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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...

Reasons mount for Notre Dame to join ACC

Reasons mount for Notre Dame to join ACC

DURHAM, N.C. – Let’s hold up on talk about Notre Dame fully joining the ACC. Based on what unfolded at Wallace Wade Stadium on the first Saturday of October, the Irish may not be ready for full football membership in the conference.Duke was fresh off beating Notre Dame (38-35) on...

Georgia Tech needs big plays to repeat 2014

Georgia Tech needs big plays to repeat 2014

Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas played like a “Man in Full” as a sophomore in 2014. One of his victims two years ago was Clemson and then-freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson in the Yellow Jackets’ 28-6 victory.Thomas was the 2014 third-team All-ACC quarterback behind...

Cutcliffe coaches by teaching

Cutcliffe coaches by teaching

DURHAM, N.C. — The best football coaches, at any level, like to say they are teachers first.What they mean is we, the public, view them as “coaching” athletes. They see themselves “teaching” their players fundamentals, schemes and game plans. If the message doesn’t get across on...

Time for Notre Dame to join ACC

Time for Notre Dame to join ACC

It’s time for Notre Dame to join college football’s 21st century. The Irish need to accept full membership in the ACC to remain relevant in the national conversation beyond an early or midseason loss.Notre Dame, like Oklahoma, was a preseason Top 10-ranked team eyeing a run at...

Coach K speaking up a contrast to Bear Bryant

Coach K speaking up a contrast to Bear Bryant

Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski spoke up the day between the NCAA and ACC pulling championship events from North Carolina over the state’s discriminatory House Bill 2. Coach K’s words are not to be taken lightly.Krzyzewski assumed the mantle as patriarch of the state’s...

East Carolina hands NC State big loss

East Carolina hands NC State big loss

Any East Carolina victory against North Carolina State is titanic for the Pirates. They again proved themselves shipworthy with a 33-30 victory Saturday before a sellout crowd of 50,719 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.Of all the losses ACC member N.C. State has suffered to its neighbor...

Development programs meet in ACC opener

Development programs meet in ACC opener

Wake Forest and Duke are developmental programs. That means their coaches must find hidden gems that can be “coached up.” They are dismissed by Alabama, Clemson, Florida State and other college football heavyweights that attract four-star recruits like magnets.That’s why a...

East Carolina expands borders west

East Carolina expands borders west

GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina is broader than eastern North Carolina’s boundaries from I-95 to the Atlantic Ocean.That’s one realization new head coach Scottie Montgomery made after he spent the offseason traveling the state to meet fans. He’s completed preseason planning and...