ACC fall Olympic sports were delayed until at least Sep. 1, according to ACC Athletic Council. The MEAC (NCCU) canceled all fall sports.
Coach Roy and Wanda Williams donated $600,000 to fund UNC scholarships for spring sports seniors whose seasons were lost due to coronavirus and want to return. Coach Roy held the first hoops workout of season July 20, according to social media pictures.
Dominion Energy and Duke Energy dropped plans for the controversial Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 600-mile natural gas line from West Virginia through Virginia to Eastern North Carolina due to rising costs and regulatory uncertainties. A proposal for the pipeline to follow the ATT in Chatham, Durham, Wake counties provoked local opposition and was later withdrawn (CSN, June/July 2020).
A North Carolina group called the “Union Soldier Campaign” is urging UNC to change its school’s nickname from the Tar Heels. The group claims the nickname has ties to the Confederacy and white supremacy. William Thorpe, 52, told the News & Observer that Tar Heels “was re-appropriated during the Civil War to represent Confederate soldiers who held their ground against the ‘northern aggression’ and fought against the values and ideals of this country.”
The faculty of the University of Kentucky’s African American and Africana Studies program asked UK President Eli Capilouto to change the name of Rupp Arena because the legendary basketball coach’s name “has come to stand for racism and exclusion” and “alienates Black students, fans, and attendees.”
Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion was pushed back a year by the coronavirus. Charlotte FC, the 30th franchise, will begin in 2022 instead of 2021. St. Louis and Sacramento will open in 2023. Austin starts in 2021 as planned.
Kara Lawson, an assistant for the Boston Celtics, is the new women’s basketball coach at Duke. She was a star player at Tennessee and the WNBA before doing broadcasting work at ESPN.
Duke is now a tobacco-free campus, with no tobacco products of any kind permitted. This includes Duke Forest.
Todd Taylor, OWASA’s GM since 2013, is the new executive director, succeeding Ed Kerwin who retired after 24 years with OWASA.
A majority female-led group including actress Natalie Portman, female tech and gaming entrepreneurs and 14 former members of the U.S. women’s soccer team including UNC’s Mia Hamm and Tisha Venturini-Hoch will launch a National Women’s Soccer League team in Los Angeles in 2022. The group is led by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. The LA team will be the league’s 11th. Louisville joins the league next year.