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South Carolina taps ACC roots at Final Four

South Carolina taps ACC roots at Final Four

You probably thought South Carolina’s upset of Duke spoiled the romance of a Tobacco Road showdown. Up in smoke went the anticipated North Carolina-Duke meeting in the NCAA championship game.If so, you have overlooked South Carolina’s Tobacco Road history. ... Click here for...

Boston College reasons for optimism

Boston College reasons for optimism

Boston College has cause for optimism entering this season. An All-America defensive end who led the nation in sacks, 16 returning starters and Boston College’s first bowl win since 2007 are encouraging reasons to think fifth-year head coach Steve Addazio has his program...

Thumbs up and thumbs down on the ACC

Thumbs up and thumbs down on the ACC

The ACC enters the postseason with the potential to have 10 teams earn NCAA bids. The conference has a good chance to end up with two Final Four teams for the second straight year. Here’s what was to like and not like about the 2017 ACC basketball season. ... Click here for...

Wolfpack open spring drills with two views forward

Wolfpack open spring drills with two views forward

North Carolina State opened spring drills Tuesday, looking ahead to the 2017 season from differing 2016 vantage points split as wide as Death Valley – as in the popular moniker for Memorial Stadium at Clemson.An optimistic view is based on the Wolfpack nearly beating Clemson on...

Lawrence arrived at Clemson ready to play

Lawrence arrived at Clemson ready to play

A big guy like Dexter Lawrence usually arrives on a college campus for his initial practices as a true freshman suffering an eye-opening experience.No longer can such specimen dominate high school opponents purely on superior physical ability. An 18-year-old loses much of that...

Babers prepares Syracuse for second year jump

Babers prepares Syracuse for second year jump

Duke is a full week into spring football leading up to its March 4 spring game. Syracuse is next up in the ACC.Orange head coach Dino Babers begins preparations for his second ACC season on Feb. 23 with a spring game scheduled for March 2. Babers’ history at Eastern Illinois and...

Clemson leads returning ACC offensive linemen

Clemson leads returning ACC offensive linemen

It’s not hard to identify the top returning offensive linemen in the ACC. There were 10 underclassmen “big uglies” – to use the catch-phrase legendary retired ABC announcer Keith Jackson popularized – who earned 2016 All-ACC honors.The most prominent of them was Florida State’s...

ACC returns another strong cast of receivers

ACC returns another strong cast of receivers

The ACC does wide receivers, too. Dynamic wideouts were one reason the ACC supplanted the SEC as the nation’s top football conference in 2016.The so-called basketball conference was highlighted by the play of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson leading the Tigers to the national...

Miami basketball searches for identity

Miami basketball searches for identity

Miami’s search for a basketball identity at a football school continues.The label has been stickier to shake than the optimism head coach Jim Larranaga raised his first two years in Coral Gables. He took his second Miami roster to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, suggesting he could...

Josh Pastner lifts Georgia Tech hopes

Josh Pastner lifts Georgia Tech hopes

They’re giddy at Georgia Tech: the president, athletic director and everyone invested in a once-proud basketball program – not just the fans.Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner says he was told upon taking the job the Yellow Jackets were so far in the hole they might not win an ACC...