Reports spread throughout Chapel Hill and beyond Tuesday that Matt Doherty was not going to be retained after three seasons at UNC. No official announcement had been made yet, but the word was out, though the freshman walk-on said he had not been told.
Noel, however, was confident that the program would not be damaged by the situation.
"I don't think they're going to let Carolina basketball go downhill," he said of the decision-makers.
"You've got to wait and see who's going to be our coach. And if it's not Doherty, we'll just take it from there."