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Notre Dame and troubling response to NCAA pledge

Notre Dame and troubling response to NCAA pledge

Responses to the NCAA’s diversity pledge circulated in September was recently examined by the Washington Post. Notre Dame’s failure to sign it raises some troubling questions.The article followed NCAA inclusion officer Bernard Franklin’s appearance on May 1 at the...

ACC games one way to predict Notre Dame

ACC games one way to predict Notre Dame

Notre Dame begins its fourth season under the Atlantic Coast Conference deal that allows the football team to maintain its treasured conference independence. In exchange, the Irish schedule ACC schools and grant ACC membership for other sports.From the results of the...

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...

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...

ACC overtakes SEC in college football

ACC overtakes SEC in college football

In football’s quest to become a year-round sport, it’s never too early to look ahead to the 2017 season.The national title Clemson claimed Monday night was the ACC’s second in four years, and the league has been represented in the College Football Playoff all three years. The...

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...

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...

Beamer and Fuente make it work at Virginia Tech

Beamer and Fuente make it work at Virginia Tech

Following a legend is never easy. Some coaches handle it better than others. Count among them retired Virginia Tech legendary coach Frank Beamer and his successor, Justin Fuente.An egregious example of how not to do it involved North Carolina basketball at the turn of the...

NC State lost more than one game at Death Valley

NC State lost more than one game at Death Valley

North Carolina State seems to have added to the gravestones at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium, a place that is known as “Death Valley.” The Wolfpack’s loss there two weeks ago appears to be a lost game followed by a lost season.Sometimes a team never recovers emotionally from a loss....

Boston College ready to bounce back

Boston College ready to bounce back

Football coaches confronting a tough season typically keep players around them as shields to deflect some of the tougher questions. Boston College head coach Steve Addazio might have been expected to let his players do most of the talking at the recent ACC Media Days,...