It was great getting to spend some time in Charlotte at Operation Basketball, but I must say, I'm still in football mode right now. It might take a while for me to get back in the swing of things with ACC basketball.
Notre Dame transfer Alex Dragicevich has worked to get in shape and lose some weight now that he's with BC. The Eagles finished eighth in the preseason media poll. Ryan Anderson and Olivier Hanlan said they're feeling some new respect from around the conference.
Clemson is looking to set a world record for crowd noise, which was broken Sunday in Kansas City, against Florida State. SB Nation writes that rattling Jameis Winston might be the key to winning for Clemson. Though fans might not be able to hear it, the players for Clemson and FSU expect a lot of trash talk to occur.
Talented freshman Jabari Parker is already fitting in at Duke. Some of the players received some flak for posing in a picture with fake rifles at West Point. Here are some extra notes from Coach K about Matt Jones and Rasheed Sulaimon.
The Seminoles' defense was designed to stop spread attacks like Clemson's, writes Ira Schoffel. Special teams for both FSU and Clemson will be key for the game. Could Jameis Winston be FSU's best quarterback ever? Here's a comparison of Jameis Winston and Tajh Boyd.
Check out this preview of Syracuse taking on Georgia Tech this weekend. Defensive coordinator Ted Roof gave some updates about the defense. In basketball news, senior wing Jason Morris will be out 4-6 weeks as he recovers from a foot injury.
Though UNC, Miami's opponent Thursday, is only 1-4, the Hurricanes are still wary of the team that beat them last year. This writer said the Canes still haven't really proven themselves yet. Though the team has found success and ascended to a No. 10 national ranking, they're coming into Chapel Hill with a bunker mentality. Miami's defense expects a big challenge with the speed of UNC's offense.
The UNC football team will look to get a new start against Miami. P.J. Hairston paid the fine for his last traffic violation from over the summer. Joel James and Kennedy Meeks are battling it out for center in the starting lineup.
Former USC Trojan Amir Carlisle will take the field for Notre Dame when the Irish play USC. Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse mark the beginning of a new era for the ACC. Eric Atkins gave his thoughts on joining the ACC. Defensive end Stephon Tuitt said he's coming back for his senior year.
Scot Shafer said the Orange's game with Georgia Tech will be important for recruiting. The basketball team sold out its allotment of single-game tickets against Duke and only have a couple thousand remaining for the UNC game. There was a lot of excitement at media day with Syracuse joining the conference. Jim Boeheim and Rick Pitino next year will give the ACC an incredible four Hall of Fame coaches. Rather than look back at the Big East, Boeheim is looking forward to the ACC.
Akil Mitchell spoke at media, describing the growth he's made in his career. Joe Harris and Mitchell are both hoping to end their careers on a high note. Expectations are very different for Virginia and Virginia Tech, writes David Teel.
Dadi Nicolas is finding his niche on the Virginia Tech defense, writes Norm Wood. Check out how the Bristol Motor Speedway will handle holding a football game in a few years. Logan Thomas continues to work on his legacy and cement it in Hokie history. The Hokies are looking to push the pace in basketball.
Travis McKie and Codi Miller-McIntyre had some fun at media day and sang in front of the camera. Jeff Bzdelik said he thinks the depth on his team will be the Demon Deacons' greatest strength. Here's a preview for Wake Forest-Maryland this weekend.