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UNC's Furr to transfer

Posted August 3, 2011

— When there is a coaching change within an athletics program, the program leaves itself vulnerable to the possibility that current and incoming players may transfer or rescind their commitment.

Last Wednesday, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's chancellor Holden Thorp announced the firing of head football coach Butch Davis just nine days prior to the start of football practice.

A week later, reports of the first transfer since the coaching change are surfacing. Interim head coach Everett Withers announced Wednesday that running back Hunter Furr has decided to transfer.

“Hunter came to me this week and asked for his release,” said interim head coach Everett Withers. “He is seeking an opportunity for more playing time and I respect his wishes. We’ve enjoyed having Hunter in the program and I wish him nothing but the best as he continues his college career.”

A junior from Lewisville, N.C., Furr played in 11 games last season and saw action in 13 games as a true freshman in 2009. In two seasons, he had eight carries for 35 yards. and was listed second at running back on UNC's 2011 spring depth chart.

“I would like to thank the entire Carolina coaching staff for their support and guidance over the last two years,” said Furr. “I've enjoyed being a part of this program and I’ve developed several great relationships with my teammates and coaches. I feel it’s in the best interest of my football career to transfer and compete for playingtime at another institution. I have nothing but respect for Coach Withers and I believe he will do an outstanding job building the program.”

HighSchoolOT.com learned last week that Jordan defensive back Phillip Williamson said he will remain committed to North Carolina despite the firing of Davis. Another local recruit, Millbrook's Keith Marshall, has decided to give his decision more time.

"I have to wait and see who they hire and what happens with the sanctions," Marshall said in a text message on July 27.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • pskunk119 Aug 5, 2011

    Hey Smitty. Two more down. Brandon Willis transferring from UNC.......AGAIN!!!! Has anyone transferred from a university.......TWICE???? I guess the check bounced now that Black Santa and Butch are gone. And Jackson headed home for "personal" reasons. I'm figuring he "personally" didn't want to play for a football program facing impending sanctions. So, if you're keeping score, that's 3 transfers & 2 decommits in one week.

  • StunGunn Aug 4, 2011

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    And I thought for sure it was the Badger who stole those files:)

  • StunGunn Aug 4, 2011

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    JM - thanks for the level headed and reasonable post, something not seen very often on these blogs these days.

  • StunGunn Aug 4, 2011

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    Good one:)

  • StunGunn Aug 4, 2011

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    I agree that this season will be our "best" for a while. I see de-commits hurting us first. I think most players on the roster will give Withers a chance and then decide. Let's face it: the idea of sitting out a year will keep some guys at Carolina. Of course, the NCAA sanctions will play a big part as well. Time to fasten our seatbelts, it's gonna be a bumpy ride for a while.

  • Rakkasan Aug 4, 2011

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    That's right! Facts have nothing to do with UNC... its internal investigation, its honor court, or student papers. So there!

  • Rakkasan Aug 4, 2011

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    Must have something to do with his tutor.

  • Rakkasan Aug 4, 2011

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    Yeah,... but do you have a tutor?

  • GhostofSmitty Aug 4, 2011

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    What? He was probably the last person the D was expecting to get the ball. 24 games, 8 carries, 35 yards. "perform during prime time", "major loss"? Child please. Hunter made some plays which really helped the Heels. At the time he played, there were not many options left to go with. You read the article. He is leaving to go to a school to get more playing time, which means that Bernard is going to be ready to go and there are some other horses in the barn. "Impact", right. I don't recall any pre-game where Furr was talked about as being expected to have an "impact" on the game. Do I hate he left, sure, he filled some needs. Hopefully Travis Riley will step it up to take up the slack.

  • GhostofSmitty Aug 3, 2011

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    Nope, my batting average is not looking too bad but I don't obsess like you do over which of my predictions is correct and which one is not. I did ask for love concerning the AD bowing out after the football season is ended. You have to get in and play the game to win, not sit on the sidelines whining like many of you Red Ragers. Hmmmm, maybe I will follow your logic. I predict you will never go to prison! Based on what you say you may want to pack your bags tonight.

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