UNC chancellor takes pot shot at Duke
North Carolina and Duke are set to renew their historic basketball rivalry Wednesday night at Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium.
But from Chapel Hill, UNC's Chancellor Holden Thorp launched the first salvo via Twitter Wednesday, taking a shot at Duke students' ritual of camping out for admission to the annual Tobacco Road rivalry.
"Our students are talking about the future and asking smart questions instead of wasting time sitting in a tent," Thorp tweeted.
The tents that form outside Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium are referred to as "Krzyzewskiville" after coach Mike Krzyzewski. Students, or the Cameron Crazies, are allowed into the arena 90 minutes before the game, and those at the front of the line are able to sit closest to the court.
Thorp later deleted the tweet and apologized: "Sorry about the tent/Kville tweet. Both U's have great students. I shouldn't have gotten carried away by our rivalry in basketball."
Wednesday night's clash pits the defending national champion Blue Devils, currently ranked fifth in the nation, against the 20th-ranked Tar Heels. Both teams have one loss atop the ACC standings.
Duke won both matchups last season, including an 82-50 drubbing at Cameron. In the previous year, the Tar Heels were victorious twice on their way to the national championship.