CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Woody Durham, the retired “Voice of the Tar Heels” who called North Carolina football and basketball games for four decades, has died. He was 76.
The university says it spoke to son Wes Durham. Woody Durham died Wednesday from complications of the neurocognitive disorder that had prevented him from public speaking.
Durham called UNC games from 1971 through 2011. He worked more than 1,800 games, including 23 bowls and 13 Final Fours. His voice became inextricably tied to some of the school’s most unforgettable victories, notably national basketball championships in 1982, 1993, 2005 and 2009.
He wrote in an open letter to fans in 2016 that he had been diagnosed with a condition that affects language expression.