North Carolina basketball won't be the same without Woody Durham

On Wednesday morning, it was announced that the voice of the Tar Heels' basketball and football programs passed away at age 76.

"It's a very sad day for everyone who loves the University of North Carolina because we have lost someone who spent almost 50 years as one of its greatest champions and ambassadors", Williams said.

WHKP joined the Tar Heel nation in mourning the one man who brought UNC football and basketball to life from 1971-2011.

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A pro's pro and a Tar Heel through and through, Durham leaves a legacy right next to the historic coaches and players he covered.

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He is survived by his wife, Jean, to whom he was married for 54 years; their two sons, Wes and Taylor; and two grandchildren, Emily and Will.

"I hope that Tar Heel fans didn't notice or didn't listen, but there were too many times during various broadcasts when I wasn't pleased with my level of presentation", Durham said. "We should all "go where we go and do what we do" and say a prayer for Woody and his family". Woody and the Durham family took up fundraising efforts for primary progressive aphasia research, getting help from UNC and selling T-shirts with his signature phrase from decades of radio calls, "Go where you go, and do what you do". "There will never be another quite like him".

"As they say, 'the great ones make it look easy.' Woody was one of the great ones".

"'Hark the sound of Tar Heel voices ringing clear and true' - that's Woody Durham". Woody was one of the great ones. "It's equally ironic that he dealt with a disorder for the final years of his life that robbed him of his ability to communicate as effectively as he did in perfecting his craft". Working with him I learned even more about what made him so special, namely his work ethic, preparation and care for everyone he worked with set a standard for all to emulate. A vehicle pulled up and a woman said to her husband, "Who is that man with Woody Durham?" The sixth-seeded Tar Heels face third-seeded Miami on Thursday night in the quarterfinals at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. His passion on the call was matched by a professionalism to know not only every detail of the Tar Heels but the opponent as well. This team has played well and I think we're competitive with anybody. It is that respect that will stay with the Tar Heel faithful and me forever. "You got to be this player because you did the work, so be more confident, be more comfortable, and know who you are because you're a really good player". "They're (North Carolina) capable of beating anybody in the country when they play well, and they're going to come in and play well". "I'm doing it to honor him".

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