North Carolina Rumors & News

  • UNC ups Roy Williams' contract through 2019-20 season

    CBS Sports "Amid an NCAA investigation that could potentially hinder one of the most storied programs in college basketball, the University of North Carolina has opted to extend Roy Williams' contract through the 2019-20 season. The move is a clear action to fight back against negative recruiting, which..." June 20

  • Roy Williams says Tokoto's decision to declare was 'not the smartest' idea

    Sporting News - NCAAB "UNC forward J.P. Tokoto's decision to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft left many puzzled, but no one person more so than his former head coach, Roy Williams. Williams told Sports Illustrated that he advised Tokoto that his decision wasn't exactly one he thought was smart for the 6-5, 200-pound..." June 19

  • Report: UNC finalizing coach Roy Williams' contract extension

    ESPN "A contract extension for North Carolina coach Roy Williams is close to being completed, according to a report from Inside Carolina. The terms of the deal are not yet known. The university's board of trustees must give final approval to make the new contract official. The move to lock up..." June 06

  • North Carolina Basketball: Roy Williams Issues Statement Regarding UNC’s Notice Of Allegations

    College Spun "Thursday afternoon, North Carolina released the official Notice Of Allegations relating to an investigation into alleged academic fraud involving student-athletes at the university. In total, UNC is accused of committing five major violations – all of which are considered severe breaches of..." June 05

  • UNC scandal: Allegations, responses and a timeline on what's to come

    CBS Sports "The University of North Carolina revealed on Thursday the NCAA's Notice of Allegations (NOA) against the school. It's a big public step forward in what's become the most notorious academic fraud case in the history of the NCAA. There are five allegations, four of them of the harshest order: Level..." June 04

  • North Carolina has released their Notice of Allegations from the NCAA

    College Basketball Talk "North Carolina has posted their Notice of Allegations from the NCAA regarding the academic scandal that has plagued the school’s athletic programs in recent years. You can read the entire thing here. (This story will be updated as we work our way through the document.) The school received..." June 04

  • 5-star wing Jayson Tatum is down to 2 schools, decision will come soon

    SB Nation "Jayson Tatum is a special talent as one of the three best players in the loaded recruiting class of 2016. The 6'8 wing out of St. Louis cut his list to four schools in April. Now he says he's down to two schools, with a decision coming either this month or next month. Tatum did not specify..." June 04

  • Roy Williams, Larry Fedora anxious to learn NCAA allegations against UNC

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Roy Williams and football coach Larry Fedora are no different than any Tar Heels fan because they, too, have no idea what’s detailed in the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations sent to the university May 22. According to reports, the NOA letter will be made public Thursday, and no involved parties are..." June 03

  • Roy Williams says he has not yet seen UNC’s Notice of Allegations

    College Basketball Talk "North Carolina received their Notice of Allegations last month, which is the first step in a process that could end up seeing the Tar Heels banned from future NCAA tournaments and being forced by the NCAA to pull a national title banner down from their rafters. It all depends on what the NCAA..." June 01

  • UNC receives notice of allegations

    CBS Sports "The NCAA has sent North Carolina a notice of allegations pertaining to questions about possible academic irregularities, a source told CBSSports.com on Friday. UNC subsequently confirmed the news. Chancellor Carol L. Folt and AD Bubba Cunningham released this statement: "We take these..." May 24

  • UNC basketball’s biggest threat to title hopes could be postseason ban

    Yahoo! Sports "North Carolina is expected to be a prime contender for the 2016 men’s basketball national championship. Some outlets have the Tar Heels ranked No. 1 in their early Top 25s. But after the school received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA on Friday, the question becomes this: Will the..." May 23

  • Maryland, UK, UNC co-favorites for national title

    ESPN "Maryland is one of the favorites to win the 2016 men's basketball national championship, according to a Las Vegas sportsbook, only one year removed from joining the Big Ten from the ACC. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has the Terps pegged as a 7-1 co-favorite to win the title, along with..." May 23

  • North Carolina announces receipt of Notice of Allegations from NCAA

    College Basketball Talk "Two days after North Carolina head coach Roy Williams lamented the fact that the school had yet to receive a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA regarding an academic fraud scandal and its impact on recruiting, the school announced on Friday that it has received the notice. No details as to..." May 22

  • North Carolina’s Roy Williams discusses impact of NCAA investigation on recruiting

    College Basketball Talk "While the most obvious issue for programs under NCAA investigation is the fact that they wound up in that position, another problem is the impact that the uncertainty can have on recruiting. That’s been the case for North Carolina, which despite having a deep roster expected to contend in the ACC..." May 22

  • Former UNC coach, assistant Bill Guthridge dies at 77

    ESPN "Former University of North Carolina head coach Bill Guthridge, who also served 30 years as an assistant to Dean Smith, passed away Tuesday night at the age of 77, university officials confirmed on Wednesday. The cause of death was not immediately known. Guthridge took over when Smith retired..." May 13

  • Four-star Class of 2016 guard Frank Jackson will take a mission trip before playing college basketball

    College Basketball Talk "Class of 2016 guard Frank Jackson is emerging as one of the premier guards in the country, but he’s also dealing with a unique development in his recruitment. The native of Utah will be one of the more college-ready guards in his class when he arrives on campus. Except Jackson won’t enter college..." May 05

  • UNC expects Theo Pinson (foot) back at full health for '15-'16 after surgery

    CBS Sports "North Carolina wing Theo Pinson underwent successful surgery on his left foot on Monday, according to a release from the school. Pinson suffered a foot injury, fracturing his left metatarsal, against Wake Forest on Jan. 21 and missed the next 10 games. While Pinson returned to action later in..." May 05

  • UNC fills need with commitment from Kenny Williams

    Raleigh News & Observer "Amid a difficult stretch in recruiting North Carolina received good news at last on Saturday when it secured a commitment from Kenny Williams, a 6-foot-3 guard who is best known for his perimeter shooting ability. Evan Daniels of Scout.com first reported Williams’ commitment. Williams also..." May 03

  • O'Bannon/UNC attorney asks senators to keep examining NCAA

    CBS Sports "Attorneys representing former University of North Carolina athletes in a academic fraud lawsuit against the university and NCAA are asking four members of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee to continue investigating academics in college sports given recent developments. In a letter dated April..." April 30

  • UNC among those benefitting from NBA prospects returning to school

    CBS Sports "So much attention is paid to recruiting developments, and for good reason. But actual college basketball seasons are often more influenced by whether legitimate prospects enter the NBA Draft or return to school than where a high school star happens to enroll. Yes, Duke just won a national title..." April 27

  • UNC guard Marcus Paige undergoes arthroscopic ankle surgery

    CBS Sports "North Carolina junior guard Marcus Paige underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery Monday to remove bone spurs in his right ankle, the school announced Monday. Paige, who did not miss anytime this season with the injury, is expected to be back with the team sometime this summer." April 21

  • UNC's J.P. Tokoto to declare for the 2015 NBA draft

    Yahoo! Sports "North Carolina Tar Heels junior J.P. Tokoto will enter the 2015 NBA draft, he told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday. Tokoto, an All-ACC first-team defender for the Tar Heels, forgoes his final year of college eligibility with a clear knowledge of his standing among league executives. Tokoto, 21,..." April 09

  • Kentucky, UNC, Virginia open as Las Vegas favorites for 2016 hoops title

    ESPN "The entire starting five for Kentucky is expected to declare for the NBA draft. But in Las Vegas, Kentucky remains one of the teams to beat in 2016. On Tuesday, the William Hill sportsbook opened the Wildcats as 8-1 favorites to win next year's NCAA tournament. North Carolina is second at 9-1,..." April 08

  • Roy Williams left a championship game seat open for Bo Ryan's late father

    SB Nation "North Carolina head coach Roy Williams had a good seat for the national title game between Wisconsin and Duke. Instead of taking that spot, he decided to make a lovely tribute to the father of Badgers coach Bo Ryan." April 07

  • Roy Williams Says He Expects All Of His Underclassmen To Return To UNC Next Season

    College Spun "North Carolina’s men’s basketball program has a couple of players – junior forward Brice Johnson, junior forward J.P. Tokoto and junior guard Marcus Paige – who could, potentially, leave school early for the NBA. Roy Williams doesn’t expect that to happen, though. On his radio show Monday..." April 01

  • North Carolina's Justin Jackson to return for sophomore season

    CBS Sports "North Carolina wing Justin Jackson is returning to Chapel Hill for his sophomore season. If that's still a bit ambiguous to you, Jackson's family confirmed the decision to Inside Carolina. Jackson was the No. 38 player on my board, which would have put him in the realm of being a late first..." April 01

  • NCAA, UNC want dismissal of lawsuit over fake classes

    CBS Sports "The NCAA and University of North Carolina filed a motion Monday seeking to dismiss a lawsuit related to North Carolina's academic scandal involving fraudulent classes for athletes. In January, former North Carolina women's basketball player Rashanda McCants and former football player Devon..." March 31

  • 5-Star SF Admits He Likely Would Have Committed To UNC Already If Not For NCAA Sanction Questions

    College Spun "The uncertainty regarding the NCAA’s investigation into North Carolina’s men’s basketball program has prevented the Tar Heels from gaining a five-star commitment. Brandon Ingram, a five-star small forward in the 2015 class, admitted Monday he probably would have committed to UNC in the fall if..." March 30

  • NCAA confirms Dean Smith's $200 gift is not a violation

    The Score "The NCAA has clarified its position on the $200 gift that late North Carolina head coach Dean Smith left to former players in his will. The legendary coach willed $200 to each of his former players, telling them to use the money for a dinner out. This received some scrutiny, as reports..." March 29

  • Dean Smith left $200 to all his ex-players for 'a dinner out'

    Yahoo! Sports "When former North Carolina basketball player Dante Calabria checked his mailbox earlier this week, he discovered a surprising letter inside. It included a $200 check with the note "enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith." Every player Dean Smith coached during 36 years at North..." March 26

  • North Carolina pessimistic about Kennedy Meeks playing Thursday

    College Basketball Talk "On his radio show on Monday night, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams said that he did not think that the Tar Heels would have Kennedy Meeks available for their Thursday night game against Wisconsin in the Sweet 16. “They’re not completely ruling him out and they’re not saying he can play,”..." March 24

  • Kennedy Meeks' status unclear for North Carolina's Sweet 16 game

    Sporting News - NCAAB "North Carolina is headed to the Sweet 16, but it's not clear whether Kennedy Meeks will be able to play next weekend in Los Angeles. The forward sprained his left knee in Saturday night's 87-78 win over Arkansas in Jacksonville, Fla., and will undergo further testing. "Kennedy has a knee..." March 23

  • Harvard's Siyani Chambers familiar with North Carolina foe

    Boston Herald "Harvard point guard Siyani Chambers has a history with his North Carolina counterpart that predates college basketball. Chambers and UNC’s Marcus Paige will renew an old rivalry when the No. 4 Tar Heels (24-11) face the No. 13 Crimson (22-7) in tonight’s second round of the NCAA Tournament West..." March 19

  • College Basketball's Most Valuable Teams: Louisville On Top, Kansas Close Behind

    Forbes.com "The Louisville Cardinals are, for the fourth consecutive year, college basketball’s most valuable team. But the team’s financial success appears to have ebbed for the first time since 2009. This year Louisville is worth $38.3 million, down a hair from last year’s $39.5 million valuation. And while..." March 18

  • To settle suit, UNC pays Willingham $335,000

    Raleigh News & Observer "UNC-Chapel Hill is paying former learning specialist Mary Willingham $335,000 to settle her claim she had been retaliated against for blowing the whistle on the longest-running academic fraud in NCAA history. Willingham’s attorney, Heydt Philbeck, provided a copy of the signed settlement to The..." March 17

  • Kennedy Meeks sick, out for UNC

    ESPN "North Carolina coach Roy Williams said starting center Kennedy Meeks is sick and will miss Wednesday's second-round ACC tournament game. Williams said Meeks had a fever, didn't practice Monday and would not participate in Tuesday morning's session before the Tar Heels head to Greensboro, North..." March 11

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

    SI "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 "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 "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 "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 "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