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UNC fans, players root for coach's cancer recovery

Posted October 30, 2013
Updated October 31, 2013

— Before her team took the court at Carmichael Arena Wednesday night, Sylvia Hatchell, the head coach of the University of North Carolina women's basketball team used Twitter to update them on her current challenge – the fight against leukemia.

She posted that she couldn't wait to watch her team over the Internet, and she followed it up with a photo of her freshly shaved head bearing a painted Tar Heel.

Hatchell has stepped away from the sidelines while she works on her health. Associate head coach Andrew Calder, a veteran of 28 seasons under Hatchell, guided the team to a 111-50 exhibition victory over Carson-Newman.

Before the game, Hatchell's administrative assistant Jane High said, "We just know the spirit of Coach Hatchell is in this place. It never leaves. And she's watching us on goheels.com right now."

"We feel her," said Gary Triplett of the Tar Heels Booster Club. "We're anxious for her to come back. The bench is too quiet."

Other fans made sure to convey their well wishes to the coach. 

"Coach Hatchell, you're not here but we are here and we are keeping you here in our spirit," said Lillian Lee.

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  • mike honcho Oct 31, 12:34 a.m.

    Duke fans do too, Get well soon coach!

  • DurhamDevil Oct 31, 6:00 a.m.

    Duke fans do too, Get well soon coach!

    — Posted by mike honcho

    Agreed 100% - we're ALL on the same team in matters such as this.

    Best wishes, Coach...

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Oct 31, 7:06 a.m.

    Cancer is the rival here, and it's great to see fans from all schools pull together and support Coach Hatchell in her battle against leukemia. Her treatment is going well, and hopefully she'll be back coaching soon.

  • wjuliang Oct 31, 9:20 a.m.

    Get'em Sylvia!

  • yorky1966 Oct 31, 9:29 a.m.

    Looking forward to seeing you on the bench again Coach Hatchell!!

  • 75Tarheel Oct 31, 9:59 a.m.

    Prayers for you, your family and the Doctors. We are all rooting for you Coach and can't wait for your return.

    ALL SCHOOLS VS Cancer. That's the only true rival!

  • alimoore15 Oct 31, 10:27 a.m.

    You got this Coach!! We are all pulling for you together!!

  • lec02572 Oct 31, 11:11 a.m.

    Agree, all fans of all teams and sports are pulling for you Coach Hatchell. Our prayers are with you and your family. Friends, fans, and prayers you can never have too many of them.

  • baldchip Oct 31, 12:59 p.m.

    75tarheel-this battle transends all rivelrys. We are in for her speedy recovery.
    Just like many Tar Heels were pulling for State's great Kay Yow!!

    WE all want to see cancer beaten!!

    Hang tough Coach!! We're in your corner!!

  • immaannoid Oct 31, 1:27 p.m.

    I'm ABC, however, as others have pointed out, this is not partisan. Good luck and get well coach!

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