Pittsburgh Panthers

Pitt releases Johnson to play at UNC as graduate transfer

Pittsburgh has released guard Cameron Johnson to play immediately at North Carolina as a graduate transfer.

Johnson's father, former Pitt player Gil Johnson, said the school notified the family Thursday that it has removed any restrictions for his son to play next year for the reigning national Tar Heels. Pittsburgh had cited an internal policy in trying to require the 6-foot-8 Johnson to sit out a year if he went to another Atlantic Coast Conference school instead of playing right away with two seasons of eligibility.

"It's been a frustrating couple of months," Gil Johnson told The Associated Press on Thursday afternoon. "But I'm a true believer in...