Roy Williams defends ethics; Swofford says he was unaware of issues at UNCACC Commissioner John Swofford said that he chose a career in athletics administration because of his belief in the marriage between academics and athletics. Swofford, who served as the athletic director at UNC from 1980-97 before assuming his current role, and Tar Heels coach Roy Williams faced questions about the failed marriage at UNC during the ACC’s preseason basketball event Wednesday. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Marcus Paige Voted Preseason ACC Player of the YearNorth Carolina (12 first-place votes) finished second behind Duke in the ACC basketball preseason media poll. North Carolina junior guard Marcus Paige, who averaged 17.5 points per game and led the ACC in free-throw percentage (.911) last season, received the nod as the ACC Preseason Player of the Year. The Marion, Iowa, native received 33 votes in the Player of the Year balloting. (The ACC)
Video: This is Carolina Basketball - Episode 3Inside access to preseason practice with the Tar Heels. Episode 3 features the importance of added depth at the point guard position, freshman Justin Jackson's immediate impact and the growth of J.P. Tokoto into one of the most versatile members of the team.
Video: Roy Williams Delivers Powerful Response to Academic InvestigationWatch Roy Williams' powerful message to reporters in response to questions about the academic investigation at the University of North Carolina.
Roy Williams: Some things being said aren't fairRoy Williams: "I know I've never one day in my life failed to do something knowingly that would hurt our student-athletes. I've never one day in my life did something that I shouldn't have done. If you want to accuse me of being naive, go ahead. You can be as skeptical as you want. But the people that know Roy Williams know that some of those things that are being said are not fair." (WRAL Sports Fan)
Brice Johnson shuts out Wainstein ReportBrice Johnson wasn't even born when Deborah Crowder began enrolling North Carolina students in paper classes in the Afro and African American Studies department. As far as he's concerned, the Wainstein report doesn't affect him. And yet, the first 15 questions at the ACC's annual Media Day were about the Wainstein report. (Carolina Blue)
Weight Gain Fueling Brice Johnson's Defensive GrowthBrice Johnson’s offensive skill set has been on display ever since his AAU days. His defensive ability, however, has been a point of contention throughout his career at North Carolina. A beefed-up Johnson spoke confidently about his weight gain serving a valuable role in his defensive development during the ACC’s Operation Basketball media event on Wednesday. (Inside Carolina)
Roy Williams, UNC trying to move past off-court news and just playWhile there is no shortage of on-court storylines across the ACC entering the basketball season, North Carolina is still dealing with questions surrounding recent off-court concerns. At Wednesday’s ACC Operation Basketball in Charlotte, head coach Roy Williams and the players in attendance were asked about the upcoming season, but also about the latest Wainstein Report. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Brice Johnson: We have all the pieces that were missing last yearNorth Carolina forward Brice Johnson met with the media at ACC Operation Basketball Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte. "We have a lot of returning pieces to the team from last year, and we have great freshmen coming in. We have all the pieces that we really needed that were missing last year. It's going to be a big help from them." (WRAL Sports Fan)
Pat Forde Picks the Wrong UNC Player to Make an Academic Joke AboutYahoo! Sports writer and grand arbiter of what constitutes hazing Pat Forde who is at ACC Media Day, noted that UNC guard Marcus Paige would be late to the event because he was taking an exam. In light of UNC's recent troubles this is apparently joke-worthy by a professional journalist. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: Brice Johnson Talks Consistency at ACC Operation BasketballNorth Carolina junior forward Brice Johnson talks consistency and reveals the one key for the Tar Heels to have success this season.
Carolina Rundown: October 29ACC Basketball Media Day is today, so expect the usual assortment of polls and preseason picks. Danny Green had 13 points and four rebounds as the Spurs won. Brandan Wright had six points and five rebounds for Dallas. Ed Davis had 11 points for the Lakers. Miami is having a "greenout" on Saturday to support Jim Kelly, and the Hurricanes will be without its starting left tackle. (GoHeels.com)
17 Tar Heels In The NBASeventeen former UNC players made 2014-15 opening day NBA rosters, released this week. UNC's total of 17 NBA players is tied for third nationally with Kansas. Several Tar Heels are with new teams this year, including Vince Carter (Memphis), Ed Davis (L.A. Lakers), Wayne Ellington (L.A. Lakers), Raymond Felton (Dallas), Brendan Haywood (Cleveland), Marvin Williams (Charlotte) and Tyler Zeller (Dallas). (GoHeels.com)
Reggie Bullock says he's unaware of sham classes at UNCIf there were sham classes that athletes at the University of North Carolina were directed to take, it qualified as news to Reggie Bullock. “I didn’t know there were any of those classes there,” said Bullock, the Clippers’ second-year forward who spent three seasons playing for Tar Heels Coach Roy Williams. (Los Angeles Times)
Transformed Meeks Poised For Breakout SeasonLow-post returning starter Kennedy Meeks could be an X-factor for the No. 6 North Carolina men’s basketball team this season. After losing nearly 50 pounds, Meeks is hoping his body transformation translates into more dominant play. (Chapelboro.com)
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