North Carolina Rumors & News

  • UNC among those benefitting from NBA prospects returning to school

    CBSSports.com "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

    CBSSports.com "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.com "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

    CBSSports.com "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

    CBSSports.com "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.com "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.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

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