Good Luck, Coach Haase
Assistant Coach Jerod Haase, who was named new University of Alabama-Birmingham head coach, was introduced in Birmingham on Tuesday. Haase will take the position last held by Mike Davis who was fired earlier in the month. Haase had been an assistant to Roy Williams since 1999, at Kansas 1999-2003 and UNC from 2003-2012. Haase played College ball at California before transferring to Kansas where he finished his playing career. He played for Coach Williams while at Kansas.
An emotional Haase had this to say in regards to Coach Williams, “I also want to thank Coach Williams. Without getting into too much detail, when I left his office yesterday, I told him I’d have to leave and not talk because I can’t do it. He’s been great to me."
Oriakhi to Chapel Hill?
The University of Connecticut has released Power Forward Alex Oriakhi from his scholarship. He will have one year of eligibility remaining and will be able to transfer and play immediately. North Carolina is one of a few schools who have reportedly contacted Oriakhi with possible interest in him. With Carolina losing Senior Tyler Zeller and the potential of losing John Henson, Harrison Barnes and possibly James Michael McAdoo, Oriakhi could play a major role if he comes to Chapel Hill. He was huge during his sophomore season in which UConn won the National Championship. That season the 6'10" forward averaged 9.6 ppg and 8.7 rpg. His production slipped some during his junior season at Connecticut, where he averaged 6.7 ppg and 4.8 rpg.
On a side note, Kendall Marshall tweeted this to Oriakhi on Tuesday night..."Stop playin n come on @aoriakhi34". Read into it what you will.
Roy Williams Reflects
On the 'Roy Williams Live' radio show on Monday, Coach Williams had comments about his team and their season. “We had big-time dreams and big-time goals,I think they were realistic, but it didn’t come through at the end and that’s what college basketball is. It’s a one-game-and-done kind of thing and it was a wonderful game for about 35 minutes. I really liked my team. They are great kids, great representatives of this University and we had a chance. Every year at the start of the season, I always say I want my team to have a chance to be one of those teams that could win it all, and I think we did.”
Kendall Marshall Honors
Kendall Marshall was named to the AP third team and was named first team All-America by CBSSports.com.
Tar Heels finish 8th in Men's Golf
The Tar Heel Men's Golf team finished 8th in the Bulls Bay Intercollegiate. Auburn won the overall team competition. Bailey Patrick led North Carolina finishing 19th with a 3 over par, 219 in the competition.
Men's Swimming and Diving
The Tar Heel Men's Swimming and Diving Team finished 14th in the NCAA Championships in Federal Way, Washington. It is their 3rd straight top 15 finish in the event. Steve Cebertowicz and Tom Luchsinger earned All American honors.
Men's Tennis Fall to Virginia
After team victories over Boston College, Wake Forest, N.C. State and Virginia Tech, the Tar Heels fell to Virginia 6-1 on March 25th. It is the teams first ACC defeat of the season. Carolina will face Georgia Tech on Thursday in Chapel Hill. The Heels are tied for third in the ACC at 4-1. They are 7-5 overall.
Tar Heel Wrestlers finished 2-3 in the ACC and 6-14 overall. They finished in 54th place in the 2012 NCAA Championships in St Louis.
UNC finished 19th overall the NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio to conclude the season.
North Carolina came in 4th in the EAGL Conference Championship on Saturday. The Tar Heels won 5 of the 9 meets entered this season.
After losing their first game of the season against Georgetown, Carolina bounced back with 2 wins last week in Women's Lacrosse. They defeated Old Dominion followed by a victory at Boston College to move them to 2-0 in the conference and a solid 10-1 overall. The Tar Heels stand alone at the top of the ACC Standings and were ranked 3rd in the Country in the latest IWLCA Coaches Poll. The Tar Heels will face rival, Duke on Thursday in Chapel Hill.
The Tar Heels Women's Softball team is currently ranked 27th in the nation and are second in the ACC behind Florida State. They are 2-1 in the conference and 22-8 overall.
The Tar Heels are 11th ranked in the Country and have won 9 straight matches in duals. They sit at 4-0 in the ACC and 12-5 overall. Carolina faces Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Thursday.