By Dave Glenn and Staff
May 26, 2005
Today's Best ACC Links
Ed Hardin of the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record discusses the lofty status of the Duke and North Carolina basketball programs, located eight miles apart and in the center of the basketball universe. "In the Billionaire's Club of higher education, Duke and North Carolina are proud members. In the tony club of higher college basketball, they are the only members."
David Teel of the Newport News (Va.) Daily Press salutes an amazing year for the entire Virginia Tech athletic program.
A.J. Carr of the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer catches up with North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams, who used the term "scary" to describe the 2005-06 Tar Heels while speaking to boosters but also had a glint in his eye.
Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News offers a mailbag update, with answers to questions about Duke's Shavlik Randolph and Florida State signee Uche Echefu.
Bill Cole* of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal offers some details on the commitment of top-10 junior guard Wayne Ellington to UNC, a development that was confirmed publicly by the player at a Wednesday press conference. Also see Jeff Carlton* of the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record, Dick Jerardi of the Philadelphia Daily News, Bryan Strickland* of the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun, and Ken Tysiac* of the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer.
Bob Thomas* of the Florida Times-Union leads his ACC baseball tournament notebook with some comments on N.C. State two-sport star Andrew Brackman.
Michelle Kaufman* of the Miami Herald talks with Miami athletic director Paul Dee, who terms "disappointing" the age- and gender-discrimination lawsuit recently filed by fired women's basketball coach Ferne Labati. Also see Omar Kelly* of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Michael C. Wright of the Newport News (Va.) Daily Press reports that prosecutors have dropped felony charges against Virginia Tech football signee Todd Nolen because of insufficient evidence.
Brian Windhorst* of the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal follows up on a New York Times report that Detroit Pistons coach Larry Brown (UNC) could end up as the next coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Also see Marc Berman of the New York Post on Brown's angry denial.
John N. Mitchell of the Washington Times writes that Washington Wizards forward Antawn Jamison (UNC) underwent successful knee surgery yesterday. The player's ailing knee forced an end to his then-league-leading streak of 386 consecutive games when he was unable to go against the New York Knicks on March 8.
Mark Zuckerman of the Washington Times reports that the Washington Nationals, desperate for another healthy body on their bench, have promoted outfielder Tyrell Godwin (UNC) from their AAA affiliate.
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