North Carolina Rumors & News

  • Former UNC official says pressure led to improper graduate admission of athletes

    Raleigh News & Observer "Michael Waddell had a low grade point average, no entrance exam score and was months past the deadline when an athletic official sought to have the football player admitted to UNC’s graduate school in fall 2003. John Blanchard, then a senior associate athletic director, made the request after..." March 01

  • North Carolina's Marquise Williams to miss spring practices due to injured hip

    The Score "North Carolina will be without an offensive leader as it heads into spring football practice. The Tar Heels announced Friday that quarterback Marquise Williams will be unavailable for spring camp, which opens on Sunday, due to a hip injury." March 01

  • Bulldogs to play UNC in 2016 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Georgia Bulldogs are going back to the Georgia Dome to renew an old rivalry. Georgia will play North Carolina in the 2016 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Gary Stokan, president and CEO of Peach Bowl Inc., confirmed for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Thursday morning. The game is set for Sept...." February 19

  • North Carolina hires former Auburn coach Gene Chizik as defensive coordinator

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF - Dr. Saturday "After two seasons away from coaching, Gene Chizik will return to the sideline in 2015. Chizik, the former Auburn head coach who led the Tigers to the 2011 BCS National Championship, has been hired as defensive coordinator at North Carolina. UNC head coach Larry Fedora announced the move on..." January 19

  • Former UNC Wide receiver T.J. Thorpe joins UVa

    The Roanoke Times "Less than three months after catching the winning touchdown pass in North Carolina's 28-27 victory at Virginia, wide receiver T.J. Thorpe was being hailed by the Cavaliers on Monday night. Thorpe, a fourth-year junior from Durham, North Carolina, informed Carolina supporters in a letter that he..." January 06

  • Report: Gene Chizik named defensive coordinator at North Carolina

    SI - College Football "Former Auburn head coach Gene Chizik has reportedly accepted the defensive coordinator position at North Carolina, according to Brandon Zimmerman of the SEC Network. Chizik coached Auburn for four years, leading the Tigers to the BCS National Championship after an undefeated season in 2010. He..." January 02

  • Vic Koenning out as North Carolina's defensive coordinator "North Carolina defensive coordinator/associated head coach Vic Koenning will not return to coach on Larry Fedora's staff in 2015, according to multiple reports. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman and 247Sports' Ross Martin are both reporting that Koenning is out, with Feldman adding that the longtime..." December 11

  • Fedora, UNC apologize for spray-paint damage to Duke locker room "After winning back the Victory Bell from Duke for the first time in three seasons last Thursday, North Carolina got a little carried away with the spray paint. Coach Larry Fedora and athletic director Bubba Cunningham issued a public apology to the Blue Devils over what the Herald-Sun reported..." November 24

  • Tar Heels RB Khris Francis out for remainder of season

    Daily Tar Heel "Khris Francis, a sophomore running back on the North Carolina football team, will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, MCL and meniscus in his right knee, per a team release Monday. Francis injured his knee in the second quarter of UNC’s 40-35 win over Pittsburgh Saturday..." November 18

  • Once again, UNC’s Elijah Hood listed as doubtful

    College Football Talk "It’s beginning to look like the word “doubtful” will be attached to Elijah Hood‘s name the remainder of the year. North Carolina’s injury report was released Thursday and, as you may have figured out, Hood was listed as doubtful for Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh. This is the fourth..." November 15

  • Ex-UNC player McAdoo suing over sham classes

    Time "Former North Carolina football player Michael McAdoo is suing the school over sham classes. Does the case have a shot? When the University of North Carolina was recruiting Michael McAdoo, Tar Heels head coach Butch Davis made a pledge that helped lure the high school football star to Chapel..." November 12

  • Roy Williams speaks, calls this 'a very sad time' for North Carolina "North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams spoke publicly late Friday for the first time since a report detailing what some have called the worst academic fraud case in NCAA history was released in a development that tarnished UNC's reputation. "We made some mistakes for a long time,"..." October 25

  • UNC’s Elijah Hood again listed as doubtful

    College Football Talk "For the second consecutive game, it appears North Carolina will be sans one of the most productive members of its backfield. On its weekly injury report, UNC lists running back Elijah Hood as doubtful for Saturday’s game against Virginia. Thus far, the nature of Hood’s injury hasn’t been..." October 25

  • UNC should get death penalty in academic fraud case, but it won't "North Carolina has been disgraced. Unfortunately for everyone involved, it's not going to end with mere embarrassment. Not if you believe that some shred of the NCAA Manual matters to anyone anymore. Not if you believe in the collegiate model that says education should have at least a smidge to..." October 25

  • UNC DT Ethan Farmer cleared

    Raleigh News & Observer "It's been a difficult week for the North Carolina football team but some good news arrived on Thursday: Ethan Farmer, a senior defensive tackle, has been cleared to play, UNC announced. Farmer had been facing an undisclosed eligibility issue and UNC had been waiting on the NCAA to decide his..." August 28

  • North Carolina suspends four players for one game "North Carolina coach Larry Fedora announced the suspensions of four players following practice on Wednesday. Desmond Lawrence, Brian Walker, M.J. Stewart and Donnie Miles, all four of whom are defensive backs, will be suspended for North Carolina's opener against Liberty. Both Lawrence and..." August 27

  • North Carolina investigating alleged hazing incident with football team

    Yahoo! Sports "The University of North Carolina confirmed to Yahoo Sports on Tuesday that it is investigating a training camp hazing incident between football players that escalated into what multiple sources described as an alleged group assault of a teammate. "We are aware of an incident involving members..." August 26

  • 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 09

  • UNC parts ways with three scholarship players, another's status in doubt

    Raleigh News & Observer "Senior defensive tackle Shawn Underwood, redshirt freshman defensive tackle Greg Webb and sophomore linebacker Clint Heaven are no longer on the North Carolina football team, a team spokesman said on Wednesday. All three players were on scholarship, and Underwood was listed on the Tar Heels'..." July 31

  • Williams moves quickly after Denson to commit to UNC

    GoUpstate "RB Ty'son Williams of Crestwood was one of three running backs USC was looking at for their final running back in the 2015 class, and he knew the Gamecocks would be happy with any of the three and would take whichever one committed first. Mon Denson of LaGrange, GA beat Williams and Johnny..." July 29

  • North Carolina lands 4-star OL McGirt

    247Sports "Four-star offensive tackle Emanuel McGirt was hoping to announce his decision after an upcoming trip to Costa Rica. Instead he made the short trek over to Chapel Hill from Durham and committed to North Carolina Tuesday afternoon. “The staff is great,” McGirt first told Tuesday..." June 17

  • North Carolina incoming freshman charged with felony larceny "Watch the FedEx St. Jude Classic streaming LIVE Saturday-Sunday on EyeOn College Football North Carolina incoming freshman charged with felony larceny By Chip Patterson | College Writer June 8, 2014 12:20 pm ET A North Carolina football signee was arrested last week and..." June 09

  • Willingham will not be witness at senate hearings on athlete welfare "North Carolina whistleblower Mary Willingham told Saturday she will not be a witness at next week's senate committee hearings on the welfare of NCAA athletes. Willingham said she was notified Friday by a person from U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation...." May 10

  • Two arrested in murder of North Carolina A&T player

    College Football Talk "A sad and tragic story from earlier in the week has seen a development that will at least give the family and friends of a murdered loved one some solace. The Greensboro (NC) police department announced Thursday that two men had been arrested that morning and charged in the fatal shooting of..." May 03

  • North Carolina investigator will interview whistleblower "The school's independent investigator in the North Carolina academic fraud scandal says he will interview whistleblower Mary Willingham, has learned. Washington, D.C., attorney Kenneth Wainstein was hired by the school 3 ½ weeks ago to look into claims of academic fraud involving..." March 18

  • Larry Fedora tabs Tabb as likely TE successor

    College Football Talk "One of the big questions for North Carolina this spring is who will be filling in the shoes of tight end Eric Ebron? Head coach Larry Fedora knows he has some options to play with this spring as he tries to answer that question. In an interview with, Fedora was asked about the tight..." March 05

  • ACC football championship game to stay in Charlotte through 2019

    Charlotte Observer "The ACC’s football championship game will stay at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium at least through 2019, the league announced Monday. The six-year extension means Charlotte will host the game for 10 consecutive years. The ACC has played its title game in Charlotte the past four years,..." February 26

  • North Carolina's QB job is wide open "North Carolina is one of the few schools in the ACC that returns a quarterback with starting experience in 2014 -- and yet there’s no guarantee from coach Larry Fedora that Marquise Williams will be the Tar Heels’ starter when UNC opens the season Aug. 30 against Liberty. Williams, who became..." February 21

  • UNC announces hires of Larry Porter, Keith Heckendorf "North Carolina officially announced two additions to its offensive staff late Monday night, bringing back Keith Heckendorf as quarterbacks coach and hiring Larry Porter as running backs coach. Heckendorf, a player development assistant for the Tar Heels in 2013, was initially hired by Blake..." February 12

  • Two added to UNC’s staff, including ex-Memphis head coach

    College Football Talk "In completing his North Carolina coaching staff after departures this offseason, Larry Fedora has added a very experienced former assistant as well as a coach very familiar to the Tar Heels football program. UNC confirmed Monday that Keith Heckendorf and Larry Porter have been added as position..." February 11

  • UNC, Fedora turn time and relationships into signing day haul

    Charlotte Observer "North Carolina coach Larry Fedora scrambled to put together his first recruiting class in less than two months. More than two years later, he spoke with pride about a recruiting class that, in some ways, has been years in the making. Time and experience have been assets in many ways for Fedora,..." February 06

  • UNC LB Travis Hughes facing assault charge

    Charlotte Observer "North Carolina linebacker Travis Hughes has been suspended from all team activities after campus police charged him with assault on Thursday, UNC football team spokesman Kevin Best said. Police charged Hughes Thursday morning after an altercation with a parking attendant on campus, Best said...." January 24

  • UNC defensive end Kareem Martin wants to see big picture in NFL draft

    Charlotte Observer "Inside the Kenan Football Center at North Carolina hangs the picture of every Tar Heel who’s played in the NFL. Players selected in the first round of an NFL draft get a picture that’s larger than the others. Kareem Martin wants a big picture. Martin has stood out at the Senior Bowl as..." January 23

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