North Carolina Rumors & News

  • 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 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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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 "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

  • Pitt defeats North Carolina to advance to ACC semifinals

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "With a 20-point lead late in the second half, Pitt was preparing to put its John Hancock on North Carolina. Before the ink could dry on Pitt's first signature win of the season, the Tar Heels used a frantic full-court press and Marcus Paige's hot hand to put the Panthers in a familiar..." March 15

  • Report: ACC finalizing deal to move tournament to Brooklyn "During conference realignment, there has always been the thought that the ACC would eventually move its conference tournament to Madison Square Garden. Even after the Big East and MSG extended their deal to 2026, the discussion was still there. According to a report late Thursday night by Pete..." March 14

  • Parker, Warren, Paige on all-ACC first team

    Durham Herald-Sun "A Duke program that’s seen so much excellence over the years experienced a rarity on Monday. On the same day he was named first-team all-ACC, Duke’s Jabari Parker joined Austin Rivers in 2012 as the only two Blue Devils freshmen to be named a first-team all-American. The Sporting News..." March 11

  • Parker scores career-high 30 as Duke stops North Carolina, 93-81

    Durham Herald-Sun "Just three nights earlier, Duke’s Jabari Parker fumed following the Blue Devils loss at Wake Forest. He blamed himself for not delivering winning plays and vowed to do so in the future. Consider that promised delivered. Parker scored a season-best 30 points as No. 4 Duke pulled away from..." March 09

  • Precious Memories: Dean Smith’s health continues to deteriorate "Dean Smith doesn't watch the games anymore. The motion on the screen is too hard to follow. Now he thumbs through golf magazines and picture books. Most of the books are about North Carolina basketball. They seem to make him happy. He turns the pages past photo after photo of himself. Nobody knows..." March 06

  • No. 14 UNC holds off Notre Dame for 12th straight win

    Fox Sports Carolinas "No. 14 North Carolina (23-7, 13-4 ACC) got its 12th straight ACC win -- its longest in-conference streak since 1986-87 -- but boy, did the Tar Heels make it interesting, edging Notre Dame (15-16, 6-12 ACC) 63-61. 1. Twelve in a row, but ... Notre Dame having the ball with 6.6 seconds..." March 04

  • North Carolina 60, Virginia Tech 56

    ProSportsDaily "James Michael McAdoo scored 15 points as the visiting Tar Heels held on to win their 11th consecutive game. Leslie McDonald added 14 points for North Carolina (22-7, 12-4 ACC), which kept the game interesting by missing four free throws in the final 36 seconds. J.P. Tokoto added 12 points and..." March 02

  • North Carolina 85, N.C. State 84

    ProSportsDaily "Marcus Paige scored a career-high 35 points, including the game-winning layup with 0.9 seconds left in overtime, as the Tar Heels survived a frantic finish to regulation to win their 10th in a row. Paige drove the lane and banked home a layup, capping an 11-for-21 shooting performance..." February 27

  • Paige rallies UNC to 85-84 overtime win over NC State

    Charlotte Observer "It was, in so many ways, a classic N.C. State-North Carolina game. “Just an unbelievable basketball game,” Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said. The 19th-ranked Tar Heels won it 85-84 in overtime Wednesday at PNC Arena, but only after 45 intense, competitive, entertaining minutes that kept the..." February 27

  • Wolfpack knows UNC game holds key to postseason

    Gaston Gazette "Technically, no single game is more important than another over the course of a regular season. They all count as only win or one loss. Try telling that to a college basketball coach whose team is on the wrong side of the NCAA tournament bubble. For them, including N.C. State’s Mark Gottfried,..." February 26

  • UNC's McDonald, Meeks hobbling on N.C. State eve

    Durham Herald-Sun "Although a stretch of four games in eight days didn’t seem to affect North Carolina at the time, its impact may yet be felt. Last week the Tar Heels defeated No. 5 Duke and No. 25 Pittsburgh at home, won at Florida State and capped the grueling stretch with a 33-point beatdown over Wake Forest..." February 26

  • North Carolina 105, Wake Forest 72

    ProSportsDaily "Leslie McDonald led six players in double figures with 19 points and made 5-of-6 from 3-point range as the Tar Heels rolled over the visiting Demon Deacons for their ninth consecutive victory. Kennedy Meeks contributed 15 points and Brice Johnson chipped in with 14 for North Carolina (20-7,..." February 23

  • North Carolina takes advantage of lifeless Duke in second half

    Charlotte Observer "There are painted white cinder blocks that separate the Duke locker room from the outside hallway in the depths of the Smith Center. Mike Krzyzewski’s voice penetrated through them as he addressed his Blue Devils after they lost 74-66 at North Carolina, letting a second-half lead slip away as they..." February 21

  • Leslie McDonald helps UNC knock off No. 5 Duke 74-66

    Charlotte Observer "There are any number of ways to explain North Carolina’s 74-66 victory over fifth-ranked Duke, one that had a sea of light blue filling the Smith Center court late Thursday night. Tar Heels senior Leslie McDonald, in the most challenging of seasons, rediscovered his jump shot. Point guard..." February 21

  • Yeah, Heels won, but they're still a work in progress

    Gaston Gazette "Unlike football, there are no official divisions in ACC basketball. That doesn’t mean the league this season can’t be broken down into three distinct five-team groups. Instead of the Atlantic and Coastal, call them the Good, the Bad and the Mediocre. Because of the makeup of the league, it’s..." February 18

  • UNC rebounds from slow start for 81-75 win at Florida State

    Charlotte Observer "A slow start and a star player in foul trouble put the North Carolina into a hole bigger than any it had seen this season. Freshman Kennedy Meeks helped the Tar Heels to climb out of it and ensure that their winning streak hit seven. Meeks, a Charlotte native who entered Monday’s game at..." February 18

  • UNC grinds out 75-71 victory against Pitt

    Charlotte Observer "North Carolina guard Marcus Paige was on the way back to his dorm Wednesday night to take his pregame nap when he was called back for a team meeting, in which the Tar Heels learned their game against Duke had been postponed. The Duke game represented a chance for the Tar Heels to measure..." February 16

  • Roy Williams not slowing down despite tough times in Chapel Hill "It's just not in Roy Williams' nature to slow down. Not when it comes to the basketball court, where his Tar Heels have ranked among the top-25 teams nationally in tempo since he arrived in Chapel Hill. And not when it comes to coaching, as Williams continues to coach at a high level despite..." February 14

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  • THE RIVALRY RETURNS: Duke basketball set for showdown with UNC

    The Duke Chronicle "Mike Krzyzewski said he is preparing for a matchup with his arch rival like it is "the next ACC game." This year, many are treating Duke's first showdown with North Carolina the same way. This change could not be more indicative of the way that ACC expansion has affected the conference's..." February 12

  • UNC embraces “huge opportunity” against No. 8 Duke

    Charlotte Observer "There have been postgame victory dances, impassioned speeches and other signs, large and small, that North Carolina coach Roy Williams might appreciate the highs more this season than in others. “Well, we needed them,” Williams said, speaking of memorable moments that followed victories..." February 12

  • Duke-UNC and Pitt-Syracuse highlight rivalry battles

    USA Today "AT THE WATER COOLER: Something old and something new highlight the slate of rivalry games around the Atlantic Coast Conference tonight. For that matter, No. 1 Syracuse at No. 23 Pittsburgh (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) and No. 9 Duke at North Carolina (9 p.m. ET, ESPN) could be categorized as something..." February 12

  • Duke-UNC game postponed "Wednesday night's rivalry game between No. 8 Duke and North Carolina has been postponed due to a storm that brought enough snow and ice to paralyze many area roads. A makeup date hasn't been set yet. The decision came about 3½ hours before the teams were scheduled to tip at 9:10 p.m. UNC..." February 12

  • Average Duke-UNC ticket: $312 "Getting a ticket to a Duke-North Carolina basketball game usually requires a sizable bank account withdrawal, but tickets to this year's game are the cheapest in at least five years. Resale site StubHub says the average price paid to Wednesday night's game in Chapel Hill (9 p.m., ESPN) has been..." February 12

  • It's decision day for five-star guard Rashad Vaughn "Minnesota doesn't normally produce multiple five-star players in a given high school class, but with Duke-bound point guard Tyus Jones emerging at an early age, everyone else took a back seat. Rashad Vaughn was one of those players. He received early offers from a handful of high-major schools..." February 11

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