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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...

NC State women shaking up ACC

NC State women shaking up ACC

RALEIGH – If you thought ACC men’s basketball was off to a topsy-turvy start, check out what’s happening on the distaff side of the conference.North Carolina State, once a proud national power under the legendary Kay Yow, opened ACC play with back-to-back upsets of No. 2 Notre...

Duke struggling to find cohesive play

Duke struggling to find cohesive play

Duke is no longer a Ferrari greased by the feisty Grayson Allen. The Blue Devils, without Allen at the wheel, coughed and sputtered as they fell to Virginia Tech 89-75 Saturday in Blacksburg.What kind of team will Duke be when he returns? ... Click here for the rest of my...

ACC bowl primer from Clemson to NC State

ACC bowl primer from Clemson to NC State

Clemson leads 11 ACC teams into the bowl season with its second-straight berth in the College Football Playoff. That total in a 14-team conference ties a league record for the third time in four years.The Tigers finished last year as the runner-up to Alabama. They are the No. 2...

Notre Dame making run as ACC contender

Notre Dame making run as ACC contender

There’s no reason for Notre Dame to get overly excited about a 54-point win, the largest in the 48-year history of the Purcell Pavilion. It’s still early December and the opponent was North Carolina A&T (1-7).But there is plenty reason for genuine optimism to spawn thinking...

Brian Piccolo Award extends beyond football

Brian Piccolo Award extends beyond football

The Atlantic Coast Conference honoring Pitt’s James Conner as winner of the Brian Piccolo Award was a no-brainer. The Piccolo Award is awarded to “the most courageous” player in the ACC, but Conner also is worthy of any such national award.In 2014, Conner was a the ACC’s leading...

Jerome Robinson key building block at BC

Jerome Robinson key building block at BC

The only Boston College team worse in ACC play a year ago than the football team which failed to win a conference game was the basketball team, which also failed to win an ACC game… but that’s only because of Notre Dame.The Irish are ACC members in basketball but remain...

Soccer growth fails to translate to football

Soccer growth fails to translate to football

I’m looking at the usyouthsoccer.org website. It says 3,055,148 youths in the U.S. played soccer, based on 2014 statistics. Of that total, 72,999 were in North Carolina. The gender breakdown is tilted to males, but it’s basically 50-50.With those numbers kicking balls...

NC State adds to ACC reputation despite loss

NC State adds to ACC reputation despite loss

North Carolina State’s win over Notre Dame last week was a program victory. This week the Wolfpack nearly upset Clemson.This time was bigger, even though N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren’s team lost 24-17 in overtime to the No. 3 Tigers. That sounds sacrilegious to the football...