By Dave Glenn and Staff
July 25, 2005
Top ACC Links
Here's a look at some of the best ACC-related articles from the last week:
Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post writes that the NCAA's recently adopted APR to measure academic progress is a bad deal created by college presidents who still aren't serious about true reform.
Tony Barnhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution offers up his top five questions for ACC football this fall. Question No. 3: Of the ACC's 12 coaches, whose seat is the hottest?
Bart Wright* of the Greenville (S.C.) News writes that the many problems of Florida State's football program make it easier to be optimistic about Clemson and/or other ACC teams. "The handwriting seems to be on the wall for Florida State's reign in the ACC. That doesn't mean the Seminoles will be a non-factor, but it does mean the separation between Bobby Bowden's team and the rest of the division has noticeably diminished."
Jon Solomon* of the Columbia (S.C.) State reports that the ACC and the Music City Bowl are close to a deal that would make the Nashville-based game a postseason destination for a conference team beginning in 2006. "Bowl officials familiar with the ACC's activity estimated the new payouts per participating team would be: Peach ($2.5 to $3 million), Gator ($2.25 million), Champs Sports ($2 million), Music City ($1.5 million) and Meineke Car Care Bowl ($1 million)." Also see Robbi Pickeral of the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer.
Robbi Pickeral of the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer explains that many ACC compliance directors try to be proactive when it comes to their programs' adherence to NCAA rules. "There are a lot of rules, a lot of interpretations, a lot of gray areas," said Larry Gallo, senior associate athletic director at UNC. "If you're not sure of the rule, it's best to check."
Jon Solomon* of the Columbia (S.C.) State has the details on Clemson's new deal with Nike, which shifts the decision about which coaches receive what money from the shoe company to the university. "Both coaches and universities bring the revenue to the table, but in greater part it's the university and not necessarily the coach," AD Terry Don Phillips said. "So the university needs to be in control of our business."
Jeff White* of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch offers a variety of Virginia-related notes, including an update on the recruiting targets of first-year basketball coach Dave Leitao. Also see Jay Jenkins* of the Charlottesville (Va.) Daily Progress, who reports that promising young cornerback Philip Brown and three other veterans are expected to miss the 2005 season, plus Jon Solomon* of the Columbia (S.C.) State with Clemson notes.
Mike Harris* of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch offers ACC fans an early look at Boston College defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, who was the Big East's defensive player of the year in 2004. "He is our leader," said Will Blackmon, a two-way performer for the Eagles (wide receiver/cornerback). "Just look at the media guide. He's on the cover."
Jerry Ratcliffe* of the Charlottesville (Va.) Daily Progress profiles Virginia point guard Sean Singletary, whose offseason has included the surgery he needed to repair a troublesome shoulder problem. "It was always there," Singletary said. "It won't bother me anymore."
Jackie MacMullan of the Boston Globe tracks down Boston College football commitment Billy Flutie, the nephew of BC legend Doug Flutie. "The other teams are gunning for me," Billy Flutie said. "They're always saying things to me. The name comes with a lot of pressure. But I don't care. I block it all out."
Neil Amato* of the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun has the details on North Carolina forward Mike Copeland, who may be a very late addition to UNC's 2004-05 basketball recruiting class. Copeland said he is two summer-school classes away from being able to join the Tar Heels this fall.
Tim Stevens of the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer offers a recruiting notes package that includes a discussion of the top football prospects in North Carolina, a recent UNC gridiron commitment, and the latest school list for one of the top-ranked basketball centers in the nation. Also see Stevens on the pledge of Georgia safety Catron Gainey (Duke), Stevens on the decision of Virginia kicker Josh Czajkowski (NCSU), Stevens again with a roundup on the commitments of North Carolina tight end Vince Jacobs (UNC), Wisconsin offensive lineman Mitch Lederman (Duke) and Texas tight end Trevor Stuart (UNC), plus Bill Cole* of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal on Florida offensive lineman Zack Handerson (UNC), and Dan Collins of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal on Georgia quarterback Zach MacDowall (Wake Forest). Ken Tysiac* of the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer offers a Q&A session with former Virginia Tech and North Carolina football coach Bill Dooley, one of the 114 voters in the new Harris Interactive poll.
Tom Knott of the Washington Times hammers veteran NBA coach Larry Brown (UNC), calling his latest moves a self-absorbed odyssey. "His coaching record is impeccable, even if his principles are sometimes wanting. He implores his team to play the right way, while he conducts job searches the wrong way. Brown could not tolerate his actions in another."
Nancy Armour of the Associated Press provides an update on former Chicago Bulls guard Jason Williams (Duke), who hurt his leg so badly in a motorcycle accident two years ago that he didn't know if he'd ever walk again. "I'll be somewhere (in the NBA) by October," Williams said. "It's been a long journey, it's been a long road. I'm glad I can finally see a light at the end of it." Also see John Delong* of the Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal on Dallas Mavericks forward Josh Howard (Wake Forest).
Dave Fairbank of the Newport News (Va.) Daily Press catches up with Oakland Raiders wide receiver Ronald Curry (UNC), one of the most decorated athletes in the history of the talent-rich Tidewater region of Virginia. "Last year was the most fun I've had playing football in years," Curry said. "I'm getting the ball, plays are drawn up for me. It's gotten fun again."
Guy Curtright of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution profiles Texas Rangers first baseman Mark Teixeira (Georgia Tech), who is blossoming into a star in the major leagues. Only Southern California (15) and Cal-Fullerton (11) have more players at the highest level of baseball than the Yellow Jackets' eight.
Chip Alexander* of the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer tracks down PGA golfer Scott Hoch (Wake Forest), who ranks 11th in career earnings on tour. Hoch currently is sidelined by a muscle tear, but he plans to return in 2006, likely in events on both the PGA and Champions tours. "I miss seeing the guys," Hoch said. "I miss the competition."
- -- writer has contributed to the ACC Sports Journal and/or ACCSports.com
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