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UNC researcher's work helps unfinished Boston Marathon runners find closure

A year after the twin explosions at the Boston Marathon, a local statistics professor is helping the nearly 6,000 runners who never made it to the race's end get some closure. The Boston Athletic Association provided an estimated finish time for those runners but then reached out to Richard Smith, a statistician at UNC, to come up with a scientific formula to predict more accurately their likely finish times. (WRAL.com)

How is UNC’s brand doing after years of scandal?

Robert Morse, director of data research at U.S. News and World Report, said he does not think the recent scandals have affected North Carolina’s undergraduate academic reputation, so far. Morse helps write the U.S. News and World Report’s annual college ranking, which placed UNC 21st in academic reputation. (Daily Tar Heel)

Mary Willingham's Response to UNC’s Independent Evaluation of Research

To avoid technical discussion and to get right to the heart of the matter, I will simply say that the three outside experts who conducted the “independent” review of my data did not come close to replicating my analysis. They were unable to do so because they were denied access to the full range of test scores that formed the basis of my critical judgment. (PaperClassInc.com)

Ryan Switzer Among Top Sophomores Heading into 2014 Football Season

11. Ryan Switzer, North Carolina wide receiver/punt returner: Ryan Switzer didn't get many touches during his freshman season, but he more than made the most of them—especially when it came to lining up to return a punt, an exercise he turned into a work of art in 2013. He returned five punts for touchdowns last season, tying the FBS season record. (Bleacher Report)

Matt Harvey Went to a Knicks Game with Model Asha Leo, New York Tabloids React Accordingly

Matt Harvey attended Sunday night’s Knicks game with British model Asha Leo by his side. Stop the presses! If you’re lucky to live outside the New York media bubble the location of Harvey’s rehab from Tommy John surgery actually turned into a talking point during Spring Training. Harvey wanted to do it in New York, while the team preferred he stay in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (The Big Lead)

UNC investigator meets with Mary Willingham

The reading specialist who questioned the literacy level of athletes who were admitted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has met with an investigator looking into academic fraud at the school. In an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Mary Willingham said she met with Kenneth Wainstein for more than two hours Monday in Chapel Hill. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Roy Williams, Larry Fedora team up for 2014 Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge

An 11-team field of NCAA head coaches and celebrity alumni is set to compete in the eighth annual Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament. North Carolina will be represented by men's basketball coach Roy Williams and football coach Larry Fedora. They will be vying for a share of the $520,000 scholarship purse for UNC. (GoHeels.com)

UNC, N.C. State spring football games: What did we learn?

In Chapel Hill, the most obvious takeaways from the Tar Heels’ Blue-White Game were that coach Larry Fedora wasn’t kidding about redshirt freshman quarterback Mitch Trubisky, that the backfield is loaded with talented running backs and that UNC’s offense will only go as far as its thin, young line will allow it. (Wilmington Star News)

Q&A with Seth Littrell

After less than four months on the job, Seth Littrell talked about transitioning into the lead role for the Tar Heel offense: "Well, transition is never easy. At times it’s uncomfortable because you just don’t know everybody. There are a lot of new faces to get to know. You have a bunch of guys who have never met you that have to understand your personality too. It’s never easy, but it’s been a smooth transition." (Inside Carolina)

Video: Bubba Cunningham - UNC Athletics Update

Jones Angell and North Carolina Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham sit down to discuss current topics within the UNC Athletics Department. View Video...

North Carolina academic scandal grossly exaggerated

Mary Willingham, a learning specialist at UNC, researched the reading levels of Tar Heel football and basketball players and claimed to CNN that she found 60 percent of these athletes read between a fourth and eighth grade level, with another 8 to 10 percent reading at a third grade level or below. Now here’s the funny part: The woman alleging her students can’t read, well, she misread her own results. Or at least most of them. (Madison.com)

Tracking Player Three Point Shooting During Their UNC Careers

The best freshman three point shooter Roy Williams has had at UNC is (surprisingly) Kendall Marshall who shot 37.7% on 20-53 shooting. The best three point shooter who had a palatable volume of attempts was (not surprisingly) Wayne Ellington at 37.1%. Danny Green and Ty Lawson both topped 35% as freshmen while the Iowa duo of Harrison Barnes and Marcus Paige both topped 34%. (Tar Heel Blog)

Tar Heels Face Wolfpack In Duel At The DBAP Tuesday

North Carolina opens the second of three consecutive five-game weeks Tuesday as the Tar Heels travel to Durham Bulls Athletic Park to face NC State in the Duel At The DBAP at 7 p.m. Carolina took three of five thrilling games against the Wolfpack in 2013, including an 18-inning marathon at the ACC tournament and an elimination game at the College World Series. (GoHeels.com)

NFL Draft Prospect Interview – Bryn Renner, QB North Carolina

North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner had a successful sophomore and junior campaign leading the Tar Heels, but found himself in the unfortunate position of having his senior season ruined by a season-ending injury. Now, Renner is in the position of being an underdog and one he seems to both recognize and embrace as he heads to the NFL Draft. (With the First Pick)

Baseball matchup loses zing, but Tar Heels, Wolfpack need victory

The North Carolina / North Carolina State baseball matchup has lost much of its luster from when it was scheduled. But tonight’s game isn’t diminished in terms of importance. No longer viewed as an intriguing matchup among the country’s best teams, now each side is in desperate need of racking up victories in order to bolster credentials for postseason consideration. (Burlington Times-News)

UNC-N.C. State baseball rivalry returns to the DBAP

Last year’s series between UNC and N.C. State featured an 18-inning marathon in the ACC Tournament and two meetings in the College World Series. But both programs have struggled this season. So when the teams meet Tuesday at a sold-out Durham Bulls Athletic Park for what could be their only 2014 matchup, the result will be important for a different reason. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Tar Heels Honor Outstanding Performances At Rammy Awards

UNC Athletics celebrated a year's worth of outstanding performances on and off the field at the second-annual Rammy Awards Monday evening. Student-athletes from all 28 Carolina varsity squads joined with coaches, athletics staff, Rams Club members, the UNC Marching Tar Heels band, members of the spirit squads and other supporters to pack Memorial Hall for the two-hour show. (GoHeels.com)

Mariners manager remains confident in Kyle Seager despite bad early numbers

Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon made it clear Wednesday that he has no concerns about Kyle Seager and his early-season struggles. Those feelings haven’t changed, but McClendon wanted to make sure Seager knew how he felt. So when the Mariners arrived at Globe Life Park on Monday, McClendon had a brief chat with Seager, who was hitting .121 (4 for 33). (Seattle Times)

This Week With Mike Fox

The Diamond Heels are 21-15 (9-9 ACC) after splitting mid-week games and then taking two of three from Wake Forest. Next up is NC State on Tuesday at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Elon at home on Wednesday and then the team heads to Charlottesville to face the top-ranked Cavaliers. (Inside Carolina)

Sports Illustrated's early top 25 for 2014-15

5. North Carolina Losing James Michael McAdoo to the NBA will hurt, but the Tar Heels get Marcus Paige back and welcome an elite three-man freshman class headlined by Justin Jackson, a 6-7 forward from Houston. (Sports Illustrated)

Expectations set for Giovani Bernard

There's no question what kind of player Bernard proved himself to be last year, topping 1,200 total yards and eight touchdowns on just over 225 total touches. So when Lewis was asked what the expectations were for Bernard in 2014, he dropped some philosophy on rookies. (CBS Sports)

Packers’ Mike Daniels says Julius Peppers is still a freak at 34

In his prime, Julius Peppers was one of the most impressive physical specimens in football, a 290-pound defensive end who could run and jump like the basketball player he was at North Carolina. But at age 34, is Peppers still the same kind of player? (NBC Sports)

How One Woman’s Inflated Statistics and Embellished Recollections Made Her Famous

With her statistics disproven and her experience called into question, Mary Willingham has no more support for her invectives against UNC. She has spoken of significant numbers of UNC athletes who read below a high school level, saying, “I can still see their faces.” Sadly, the faces Willingham sees are the products of a mind compromised by regret, disposed toward melodrama, and desperate for attention. (Coaching the Mind)

Monday Baseball Report

At 9-9 in the ACC, UNC sits tied for 4th in the ACC Coastal Division and if the ACC Tournament started today, the Heels would be one of the ten participants. The biggest issues facing UNC now is the schedule. The Tar Heels will play nine of the final 12 ACC games against Virginia, FSU and Miami. Two of those series will be on the road with the Heels hosting FSU. (Tar Heel Blog)

200 people helped Merritt’s Store and Grill celebrate 85th anniversary

She was sitting at Merritt’s Store and Grill when Patricia Fields Neubert, a child at the time, realized what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. Merritt’s was a popular hang out for the astronauts training at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, and Fields Neubert said overhearing their lunchtime stories eventually inspired her to become a military pilot. (Daily Tar Heel)

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