the teal. It's a bit more green than the bizarre Pantone void of those other Seahawks — who, by the way, have fewer conference titles than UNCW in the last five years — but it's an odd point of pride for the student body. I fully expect to see a bevy of buxom beach babes sporting those "Feel the Teal" T-Shirts during the Big Dance(tm). I hope CBS cameras get their good side. — Dave Warner