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UNC Finishes 5th in Learfield Sports Directors' Cup
After finishing out of the top ten last season when UNC failed to win a title conference or national, the Tar Heel athletic program has rebounded for a 5th place finish in the 2014-15 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. UNC's fifth place finish is an ACC best with Virginia and its league first three NCAA titles in one season just behind the Heels in 6th.
Transfers, Williams' contract shed light on UNC's expectations
There's an old saying that often applies in sports journalism: "Watch what they do, not what they say." Applying that age-old logic to recent news coming out of UNC's athletic department, we can begin to see a pattern forming which may shed some light on the university's expectations in terms of NCAA punishment.
Stephanie Mavunga Given Permission To Explore Transfer
UNC has granted women’s basketball player Stephanie Mavunga’s release to speak with other schools about the possibility of transferring. “It’s with a heavy heart that I have asked for, and been granted permission to talk to other teams and explore transfer opportunities,” said Mavunga. “I wish to thank Coach Hatchell, the whole coaching staff and my teammates and fans for their support."
Allisha Gray to transfer to South Carolina
Allisha Gray, the leading scorer for the UNC women's basketball team in 2014-15, is transferring to the University of South Carolina. UNC granted Gray a release to speak to other schools on Tuesday. Charlie Tuggle, a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, told The Daily Tar Heel Gray's desire to transfer was motivated by the athletic-academic scandal that has followed UNC for several years.
Former UNC star Sampson absolves Hatchell in paper scheme
The Tar Heels women's basketball program built by UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell could take a big smack when the NCAA gets around to punishing the school for violations amounting to a lack of institutional control related to grade fixing from 1993-2011. Former UNC All-American Tonya Sampson played for Hatchell from 1990-94 and said she is confident that Hatchell didn’t know about any funny business regarding grades.
With Likely Departure Of Allisha Gray, Tar Heels' Program Reeling
North Carolina has been among Division I's most successful women's basketball programs for nearly the last quarter-century under coach Sylvia Hatchell. But the Tar Heels are in the midst of a crisis that may have long-lasting consequences. The news Tuesday that junior-to-be guard Allisha Gray, the team's leading scorer this past season, has been granted a release to transfer is the latest blow to the program.
Allisha Gray to explore transfer from UNC
Allisha Gray of the UNC women’s basketball team has been provided her release to speak with other schools about the possibility of transferring on Tuesday. “I love Allisha Gray and all the wonderful things she brings to our program,” said UNC head coach Sylvia Hatchell. Gray averaged 15.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in her sophomore season in 2014-15.
My Carolina Experience: Megan Buckland
Megan Buckland: “I got to experience a lot of different cultures and diversity while at Carolina that have helped shape who I am. I’ll be able to take all those different experiences out into the real world and show how well rounded I am. It hasn’t completely set in, but I am proud and excited to be able to say I graduated from my dream school with the degree I wanted and worked hard for.”
Statements On NCAA Notice Of Allegations From Fedora, Hatchell, and Williams
Everyone who loves Carolina is truly saddened by these allegations. We aspire to and work toward meeting higher standards than the actions that warranted this notice. Our university and numerous outside groups have looked at every aspect of our academic and athletic life. As a result, Carolina has implemented scores of new processes and checks and balances that have undoubtedly made us a better university. Hopefully, we will never again receive such a notice.
Cetera DeGraffenreid Named Assistant Women's Basketball Coach at Gardner-Webb
Gardner-Webb head coach Rick Reeves announced that Cetera DeGraffenreid has been hired as an assistant women's basketball coach. DeGraffenreid arrives in Boiling Springs after spending this past year working on her Masters Degree at Western Carolina. The native of Cullowhee, N.C. played collegiately at UNC under legendary head coach and women's basketball Hall of Fame inductee Sylvia Hatchell.
Ivory Latta Stepping Away From UNC Bench
In order to pursue new opportunities in her basketball playing career, UNC assistant coach Ivory Latta has decided to resign from her position with the Tar Heels. “I love Coach Hatchell and the University of North Carolina Women’s Basketball program,” said Latta, the former National Player of the Year and two-time consensus All-America at UNC from 2004-07. “Coaching here the past two seasons has been a dream come true for me."
Tar Heels Post Outstanding Academic Progress Rates
Seventeen UNC varsity athletic teams posted a four-year Academic Progress Rate of 980 or higher and four other teams were within four points of that score, according to figures released today by the NCAA. Overall, UNC’s 28 teams averaged 981, three points above the national average. The Tar Heels had six programs that scored a perfect 1000 and another five that scored 990 or higher.
Stephanie Mavunga Selected For U.S. Pan Am Women's Basketball Team
North Carolina sophomore forward Stephanie Mavunga will play on the 2015 U.S. Pan American Women’s Basketball Team, USA Basketball announced Sunday. Mavunga previously competed on the USA Women’s U16 National Team in 2011, helping to bring home the gold medal. The 12-member team was chosen after three days of trials with 51 total college athletes vying for a spot.
UNC PG Jessica Washington to Transfer
UNC women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell announced Friday that Jessica Washington and the University have mutually agreed to part ways. Washington played two seasons with the Tar Heels. “It has truly been an honor representing the University of North Carolina these last two years and I want to personally thank Coach Hatchell for giving me the chance to play for the Tar Heels,” Washington said.
Charlotte Smith to be inducted into N.C. Sports Hall of Fame
Charlotte Smith knows she’ll be in good company when she’s inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame Friday night. Smith, a former women’s basketball standout at UNC and current coach at Elon, is the niece of NC State legend David Thompson and a former player and assistant coach for Tar Heels coach Sylvia Hatchell. Thompson and Hatchell are Hall of Famers.