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Nice Read: N&O’s piece on Bernie Mock

March 10, 2009
N&O link.

Bernie Mock said he will “definitely” be wearing his Wolfpack-red sweater as he watches the ACC Tournament this week. But as long as North Carolina isn’t playing N.C. State, he’ll also be cheering the Tar Heel blue “at least a little bit.”

Mock, 86, is believed to be the only basketball player to captain both teams. He played forward for the Wolfpack (then known as the “Red Terrors”) in 1941-42 and in ’42-43, then was an All-Southern Conference center for UNC’s “White Phantoms” in 1943-44.

“I never wanted to change schools, change teams,” said Mock, who is now retired in Waynesville. “But Uncle Sam said I had to go — so I went.”

Gotta love the fact that it took the U.S. government to force Mock to suit up for the Heels.

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