North Carolina Rumors & News

  • NCAA says it's not legally responsible for academic fraud at UNC

    SI.com "The NCAA said in a statement that it is not legally responsible for any academic fraud that may have been committed at UNC, according to Jon Solomon of CBS Sports. In January, both the school and the NCAA were sued by two former North Carolina players: Football player Devon Ramsay and women's..." March 03

  • Roy Williams Reprimands UNC Fans, Wants More Energy At Games

    College Spun "North Carolina head coach Roy Williams said he was disappointed in the enthusiasm of his team’s fans following Saturday’s win over Georgia Tech. On his radio show Monday night, Williams went from reprimanding to motivating the Tar Hell faithful, telling them in part to “yell your ass off.”" February 25

  • Roy Williams has been better than Coach K since arriving at UNC

    USA Today "Roy has two titles at Carolina, in 2005 and 2009. Coach K has one during that stretch — that tight win over Butler in 2012. UNC has been to the Elite Eight or beyond six times since Williams arrived in Chapel Hill. Duke has been there just three times. In terms of flameouts, Coach K has three..." February 19

  • Theo Pinson, despite injury, still takes the lead for Carolina

    News-Record "North Carolina basketball guard Theo Pinson on Monday will finally get out of the protective boot he has worn for the past three weeks. Next Friday, he’ll sit down with team doctors and figure out whether he’ll get to play again this season. Healthy or not, the Greensboro resident who played at..." February 15

  • Tar Heels Desmond Hubert is out for season after ACL tear

    Raleigh News & Observer "North Carolina senior basketball player Desmond Hubert injured his right knee in practice last week and will miss the rest of the 2014-15 season. Hubert will undergo surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the coming weeks. A forward from Cream Ridge, N. J., Hubert played in..." February 13

  • Iconic North Carolina coach Dean Smith dies at 83

    Yahoo! Sports "College basketball lost one of its icons Saturday night. Dean Smith, the legendary former North Carolina coach, died at his home in Chapel Hill with his wife and five children at his side, the school announced Sunday morning. He was 83. “It’s such a great loss for North Carolina – our state,..." February 09

  • Marcus Paige sends message to UNC teammates after second straight loss

    College Basketball Talk "On Monday night, North Carolina lost their second straight game to one of the ACC’s elite. For the second time in just three days, that loss was the result of a second half collapse. Against Louisville on Saturday, the Tar Heels blew an 18-point lead with 18 minutes left in the game, succumbing..." February 03

  • North Carolina's Theo Pinson out with a broken foot

    Fay Observer "North Carolina freshman Theo Pinson broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot during the Tar Heels' win at Wake Forest on Wednesday, the school confirmed Friday. It's unclear how long the injury will sideline the 6-foot-6, 195-pound Pinson, who suffered the same injury as a high school..." January 26

  • 'Back' from injury or not, Marcus Paige remains key to UNC's season

    SI.com "After his game-winning layup against Louisville on Saturday, Marcus Paige said he jokingly told teammates “I’m back.” In the ACC teleconference on Monday, Roy Williams told reporters “One play didn’t destroy my confidence in him [against Notre Dame] and one play, I don’t think, is going to turn me..." January 15

  • ACC cuts ties with ref Karl Hess

    ESPN.com "Veteran official Karl Hess has worked his final ACC basketball game. Hess, who has worked ACC games for more than 25 years, told ESPN that his comment made to Atlanta hotel magnate Mit Shah during Sunday's Louisville-Wake Forest game in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was made in jest. Shah,..." January 10

  • Professor among 4 fired in UNC academic fraud

    USA Today "The University of North Carolina’s top official says the Chapel Hill school is firing a professor who once led the faculty there for her role in the academic fraud scandal that’s rocked the state’s flagship public university. University Chancellor Carol Folt said in a letter Wednesday that..." January 01

  • Tar Heels land Felton, Class of 2017's No. 7

    ESPN.com "The North Carolina Tar Heels are off to an early start with their 2017 class, as they landed a commitment from top-10 high school sophomore Jalek Felton. Felton, a 6-foot-3 combo guard, is the nephew of former North Carolina star Raymond Felton. "It's been a dream of his for a long time,"..." January 01

  • Game-worn MJ shoes sell for $33K

    ESPN.com "A pair of Converse shoes that an auction house says Michael Jordan wore when he played at the University of North Carolina sold for $33,387 on Thursday morning. Grey Flannel Auctions, which sold the shoes, said they were consigned by a high school teammate of Jordan. The auction house said the..." December 18

  • Top recruit Jaylen Brown plans official visits to Michigan, North Carolina

    SB Nation "Jaylen Brown, one of the top recruits in the 2015 class, according to ESPN, was watched by Kentucky head coach John Calipari and coaches from Kansas, UCLA, Georgia and Georgia Tech on Saturday, as reported by Adam Zagoria. Brown scored 34 points and added 12 rebounds in a win in front of those..." December 08

  • How is UNC All-American Marcus Paige attacking opposing defenses?

    Fox Sports Carolinas "Back in late April, Roy Williams sat in a golf cart in Greensboro, Ga., distracted by a disappointing round and incoming tee shots on a hole surrounded by Lake Oconee. Far from a basketball court or the stacked field his North Carolina team would eventually encounter in Nassau this past week,..." December 02

  • 2015, 2016 Maui fields set: UNC, UCLA, UConn, Kansas, Indiana involved

    CBSSports.com "As is custom, the Maui Invitational has announced its future fields on the day its event begins. One of the most prestigious November tournaments in college basketball, which is now 31 years old, started Monday. And we now know the next two years worth of fields that will unfold on the Big..." November 24

  • Larry Brown 'worried' by UNC scandal

    ESPN.com "SMU coach and North Carolina alum Larry Brown has been keeping close tabs on the academic scandal enveloping his alma mater and said he is especially concerned that it could stain a man he has long revered. "Absolutely I'm worried about it," Brown said after the Mustangs' shootaround at Indiana..." November 21

  • You can buy a game-worn chrome Tar Heels helmet for $1,195

    CBSSports.com "What once looked like a lost season for North Carolina received a major shot in the arm Thursday night when the Tar Heels went on the road and routed Duke 45-20, not only bringing home the Victory Bell and clinching bowl eligibility for UNC, but ruining the hated Blue Devils' chances of a second..." November 21

  • Firm charges UNC $1.65 million for PR on fraud scandal, other work

    Raleigh News & Observer "The amount of money UNC is spending on outside public relations in the wake of the academic fraud scandal is crossing past $2 million. A copy of the contract provided under a public records request shows Edelman will receive more than $1.65 million for public relations services over the period..." November 18

  • Luke Maye is UNC's first basketball commitment in class of 2015

    Raleigh News & Observer "North Carolina has its first basketball commitment in the class of 2015. Luke Maye, a 6-foot-8 power forward from Hough High in Cornelius, has committed to the Tar Heels, according to Inside Carolina and other outlets that regularly cover recruiting. Maye's other two finalists were Clemson and..." November 12

  • UNC AD: I thank God I have the chance to work with Roy Williams

    CBSSports.com "The swirl of constant bad press surrounding the North Carolina athletic and academic culture has got UNC's AD, Bubba Cunningham, feeling a need to publicly defend his basketball coach. Roy Williams' integrity and character has been under attack from some in recent months. For others, really,..." November 11

  • Report: '04-05 UNC title team had multiple players taking phony courses

    Raleigh News & Observer "During the season that the UNC men’s basketball team made its run to the 2005 NCAA championship, its players accounted for 35 enrollments in classes that didn’t meet and yielded easy, high grades awarded by the architect of the university’s academic scandal. The classes, some advertised as..." November 10

  • Okafor, Kaminsky headline AP preseason All-America team

    SI.com "The Associated Press released its preseason All-America team on Monday. The five players who made the team are Duke's Jahlil Okafor, Wichita State's Fred VanVleet, North Carolina's Marcus Paige, Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky and Louisville's Montrezl Harrell. Okafor, a freshman center, was the..." November 04

  • Roy Williams: Academic case 'a pain'

    ESPN.com "The specter of another NCAA probe has taken its toll on North Carolina coach Roy Williams. "If this were my first 16 months of coaching, you wouldn't see a 17th month," Williams said. "It's been a pain in the rear end, but I believe in this university. Nobody knows what's going to happen with..." October 27

  • UNC probe: Advisers pushed sham classes over 18-year period

    ESPN.com "A report commissioned by the University of North Carolina says school academic advisers steered athletes into sham classes over an 18-year period, but does not directly implicate coaches or athletic administrators in the scheme. The report, released Wednesday, says academic advisers in North..." October 22

  • Five-star 2015 small forward cuts list to six schools

    College Basketball Talk "6-foot-8 small forward Brandon Ingram has developed into one of the nation’s top prospects, with the Kinston, North Carolina native ranked 18th nationally by Rivals.com. With the production has come the attention of some of the best college basketball programs in the country, and on Sunday Ingram..." September 02

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN.com "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Battle 4 Atlantis highlights pairings

    ESPN.com "The Battle 4 Atlantis -- with a field that includes Final Four teams Wisconsin and Florida as well as traditional powers North Carolina, Georgetown and UCLA -- highlights eight college basketball tournament pairings announced by ESPN for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Other tournament pairings..." August 05

  • Freshmen bring toughness to Tar Heels

    ESPN.com "North Carolina Tar Heels junior J.P. Tokoto, whose effortless athleticism in the open court has often drawn comparisons to Vince Carter, eyed freshman Joel Berry, the only defender separating him from the rim on a fast break. It was just a meaningless basket in a long line of summer pickup..." July 24

  • After windmill, slimmed-down UNC sophomore Kennedy Meeks

    Fay Observer "Kennedy Meeks has lost 47 pounds since arriving at North Carolina last year, leaving him at 270 as he goes through summer workouts before his sophomore season. His teammates felt the effect Monday, when they avoided post-practice sprints because the 6-foot-9 Meeks had delivered on a boastful..." July 10

  • Rashad McCants: $10M coming from UNC, $300M from NCAA

    CBSSports.com "Rashad McCants was back on the radio Monday, elaborating on the North Carolina academic scandal and discussing any potential contact with the NCAA. On Friday, in an interview on Sirius/XM radio with Mark Packer, McCants said that he had no contact with the NCAA or UNC regarding his allegations..." July 08

  • Former UNC professor at center of scandal cleared on felony charge

    CBSSports.com "Julius Nyang'oro, the former UNC professor at the center of the academic fraud case that's been exposed for three years at the school, got a win on Thursday. Nyang'oro was facing a felony charge of "obtaining property by false pretenses" from the state, but that charge was dismissed, according..." July 04

  • Whistleblower in UNC academic fraud case files lawsuit against school

    College Basketball Talk "Mary Willingham, a former academic advisor at North Carolina and the whistleblower in the academic fraud investigation at the university, has filed a lawsuit against her former employer, according to numerous reports on Tuesday morning. (Those with a legal mind can go ahead and read through the..." July 02

  • NCAA reopens UNC academics investigation

    ESPN.com "The NCAA has reopened its investigation into the academic scandal that has rocked North Carolina over the past three years. "The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, was cited by the Division I Committee on Infractions in 2012 for violations in its athletics program, including academic..." June 30

  • McCants standing firm on 'truth' about UNC

    ESPN.com "Former North Carolina basketball star Rashad McCants shot back at Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams on Wednesday and answered criticism about his allegations of academic fraud while a member of the 2004-05 national championship team. "Outside the Lines" reported last week that McCants said his..." June 12

  • Tar Heels coach Williams denies Rashad McCants' charges

    Sporting News - NCAAB "North Carolina coach Roy Williams insists he had no knowledge of any academic fraud involving former Tar Heels star Rashad McCants, as the player alleged in an interview with ESPN's Outside The Lines. McCants told OTL that Williams was aware of classes in the university's African and African..." June 06

  • Ex-UNC star McCants: I took sham classes

    ESPN.com "Rashad McCants, the second-leading scorer on the North Carolina basketball team that won the 2004-05 national title, told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that tutors wrote his term papers, he rarely went to class for about half his time at UNC, and he remained able to play largely because he took bogus..." June 06

  • UNC's Roy Williams makes it clear: 'I'm a college coach'

    Chicago Tribune "North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams, who was mentioned for the job opening of the Los Angeles Lakers, did his best to squash those rumors, reiterating his position that “I'm a college coach.” Williams' name came up after Mike D'Antoni resigned as the Lakers coach last week. The Lakers..." May 09

  • Former NC State commit Torian Graham signs with Houston

    College Basketball Talk "Days after losing its two top scorers to transfers, Houston scored a commitment from a former top 100 recruit on Sunday morning. Torian Graham, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from the Class of 2012 who spent the past two seasons at Chipola Junior College (Fla.), announced via Twitter that he had..." April 20

  • Arizona favored to win next year's college hoops title

    Covers.com "The nets at AT&T Stadium in Dallas are just freshly cut down by national champions Connecticut, but that doesn't mean we cant start looking ahead to futures for the winner of next year's Big Dance. The Arizona Wildcats and head coach Sean Miller, were oh so close to this year's Final Four and..." April 09

  • McAdoo to exit UNC early, enter NBA draft

    ESPN.com "North Carolina forward James Michael McAdoo will forgo his senior season and enter the NBA draft, it was announced Thursday. "I just feel I am ready to play at the next level and excited about that challenge," McAdoo said in a statement released by the school. "I had chances to go after my..." April 04

  • What went wrong with ACC hoops this season

    Fox Sports South "The numbers aren't pretty for the ACC, any way you slice it. A hoops-dominated conference that recently expanded in the hopes of becoming the nation's preeminent basketball league missed on that mark in Year 1. And it's been trending downward for quite some time. This marks the fourth..." April 02

  • Whistleblower says this 148-word paper earned a UNC athlete an A-minus

    USA Today "Mary Willingham is a former learning specialist in the UNC Academic Support Program for Student Athletes, who was part of the administration which allegedly offered fake classes which allowed student-athletes to maintain their eligibility. “These athletes were getting certified by compliance..." March 27

  • UNC standout Marcus Paige confirms he will return for junior season

    CBSSports.com "North Carolina star Marcus Paige confirmed via Twitter on Monday that he will return to Chapel Hill for his junior season rather than make himself available for the NBA Draft. Paige averaged 17.5 points and 4.2 assists this season. He led the Tar Heels to 24 wins and the NCAA Tournament,..." March 25

  • Kane's driving layup sends Iowa State past North Carolina, into Sweet 16

    Des Moines Register "Start spreadin’ the news … The Cyclones are headed to the Big Apple – but took a lengthy clock review after DeAndre Kane’s winning basket to solidify it. Sunday’s 85-83 victory against North Carolina in the third round of the NCAA Tournament’s East Regional at the AT&T Center means a Friday..." March 23

  • UNC survives Cotton, Providence 79-77 to advance in NCAA tournament

    Charlotte Observer "North Carolina survived a game for the ages from Providence guard Bryce Cotton, and when the Tar Heels needed it most they made shots from the free throw line in the final seconds of a 79-77 victory on Friday night in the NCAA tournament. UNC has been one of the worst free throw shooting teams..." March 22

  • Paige, UNC look to put best foot forward in NCAA tourney

    Fox Sports Carolinas "Last weekend, North Carolina was potentially a win away from a No. 5 seed, perhaps 1-2 wins away from being seeded even higher. But a Friday loss to Pittsburgh in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals leaves the Tar Heels on a two-game losing streak and searching for answers without a lot of time to..." March 20

  • North Carolina's Marcus Paige looks toward possible NCAA showdown vs. ISU

    Des Moines Register "The bracket had barely hit the television screen Sunday evening when Marcus Paige’s cellphone lit up. Immediately, his buddies did something coaches preach against: They looked ahead to a potential Sunday game between North Carolina, Paige’s team, and Iowa State in the third round of the NCAA..." March 19

  • Tar Heels’ Williams focused on getting UNC back on track

    Providence Journal "As the owner of the longest active stretch of consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances (20) and a spot in the Naismith Hall of Fame, Roy Williams has every right to be set in his ways. The North Carolina coach is busy preparing for Friday’s NCAA tourney games against the Providence Friars, but..." March 19

  • UNC’s hopes rest on James Michael McAdoo, Marcus Paige

    Charlotte Observer "James Michael McAdoo and Marcus Paige understand that now it’s mostly up to them – that how they play in North Carolina’s next game will determine whether the Tar Heels have another game to play, and that how they played in that one, if there is one, will determine whether UNC’s season lives..." March 19