UNC's Furr to transfer
Posted August 3, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.