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UNC Denies Impermissible Benefits Charges Yet Again

UNC’s response to its third notice of allegations includes another defense against the NCAA’s ever-evolving attempt to charge the school with impermissible benefits in its years-long AFAM investigation. It was late 2011 that the NCAA enforcement staff initially reviewed the irregular AFAM courses, and it was determined there were no violations of member-adopted bylaws. (Inside Carolina)

Michael Jordan's Sneakers from the 1984 Gold Medal Game Hit the Auction Block

Due to his longtime partnership with the brand, it's not often that one comes across non-Nike Michael Jordan sneaker memorabilia. However, collectors now have the opportunity to add a pair of Converse sneakers worn by the basketball legend in the 1984 Olympics to their stash. Another pair of Converse sneakers reportedly worn by Jordan in the '84 Games were auctioned off in 2015. (Sole Collector)

How alma mater West Charlotte High celebrated the return of ex-UNC star Kennedy Meeks

It wasn’t the first time Kennedy Meeks had returned to his alma mater, where he won a high school state championship and MVP honors in 2011. But this day - nearly eight weeks after UNC won its sixth NCAA championship - was for him. “I’m proud to be from here” said Meeks, a Charlotte native. “This is the city that built me and created me into the man I am today.” (Charlotte Observer)

Tobin Heath named Assistant Youth Technical Director for Thorns FC Development Academy

Portland Thorns FC announced Thursday that midfielder Tobin Heath has expanded her role with the club, assuming a position at the youth level with the club’s newly formed development academy set to launch in the fall of 2017 as the Thorns FC Assistant Youth Technical Director. Heath joined the club in 2013, helping guide Portland to the NWSL Championship. (Portland Timbers)

Audio: Could Tony Bradley’s jump to the NBA be good for UNC?

Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News dropped by the David Glenn Show on Thursday. During the conversation, he weighed in on North Carolina center Tony Bradley’s jump to the NBA. Could Bradley’s departure benefit the Tar Heels in the long run? Does he have a bright future as a pro? Listen to the excerpt from DeCourcy’s interview on the David Glenn Show. (ACC Sports Journal)

UNC has mounted a compelling response to NCAA notice of allegations

This may sound crazy given the depth and the scope of the academic fraud that North Carolina officials have already admitted took place, but the school's response to NCAA’s third notice of allegations suggests that North Carolina’s attorneys have mounted a compelling defense in this case. That may not matter in a process famous for being made up as it goes along. (Sports Illustrated)

Video: Kennedy Meeks Day at West Charlotte High School

Thursday was a special day at West Charlotte High School. It was Kennedy Meeks Day. The Lions celebrating the school's standout former basketball player, who helped North Carolina to a national championship on the hardwood this season. "It's definitely special. It's something you dream about growing up," Meeks said. (WCNC)

Giovani Bernard to be limited in OTAs, six months after ACL tear

Bengals running back Giovani Bernard has come along well enough after last season’s torn ACL that he can get at least some work in at organized team activities. Bernard is expected to be a limited participant at OTAs, Katherine Terrell of ESPN reports. In 10 games last season, Bernard had 91 carries for 337 yards and 39 catches for 336 yards. (NBC Sports)

Chase Rice writes next chapter since ‘Ready Set Roll,’ co-writing ‘Cruise’

Chase Rice enjoyed his “Cruise” in co-writing a country music seismic shifter, then going “Ready Set Roll” to break through on his own first hit recording, followed by “Gonna Wanna Tonight.” On a phone interview last week, a few hours before his concert in Birmingham, Ala., Rice spoke about the chapters in his career, and the next one he’s writing. (Myrtle Beach Sun News)

UNC Baseball Opens Its ACC Tournament Run With Mercy Rule Victory Over Boston College

Fans in attendance Thursday at Louisville Slugger Stadium for the ACC Baseball Tournament were treated to a rare sighting in the opening game of the afternoon. For the first time in four meetings this season, Boston College held No. 2 UNC below 15 runs. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the Tar Heels triggered the event’s mercy rule on the way to a commanding 10-0 victory in just seven innings. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC AD Bubba Cunningham: 'Exhaust the Process'

UNC Athletics Director Bubba Cunningham: "We are prepared to work through all of the processes. We have been through a number of reviews and investigations and we stick to the process that the agency we’re working with requires, whether it was the SBI or SACS or the NCAA. We’ll exhaust the process to its fullest extent that we can, and then we’ll see what our options are at that point." (Inside Carolina)

UNC baseball introduces team service dog and it's a total home run

On UNC's second-seeded baseball team, there are right-handed pitchers and left-handed pitchers. There are first basemen and shortstops, outfielders and infielders. And now, there's a service dog on the roster as well. That's right: The UNC baseball team just became the first NCAA team in the ACC — and possibly even the country — to boast a team service dog. (CBS News)

No. 2 UNC Baseball Opens ACC Championship With 10-0 Win Over BC

The second-seeded Tar Heels showed no signs of rust in Thursday's 10-0 win over 11th-seeded Boston College in the 2017 ACC Baseball Championship (Highlights). Logan Warmoth went 4 for 5 to key UNC's 14-hit attack, and five Tar Heel pitchers combined on a two-hitter in the game, which was halted at the end of seven innings due to the tournament's 10-run rule. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels will have different look next season without Tony Bradley

Tony Bradley’s decision to stay in the NBA draft was somewhat unexpected considering that the freshman center is projected as a marginal first rounder. But it didn’t take Roy Williams by surprise. UNC's coach knew Bradley’s departure was possible after the young player said he planned to explore his options in the aftermath of last month’s national championship. (North State Journal)

Chansky’s Notebook: Tony Bradley, Tar Heels Bucking Odds

In many ways, Tony Bradley’s decision to remain in the NBA draft is a head-scratcher. Even if one team he worked out for promised to draft him in the first round, there is no guarantee. If Bradley isn’t drafted in the first round, he must make the roster of the team that picks him in the second. And if he makes a roster, there is precious little practice time in the NBA. (Chapelboro.com)

UNC maintains NCAA overreach in latest NCAA response

UNC maintained its stance on NCAA overreach in their most recent response to a third Notice of Allegations stemming from a years-long academic scandal. According to the university, new bylaws passed by the NCAA in August 2016 that expand the association's reach into academics, should not apply to this case in which the infractions occurred before the regulatory changes. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC releases response to NCAA’s third notice of allegations

UNC has released its response (View PDF Document) to the NCAA’s third notice of allegations resulting from the joint investigation of past academic irregularities. “Our reply to each allegation is based on the NCAA’s constitution and member-adopted bylaws. We expect the Committee on Infractions to consistently apply those bylaws as the case moves forward.” (UNC.edu)

Larry Fedora's Contract Formally Extended Through 2022

UNC head football coach Larry Fedora's contract was approved Thursday by the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees, extending his deal though the 2022 season. “We are pleased that the Board of Trustees has approved the terms of Coach Fedora's contract, which will allow him to continue our football program's success into the next decade,” said UNC AD Bubba Cunningham. (GoHeels.com)

Checking in on the new Tar Heels in NFL Training Camp

As the North Carolina Sports calendar begins to wind down for the summer (but go Diamond Heels!), the football grad transfers start arriving, and Tony Bradley’s plans for next season have, however bittersweetly, become clear, the six Tar Heels in the 2017 NFL draft class are starting to report to camp. Here’s some of the early news on how they’re doing: (Tar Heel Blog)

Hayley Carter Stunned in First Round of NCAA Women’s Singles Tournament, Daavettila Advances

Hayley Carter has spent her time carving out a case as the best player to ever come through the UNC women's tennis program. After finishing as the national runner-up last season, Carter has carried the No. 2 ranking for most of this season–as she also set a new ACC record with 168 career singles victories. Unfortunately, Carter’s career came to an end Wednesday. (Chapelboro.com)

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