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ACC fails to measure up as best conference

ACC fails to measure up as best conference

The bottom fell out of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The top capsized, too.The mighty USS Duke and Louisville both went down on Sunday among eight ACC teams eliminated the first week of the NCAA Tournament. Only North Carolina is left hanging on and hoping the shell will stay...

Virginians top returning ACC linebackers

Virginians top returning ACC linebackers

Virginia’s Micah Kiser is the ACC’s most prominent returning linebacker, but rival Virginia Tech tops the conference in linebacker numbers and talent. All three starters are back with two who earned All-ACC honors.The defending ACC Coastal Division champions again line up with...

Virginia far ahead of last year as spring ball opens

Virginia far ahead of last year as spring ball opens

This time a year ago Bronco Mendenhall was a new hire taking over a program mired in four straight losing seasons. Now he has established a new direction as Virginia’s second-year head coach.That’s one different aspect which gives the Cavaliers renewed hope for 2017.Two more are...

Beamer and Virginia Tech seniors celebrate

Beamer and Virginia Tech seniors celebrate

Virginia Tech seniors such as fullback Sam Rogers expected more when they came to Blacksburg to play for Frank Beamer, but they have finished their college football careers with at least this year’s ACC Coastal title.Rogers, the inspirational leader of the team as a walk-on who...

Virginia names change but defense the same

Virginia names change but defense the same

The Green Bay Packers finally lived up to Virginia basketball’s famed “Pack Line Defense” with a 27-13 Monday night over the Philadelphia Eagles.Virginia coach Tony Bennett’s Green Bay roots – he played at Wisconsin-Green Bay for his father, Dick Bennett – are 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...

Close no longer satisfies Virginia

Close no longer satisfies Virginia

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – No need to remind Micah Kiser how close Virginia came to upsetting Notre Dame last year.He remembers Virginia leading the No. 9-ranked Irish, 27-21, in the fourth quarter until Notre Dame scored with 40 seconds to play to snatch victory from the Cavaliers....

Mendenhall faces tough rebuilding task

Mendenhall faces tough rebuilding task

Bronco Mendenhall’s track record suggests he will turn around Virginia’s football program soon if not right away. He won 99 games in 11 seasons at BYU without a losing mark.In 2005, Mendenhall inherited a Cougars program with three straight losing seasons. His first team ended...

ECU last team standing from North Carolina

ECU last team standing from North Carolina

East Carolina baseball shares its home state with four schools that are ACC charter members: North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke and Wake Forest.Its neighboring state includes SEC member South Carolina. The Gamecocks won back-to-back College World Series national titles as recently...

Champ Clemson leads six ACC schools as hosts

Champ Clemson leads six ACC schools as hosts

DURHAM, N.C – The ACC battle of attrition, otherwise known as the ACC Baseball Tournament, finally ended with Clemson routing Florida State 18-13 for the title Sunday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.“Finally” refers to four-plus hours of rain delays as well as 33 runs scored....