North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams told ESPN’s Jay Bilas Saturday that he was in “shock” and “disbelief” when he learned former guard Rashad McCants had told ESPN.com’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 classes designed to keep athletes academically eligible.
Redshirt sophomore safety and kickoff returner DeVon Edwards, redshirt senior offensive guard Laken Tomlinson and senior wide receiver Jamison Crowder were named to Phil Steele’s 2014 Preseason All-American Team, the publication announced Friday. Eleven of 17 returning Duke starters were named to Steele's preseason all-ACC teams. ... UNC punter Tommy Hibbard named to all-America team and nine Tar Heels were named to all-ACC teams.
Rashad McCants, a key player on North Carolina’s 2005 NCAA national championship team, tells ESPN he was enrolled in no-show classes in UNC's African and Afro-American Studies Department, had tutors write his papers and that UNC coach Roy Williams knew all about it.
Two years ago, Stilman White put up one of the most surprising performances in the history of North Carolina basketball. Starting for the first time because of a wrist injury to point guard Kendall Marshall, the seldom-used freshman from Wilmington had 13 assists and zero turnovers as UNC beat Ohio in the Sweet 16 and lost to Kansas in the Elite Eight.
Duke women's golf, tennis, women's basketball; Duke men's soccer; UNC women's tennis, women's basketball; N.C. Central baseball ...
Major League Baseball begins its three-day draft of amateur players today and along with Duke’s improvement on the field is the possibility it could lose important players early to professional baseball. Ditto North Carolina.
Inside Lacrosse has named University of North Carolina attacker Sydney Holman its 2014 national Rookie of the Year.
The Tar Heels ultimately couldn’t carry their momentum from upsetting No. 2 national seed Florida.
The Tar Heels’ elimination game against Long Beach State was suspended due to heavy rain Sunday night and will resume today at noon with UNC trailing 5-4 in the top of the seventh inning.
UNC defeats Florida, staves off elimination in NCAA Tournament
After Friday’s loss to Long Beach State, North Carolina third baseman Logan Lassiter vowed the Tar Heels would play their best game of the season on Saturday.
Through an injury to its best hitter and a more than three-hour weather delay, No. 3 seed North Carolina delivered on Lassiter’s promise. The Tar Heels stunned No. 2 national seed Florida with a 5-2 win, knocking the host Gators out of the Gainesville Regional.
Florida had been stunned 3-2 by underdog College of Charleston Friday night.
“All year, when we’ve had our backs against the wall, we’ve come out and played pretty well,” North Carolina right fielder Tyler Ramirez said. “I think that’s what happened today. Everybody was really locked in from the get-go, ready to go.”
North Carolina (35-26) broke the game open, scoring five runs in the third shortly after a three-hour, 19-minute rain delay. The Tar Heels strung together four straight hits against Florida reliever Kirby Snead. Former Jordan High School star Alex Raburn began the damage with an RBI single, then Ramirez followed with a two-run double over the head of Florida center fielder Harrison Bader to extend UNC’s lead to 3-0.
Adam Pate added another RBI double, then catcher Korey Dunbar followed with an RBI single to put UNC up 5-0.
Eric Hutting and Carlton Vaughn had two-run hits in the fourth inning to lead Long Beach State to a 6-1 victory over North Carolina on Friday in the opening game of the NCAA baseball Gainesville Regional at Florida's McKethan Stadium.
After being retired in order in their first three at-bats, the Dirtbags (33-24), batted around in the fourth against Tar Heels starter Trent Thornton (7-4), scoring all of their runs and on all of their five hits.
Hutting drove in two with a single to left and Vaughn followed with a two-run double in the left-center gap against relief pitcher Trevor Kelly.
Long Beach sophomore Andrew Rorhbach (7-2) didn't allow a run until the ninth. He gave up seven hits and did not walk a batter in eight and one-third innings.
Long Beach plays Friday night's Florida-College of Charleston winner; UNC (34-26) plays the loser Saturday at 1 p.m.
As teammates at Jordan High School, Wood Myers and Alex Raburn talked about playing together at North Carolina. Now that it’s finally happened, they want to make sure it continues a few weeks longer.
Heading into the NCAA Tournament, North Carolina’s pitching rotation is set but its lineup is far from certain. UNC coach Mike Fox said ace Trent Thornton will start when the Tar Heels open play Friday in the Gainesville Regional against Long Beach State (1 p.m., ESPN3.com), while top hitter Michael Russell remains day-to-day with a sore back.
UNC (34-25) earned the No. 3 regional seed in the Gainesville Regional and will face No. 2 Long Beach State (32-24) on Friday (1 p.m., ESPN3.com).