What’s better than winning a national championship ring? Well, maybe having Michael Jordan hand you your ring on national television. Someone from the reigning national champion North Carolina Tar Heels men’s basketball team might receive that opportunity.
Players representing the other five men’s basketball national championship teams for the Tar Heels will present the players and coaches from the 2017 team with their rings. The ceremony will take place at halftime of the North Carolina-Louisville football game at Chapel Hill on Sept. 9.
“I played for Coach [Dean] Smith, and this is something Coach Smith would want the guys to do,” says George Lynch, who was a senior on the 1993 title team, according to Goheels.com. “It’s a way for us as former players to show our appreciation for the enjoyment the 2017 team brought to all of us from Carolina, whether we were student-athletes, or students, or alumni, or fans.”
The idea for this special ceremony came from director of player development Eric Hoots. He has stayed in touch with a lot of the former great players of the program.
The school hasn’t announced a formal list of which former players will be in attendance, so Jordan might not be one of the presenters, but it figures to be a special ceremony regardless.