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ACC proposal would allow loss-of-value insurance

accteamsThe Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday announced three legislative proposals that have been submitted to the NCAA as part of the recently adopted Division I autonomy process as approved by the league’s Council of Presidents.

The proposals focus on the issues of cost of attendance, loss-of-value insurance and scholarship renewal. The ACC will work with the NCAA to finalize legislative language in anticipation of the January NCAA Convention.

“The ACC’s continued discussions related to enhancing the student-athletes’ experience has resulted in our submission of three legislative proposals,” said Donna E. Shalala, Chair of the ACC Council of Presidents and President of the University of Miami.

“These three proposals create a pathway to additional benefits for student-athletes, which continues to be the top-priority,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “Our Council of Presidents and membership will continue to explore ways to enhance our student-athletes’ experience within the collegiate model.”

A brief synopsis of the proposals submitted by the ACC follows:

Cost of attendance: This proposal will permit an institution to provide an athletics scholarship to any student-athlete up to their cost of attendance at the institution. The cost of attendance figure shall be determined using federal regulations and in a manner consistent with institutional policies for the establishment of the value for all students. This proposal will be permissive and apply to student-athletes in all sports. The effective date would by August 1, 2015 and agreements may be executed prior to that date to take effect in the 2015-16 academic year.

Loss-of-value insurance: This proposal is intended to permit a student-athlete to borrow against his or her future earnings potential to obtain loss-of-value insurance. The proposal will make the treatment of loss-of-value insurance consistent with that of disability insurance. The effective date would be immediate.

Scholarship renewal: This proposal precludes an institution from not renewing a student-athlete’s athletic scholarship for athletics performance or injury reasons, even after the period of the award. The effective date would be Aug. 1, 2015.


Duke places four on All-ACC football first team

allaccfootballThe Triangle ACC teams aren’t particularly well represented in the post-regular season All-Atlantic Coast Conference football team as voted on by the ACC sportswriters and announced Monday. However, Duke did manage four first-team selections.

The Blue Devils’ Jamison Crowder took two of those spots – one at wide receiver and one at special teams player. Duke guard Laken Tomlinson was named to the first-team offense while linebacker David Helton was named to the first-team defense.

N.C. State senior punter Wil Baumann was the only other Triangle area team player to make first team.

UNC quarterback Marquis Williams made the second team as did Duke safety Jeremy Cash.

Duke and North Carolina were well represented on the third team offense with honors going to Duke’s Takoby Cofield (tackle), Matt Skura (center), Ross Martin (kicker), DeVon Edwards (special teams) and North Carolina’s Ryan Switzer (receiver) and Landon Turner (guard).

There were a number of honorable mentions, which you will see listed at the bottom of the article.

Atlantic Division champion Florida State led the 2014 All-ACC Football Team voted on by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).

The defending national champion and nationally-second-ranked Seminoles placed 17 members on the squad, including 10 first-team selections, as voted upon by 55 ACSMA members. Coastal Division runner-up Duke had nine players overall selected, including four on the first team. Eight student-athletes were chosen from Virginia, while Coastal Division champion Georgia Tech followed with seven and Clemson, Louisville and Miami each placed six student-athletes on the squad.

Each of the ACC’s 14 football member schools placed at least one player on the first-, second- or third teams.

The All-ACC offensive first team features a number of national leaders at their positions, including the reigning Heisman Trophy winner in Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and Seminoles offensive lineman Cameron Erving, the ACC’s two-time Jacobs Blocking Trophy recipient.

The first team also boasts the ACC’s top two rushers in Pitt’s James Conner (fourth nationally with 1,675 yards and second nationally with an ACC-record 24 rushing touchdowns) and Miami’s Duke Johnson (11th nationally with 1,520 yards and 13 total TDs).

FSU’s Winston, who leads the ACC in passing yardage (3,250 yards) and total offense (302.3 yards per game) is joined on the first team by Seminole teammate Rashad Greene, who leads the league in receiving (1,183 yards on 86 catches). The All-ACC first-team receiving corps features two other repeat performers from the 2013 squad in Duke’s Crowder (78 receptions for 942 yards) and Pitt’s Tyler Boyd (69 catches for 1,149 yards and eight TDs).

Crowder was also selected to the first team as a kick returner and is one of three players who earned All-ACC honors at two positions. FSU’s Erving was chosen at both first-team offensive tackle and second-team center. Pitt’s Boyd was selected as a first-team receiver and a second-team kick returner.

The defensive first team features Louisville safety Gerod Holliman, who tied a national record with 14 interceptions in the Cardinals’ 12 regular-season games. One of the defensive end spots is manned by Clemson grad student Vic Beasley, who leads the ACC this season with 11 quarterback sacks and leads all active FBS players in career sacks with 32. The first team also includes the ACC’s leading tackler in Duke’s Helton (10.4 per game).

The kicking game is well-represented with 2013 Lou Groza Award winner Roberto Aguayo of Florida State (22-of-24 field goals, 49-of-49 on extra points) earning a spot on first team. NC State punter Baumann, who ranks seventh nationally with a 45.3 average per kick, was voted first team at his position.

Twenty-two student-athletes chosen to the 2014 All-ACC Football team by ACSMA are repeat selections from last season.

2014 All-ACC Football Team

(As voted upon by ACSMA; Listed by position and total points. Capital Sports’ ballot for first and second team is in parentheses.)

1st Team Offense

WR Rashad Greene, Sr., Florida State…….. 157
(Rashad Greene)
WR Jamison Crowder, Sr., Duke ……………. 150
(Jamison Crowder)
WR Tyler Boyd, So., Pitt ……………………….. 149
(Tyler Boyd)
TE Nick O’Leary, Sr., Florida State ………. 131
(Clive Walford, Miami)
T Cameron Erving, Sr.-R., Florida State 133
(Cameron Erving)
T T.J. Clemmings, Sr.-R, Pitt………………… 90
(Sean Hickey, Syracuse)
G Laken Tomlinson, Sr.-R, Duke ………… 114
(Laken Tomlinson)
G Tre’ Jackson, Sr., Florida State ………. 121
(David Beasley, Clemson)
C Andy Gallik, Sr.-R, Boston College ….. 105
(Andy Gallik)
QB Jameis Winston, So.-R, Florida State 142
(Jameis Winston)
RB James Conner, So., Pitt …………………… 164
(James Conner)
RB Duke Johnson, Jr., Miami ………………. 159
(Duke Johnson)
K Roberto Aguayo, So.-R, Florida State.. 153
(Roberto Aguayo)
Sp. Jamison Crowder, Sr., Duke ……………… 86

2nd Team Offense

WR Phillip Dorsett, Sr.-R, Miami……………… 96
(Phillip Dorsett)
WR Mike Williams, So., Clemson…………………… 84
(Mike Williams)
WR Artavis Scott, Fr., Clemson ……………… 80
(Artavis Scott)
TE Clive Walford, Sr.-R, Miami ……………. 101
(Nick O’Leary, FSU)
T Ereck Flowers, Jr., Miami …………………. 69
(TJ Clemmons, Pitt)
T Jamon Brown, Sr., Louisville ……………. 50
(Jamon Brown)
G Shaquille Mason, Sr., Georgia Tech… 102
(Tre’ Jackson, FSU)
G Josue Matias, Jr., Florida State………… 48
(Landon Turner, UNC)
C Cameron Erving, Sr.-R, Florida State…. 71
(Shane McDermott, Miami)
QB Marquise Williams, Jr., North Carolina. 89
(Marquise Williams)
RB Zach Laskey, Sr., Georgia Tech…………… 69
(Zach Laskey)
RB Dalvin Cook, So., Florida State …………. 63
(Shadrach Thornton, NC State)
K Ian Frye, Jr.-R, Virginia……………………… 67
(Ross Martin, Duke)
Sp. Tyler Boyd, So., Pitt ………………………… 58

3rd Team Offense

WR DeAndre Smelter, Sr.-R, Georgia Tech…………. 72

WR DeVante Parker, Sr., Louisville…………… 62

WR Ryan Switzer, So., North Carolina …….. 54

TE Bucky Hodges, Fr.-R, Virginia Tech …… 38

T Sean Hickey, Sr., Syracuse………………… 48

T (tie)Bobby Hart, Sr., Florida State…………… 42

(tie)Seth Betancourt, Sr.-R, Boston College 42

(tie)Takoby Cofield, Sr.-R, Duke………………. 42

G Landon Turner, Jr., North Carolina …… 42

G Matt Rotheram, Sr.-R, Pitt………………. 42

C Matt Skura, Jr.-R, Duke ……………………. 44

QB Justin Thomas,So., Georgia Tech………. 35

RB Kevin Parks, Sr., Virginia…………………… 60

RB Jon Hilliman, Fr., Boston College……….. 51

K Ross Martin, Jr., Duke……………………….. 48

Sp. DeVon Edwards, So., Duke ………………. 48

Honorable Mention/Offense (20 or more points):

QB–Brad Kaaya, Miami (21). RB–Shadrach Thornton, NC State (33); Synjyn Days, Georgia Tech (24). WR–Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech (24); Mack Hollins, North Carolina (20). TE–Cam Serigne, Wake Forest (25). T–Bryan Chamberlain, Georgia Tech (40); Ian Silberman, Boston College (35); G–David Beasley, Clemson (39); Bobby Vardaro, Boston College (34); John Miller, Louisville (31); Jon Feliciano, Miami (30); Kalon Davis, Clemson (28). C–Shane McDermott, Miami (36); Freddie Burden, Georgia Tech (35); Jake Smith, Louisville (26). PK–Ammon Lakip (32), Clemson; SP–Rashad Greene, Florida State (37); Darius Jennings, Virginia (28); Ryan Switzer, North Carolina (23); Jamal Golden, Georgia Tech (20).

1st Team Defense

DE Vic Beasley, Sr.-R, Clemson …………….. 159
(Vic Beasley)
DE Mario Edwards Jr., Jr., Florida State …. 112
(Mario Edwards Jr.)
DT Eddie Goldman, Jr., Florida State …….. 129
(Thomas Teal, NC State)
DT Grady Jarrett, Sr., Clemson ……………… 127
(Grady Jarrett)
LB Denzel Perryman, Sr., Miami …………… 145
(Denzel Perryman)
LB David Helton, Sr., Duke …………………… 104
(David Helton)
LB Stephone Anthony, Sr., Clemson ……………….. 101
(Terrence Smith, FSU)
CB Kendall Fuller, So., Virginia Tech ……… 119
(Garry Peters, Clemson)
CB P.J. Williams, Jr., Florida State …………. 105
(P.J. Williams)
S Gerod Holliman, So.-R Louisville ……… 132
(Gerod Holliman)
S Jalen Ramsey, So., Florida State ………… 92
(Jeremy Cash, Duke)
P Wil Baumann, Sr., NC State ……………… 108
(Alexander Kinal, Wake Forest)

2nd Team Defense

DE Dadi Nicolas, Jr.-R, Virginia Tech ………. 101
(KeShun Freeman, Georgia Tech)
DE Eli Harold, Jr., Virginia……………………….. 65
(Eli Harold)
DT Adam Gotsis, Jr., Georgia Tech…………………… 48
(David Dean, Virginia)
DT Tylor Harris, Jr., Wake Forest…………….. 43
(Corey Marshall, Virginia Tech)
LB Terrance Smith, Jr.-R, Florida State ……. 82
(Cameron Lynch, Syracuse)
LB Lorenzo Mauldin, Sr., Louisville …………. 79
(Lorenzo Mauldin)
LB(Tie)Henry Coley, Sr.-R, Virginia …………….. 68
(Anthony Gonzalez, Pitt)
LB(Tie)Quayshawn Nealy, Sr.-R, Georgia Tech 68
(Jeff Schoettmer, UNC)
CB Garry Peters Sr., Clemson ………………… 63
(Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech)
CB Maurice Canady Jr., Virginia ……………… 56
(Brian Walker, UNC)
S Jeremy Cash, Jr.-R, Duke …………………… 83
(Jamal Golden, Georgia Tech)
S Quin Blanding, Fr., Virginia………………… 71
(Deon Bush, Miami)
P Alex Kinal, Jr.-R, Wake Forest …………….. 86
(Riley Dixon, Syracuse)

3rd Team Defense

DE Sheldon Rankins, Jr., Louisville……………. 45

DE Ken Ekanem, Jr., So.-R, Virginia Tech….. 40

DT Corey Marshall, Jr.-R, Virginia Tech ……. 41

DT Connor Wujciak, Jr., Boston College …… 41

LB Reggie Northrup, Jr., Florida State……… 54

LB Cameron Lynch, Sr., Syracuse……………. 45

LB Max Valles, So., Virginia…………………….. 45

CB Ronald Darby, Jr., Florida State………….. 51

CB Charles Gaines, Jr.-R, Louisville …………. 47

S Anthony Harris, Sr., Virginia………………. 56

S Jamal Golden, Jr., Georgia Tech………….. 43

P Justin Vogel, So., Miami …………………… 40

Honorable Mention/Defense (20 or more points):

DE–Art Norman, NC State (25); KeShun Freeman, Georgia Tech (23); Anthony Chickillo, Miami (21); B.J. Dubose, Louisville (20); DT–Olsen Pierre, Miami (38); David Dean, Virginia (37); Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech (33); Nigel William, Virginia Tech (29); Thomas Teal, NC State (27); Ethan Farmer, North Carolina (22); Josh Banks, Wake Forest (20). LB–Brandon Chubb, Wake Forest (30); P.J. Davis,. Georgia Tech (25); Josh Keyes, Boston College (22); Keith Kelsey, Louisville (20). CB–Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest (45); D.J. White, Georgia Tech (40); Merrill Noel, Wake Forest (34); Brian Walker, North Carolina (27); MacKensie Alexander, Clemson (22). S–Deon Bush, Miami (36); DeVon Edwards, Duke (26); Robert Smith, Clemson (20), P–Will Monday, Duke (29); Riley Dixon, Syracuse (23).


State’s domination sets up 2015 as must win year for Fedora

uncstateNorth Carolina was coming off a dominating performance over rival Duke and looking for a winning season at home against rival NC State, who came into the game with only two conference wins.

Instead, NC State totally dominated the Tar Heels with long drives, mostly on rushes, to whip the Heels 35-7. The Wolfpack ran the ball 58 times for 388 yards – far and away their best performance of the year.

Just like that – after a Wolfpack 35-7 win – people begin to wonder if Larry Fedora will be coaching the Tar Heels in two years.

“Give credit to their coaches and team,” Fedora said. “They out-coached us and outplayed us. That’s all I can say.”

Of course there were more questions so he did say more. “They controlled the line of scrimmage and that’s why they won the game,” he said, noting that his team couldn’t match State’s energy level.

State QB Jacoby Brissett, who had rushed for just 300-plus yards on the season, ran for a Wolfpack quarterback record 167 in this one game. Only once this season has a Wolfpack player rushed for more than 100 yards. In this game, the Pack had two players rush for more than 100 yards.

Wolfpack coach Dan Doeren told his quarterback, “There are two number 12s playing in this game and I think we have the best one so go out there and show it,” he said.

Carolina started the season as one of the favorites to win the division and earn the right to play presumptive favorite Florida State in the ACC championship game.

Despite record-breaking offensive numbers, the defense faltered and the Tar Heels lost a couple of games they could have won.

After a good defensive effort in upsetting Duke, some thought the Tar Heels had turned the corner and were looking forward to finishing the regular season at 7-5 and maybe 8-5 after a bowl win.

Few Carolina fans care about a bowl game at this point, which will determine whether the 6-6 Tar Heels have a winning or losing season.

Several key players – including QB Marquis Williams, center Lucas Crowley and returner Ryan Switzer – were injured in the game and hampered any chance of a comeback after State scored on the first possession and took a 21-0 halftime lead. It’s not known if they will be available for a bowl game – which will probably be just after Christmas a long way away, almost certainly keeping Tar Heel fans away.

The Pack hadn’t really had a signature win but now they have and they go into next season – and a bowl game this season – with high hopes for the future. Meanwhile, the Tar Heels are underachieving and therefore setting up a must-win season in 2015 – unless of course an emphasis on winning changes into an emphasis on academics.


Wolfpack, Tar Heels cross country teams qualify for national championships

crosscountry2The Atlantic Coast Conference will be well represented at this weekend’s NCAA Cross Country Championships, with eight women’s teams and four men’s teams participating. The championships are set for Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind.

Syracuse and Virginia earned automatic berths to the men’s championship after claiming regional titles while Florida State and North Carolina also earned berths in the 31-team field.

The Orange, led by top-10 finishers Martin Hehir (6th), Joel Hubbard (7th) and Dan Lennon (8th), captured the Northeast Regional by three points over Providence. The Cavaliers were paced by top-15 finishers Adam Visokay (6th), Kyle King (7th) and Zach Herriott (11th) en route to claiming the Southeast Regional title by a four-point margin over Furman.

NC State’s Sam Parsons qualified automatically as an individual based on his fourth place finish in the Southeast regional.

An NCAA-best eight ACC teams secured berths in the women’s championship following their regional performances. The Big Ten and the Pac-12 were tied for second with five teams each in the NCAA championship.

ACC teams qualifying for the women’s championship are Boston College, Florida State, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Seminoles, led by individual champion Colleen Quigley, finished second at the South Regional while North Carolina, paced by individual champion Anne LeHardy, placed third at the Southeast Regional.

The NCAA Championships will be hosted by Indiana State on Nov. 23 at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind. The men’s race will begin at noon ET, followed by the women’s race at approximately 1:15 p.m.

2014 NCAA Championship Team Qualifiers

Women (8)

Boston College+
Florida State*
North Carolina+
NC State+
Notre Dame+
Virginia Tech+

Men (4)

Florida State*
North Carolina+

*Automatic Team Qualifiers
+At-Large Team Qualifiers


State celebrates Military Appreciation Day Saturday

ncsumilitarySaturday’s game against Wake Forest will be NC State’s annual Military Appreciation Day at Carter-Finley Stadium. Throughout the day, festivities will honor those who protect our freedom. Wolfpack fans have donated tickets to the contest, which have been distributed to military members and veterans through the National Guard, Fort Bragg, USO and other military bases and entities.

Here are some of the other events that will take place on Saturday:

Adopt-A-Serviceperson: Wolfpack Club members will be hosting troops at their pregame tailgates. The Athletics Department is providing complimentary game tickets for these special guests.

Back Home Box Collection: Items for boxes and letters will be collected at each gate and at the Wolfpack Club Tent in the Fan Zone. For a ‘wish list’ of items, click here.

Pregame Tailgate: Coca-Cola and NC State Athletics are hosting a pregame tailgate party for 400 military personnel, including the Wounded Warriors, ROTC Cadets/Midshipmen and Student Veterans

Wounded Warriors Walk of Champions: Escorted by the Patriot Guard motorcycles, fans are asked to join the band, cheerleaders and dance team at the Walk of Champions at 12:15 p.m. as the Wounded Warriors arrive to the stadium prior to the football team. NC State ROTC midshipmen and cadets will line the Walk of Champions for the Wounded Warriors.

Coin Toss: Honored Military Members from each branch will be represented at the coin toss

During the Game:
- A veteran from the following eras will be recognized during the first quarter (WWII, Cold War, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom)

- Military tug of war contest: The Army ROTC will take on last year’s champion the Air Force ROTC

Halftime Ceremony:
Will include a special military tribute by the NC State Marching Band, a full-field sized flag and the All-Veteran parachute team jumping into the stadium.

Military ‘shout-outs’ on the video board: If you have a photo of you serving and showing your pride for the Wolfpack, send your photos to athleticsmarketing@ncsu.edu to be displayed during the game.

Pushups: Each NC State ROTC branch and student veterans will be perform the in-game push-ups for the push-up board.

- News release


ACC notes: Duke ranked in inaugural college playoff rankings

dukefootballFour ACC teams were ranked in the inaugural College Football Playoff Committee Top 25 rankings on Oct 28 with Florida State (2), Clemson (21), Duke (24) and Louisville (25) all earning a spot.

Three ACC teams are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 and the Amway Coaches poll this week with Florida State remaining No. 2, but Clemson climbing to No. 19 in both polls and Duke at No. 22 in AP and 20 in the Coaches. Additionally, three other ACC teams received votes in the Coaches poll: Georgia Tech, Louisville and Miami, with Tech and Louisville also earning votes in AP.

In all, seven ACC teams are bowl eligible: Boston College, Clemson Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville and Miami.

The competition for the Coastal Division crown is still crowded, but clutch wins last weekend by Duke, Georgia Tech
and Miami have pushed those three teams to the forefront. Duke, the defending Coastal champion, has a one-game lead and would clinch its berth in Charlotte by winning out at Syracuse, and at home against Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Wake Forest.

On Saturday, Coastal Division leader and 22nd-ranked Duke, coached by David Cutcliffe travels to meet Syracuse in
the Carrier Dome (12:30 p.m., Regional Sports Networks) in one of three cross divisional contests slated for this weekend.

The Atlantic Division holds a 90-82 advantage since the ACC went to divisional play for the 2005 season, but the divisions have split the six prior meetings this year.

The Blue Devils, led by QB Anthony Boone, WR Jamison Crowder and LB David Helton are looking to maintain their hold on the Coastal Division race, having won 15 of their last 18 games.

Boone has a 15-3 record as Duke’s starting QB, while Crowder moved into second place on the ACC’s career receiving lists last week and now has 247 career receptions.

Helton leads the ACC in tackles per game 10.9 and was named one of the 17 National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame’s Scholar-Athletes for 2014.

Last Saturday, QB Thomas Sirk powered his way into the end zone from five yards out on Duke’s second overtime possession, lifting the visiting Blue Devils (7-1, 3-1) to the key Coastal Division 51-48 victory over Pitt. Sirk’s winning score came after Duke QB Anthony Boone and Pitt RB James Conner traded touchdown runs on the first possessions
of overtime and Panthers PK Chris Blewitt — who missed a 26-yard attempt that could have won the game at the end of regulation — connected on a 43-yarder to give Pitt (4-5, 2-3) a short-lived three-point lead.

NC State
Georgia Tech will look to keep pace with Duke when the Yellow Jackets travel to Raleigh, N.C. to meet NC State at Carter-Finley (12:30 p.m., ACC Network.)

The Wolfpack, coached by Dave Doeren, and led by QB Jacoby Brissett on offense and DE Art Norman on defense,
need one more victory to become bowl eligible.

Brissett is third in the ACC in total offense (242.9 yds/gm) while Norman is tied for 6th in the league in sacks.

Last Saturday, the Wolfpack (5-4, 1-4) earned its first ACC victory since late in the 2012 season with a 24-17 road win at the Syracuse Carrier Dome. With his team down 14-9 in the third quarter, NC State DE Pharoah McKever returned an interception 82 yards for the go-ahead score and changed the momentum of the game. The Pack defense caused three second-half turnovers and had eight sacks on the day to secure the win.

RB Duke Johnson rushed for 177 yards, including touchdown runs of 1 and 90 yards, as the Miami Hurricanes (6-3, 3-2) earned bowl eligibility and remained in the Coastal Division chase with their third consecutive win – a 47-20 whipping of North Carolina.

Johnson, who now has 3,080 career rushing yards and passed Edgerrin James for second place on Miami’s all-time list, also raced 37 yards for another touchdown on a screen pass from QB Brad Kaaya, who finished his day with three touchdown passes.

Miami RB Joe Yearby added another 104 yards rushing, and TE Clive Walford had two touchdown catches, becoming the first Miami tight end to do so in a single game since Greg Olsen in 2005.

QB Marquise Williams had a pair of touchdown runs, and LB Cayson Collins returned a fumble 39 yards for a score for North Carolina (4-5, 2-3), But Miami limited the Tar Heels to just six net yards rushing and 258 total yards — their lowest output under third-year head coach Larry Fedora and their least since Nov. 5, 2011, versus NC State. UNC had averaged 448 yards per contest in its previous 36 games.


ACC soccer tourney: State travels to Duke, Heels hosts Louisville

accsoccerchamp2Notre Dame and Syracuse hold the top two seeds for the 28th annual Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Championship, set to begin on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

The Irish, the defending national champions, finished the regular season with 19 points in league play to clinch the Coastal Division title and the top overall seed. Fifth-ranked Notre Dame (10-4-3, 6-1-1 ACC) will open play in the tournament when it hosts the winner of No. 9 Virginia Tech (7-7-2, 2-5-1) and No. 8 Virginia (9-5-2, 3-3-2) in the quarterfinals.

Second-seeded Syracuse (14-2-1, 5-2-1), currently ranked No. 3 in the NSCAA Poll, earned a shared of the Atlantic Division title with 16 points and will host a quarterfinal match against the winner of No. 10 NC State (7-6-4, 1-4-3) and No. 7 Duke (8-8-1, 4-4-0).

North Carolina (12-4-1, 5-2-1) claimed the No. 3 seed with 16 points in ACC play and is ranked No. 6 nationally. The Tar Heels will host sixth-seeded and 22nd-ranked Louisville (8-6-3, 4-3-1), which will be making its ACC Championship debut, in the quarterfinals.

Clemson (10-6-1, 5-2-1), which earned a share of the Atlantic Division title, will be the fourth seed in the tournament and will host fifth-seeded Wake Forest (10-7-0, 5-3-0) on Nov. 9. The Tigers won the regular season match between the two teams, 3-1, on Sept. 26.

The first round and quarterfinal games will be held on campus sites, with the first round on Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. and the quarterfinals on Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. The semifinals and championship will be hosted by WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., with the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Nov. 14 and the final at 2 p.m. on Nov. 16.

Single session tickets for the games at WakeMed Soccer Park are available for $10 for adults and $5 for youth and seniors.

For more information on ACC Men’s Soccer, visit theACC.com or follow on Twitter @ACCMSoccer. Fans are encouraged to use the #ACCMSoccer hashtag during the championship.

2014 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship

Wednesday, November 5 (Campus Sites)
Match 1 – No. 9 Virginia Tech at No. 8 Virginia, 7 p.m.
Match 2 – No. 10 NC State at No. 7 Duke, 7 p.m.

Sunday, November 9 (Campus Sites)
Match 3 –Match 1 Winner at No. 1 Notre Dame, 1 p.m.
Match 4 – No. 5 Wake Forest at No. 4 Clemson, 1 p.m.
Match 5 – No. 6 Louisville at No. 3 North Carolina, 1 p.m.
Match 6 – Match 2 Winner at No. 2 Syracuse, 1 p.m.

Friday, November 14 (WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.)
Semifinal #1 (ESPN3), 5:30 p.m.
Semifinal #2 (ESPN3), 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 16 (WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.)
ACC Championship Game (ESPNU), 2:00 p.m.


Duke, State, UNC football notes

Duke S Jeremy Cash (Miami, Fla.) is one of 15 semifinalists for the Thorpe Award, an honor presented to the nation’s top defensive back.

A second team All-America pick last year, Cash has compiled 63 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two INTs, three caused fumbles, four PBUs, four QB pressures and one fumble recovery.

In the ACC, Cash ranks first in caused fumbles per game (0.43), tied for fourth in interceptions per game (0.29) and fifth in tackles per game (9.0).

The Blue Devils take on Pittsburgh Saturday. “We have a huge challenge in Pittsburgh, who I think is as physical a team as anybody we’ll see,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. “An extremely well-coached football team. They don’t make mistakes very often. I know they had a unique circumstance last week. Sometimes that happens to us all.

“But this is a Pitt team that is, as I said, well-coached, strong, physical, good on both sides of the ball, and the kicking game. So a huge November challenge for us.”

North Carolina QB Marquise Williams (Charlotte) is one of five players in the country leading his team in both passing yards and rushing yards. He ranks second in the ACC and 15th in the country in total offense, averaging 316.5 total yards per game.

Williams is tied for fifth at UNC in career touchdown passes with 33 and he owns the school record for most career rushing TDs (14) by a quarterback at UNC.

The weekly news conference turned humorous as UNC coach Larry Fedora talked about playing at Miami.

Media Question: I know a lot of fans are talking about how Miami is favored by 16, 17 points. Is that something you use in the locker room to motivate your players, use the underdog notion coming into the game?

COACH FEDORA: How much are they favored by?
Q. 17, last time I saw it.

COACH FEDORA: I haven’t used that, but I got plenty of things to use. We got plenty of things going against us in a lot of different areas. So, yeah, I’ll just throw that in the hat, too. That will be good. I appreciate that.

Q. Glad I could help.

COACH FEDORA: Any time (smiling).

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Seven different true freshmen have earned starts for NC State in 2014–the fourth-highest total in the FBS. A total of four newcomers earned starting nods last time out in the game at Louisville, including three on defense.

True freshman WR Bo Hines (Charlotte) has started five contests for the Pack, offensive guard Tony Adams (Charlotte) has started four and LB Airius Moore (Beavercreek, Ohio), S Germaine Pratt (High Point), DT B.J. Hill (Oakboro), TE Cole Cook (Carrollton, Ga.) and WR Stephen Louis (West Palm Beach,Fla.) have each started once. Only Tulane (12), Tennessee (8) and Southern California (8) have had more freshmen starters.

The Wolfpack takes on Syracuse Saturday. “Excited to be back in a game week. Definitely had a good bye,” NCSU coach Dave Doeren. “Got a lot of guys some rest that needed it. Were able to focus on some fundamentals, really get down to
some needed self-scout on all three phases of our team, and also focus on some recruiting things that we needed to do. So it was a good week I think mentally and physically for the staff and the players.”


State, Carolina men’s soccer close out regular season on TV

ncstatesoccerThe final weekend of the regular season will see three division match-ups on Friday and three on Saturday.

On Friday, NC State (7-5-4) visits Clemson in a game televised on the league’s Regional Sports Networks and ESPN3, Boston College is at No. 3/7 Syracuse, and Duke is in Blacksburg to play Virginia Tech.

Saturday’s three games will feature five ranked teams with No. 6/3 North Carolina (12-4) hosting No. 21/25 Virginia (ESPN3), No. 5/11 Notre Dame at Pitt, and #22/9 Louisville at No. -/22 Wake Forest.

The bracket for the 2014 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship, which gets under way on Nov. 5, will be announced following the conclusion of Saturday’s games.


ACC preseason media poll predictably picks Duke first, UNC second

Duke's Jahlil Okafor.

Duke’s Jahlil Okafor.

The ACC media predictions are pretty predictable. Duke will enter the 2014-15 season as the Atlantic Coast Conference favorite, according to a vote of media in attendance at the league’s annual “Operation Basketball.” North Carolina is picked second and new member Louisville is third.

NC State is 9th in the 15-member league. UNC’s Marcus Paige was chosen as the preseason player of the year while Duke newcomer 6-foot-11 Jahlil Okafor was chosen as freshman of the year.

The Blue Devils, who return guards Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon, along with starting forward Amile Jefferson from last year’s team that finished 26-9 and tied for third place in the final ACC regular-season standings, received 41 of 65 first-place votes in Wednesday’s preseason poll. In addition to the solid group of veterans, the Blue Devils boast a talented cast of newcomers that includes Okafor.

North Carolina (12 first-place votes) finished second in the voting, followed by ACC newcomer Louisville (three first-place votes), defending ACC champion Virginia (seven first-place votes) and Syracuse (two first-place votes). Each of those four teams has joined Duke in most preseason Top 25 national rankings.

ACC preseason voters selected Pitt sixth, followed by Notre Dame, Florida State and NC State. Miami was picked 10th, while Clemson, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Boston College and Virginia Tech completed the voting.

Again, North Carolina junior guard Marcus Paige, who averaged 17.5 points per game and led the ACC in free-throw percentage (.911) last season, received the nod as the ACC Preseason Player of the Year. The Marion, Iowa, native received 33 votes in the Player of the Year balloting. Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell placed second with 16 votes. Duke’s Okafor, a 6-foot-11, 270-pound post player from Chicago, was the overwhelming choice as ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year on 62 of the 65 ballots cast.

Okafor also received 15 ACC Preseason Player of the Year votes, while Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon received one.

Paige, Harrell, Okafor, Brogdon and Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant were selected as the Preseason All-ACC Team.

Duke was picked as the ACC preseason favorite for the 15th time in the 46-year history of the poll, and the 14th time under current head coach Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils were also tabbed as the favorite prior to last season.

The regular season begins for all 15 ACC teams the weekend of Nov. 14-16. In addition to an 18-game regular-season conference schedule, the 62nd annual ACC Tournament will again consist of 14 games and will be played from Tuesday through Saturday (March 10-14) at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum. This season’s ACC Tournament championship game will be the first since 1981 played in prime time on a Saturday night.

ACC Operation Basketball 2014-15 Preseason Poll
(First-place votes in parenthesis)

Team & Points
1. Duke (41): 935

2. North Carolina (12): 870

3. Louisville (3): 847

4. Virginia: 824 (7)

5. Syracuse: 706 (2)

6. Pitt: 592

7. Notre Dame: 515

8. Florida State: 506

9. NC State: 478

10. Miami: 442

11. Clemson: 330

12. Wake Forest: 221

13. Georgia Tech: 195

14. Boston College: 184

15. Virginia Tech: 155

2014-15 Preseason All-ACC Team

(votes in parenthesis)
Marcus Paige, North Carolina (63)
Montrezl Harrell, Louisville (58)
Jahlil Okafor, Duke (57)
Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia (55)
Jerian Grant, Notre Dame (24)

ACC Preseason Player of the Year
Marcus Paige, North Carolina

ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year
Jahlil Okafor, Duke