3 questions with UNC assistant Vic Koenning"In the middle of last season the guys flipped a switch and started practicing better. This spring was a continuation of that. And now we’re starting to get some numbers where we’re not just one-deep. We still have a ways to go; we’re not three-deep, but that’s a goal we’re reaching for. When the freshmen come in, we can maybe get a little bit closer to that." (CoachingSearch.com)
Tar Heels In NBA Playoffs CompilationSan Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks: This might be the marquee Tar Heel series of the first round. The Spurs will start Danny Green, who has dropped in a career-high 33 points already this month. The Mavericks, meanwhile, have had a very productive year from Vince Carter, and Brandan Wright is one of their top reserves. Wayne Ellington is also on the Dallas bench. (GoHeels.com)
Weekend Preview: April 18-20UNC Baseball: Three-game series at Virginia (Friday at 6, Saturday at 1, Sunday at 1) The Tar Heels have won two of three games in each of their last two ACC weekend series, but the job gets tougher this weekend at Virginia, which is 14-4 in conference play and ranked No. 1 in the nation in most of the national polls. Saturday afternoon's game will be televised by RSN. (GoHeels.com)
"Mary Willingham's Credibility Is Collapsing”Bradley Bethel is the author of Coaching the Mind: Putting the Student in Student-Athlete. He is listed as a learning specialist under student-athlete services of the staff directory section on GoHeels.com. In a series of entries of Bethel’s blog, he writes lengthy essays about the ongoing conversation about the academic scandal at UNC. (Chapelboro.com)
Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and That Unforgettable Series From 1986The Michael Jordan Era was about to dawn. His time, individually, arrived in this series. It took a superior team -- perhaps the best in league history -- to overcome him. Jordan sent notice in Game 1 against the Celtics, scoring 49 points in a 123-104 defeat. His Game 2 performance would render his brilliant Game 1 a mere footnote. (Boston Globe)
UNC Baseball Has Difficult Stretch AheadNorth Carolina’s baseball team enters its toughest stretch of the season with a squad largely comprised of inexperienced underclassmen. Oddly enough, that may be a good thing for a group that has played its best ball against better competition. (Inside Carolina)
UNC keeps tabs on classes with clusters of athletesEver since fraudulent classes were discovered in the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, all eyes have been on not only professors and their syllabuses, but also classes that have large percentages of student-athletes. Situations where this imbalance occurs in courses are often referred to as athlete clustering. (Daily Tar Heel)
Video: Danny Green on his love of animalsCheck out NBA player and former Tar Heel Danny Green as he talks about growing up around animals, his pet snake, and wild animals' connections to basketball.
Mike Fox Says Tar Heels Will ‘Go Strap It On And See What Happens’ Versus No. 1 CavaliersFollowing a series win over Wake Forest and a ninth inning rally against Elon, the North Carolina baseball team, 22-15 on the year and an even 9-9 in ACC play, will now face a ‘measuring stick’ series this weekend when facing No. 1 Virginia in Charlottesville. “Virginia has built such a great program. We’re going to have to take advantage of any opportunities they give us.” (Chapelboro.com)
Video: This Is SportsDesk: Larry Fedora Started From the BottomA certain UNC football coach (Larry Fedora) stopped by the Daily Tar Heel office. See what happens next on this episode of "This is SportsDesk.".
Video: UNC Baseball's Trent Thornton - AceTrent Thornton's path to becoming North Carolina's ace was an unusual one, but now he has the position and is poised to become one of the winningest pitchers in school history.
Diamond DeShields to transfer from UNCNational freshman of the year Diamond DeShields is transferring from North Carolina. DeShields scored 648 points this past season, more than any freshman in ACC history, and led the Tar Heels to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008. Tar Heels coach Sylvia Hatchell said in a statement that she did not “know or understand” why DeShields is leaving. (Durham Herald-Sun)
UNC screens NFL players to track brain changes over timeAs the NFL becomes more aware of the long-term effects of brain injury and concussions, some former players are coming to Chapel Hill for help. Free safety Colin Branch, who played for the Carolina Panthers from 2003 to 2007, is aware of stories about other former players who suffered concussions on the field that caused problems later in life. (WRAL.com)
Faculty Athletics Committee statement on student privacyThe Faculty Athletics Committee is aware of a Twitter Communication (tweet) released on April 6, 2014 which publicly refers to specific academic information regarding specific students who are identifiable by the language in the tweet. Protected information is not within the right of any University employee to make public unless authorized by the students. We call on the University to investigate... (UNC.edu)
Turner's Take: Draft DayUNC Football's Summer Challenge Draft is important – it sets up the entire summer of workouts and team activities – and so it needed to feel momentous to the players. The eight teams selected by their captains will participate in a series of events, from wiffle ball to basketball, from bowling to dodgeball, and win points for their teams. They can lose points for parking tickets and missed classes. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Official UNC Basketball 2013-2014 Season HighlightsTons of great highlights, fun off-the-court moments and behind-the-scenes video in the 2013-2014 North Carolina Basketball Highlight Video. The Tar Heels finished 24-10, won 12 ACC games in a row and along the way defeated the AP preseason-ranked number 1-4 teams in the nation.
Chris Iannetta's walk-off home run in 12th leads Angels over A'sChris Iannetta swung the bat like a guy who definitely didn't want to catch one more inning. Iannetta homered with two outs in the 12th against Drew Pomeranz, giving the Los Angeles Angels a 5-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night. It was his fourth career game-ending home run. "It never gets old -- your first one, your last one, whatever it may be. It's an awesome feeling," Iannetta said. (ESPN.com)
Video: Harrison Barnes' 30-point night highlighted by monster dunkGolden State forward Harrison Barnes scored 30 points Wednesday night in the Warriors' 116-112 win over the Denver Nuggets. Barnes' highlight of the night occurred when he drove down the lane an finished with this poster-worthy dunk over Aaron Brooks.
P.J. Hairston is 'going to get a lot of questions'Chad Ford, ESPN's NBA Draft expert, hosted an online chat Wednesday and was asked about P.J. Hairston, among a variety of other things. In his response, Ford wrote that Hairston will likely drop positions in the draft because of conduct concerns, despite his much-higher talent level. Hairston is currently ranked 15th on Ford's NBA Draft Big Board. (Greensboro News & Record)
Tar Heels Rally In Ninth Inning To Top Elon, 5-4North Carolina scored three times in the bottom of the ninth to beat visiting Elon 5-4 Wednesday evening in non-conference action at Boshamer Stadium. Landon Lassiter's bases-loaded single plated Michael Russell with the winning run for the Tar Heels, who will travel to Charlottesville, Va., this weekend to take on top-ranked Virginia. (GoHeels.com)
Darian Durant signs multi-year contract with Saskatchewan RoughridersThe Saskatchewan Roughriders have made their biggest move of the off-season. At an event today the Green and White announced they've signed franchise quarterback Darian Durant to a new contract extension; something they had been working on for the most of the off-season. Like most CFL contracts, what's known about this one is pretty sparse. (News Talk 980 CJME)
Hakeem Nicks won't wear Marvin Harrison's 88It looks like there won't be a debate over whether new Indianapolis Colts receiver Hakeem Nicks will be able to wear No. 88, the number Marvin Harrison wore during his 13 years with the team. "Everybody knows I love those eights on my chest but we'll have to see how that pans out." Nicks, who signed a one-year deal, will wear No. 14, according to Colts.com. (ESPN.com)
Video: Giovani Bernard's remarkable journeyFrom the death of his mother to the loss of a family business, Giovani Bernard has dealt with tragic obstacles to become the star he is today. Check out the Cincinnati Bengals running back's inspiring journey. (Cincinnati Bengals)
NFL.com's Gil Brandt: Jonathan Cooper poised for a big 2014It is easy to forget about Jonathan Cooper. The seventh pick in the 2013 draft out of North Carolina, he plays a position (guard) that does not receive much fanfare and, well, there was that whole thing about missing the entire season due to a broken leg suffered in the Cardinals' final preseason game. (Arizona Sports)
Mary Willingham’s data offers limited viewFor months, the national media has had a field day with the claims made by Mary Willingham that 60 percent of UNC’s athletes read below an eighth grade level. There have been articles, exposes and even segments on The Colbert Report devoted to it. After all this, the University has finally released the reports conducted by three independent, external experts of literacy and higher education. (Daily Tar Heel)
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