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North Carolina ends a memorable day by raising new championship banner

Kentucky v North Carolina

MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 26: Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels celebrates with his team after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament South Regional at FedExForum on March 26, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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North Carolina ended a memorable day for the program on Friday night by unveiling men’s basketball’s seventh national title banner during the annual, Late Night with Roy season kickoff event.

Celebrating last season’s national championship victory, the Tar Heels could breathe a giant sigh of relief on Fridday night following the NCAA ruling earlier in the day that cleared North Carolina after years of investigation. North Carolina was accused of alleged academic misconduct and fake paper classes involving former basketball players which led to a seven-year investigation by the NCAA.

While some believed North Carolina might have to vacate either the 2005 and/or 2009 national titles with the NCAA’s potential ruling, instead, the Tar Heels got to raise banner No. 7 in peace as they continue to sit behind UCLA and Kentucky in the men’s basketball national title race.