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Carolina Basketball

The price for winning the NCAA basketball championship was paid in full by the University of North Carolina on Friday.
Tar Heel trio to leave school early
The Fayetteville Observer

Raymond Felton was right about his North Carolina Tar Heels. They weren't just the most talented college basketball team in the nation this season. As talented as they are, they were also able to blend their skills together to become the best and most cohesive team. And they're still doing things together a month after hoisting each other up to cut down the national championship nets in St. Louis.
Title gives UNC players reason to go
The Fayetteville Observer

North Carolina will not be picked to return to the Final Four next season -- heck, the Tar Heels might not be picked in the top four of the ACC.
After announcement, Heels must regroup
The Durham Herald Sun

Richly talented kids arrive in all shapes and sizes, and before you can define the difference between Final Four and lottery pick, they're out of here.
Here today, gone tomorrow: That's college basketball
The Durham Herald Sun

There were no second thoughts and no second-guessing Friday, and no looking for loopholes under the Smith Center's array of banners. When Sean May, Raymond Felton and Marvin Williams took seats at a podium next to North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams, they left little room for doubt. This was goodbye.
All gone
The Greensboro News and Record

After one of the strangest days in college basketball history, North Carolina coach Roy Williams was left pondering the days ahead. After the largest talent raid on any college program, the NBA was left wondering what it will do with three more Tar Heels. Williams didn't try to hide his concern Friday afternoon when three more pieces of his 2005 NCAA championship team bolted for the pros, leaving him with only the remnants of a program that less than three weeks ago was the model franchise of the entire sport.
Williams smiles through ‘hard day'
The Greensboro News and Record

One by one -- their order determined by a coin flip -- three North Carolina basketball stars said the words Friday that chilled the hearts of Tar Heels fans and tore the heart out of the roster that won the national championship this year.
Over and out
The News and Observer

Three more North Carolina players left school through express checkout yesterday headed for the NBA Draft after staying in college-basketball's penthouse for 19 days.
Three more say goodbye
The Winston-Salem Journal

One of the most revealing moments of the "No Player Left Behind" news conference Friday at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill came when Sean May talked with reporters about a couple of conversations he's been having. May said he had sought out David Noel and Reyshawn Terry, two reserves on the national championship team, and told them: "This is your team now."
NBA entries should curb Tar Heels' joy
The Charlotte Observer

More than anything, this qualifies as a complete makeover. With three more North Carolina players declaring for the NBA Draft on Friday, the Tar Heels will barely be a skeleton of themselves when they defend the national championship next season. Junior center Sean May, junior guard Raymond Felton and freshman Marvin Williams said they won't return to the Tar Heels.
Help wanted
The Burlington Times-News

Williams reiterated his philosophy about early departures. He considers absurd the idea that someone or some entity should prohibit young men from pursuing financial security because that would violate basic American principles. He considers ridiculous the selfish notion that coaches should work to retain undergrads capable of getting guaranteed, three-year NBA contracts.
Tar Heels look into face of basketball reality 2005
The Winston-Salem Journal

Ultimately, it came down to taking care of his family. His mom, Andrea Gittens, is a 36-year-old single mother of three sons who commutes daily to her job as a bookkeeper at an eye clinic in downtown Seattle. "As a kid growing up, I always wanted to play in the NBA," Williams said, "but my real dream is to buy my mother a house and playing in the NBA is a way to do that." Williams has called Gittens his "hero" and his "inspiration." He taped a list of things he wants to buy her to the inside of his basketball locker in Chapel Hill.
With mom in mind, Williams chooses NBA
The Kitsap Sun

One and done. After a year of seasoning at North Carolina — and it was an extraordinary year considering the Tar Heels won a national championship — the best Bremerton basketball player to ever lace up a pair of sneakers did the expected on Friday.
Marvin ‘gets it'
The Kitsap Sun

Marvin Williams, considered one of the top players ever to bounce a basketball at a high school in Washington, is turning pro after helping North Carolina win the NCAA championship his freshman season.
Marvin Williams to enter NBA draft
The Seattle Times

An unprecedented exodus of stars has dismantled North Carolina's basketball team less than three weeks after it won the national championship.
Tar Heels lose a magnificent seven
The Washington Post

Carolina Football

North Carolina got a commitment yesterday from Greg Elleby, a defensive tackle from Tabor City. Elleby, UNC's second recruit for 2006, is a 6-5, 286-pound junior at South Columbus High School where he plays for Coach Joey Price.
North Carolina gets commitment from defensive tackle
The Winston-Salem Journal

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