I ain't starting a thread about UNC football -- so I broadened the topic to "ACC football" -- but this is a story about Mack Brown, UNC and Duke.

Big headline this AM: Mack Brown just had his knee replaced -- by a former UNC player. Here's the link. But, but, doesn't football practice start around August 1, and won't this be a horrible way to enter the season?

But here's the real story: Michael Bolognesi, who played defensive back for the Tar Heels from 1989-1993 is a big deal at Duke Health, where he also went to med school and presumably was where the operation took place:

Las Vegas On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, Michael Bolo P. Bolognesi, MD took office as the 29th President of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) during the AAHKS Board of Directors meeting in Las Vegas.

Dr. Bolognesi is Professor of Surgery, Chief of the Adult Reconstruction Division, and Director of the Adult Reconstruction Fellowship in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine. He completed medical school and his residency at Duke, followed by a Fellowship in Adult Reconstruction at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. After his training, Dr. Bolognesi joined the Duke academic faculty where his practice is focused on total hip and knee replacement, uni-compartmental arthroplasty, revision total hip and knee replacement and patient outcome optimization. He conducts a high volume of clinical research focused on studying the outcomes of these procedures as well as investigating the introduction of new technologies to advance this field of care.
Mack Brown is smarter than I thought, and has also read the recent stories about UNC surgery. Funny, the ESPN News Services, AP story doesn't say a work about Duke. That means it was really written by the UNC SID.