North Carolina Rumors & News

  • End finally in sight for UNC's academic scandal with NCAA?

    Sporting News - NCAAB "At last, the date for the next round of the North Carolina-NCAA fight has been set. UNC is scheduled to appear before the NCAA Committee on Infractions (COI) for a two-day hearing on Aug. 16-17. The hearing is part of the next step in its NCAA academic case after over a year of delays. The..." July 26

  • North Carolina guard Kenny Williams undergoes knee surgery

    Fanrag Sports "The reigning national champion North Carolina Tar Heels will be without one of their expected contributors on the perimeter, as the team announced recently that guard Kenny Williams underwent surgery on his right knee. While no definitive timeline was given with regards to his recovery, the school..." July 12

  • Kenny Smith’s son transferring to North Carolina

    Larry Brown Sports "Kenny Smith played his collegiate basketball at North Carolina. Soon, his son will as well. K.J. Smith spent his freshman season at Pacific, where he played in 24 games and averaged 3.2 points per game. However, he said goodbye to the school to pursue an opportunity at the place his father..." June 20

  • UNC’s Luke Maye flips car on I-85, walks away unhurt

    Charlotte Observer "Luke Maye, one of the stars of North Carolina’s run to the 2017 NCAA tournament men’s basketball championship, was involved in a scary car accident on Interstate 85 Thursday that included Maye’s car flipping several times and coming to rest upside down. Ultimately, though, Maye’s parents said..." June 09

  • Cameron Johnson claims Pitt error should allow him to join North Carolina immediately

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Pitt had a rough year on the court. One of the players involved in that season now claims it bungled one off the court, as well. It seems possible the Panthers have mishandled their showdown with shooting guard Cameron Johnson regarding his entry into the world of graduate..." June 09

  • Pitt transfer Cameron Johnson commits to UNC; not yet immediately eligible

    Raleigh News & Observer "Cameron Johnson, a 6-foot-7 graduate transfer from the University of Pittsburgh, committed to North Carolina on Tuesday, and did so without the assurance that he'd be able to play next season. Johnson confirmed his commitment, first reported by ESPN, in a text message but added that he was “not..." June 06

  • PK80 Invitational brackets announced; Duke, North Carolina, MSU headline field

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Brackets for the 2017 PK80 Invitational college basketball tournaments were announced Wednesday with plenty of intriguing possibilities set in place. The event, which will honor Nike co-founder Phil Knight for his upcoming 80th birthday, is a two-tournament spectacle that will take place in..." May 31

  • Ex-UNC star Rashad McCants says relationship with school, coach Roy Williams no longer exists

    Charlotte Observer "Former North Carolina men’s basketball star Rashad McCants says he has no relationship with UNC or coach Roy Williams - and that isn’t likely to change anytime soon. In 2014, McCants alleged that the university kept him eligible through fake classes and minimal attendance, and he said his..." May 25

  • North Carolina freshman Tony Bradley decides to remain in the 2017 NBA Draft

    CBS Sports "North Carolina freshman Tony Bradley has decided to remain in the 2017 NBA Draft, a source told CBS Sports early Wednesday. A formal announcement is expected soon. Bradley averaged 7.1 points and 5.1 rebounds in only 14.6 minutes per game last season for a UNC team that won the ACC..." May 24

  • Johnson: Roy Williams trying to convince Pitt to waive my transfer restriction

    Raleigh News & Observer "The news didn’t necessarily come as a surprise to Cameron Johnson, a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, but nonetheless, he had been hoping for a different outcome. He had been hoping he could play college basketball next season wherever he chose – perhaps even at North..." May 23

  • North Carolina’s Roy Williams Hopes to Coach Another 10-12 Years

    Zagsblog "North Carolina coach Roy Williams hopes to coach for another 10-12 years. Williams, 66, attended the NBA Draft Combine here on Friday to support his former players, including senior Kennedy Meeks who went for 19 points and 16 rebounds in his team’s win. Meeks’ team was coached by former North..." May 13

  • Theo Pinson returning to North Carolina for senior season

    Go Heels "Theo Pinson, a perimeter starter on the University of North Carolina's 2017 national championship-winning team, will return to UNC for his senior season. Pinson had submitted his name to the NBA last week to continue to explore his options in advance of the NBA Draft. The Greensboro, N.C.,..." May 03

  • Joel Berry withdraws name from NBA Draft, will return to UNC

    Sporting News - NCAAB "A day after declaring for the NBA Draft, Joel Berry has changed his mind. The North Carolina guard announced Tuesday he will return for his senior season in 2017-18. Berry is allowed to withdraw his name from the draft and return to school because he did not hire an agent. "I know I can..." April 26

  • NCAA tournament returns to North Carolina

    USA Today "North Carolina is back in good graces with the NCAA — after the state repealed its controversial HB2 law last month — and will once again host championship events on its own soil. Greensboro will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in 2020, and Raleigh will..." April 18

  • North Carolina's Jackson declares for NBA draft, signs agent

    Scout "North Carolina junior Justin Jackson is declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft and intends to sign with an agent, he tells Scout. “Obviously it’s hard because I’m going to miss these guys,” Jackson said. “I’m going to miss the coaches and I’m going to miss being here on campus. That part of it was..." April 13

  • Roy Williams: Maryland president's death penalty comments make him a 'double idiot'

    CBS Sports "North Carolina coach Roy Williams predictably didn't take fondly to Maryland president Wallace Loh's recent comments. On SiriusXM College Sports Nation, Williams was asked on Wednesday morning if winning the 2017 national title had "special significance" given the backdrop of the NCAA's..." April 12

  • North Carolina lawmakers threaten to pull UNC, N.C. State from ACC if conference boycotts state again

    Sporting News - NCAAB "The North Carolina legislature is at it again. A new house bill introduced April 10 states that if the ACC boycotts the state for future championship game sites, the state would force UNC and N.C. State to withdraw from the conference. Duke and Wake Forest would not be affected by this bill..." April 12

  • Maryland president: Would expect shutdown of UNC over academic allegations

    ESPN "Maryland president Wallace Loh says he would expect North Carolina to get the "death penalty" over the academic allegations that have hung over the athletic program since 2010. "As president, I sit over a number of dormant volcanoes," Loh said during a University of Maryland senate meeting..." April 11

  • Heels reign again after ugly title win over Zags

    The Sports Xchange "GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The redemption tour is complete. North Carolina talked about redemption all season, spurred by the painful memory of losing last year's national title game on Villanova's last-second 3-pointer. The Tar Heels found themselves back in a similar situation Monday..." April 04

  • CBS-Boosted NCAA National Championship Ratings Jump 21 Percent From Last Year

    The Wrap "CBS is cutting down the nets this morning. Monday’s NCAA Tournament National Championship game leapt 21 percent in preliminary TV ratings from the prior year, though the 2017 version got a big bump simply from being on “America’s Most-Watched Network.” Last year’s classic — a Villanova..." April 04

  • Why wasn't Michael Jordan at the title game?

    USA Today "Michael Jordan was not in attendance when North Carolina beat Gonzaga in the NCAA championship game Monday night, and Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said he thinks he knows why. “He’s superstitious like I am,’’ Williams told USA TODAY Sports, while adding that he had not had a chance to see if..." April 04

  • UNC's Roy Williams eludes White House visit question

    CBS Sports "Roy Williams was noncommital about whether his North Carolina team would make a trip to the White House when asked after cutting down the nets in Glendale on Monday. He was also unsure if his team would receive an invite. Williams, a known Donald Trump critic, caused quite the stir recently by..." April 04

  • The refs ruined the NCAA championship game

    Fox Sports "Sixteen players stepped onto the court in the national championship game between North Carolina and Gonzaga Monday in Glendale, each with the hope of making history and becoming a college basketball immortal. But it was the three guys wearing stripes that took over the NCAA tournament final,..." April 04

  • JJ Redick praises rival UNC, calls for college athletes to be paid

    Larry Brown Sports "J.J. Redick was a fan favorite when he was draining countless shots from long range at Duke, and hating North Carolina is supposed to be in every Blue Devil’s blood. But game recognize game, as they say. After UNC defeated Gonzaga in the national championship game Monday night, Redick took to..." April 04

  • Officiating cloud hangs over UNC national championship, and LeBron can't take it

    CBS Sports "North Carolina and Roy Williams claimed a third national title since 2005 on Monday night, 364 days after getting buried by Villanova on a buzzer-beater on the same stage. But while last year’s college basketball finale is most memorable for one of the NCAA Tournament’s greatest shots, the sixth..." April 04

  • Mark Few on late non-call: 'Had no idea ... nobody made me aware'

    ESPN "Mark Few said he was unaware during the game that Kennedy Meeks had his hand out of bounds during a critical scramble for a loose ball in the final minute of North Carolina's 71-65 victory over Gonzaga in the national title game on Monday night. With 49.1 seconds to play and North Carolina..." April 04

  • North Carolina-Gonzaga about firsts, big men and bad ankles

    ESPN "Gonzaga's and North Carolina's journey to the final night of the 2016-17 season on a hardwood floor in a football stadium in the Phoenix area should surprise few. The Tar Heels lost in last year's title game on a Kris Jenkins buzzer-beater, and key players from that humbled roster -- Kennedy..." April 03

  • 5 biggest storylines entering National Championship Game

    Larry Brown Sports "It is difficult to imagine the 2017 National Championship living up to the high expectations set by last year’s stunning affair. After a hotly-contested 40 minute game, fans were treated to a wild shot by North Carolina’s Marcus Paige to tie the game and a buzzer-beater to win the championship by..." April 03

  • North Carolina survives Oregon to prevail in Final Four

    The Sports Xchange "GLENDALE, Ariz. -- As North Carolina missed four consecutive free throws in the final 5.8 seconds, coach Roy Williams had one thought. "Jump off the building," he said. No need. The Tar Heels might have had a tough time shooting Saturday night, but showed why they are the best..." April 02

  • UNCW hiring North Carolina assistant McGrath as head coach

    Bleacher Report "UNC Wilmington reportedly reached an agreement with North Carolina assistant C.B. McGrath on Friday to be its new men's basketball head coach. ESPN's Jeff Goodman first reported the news, adding that it is pending board approval. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports later confirmed. UNC Wilmington..." March 31

  • UNC’s Joel Berry begins recovering from another ankle injury

    Raleigh News & Observer "This was Joel Berry, the North Carolina junior point guard, sitting in front of his locker on Sunday after the Tar Heels’ 75-73 victory against Kentucky – an epic win after an epic shot from Luke Maye, one that will live on. Berry sounded tired. He sounded exhausted. He sounded a little bit..." March 27

  • Christian Laettner praises Luke Maye, trolls Kentucky

    ESPN "Apparently even Duke and North Carolina's rivalry takes a backseat when there's a chance to send a dig at Kentucky. On Sunday night, former Duke All-American Christian Laettner congratulated North Carolina's Luke Maye, whose last-second jumper beat Kentucky to send the Tar Heels to the Final..." March 27

  • Can UNC, Gonzaga, South Carolina and Oregon salvage the Final Four nobody wanted?

    Fox Sports "Let's get it out of the way at the top. No need to sugarcoat. On first glance, and probably on second and third too, this is a dog Final Four. It's the ugly stepchild stealing the spotlight on college basketball's premiere weekend, a motley crew mostly filled with teams you either don't care about..." March 27

  • Heels head to Final Four on Maye's last-second hoop

    The Sports Xchange "MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- In 1992, Duke's Christian Laettner ended arguably the best game in NCAA Tournament history with a buzzer-beater that handed Kentucky a heartbreaking loss in the East Regional championship game. Twenty-five years later, the Wildcats experienced more end-of-game heartbreak..." March 26

  • North Carolina handles Butler to reach Elite Eight

    The Sports Xchange "MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Part of winning championships in March is getting an unexpected great game from a role player. North Carolina got just that Friday night from reserve forward Luke Maye. Playing the best game of his career, the sophomore achieved his first double-double with 16 points..." March 24

  • UNC survives vs. Arkansas, advances to Sweet 16

    The Sports Xchange "GREENVILLE, S.C. -- North Carolina saw its season flash before its collective eyes, and the Tar Heels did everything they could to make sure they would play another day. Top-seeded North Carolina scored the final 12 points to beat eighth-seeded Arkansas 72-65 and avoid an upset Sunday night..." March 19

  • North Carolina romps over Texas Southern

    The Sports Xchange "GREENVILLE, S.C. -- North Carolina found the ideal way to go through a first-round game of the NCAA Tournament. It came with a revived shooting touch from swingman Justin Jackson. Jackson, who struggled with perimeter shooting the past few weeks, broke out by scoring 19 of his 21 points..." March 17

  • Duke takes down UNC in ACC semis

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The potential weariness of playing three games in three days this late in the season didn't stop No. 14 Duke from staging a dramatic second-half comeback against No. 6 and top-seeded North Carolina in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament on Friday. The fifth-seeded Blue Devils..." March 10

  • Hicks, No. 6 North Carolina breeze past Miami

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- The value of having four days off before starting its quest for its 19th ACC tournament title was evident for top-seeded North Carolina in its quarterfinal matchup with Miami on Thursday. The sixth-ranked Tar Heels (27-6) were well rested and their fresh legs were the difference..." March 09

  • Michael Jordan: "The Ceiling is the Roof"

    The Big Lead "Michael Jordan addressed fans during Saturday night’s Duke-North Carolina game. He was announcing a partnership between his Jordan brand and the Tar Heels football program. His speech was short and sweet — and perhaps more memorable than he intended it to be — thanks to one incredible turn of..." March 05

  • No. 5 North Carolina rebuffs No. 17 Duke

    The Sports Xchange "CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The only way for No. 5 North Carolina to find real joy at the end of the regular season was to finish with pizzazz. Joel Berry II scored 28 points and North Carolina pulled away in the final minutes to defeat No. 17 Duke 90-83 in another riveting clash between the ACC..." March 04

  • No. 23 Virginia's defense shuts down No. 5 UNC

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- When North Carolina scored just 45 points in a 12-point loss at No. 2 Syracuse three years ago, many thought it was one of the worst offensive performances in school history, and definitely in the Roy Williams era. On Monday night, the Tar Heels fell victim again on..." February 27

  • No. 8 North Carolina rolls over Pittsburgh

    The Sports Xchange "Justin Jackson was a liability last season whenever he decided to hoist a shot from 3-point range. The junior forward now rates as a huge asset for North Carolina when he squares up for the long-range blast. Jackson continued his improved marksmanship on Saturday when he scored 23..." February 25

  • No. 8 UNC tops No. 7 Louisville, increases ACC lead

    The Sports Xchange "CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- It took time for No. 8 North Carolina to click Wednesday night, but the reward was significant. The Tar Heels own a stranglehold on first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference after pulling away for a 74-63 victory against No. 7 Louisville at the Smith Center. "I..." February 23

  • Jackson, No. 10 North Carolina dominate No. 14 Virginia

    The Sports Xchange "CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina appeared to steal some of Virginia's game plan, turning an expected showdown into a romp Saturday night. It's often Virginia that stumps opponents with defense, but this time it was the Tar Heels. Justin Jackson scored 20 points and No. 10 North..." February 18

  • NC State fires Mark Gottfried, but will let him finish season

    The Spun "Mark Gottfried is out at NC State, but will coach the rest of the season, according to a report by WRAL’s Jeff Gravley. Earlier this week, multiple reports emerged that Gottfried would be fired following the season, and that NC State is already looking for his replacement. According to Gravley,..." February 16

  • North Carolina's Kenny Williams likely out for season with knee injury

    Raleigh News & Observer "The news wasn't all good for North Carolina on Wednesday after its 97-73 victory at N.C. State. Afterward, Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said that Kenny Williams, the sophomore guard who has started 22 games this season, has likely been lost for the season. Kenny Williams suffered a right knee..." February 16

  • No. 10 North Carolina blows by N.C. State

    The Sports Xchange "RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina went to a familiar formula by showcasing its inside strength, and that was too much for North Carolina State. Joel Berry scored 18 points as No. 10 North Carolina pounded rival N.C. State for the second time this season, winning 97-73 on Wednesday night at..." February 15

  • No. 18 Duke outlasts No. 8 North Carolina

    The Sports Xchange "DURHAM, N.C. -- With the spotlight shining on him again because of good play, Duke guard Grayson Allen showed more signs of regaining a comfort level. He picked a big stage to do so. Allen scored 25 points and No. 18 Duke defeated No. 8 North Carolina 86-78 in a back-and-forth battle..." February 09

  • No. 12 North Carolina stops No. 20 Notre Dame in relocated game

    The Sports Xchange "GREENSBORO, N.C. -- With numerous offensive options, No. 12 North Carolina can keep opponents guessing, but junior guard Joel Berry often is a clutch player regardless of the circumstances. Berry made a key jumper to stem No. 20 Notre Dame's late-game momentum as the Tar Heels secured an..." February 05