UNC ATHLETICS AND STUDENT ATHLETES


10/17/2019 3:45am

A SpotterEDU device sits at the front of the room in Hanes 117 as a student writes on the blackboard underneath on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2019.

How UNC got the tech to track men's basketball, football players' class attendance

Emails and financial agreements received by the DTH through multiple public records requests reveal details of the lead-up to and implementation at UNC of SpotterEDU. The technology, developed and operated by a Chicago-based consulting firm, tracks the class attendance of student-athletes through beacon devices with an automatic Bluetooth connection to their smartphones.  Early last month, the DTH reported the existence of the new program at UNC. While the University declined at the time to state which sports it is using the new technology for, new documents suggest that SpotterEDU has been applied only to select players from the football and men's basketball teams.


9/5/2019 12:28am

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UNC tracking student-athlete class attendance through third-party beacon tech

As an attempt to make sure the athletics attendance policy is being upheld by student-athletes, new beacon technology has been installed in classrooms throughout the University. The purpose of the beacons are to communicate with mobile devices to ensure that the athletes are attending class and in class for the duration of the period.  Though the technology is promised by its distributing organization to be non-invasive and that the software lacks tracking capabilities outside of the classroom; some UNC professors are concerned that the technology poses a privacy threat and surveils student-athletes, with the potential to spread into further supervision of student whereabouts. 


1/28/2019 7:35pm

Sophomore center Janelle Bailey (44) celebrates with the crowd after a clutch UNC three pointer in an upset against No. 1 Notre Dame in Carmichael Arena on Jan. 27, 2019. UNC wins 78-73.

UNC women's basketball feeds off electric crowd in 78-73 win over No. 1 Notre Dame

The Tar Heels seemed to feed off the crowd in its win over Notre Dame on Sunday.  After an impressive third quarter that gave UNC a 62-53 lead, Notre Dame (19-2, 6-1 ACC) came storming back with a 12-1 run to begin the fourth quarter. The run was extinguished when redshirt junior guard Stephanie Watts and sophomore center Janelle Bailey each made a clutch basket to keep the Tar Heels in the game.


1/14/2019 9:52pm

Clay Browning, a former graduate assistant coach for UNC football, crowd surfs in the bleacher level student section of the Dean Smith Center before the UNC men's basketball game vs. Duke on March 4, 2017.

This is why you never win the UNC basketball ticket lotteries

Do you ever wonder why you're so unlucky, especially when it comes to the UNC basketball lottery? Despite the "fair" lottery system in place, many students themselves without tickets time after time despite the benefits of Carolina Fever. Read more to discover the ins and outs of the lottery system and Carolina Fever.


12/3/2018 12:26am

Larry Fedora conducting a press conference at the 2018 ACC Kickoff in Charlotte.

Thanks to the NFL, UNC is participating in a CTE study with part of a $14.7 million grant

You may have heard about the tragic death of a former UNC football player who was homeless and nearly unrecognizable in 2015. But his story highlights the way C.T.E. brain injuries follow and affect athletes long after they hang up their jerseys and walk across the stage at graduation. Stories like these and years of research have culminated with the NFL offering UNC, along with other partners, a grant to help develop new findings on catching and preventing C.T.E. 


11/30/2018 1:09am

Photo courtesy Jeffrey A. Camarati for Go Heels. 

How Lindsey Lemke and the sister survivors overcame 30 years of abuse

“The tears, sadness, pain, guilt, frustrations, depression, anxiety, sleepless nights —  it was all so worth it in that moment,” Lemke said. “Being courageous and coming out with my story was so tough for many different reasons that many others didn’t really have to worry about since I was a current MSU athlete at the time.”  Read about Lindsey Lemke's journey through the corruption of the gymnastics world, from Michigan to Chapel Hill to a courtroom testifying against Larry Nassar.