Three North Carolina Players Declare For NBA Draft: Their Reaction

John Henson (Left), Harrison Barnes (Middle), and Kendall Marshall (Right) have all decided to go to the NBA.

North Carolina players, Forward Harrison Barnes (Sophomore), Forward John Henson (Junior), and Guard Kendall Marshall (Sophomore) announced today that they plan to leave school early and join the NBA.

The Tar Heels season ended Sunday when they lost to the number two seeded Kansas Jayhawks, 80-67.

The three players were all in the top five in scoring on the Tar Heels this season. Barnes averaged 17.1 ppg, 5.2 reb, and 1.1 ast. As for Henson he averaged 13.7 ppg, 9.9 reb, and 1.3 ast. As for Marshall he averaged 8.1 ppg, 2.6 reb, and 9.8 ast.

According to NBADraft.net, Barnes is projected to be selected 5th overall. As for Marshall, he’s projected to be selected 13th overall. And as for Henson, he is projected to be selected 16th overall.

As for other former North Carolina player, Tyler Zeller who was a senior this year is projected to be selected 17th.

Head Coach, Roy Williams’ reaction: “It’s a great day for three youngsters who are taking another step toward their ultimate goal of playing professional basketball,” says head coach Roy Williams. “On a very small stage, it’s a sad day for me because I won’t get to coach them again. All Tar Heel fans will miss them greatly, as well.”

Henson’s reaction: “I’ve loved my three years at Carolina, and now I’m ready to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA,” says Henson. “It’s tough to leave because I love my teammates, coaches and UNC. I wish we’d been able to bring our fans a national championship, but it wasn’t meant to be. I am proud of what we accomplished, especially the last two years.”

Henson would continue…

“I plan to finish working toward my degree. That’s important to my parents, CoachWilliams and me. I can’t say enough about how much I’ve enjoyed my experience in Chapel Hill. This was a big decision and it will be a big change, but I’m ready,” said Henson.

And lastly…

“I’d like to thank my parents, Coach Williams and his staff and all of my teammates for everything they’ve done to get me ready for this moment. I’d also like to thank all the Carolina fans who have given us so much support over the lastthree years,” said Henson

Barnes’ reaction:

“I’m honored and blessed to have the opportunity to compete in the NBA,” says Barnes. “The love and respect I have for basketball fuel the drive toward my ultimate goal – to experience an illustrious career in the NBA. I have consulted with Coach Williams and my family, and although it was a difficult decision, I have decided to enter this year’s NBA draft.”

Barnes would continue saying…

“Chapel Hill is a special place. Over the past two years I’ve enjoyed every single moment of my Tar Heel experience. The road we took to reach the Elite 8 in 2011 and again in 2012 were great team accomplishments. I am thankful to UNC fans, my teammates, and to have played for Hall of Fame Coach Roy Williams and the entire coaching staff. Now it’s time for the next course of my journey. Although I may be giving up my eligibility, I will continue to pursue my degree. I love this university and will always be a Tar Heel,” said Barnes.

Marshall’s reaction: “I would like to thank my family, coaches, teammates and the Tar Heel Nation for all their support,” says Marshall. “It’s been the greatest two years of my life. I have always put the team before myself and I am extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished. My life long dream has been to play basketball at the highestlevel possible and I feel now is my greatest opportunity to fulfill this goal. I will always be a Tar Heel at heart and I will carry the experiences that I’ve had here both on and off the court with me for the rest of my life.”

Quotes from North Carolina’s athletic page.

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North Carolina’s John Henson’s Status Still Up In The Air For Sunday’s Game Aganist Creighton

John Henson, according to head coach Roy Williams has about a 50/50 percent chance of playing on Sunday.

With just little over a week after North Carolina’s forward, John Henson sprained his wrist during a game against Maryland in the ACC Tournament on March 9th, Henson has still yet to play. Just eight days after spraining it, Henson has missed three games and possibly soon to be four.

After missing the rest of the ACC Tournament in games against N.C. State which North Carolina won 69-67 and against Florida State which North Carolina lost, 85-82, Henson was very questionable coming into the second round of the NCAA Tournament against 16th seed Vermont as head coach Roy Williams told reports a day before the game that he wasn’t very convinced.

“I’m not convinced,” Williams told reporters Thursday.

As for Henson on Thursday…

“We’re going to see how it feels tomorrow, and decide from there.” said Henson on Thursday.

Though, despite trying to stay optimistic that he was going to play, Henson would miss his third straight game on Friday as he watched his team defeat the Catamounts of Vermont 77-58.

Some reports came out as Henson’s absence was just a precautionary reason, however one day after advancing to the third round, head coach, Roy Williams is saying otherwise.

“I wish I could tell you because I’m tired of answering the daggum thing,” said Williams to reporters before their Saturday practice. “I really don’t have any other information at all to add to what I said yesterday.”

“He did continue getting rehab last night but when you’re sitting there eating, there’s not a lot of things that you do when you’re eating your meal that resembles what you’re asked to do with a basketball,” Williams said.

It would be Henson’s fourth straight game missed if absent from the North Carolina line-up come Sunday and it would be a very key absence for a team that’s facing a tough Creighton team.

Williams also added to reporters on Friday, that his percentage of Henson playing come Sunday is about a 50/50 percent chance. However, who knows if those percentages changed or not within the last 24 hours.

Though, North Carolina will take the court with or without, Henson come Sunday against the Creighton Bluejays at 5:15 P.M. Eastern Time on CBS.

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Defending Fab Melo Off The Court: See Why His Bad Grades Aren’t Completely All His Fault

Fab Melo will miss the rest of the NCAA Tournament due to academic issues.

Yesterday afternoon as Syracuse University Men’s basketball team was headed to Pittsburgh for the first round of the NCAA Tournament reports broke that star center, Fab Melo was not aboard. The reasoning, no one knows completely as it’s just all speculation however, a close source told ESPN that it was due to Melo’s academics.

Now this isn’t the first time that we’ve seen Melo out of the Syracuse line-up as in late January of this year he missed three games that were against Notre Dame, Cincinnati, and West Virginia.

The Orange went 2-1 in that stretch, the loss coming from Notre Dame (67-58) which happened to be the Orange’s first loss of the season.

They averaged 60.3 points a game during that stretch, which was 14.2 points per game less than their overall average with Melo in the line-up (74.6). Though, that’s not all that decreased during the absence of Melo as both the Orange’s rebounding and blocks a game decreased drastically. Going from 35.3 rebounds a game to 26.7 rebounds a game and going from 7 blocks a game to just 3.3 a game.

Though while the reasoning for Melo’s suspension is realistically his fault, as it’s his grades and his academic problems, but does that really give fans the right to be angered by his poor grades? No it doesn’t. I mean looking at it from his eyes and not from the un-supportive Syracuse fans that they’re, how difficult do you really think it is for him?

I mean coming from another country (Brazil) and switching languages (Portuguese to English) and going to a school whose students’ average GPA is a 3.6 is very hard to do. Now I do understand that Melo went to a private school, Sagemont High School located in Weston, Florida, however he only went their for two years (playing for them just one year due to transfer rules).

So for people to say that he’s “dumb,” “stupid,” “an idiot,” or other degrading comments such as those, is just wrong. I’d like to see those people go to Brazil, or China, or any other country really and try to succeed in one of those College Systems, I bet they would struggle too.

Continuing with that, I bet some of the people that are saying the degrading comments aimed towards Melo probably wouldn’t even be able to handle Syracuse University despite knowing the English language and being a United States citizen. In addition to that keep in mind that Melo wasn’t just a student, but a student athlete as well.

So that person attending the University would have to handle both his grades and a division one sport which can take a toll on any athlete, let alone an athlete from another country.

So like the old saying goes, “Never judge a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.”

But before you go, can you tell me what this means? “Fab Melo suspenso por tempo indeterminado para o restante do torneio da NCAA.”

Now without using the internet, or your phone, or anything along those lines, being honest, did you have any clue what that meant? Its okay if you didn’t as you’re not alone as I asked five people the same question and they all gave me the same response, “no idea.”

Though, what about the language that the sentence is in, could you at least tell me that? It’s Portuguese.

Though now, in-case you’re still wondering what that sentence meant in English it meant, “Fab Melo suspended indefinitely for the remainder of the NCAA tournament.”

Easy right? Though, not easy if you don’t know the language.

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Will Jim Tressel Have Any Say In The University of Akron’s Football Program?

Jim Tressel surrounded by media members.

After being forced to resign last May due to a cash-for-tattoos scandal at Ohio State that destroyed the football powerhouse, former Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel was introduced Thursday as Akron’s new vice president of strategic engagement, a position created just for him.

Now this isn’t Tressel’s first time at Akron University as he worked as an undergraduate assistant for the Zips in 1975 until eventually being promoted to an assistant for the Zips and then moving onto the University of Miami Ohio in 1979.

“I feel fortunate that I got this opportunity,” Tressel said “It’s going to be a fun one.”

Tressel stressed during the press conference that he’s not going to be doing any type of coaching of that sort as he emphasized that his days were done…at least for now. However that doesn’t mean that he won’t be involved with students as he’ll work with Akron’s current and future students, alumni and community organizations on a various issues.

Though this position of vice president of strategic engagement, which was created just for him seems a little fishy, as even though he claims that he won’t help the football program in anyway, one could just not believe that as he was the one who helped the program find their head coach this off-season.

“The first thing I’ve got to do is listen and learn,” said Tressel. “I’m just on the team.”

However despite speculations surrounding the hire of Jim Tressel to the Akron staff, NCAA spokesperson Stacey Osburn confirmed Tressel will not be allowed to have contact with recruits if he is not a “countable coach.”

The NCAA would also add that Tressel cannot engage in coaching duties for the first five weeks at a new institution and in the postseason.

Though like every thing in life there’s always another way around it, a “loophole” and the University of Akron found one. What the NCAA didn’t say and cannot say was that Tressel can’t have talks with the players, coaches, and other athletes.

Which would mean that he could have contact with recruits however, only when they’re visiting the campus. Continuing with that, Tressel is allowed to have contact with coaches or current athletes, or he’s even allowed to attend football practices or provide advice on how to improve the program.

So Tressel may say that he’s not ready to coach again, but trust me he is. Now I’m not saying that he’s going to be the head coach or that Bowden won’t have a say but, I mean, Vice President of Strategic Engagement? A position that they created for him, of course he’s going to help out the football team. Matter of fact he already did; he got them a new head coach in Terry Bowden, he got them worldwide attention with his addition to the University staff, and most importantly he just put the University of Akron on the map.

“I don’t really have any interest in coaching in the NFL,” Tressel said. “The commitment I’ve made to any place I’ve gone is that I was going to work every day like I was going to be there forever. I’ll be coaching students every day. I’m an educator. I’m going to work as if this is the last place I’m ever going to work. I’m excited about being a Zip.”

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The Truth Will Come Out: Bernie Fine Didn’t Molest Anyone

Bernie Fine has been at Syracuse University since 1963.

Bernie Fine started his coaching career with Syracuse University in 1963 as the team’s student manager. Fine would go onto graduate in 1967 with B.S. in personnel and industrial relations. Though that wouldn’t be the last of Syracuse as in 1976 when Jim Boeheim became the head coach he hired Fine as of his assistants. Fast forward 35 years later assistant head coach Bernie Fine is being accused of molesting two former ball boys and is on a leave of absence that was handed out by the University.

The two alleged victims are Bobby Davis, who’s now 39, and Mike Lang, now 45. Davis told Outside the Lines that Fine had been molesting him since 1984, on road trips, at Fine’s house, and hotel rooms. As for Lang he told Outside the Lines that Fine had been molesting him since he was in sixth grade.

This is the second incident revolving molestation charge from an NCAA coach within a week’s span, as news broke last week about Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky was accused of molesting several young boys. Which is why this really brings to the conclusion as if this allegation is really true or not? Because Davis told police officials in 2003 about the molestation incidents, however they ignored it as there wasn’t enough evidence. Though eight years later, Davis isn’t giving up as he now has a witness; his step brother, Mike Lang.

Despite adding another witness, the story just doesn’t fit, because why would Lang in 2003 come to the police officials and not bring Lang with him as well? Also too, why did they pick now to come out? Because it’s a perfect time; our society is still in shock from the whole Penn State incident and is still trying to recover from it. So now Davis comes out during this time and looks like another victim that was scared like the others and gets away with it too.

Lastly, in the interview with Outside the Lines both Davis and Lang took very long to respond to the simple questions about when it happened and where it happened. They paused several times in efforts to think and used several “ums” showing that they were nervous and pretty much lying. Let’s be honest if you suffered through such a “horrible experience” as they claim that they did, don’t you think that you would remember every single detail, every single second, the time that it happened, and how old you were?

Head coach Jim Boehim isn’t buying it either as he issued a statement stating, “I know this kid, but I never saw him in any rooms or anything,” Boeheim told ESPN. “It is a bunch of a thousand lies that he has told. You don’t think it is a little funny that his cousin (relative) is coming forward? He supplied four names to the University that would corroborate his story. None of them did…there is only one side to this story. He is lying.”

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Maryland’s New Jerseys: A New Trend That is Spreading Around College Football

What do you think of the new look?

Last year the Oregon Ducks and Nike joined up creating a new jersey design for each game last season. This right away created a buzz that the Ducks weren’t used to getting as every Saturday or game day; millions tuned into see the new design for that week.

Little did we know that Oregon’s new trend would carry into the 2011-12 season, but it did and it did with more force as it wasn’t just Oregon doing it, but it was Maryland, Notre Dame, Michigan, and more.

Monday night against the University of Miami, Maryland took the field in their normal jerseys as if it was just another game, they went through their warm-ups and then headed back into the locker room for their pre game talk and pre game change. Yes…that’s right the Terrapins of Maryland University went back into the locker room to CHANGE into their new Under Armour exclusive jerseys.

Meanwhile outside fans had no idea that their Terrapins were inside the locker room changing. Though they would find out soon enough as the smoke poured out of the tunnel and the Terrapins came rolling out onto the field. Oh yeah Juwan Howard they shocked the world.

Running onto the field dressed in their new White, yellow, maroon, red, and black Under Armour jerseys the Terrapins without even taking a snap, became the most talked about team of the 2011-12 NCAA Football season.

And they deserved it; heck any team that comes onto the field and warms up in one set of jerseys and then heads into the locker room, changes and then comes out with new jerseys; now that’s more than a top ten play nominee right there, that’s a standing o.

While this was a marvelous plan by the Maryland University staff some others however disagreed.

Lebron James tweeted “OH GOSH! Maryland uniforms Ewwwwww!”

ESPN writer Pat Forde called them hideous then atrocious.

That’s life; you can’t impress the whole world; just like Lebron couldn’t score more than 11 total points in all of the fourth quarters combined of the 2011 NBA finals…it happens. But life moves on and so does Maryland which brings up the question; this new trend, of creating new jerseys, is it a good thing?

The answer is, yes. It’s giving College Football attention that it hasn’t seen in a while and it’s also giving some of these schools like Maryland attention that it doesn’t usually get. Which is why you’re going to start to see more and more schools starting to do it, and you are.

Look at last year; Oregon stood alone as they were the only team to do it. Now fast forward to this season you have Maryland, Notre Dame, Michigan, Boise State, and Georgia, that are doing it, and who knows maybe even more will join in.

Point is fashion is a big piece in our society today and it shows as it’s even hitting the sports world now more and more with these new types of jersey designs and styles. Maryland however would go onto win that game 32-24 and with doing so, win the best jerseys 2011-12 award as well.

Michigan and Notre Dame’s New Uniforms:

They will release their new jerseys this Saturday Night at the Big House.

Georgia’s New Uniforms:

Georgia's new uniforms.

Nike’s Pro Combat line of New Uniforms:

Nike's new line of uniforms.

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Should NCAA Athletes Get Paid? See The Answer Here

Should the NCAA start paying these athletes?

The National Collegiate Athletic Association known to most as the NCAA is one of the most respected association’s in all of sports. But what if you knew that this “great association” was enslaving human beings? What would you think then?

Last Year the NCAA paid each team that participated in one of the BCS bowl games money. These amounts shown are the amounts that each team made from the bowl game.
So after the NCAA pays these teams and their conferences roughly $85 million they take home $43 million themselves. Not a bad pay check. Now you may or may not think that’s a lot but that’s just the money the NCAA makes off of the bowl games, imagine what they make off the whole entire season? Let’s not even go there.

In addition to that, there’s more. For the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament the NCAA last year made $771 million. As for the 68 teams and the roughly 1000 athletes that brought them that money, guess how much they saw? Zero dollars and zero cents.

The NCAA’s response to this, they give those athletes scholarships. A study at USA today showed that the value of a men’s basketball scholarship adds up to about $120,000. Now compare that $120,000 to the $120 million or so that a student can help make for his school, and tell me if that’s an equal tradeoff. Not to mention that these scholarships aren’t one, guaranteed, second, aren’t given to every athlete on the team and lastly, sometimes there not even given the full scholarship.

These scholarships aren’t the greatest thing as you have to work hard just to keep them, as you are forced to commit to maintaining the requirements of your four, one-year contracts, such as keeping your GPA up, attending practice, attending classes, etc. So your free time is very limited.

But the NCAA feels $120,000 scholarship that doesn’t put food on the table, doesn’t put clothes on your back, doesn’t let you enjoy going out with your friends because you have to wake up for a practice the next morning, all seems fair to them. However they expect them to go to practice every single day, sometimes multiple times a day, get good grades, and perform on the field, court, etc. As a result they sell their jersey, they sell their t-shirts, they sell tickets because fans want to watch that player or players play and in return that player or players get a scholarship and maybe…just maybe…a pat on the back.

Now you may say what makes them so special? They should be lucky to have the fortunes of a scholarship. If they want money how come they don’t go out and get a job? Well the answer to that, where’s the time? They have barely enough time to think and you expect them to have a job? Now that deserves two scholarships, right there.

As a result to wanting these luxuries such as new clothes, new shoes, a new car, etc. some of these athletes are given these items by family relatives, friends, or the local sub shop owner on the corner of 32nd street. What’s wrong with that right? Nothing really, except the NCAA feels that it’s absolutely unacceptable for this to happen, so unacceptable that they made it a rule.

(Section 2, Title V), “It is a violation of NCAA rules for athletes to accept money or gifts while intending to remain eligible.”

So not only are these athletes helping the NCAA make millions of millions of dollars without seeing a dime of it, but they can’t even receive a gift? What do they have to ask to go to the bathroom too? That’s just ridiculous.

Ridiculous…insane…or even slavery, call it what you want, but in reality it’s just not right. It’s not right to make these athletes; these human beings beg, steal, or ask alumni’s and boosters for a few dollars here and there so they can buy some groceries just to feed themselves, it’s just not human. “Human nature,” Williams says, “is those kids are saying,” Look at all this money we’re bringing in (talking about the NCAA). And I have to beg, borrow and steal to get an extra meal?”- Head Coach of the University of North Carolina, Roy Williams. (Quote from ESPN)

Now yes scholarships are very helpful as they pay for an education however they don’t cut it. So paying these athletes money could be an option. But you don’t have to look at it like that. Why don’t they make it an internship? Several Colleges and College students participate in internships and it brings in extra cash as well as other benefits. So what would be wrong with that?

Currently in the world today there are over thousands and thousands of internships that are filled with College students so making one for College athletes in their given sport, what’s wrong with that? Now it wouldn’t have to be the amount of money that they would make at the professional level, but it could be a decent amount. You could pay them hourly, by game, by performance, and many other ways.

There have even been reports of Universities talking about making a specific sport a major. Wow, so they not only can change the whole culture of College where its learning first then sports after, but they’re thinking about allowing students to study football?! That’s crazy. But they’ll have a rule about a person giving a twenty dollar bill to an athlete.

So what did the NCAA have to say in response to all of this? “It is grossly unacceptable and inappropriate to pay players…converting them from students to employees,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert. He is convinced that the NCAA will most likely never budge on their current principles of paying the athletes.

Now it’s not like their asking for contracts, four year deals, and a signing bonus, their asking for some spending money and some money to supply themselves with the everyday necessities, such as food and water. Mark Emmert is that really too much to ask?

I guess so, because to you it’s not just no, but it’s “grossly unacceptable”. Mr. Emmert do you know what’s grossly unacceptable? These kids…athletes…humans, starving, begging, stealing, and asking for some money to buy food to feed themselves while they go to practice every single day multiple times a day and play in games putting millions of dollars in your back pocket each night and what do they get in return an empty stomach and an empty wallet. Now that to me seems grossly unacceptable.

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