North Carolina Rumors & News

  • North Carolina names Mitch Trubisky starting quarterback

    College Spun "North Carolina announced this morning that Mitch Trubisky will be the Tar Heels’ starting quarterback for the season opener vs. Georgia. The junior replaced Marquise Williams behind center for UNC. " April 22

  • Former UNC guard Jared Cohen transfers to Virginia

    The Score "Virginia has landed offensive guard Jared Cohen as a transfer from North Carolina, the team announced Thursday. Cohen played for the Tar Heels in 2014 as a true freshman and appeared in 13 games." March 31

  • 4-star RB Adarius Lemons commits to North Carolina's 2017 class

    The Score "North Carolina's explosive offense added an important piece for the future Thursday, as four-star running back Adarius Lemons committed to the Tar Heels for 2017. The Florida native is the 23rd-ranked running back in the nation, and is listed 205th overall on the ESPN 300. His commitment is the..." March 27

  • 4-Star DL Jordon Riley Has Committed To North Carolina

    College Spun "North Carolina just landed a big in-state commitment from Durham (NC) Riverside four-star defensive lineman Jordon Riley, per multiple outlets." February 12

  • Mallard Creek wide receiver Ryan Jones commits to play football for UNC

    Charlotte Observer "Mallard Creek High wide receiver Ryan Jones, a 6-foot-2, 202-pound junior, committed to North Carolina Friday morning, Mavericks football coach Mike Palmieri said. Jones is rated a 4-star recruit nationally by ESPN (out of five stars) and is ranked No. 4 overall in North Carolina. Earlier this..." February 08

  • Randy Moss' son commits to North Carolina State "Thaddeus Moss, the son of seven-time Pro Bowl WR Randy Moss and a top high school recruit, has committed to North Carolina State. The younger Moss, an athletic four-star tight end prospect at Charlotte Mallard Creek High, chose the Wolfpack over UCLA, Texas A&M, Georgia, USC, Nebraska and..." January 24

  • 2017 4-Star WR J.T. Cauthen Commits To UNC

    College Spun "Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson four-star junior wide receiver J.T. Cauthen is staying in-state to play his college ball. Cauthen confirmed his commitment to North Carolina moments ago on Twitter." January 05

  • NC State fires offensive coordinator Matt Canada

    College Football Talk "With assistant coaching moves left and right, NC State has dropped a surprising one on us all with the decision to fire offensive coordinator Matt Canada. NC State’s offense ranked 57th in the nation this past season with an average of 412.8 points per game, which actually went up each of the..." January 04

  • North Carolina, Larry Fedora agree to contract extension through 2022

    CBS Sports "North Carolina received some good news before the ACC Championship Game. Coach Larry Fedora agreed to a four-year contract extension, athletic director Bubba Cunningham confirmed to the News & Observer on Saturday. ESPN first reported the news." December 06

  • UNC starting safety Sam Smiley suffers torn Achilles tendon

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF - Dr. Saturday "North Carolina starting safety Sam Smiley will miss the ACC title game and the Tar Heels’ bowl game after suffering a torn Achilles tendon against N.C. State last weekend. He's already had surgery. Smiley, a senior, suffered the injury during the third quarter. He was helped off the field..." December 04

  • Clemson's Deshaun Watson runs into NC State assistant, who shoves back

    ESPN "NC State running backs coach Des Kitchings appeared to shove Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson in the back on a play that went out of bounds during the Tigers' 56-41 win on Saturday. Replays showed Watson running out of bounds and into Kitchings late in the third quarter, and Kitchings..." November 01

  • UNC updates statuses of suspended Mike Hughes, M.J. Stewart

    The Score "The North Carolina secondary will get some help for Saturday's ACC matchup with Virginia, but will still be missing their interception leader for another week. Head coach Larry Fedora announced Wednesday that suspended defensive back Mike Hughes has been reinstated and will play versus the..." October 22

  • North Carolina suspends two DBs for involvement in legal matter

    CBS Sports "North Carolina announced indefinite suspensions for two key members of its secondary on Thursday night, apparently a result of an altercation in Chapel Hill earlier this month. Starting cornerback M.J. Stewart and reserve corner Mike Hughes will miss Saturday's game against Wake Forest as the..." October 16

  • Four-Star TE Garrett Walston has switched his commitment from Georgia to UNC

    Scout "Garrett Walston will continue his football career in state after all. The four-star tight end switched his commitment to UNC from Georgia on Thursday, according to Inside Carolina sources. Walston, a 6-foot-4 standout from Wilmington (N.C.) New Hanover ranked the No. 15 tight end in the nation..." October 09

  • UNC coach Larry Fedora: Marquise Williams is our starting quarterback

    Raleigh News & Observer "North Carolina coach Larry Fedora on Monday attempted to put to rest any speculation about whether the Tar Heels have a brewing quarterback controversy: Marquise Williams, he said, remains the Tar Heels’ starting quarterback. Fedora began his weekly press conference by reiterating Williams’..." September 29

  • UNC LB Tyrell Tomlin academically ineligible

    Raleigh News & Observer "North Carolina linebacker Tyrell Tomlin is academically ineligible for the fall semester and is no longer enrolled in classes, the school announced on Tuesday. Tomlin, who appeared in 10 games last year during his freshman season, entered the preseason listed as a backup on the depth chart at..." August 19

  • North Carolina Lands Commitment From 2016 4-Star Running Back Jordon Brown

    College Spun "Jordon Brown, a four-star running back in the 2016 class, has committed to North Carolina. The 5-foot-11, 179-pound prospect out of Durham, North Carolina, is ranked the No. 5 all-purpose back in the country by Brown announced his commitment on Twitter. " August 15

  • UNC suspends DB Malik Simmons for first two games

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF - Dr. Saturday "Malik Simmons might have been able to participate in the start of fall camp for North Carolina, but the formerly suspended defensive back didn’t exactly escape further punishment. Coach Larry Fedora announced Friday that Simmons would miss the first two games of the season as continued..." August 08

  • UNC reinstates DB Malik Simmons after short suspension

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF - Dr. Saturday "North Carolina defensive back Malik Simmons has been reinstated to the team, according to coach Larry Fedora. Simmons had been indefinitely suspended on July 24 after a second arrest. He was scheduled to be in court on Monday, but instead was taking part in the Tar Heels first day of fall..." August 04

  • UNC defensive back Malik Simmons suspended following second arrest of summer

    College Football Talk "For the second time this summer, North Carolina defensive back Malik Simmons has been arrested. He ha snow been suspended indefinitely by UNC head coach Larry Fedora, the school announced in a brief statement Friday afternoon. The official statement from UNC’s athletics office says simply..." July 25

  • Vanderbilt’s Jordan Cunningham to transfer to North Carolina

    Tennessean "Former Vanderbilt receiver Jordan Cunningham is transferring to North Carolina. Cunningham caught 19 passes for 150 yards in two seasons with Vanderbilt. He took a leave of absence in September for personal reasons, and in May said on Twitter that he was transferring to Cincinnati." July 23

  • Duke football prospect Chazz Surratt de-commits, chooses UNC

    Charlotte Observer "If not for a far-reaching academic scandal that has hung over North Carolina’s athletic program for months, East Lincoln quarterback Chazz Surratt said he would have committed to play football in Chapel Hill long ago. Surratt committed to Duke in April, but the Tar Heels continued to recruit..." June 29

  • Les Miles’ son, Manny to be preferred walk-on at the University of North Carolina

    The Advocate "A recruiting video from a past season and advice from a sibling isn’t the most conventional way to wrap up a college football offer. But it worked for University High quarterback Manny Miles. The son of LSU football coach Les Miles confirmed that he has accepted an offer to be a preferred..." June 01

  • Ex-Tar Heel Chris Hawkins arrested in North Carolina sports agent probe

    ESPN "A former college football player has been arrested and charged with violating North Carolina's state sports agent law. Chris Hawkins faces a court appearance Tuesday afternoon in Orange County. According to arrest warrants made public Tuesday, Hawkins faces two charges of trying to induce..." May 12

  • 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

    CBS Sports "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

    CBS Sports "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

    CBS Sports "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

    CBS Sports "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

    CBS Sports "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

    ESPN "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

    247 Sports "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

    CBS Sports "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

    CBS Sports "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

    CBS Sports "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

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