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DeShields's mom talks for first time about why Diamond is leaving UNC

Tisha DeShields said there wasn’t "some huge, dramatic” reason or “one identifying factor” why her daughter, Diamond DeShields, is transferring from North Carolina after scoring an ACC freshman record 648 points. Instead, Tisha DeShields said Thursday that it was a combination of things that caused DeShields to make the shocking decision to leave UNC. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Deeper Look: UNC's Quarterback Battle

Heading into the summer and fall camp the most publicized storyline coming out of Chapel Hill is the quarterback battle between redshirt junior Marquise Williams and redshirt freshman Mitch Trubisky. Coach Fedora is not giving any clues as to which quarterback will start for the Tar Heels in August, nor has he revealed a timetable for when the decision will be made (Carolina Blue)

UNC's Bullpen Locked In

On a night when head coach Mike Fox needed a standout performance to secure a much-needed victory against a RPI Top-25 opponent, it was his bullpen that delivered. Spencer Trayner, along with Trevor Kelley and the dominant Reilly Hovis, combined to toss six innings of shutout baseball as the trio fanned six Liberty hitters, while giving up just three hits in total. (Inside Carolina)

Diamond DeShields to leave UNC on 'good terms'

North Carolina freshman Diamond DeShields released a statement on twitter Thursday regarding her decision to transfer. "I would like the thank my coaches, teammates, professors, fans, alumni, athletic department, the community and everyone that has supported me here at UNC," DeShields tweeted. "I would also like to add that after meeting with Coach Hatchell on several different occasions over the course of this year, I have decided to transfer from the University of North Carolina." (WRAL Sports Fan)

Duel At The DBAP Will Not Be Rescheduled

After being postponed due to heavy rain on April 15, the Duel at the DBAP between UNC and NC State has been canceled. The cancellation comes after both schools, in conjunction with the Durham Bulls, could not find a workable makeup date. Tickets for the Duel at the DBAP can be exchanged for any 2014 regular season Durham Bulls game or USA Baseball game at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. (GoHeels.com)

Season In Review: James, Simmons, Hubert

In the latest installment of our season in review series, we look back at the 2013-14 seasons for Joel James, Jackson Simmons and Desmond Hubert. According to Roy Williams, Hubert has evolved into Carolina's best post defender. Most of those contributions came during conference play, but he did give the Tar Heels a solid six minutes in the Kentucky win. (GoHeels.com)

The Perilous Journey to Mount Fame: Competing Approaches to College Athletics Reform

Mary Willingham has advertised fabricated statistics about UNC athletes’ reading levels, denied violating the ethical limitations on her research, falsely accused the university of conspiracy, unlawfully accessed athletes’ protected academic records and then publicized information from those records, disparaged her former office, and obfuscated the challenges to her claims. (Coaching the Mind)

Student-athletes weigh in on balancing academics, big-time college sports

At UNC and Division I universities across the country, the spotlight is on student-athletes — and it’s not moving. The word “student-athlete” itself encompasses the struggle many feel when trying to balance academics and their work on the field or court. Yet the ones talking about the issue most haven’t been athletes; Where do the student-athletes stand? (Daily Tar Heel)

Hovis Shuts The Door

One of the major storylines that came out of last year's UNC baseball team was the emergence of right-handed pitcher Trent Thornton as a weapon out of the bullpen. And following a shoulder injury to reliever Chris McCue early in the 2014 season, who the next stopper out of the bullpen would be was a major question. Enter sophomore Reilly Hovis, who took over as the team's closer without missing a beat. (GoHeels.com)

Williams, Fedora paired with Spurrier, Sharpe for Chick-fil-A golf event

A battle of the Carolinas will be part of this year's Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge golf event Tuesday in Greensboro, Ga. South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier and Gamecocks receiving legend Sterling Sharpe are paired with North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora and basketball coach Roy Williams. The four played together in the 2012 event. (GoGamecocks.com)

Coach's Corner: North Carolina's Larry Fedora

As he prepares for his third season at UNC, Larry Fedora spoke by phone with USA TODAY Sports national college football writer Paul Myerberg about the Tar Heels' spring, positions of concern, a quarterback competition, carrying over the end of 2013, Drake and teaching world geography to 14-year-olds. (USA Today)

Why Did Hakeem Nicks Pick Jersey Number 14?

Throughout his 70-plus game career, Hakeem Nicks wore jersey number 88. Coming to Indianapolis represented a different career direction, and Nicks relocated into a new number. His birthdate and daughter provided guidance. “It wasn’t easy letting those 8’s go,” said Nicks. “I moved to 14. My birthday is 1/14/88. My daughter (Harmony) picked that number, too. That’s good.” (Indianapolis Colts)

Carolina Tops No. 30 Liberty, 3-1

Adrian Chacon had two hits and an RBI, and four Tar Heel pitchers allowed just one run on four hits as North Carolina beat No. 30 Liberty 3-1 Wednesday night at Boshamer Stadium. Spencer Trayner tossed three scoreless innings of relief for his third win of the year while Reilly Hovis got the final six outs for his fourth save of the season. (GoHeels.com)

Folt: Willingham Meeting “Business-Like"

UNC Chancellor Carol Folt says her meeting with academic advisor Mary Willingham was never contentious, but Willingham stands by her saying the University leader admonished her. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC pitcher Trent Thornton a mound of intensity

Intense might not be a strong enough adjective to describe North Carolina pitcher Trent Thornton when he's on the mound for the Heels. “If you don’t have emotion and excitement behind what you do then you’re usually not as successful at it and you don’t look like you’re having as much fun either,” said North Carolina head baseball coach Mike Fox. (WRAL Sports Fan)

QBs are topic No. 1 as Fedora, Cutcliffe both weigh in

The Tar Heels have a quarterback competition between Marquise Williams and redshirt freshman Mitch Trubisky that Larry Fedora said is no closer to being resolved after spring practices. “I don’t have a given date that I’ll make a decision,” Fedora said. “That way, that gives everybody something to talk about all year.” (Durham Herald-Sun)

Spring ACC Coastal Predictions

3. North Carolina – The Tar Heels’ 15 returning starters ties for the most of any team in the conference. Marquise Williams is a budding star at the quarterback position, while the running game improved tremendously over the second half of 2013. T.J. Logan and incoming freshman Elijah Hood will be a dynamic force in the backfield. (Southern Pigskin)

UNC-system board wants more spending oversight in athletics

The finances of system schools’ athletic programs will soon be more closely reviewed by various levels of administration. The UNC-system Athletics Financial Transparency working group, which was composed of system officials and directors of athletics, recently recommended that college athletics’ financial reports be reviewed on an annual basis by the school’s chancellor, Board of Trustees, the UNC-system president and the Board of Governors. (Daily Tar Heel)

Chicago Bears sign running back Shaun Draughn

The Chicago Bears have signed veteran running back Shaun Draughn to a one-year contract. Draughn played in three games for the Baltimore Ravens last season, rushing for two yards on four carries. He was later released and signed with the Indianapolis Colts, but played in no games. Two years ago with the Kansas City Chiefs, Draughn played in every game. (National Football Post)

Tar Heels the early ACC basketball favorite

Like last year, there seems to be a clear distinction in talent between about the top four or five teams and everyone else in the league. And while to me it’s very close among those top few, I’ll take the Tar Heels as the slight early favorite. UNC loses only James Michael McAdoo and Leslie McDonald and fills their spots with one of the nation’s top recruiting classes. (Morganton News Herald)

Video: UNC Coaches Dance to "Happy"

UNC Coaches made a music video to Pharrell Williams "Happy". Originally aired at the 2014 Rammy's on April 14, 2014. View Video...

Larry Fedora Wednesday Teleconference Quotes

Larry Fedora addressed the media Wednesday as part of the ACC Football Coaches Spring Teleconference. "I think we had a pretty productive spring. We finished up on April 12th. Since that time, we’ve been doing exit interviews with our players. They’ve been finishing up their classes. They’re getting ready for exams and preparing for a great summer and great fall camp." (GoHeels.com)

Eric Ebron: Tale of the Tape

North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron has the ability to create matchups at the NFL level because of his speed, athletic skill set and production after the catch. Today, let’s break down the former Tar Heel, talk about his development as a route-runner and project how the expected first-round pick will be utilized in the pro game. (Bleacher Report)

Video: Sport Science - Eric Ebron

The Sport Science team at ESPN analyzes top NFL tight end prospect and former Tar Heel Eric Ebron. (ESPN.com)

Woody Durham: "I'm Just Saying"

The headline in itself is an overused phrase, but not unlike familiar phrases used frequently, especially during a basketball season such as the most recent campaign. I haven't looked it up, but this year's NCAA Tournament had to be one of the most competitive on record. Nearly one-third of the games were decided by five points or fewer, two of which were played by Carolina in San Antonio. (GoHeels.com)

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