Monday, June 22, 2015
The Fallout continues in Chapel Hill -- Monday Cardinal Couple
MAVUNGA LATEST TO SEEK AND RECEIVE RELEASE FROM UNC
The latest joke going around about the UNC women's basketball program is an oldie but goodie.
Will the last transfer from the program please turn out the lights in Carmichael Arena?
Sylvia Hatchell...how life has changed in your locker room since 2013. It began with Diamond DeShields deciding to defect to Volunteerland last year. In May of 2015, Jessica Washington asked for her tab. A few days ago, Allishia Gray informed the desk clerk not to hold her room. Now it's Stephanie Mavunga's turn to apply for an address change.
The heralded UNC Class of 2013? Vanished like Tommy Tutone after their 1981 pop/rock classic "Jenny, Jenny".
Mavunga is an interesting development in the continued fallout over UNC questionable academics. The returning starting center and first team All-ACC selection. 14.4 ppg and 9.8 grabs.
The wording is interesting:
"It's with a heavy heart that I have asked for and been granted permission to talk to other teams and explore transfer opportunities...I have decided to look at transfer opportunities for personal reasons. As we all know, once a Tar Heel, always a Tar Heel."
She's got a future in politics with concession statements like that.
The question arises if Louisville will be in the mad-scramble melee to have the Brownsburg, IN. native tour the campus?
After all, she was on Walz's list in the recruiting wars of 2012.
She's played in and seemed to be impressed with the KFC YUM! Center. It's less than a 90 minute drive from her hometown. She would still be in the ACC and -- after sitting a year -- would have two years of playing time at a school that could be looking for a strong paint player to compliment the wealth of guards, wings and forwards that Jeff Walz is adding to his arsenal.
The Louisville roster currently stands at 11 if you add in the five freshmen.
After hearing Stephanie speak to the media after a tough UNC loss to Louisville in the KFC YUM! Center last season, I was impressed with her dedication towards the game, her intelligent, matter-of-fact straight forward approach in answering questions and how happy she was to have "around 40 or so" friends and family getting a chance to see her play in Louisville.
Hey, Steph...how about 35-40 more chances for them to do that beginning in 2016?
Sure...it's speculation. We went down that road a few fortnights back when Cardinal killer Lexie Brown left the Turtles and checked out the Belknap Campus. We know of no plans or nothing concerning any possible Mavunga motives to matriculate with Mariya or Myisha.
Just wondering aloud here on the potential and possibilities.
We'll keep an eye open and ear to the keyhole. Personally, we think she'd look great in Cardinal Red and Black.
And, in Chapel Hill, Sylvia Hatchell...who overcame a awe-inspiring battle against leukemia a couple of years ago now faces a new challenge.
Filling three jerseys and 37 points from the #9 team in the nation last year.
The life of a college basketball coach. Easiest job on the planet, right?
Our weekly radio show was not on WCHQ 100.9 FM Saturday because the station had been knocked off the air due to the recent storms in the area. It was broadcast on the Internet, though, at CrescentHillRadio.com and is available for listening on the SoundCloud.
Worldwide Jeff and Sam the Dry Weather Intern joined me in the studio to discuss women's sports and the boys fared well on the weekly quiz. Can you beat them?
WOMEN'S SPORTS ON THE AIR!