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Photos from ACC Football Kickoff event





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State football not winning yet but making strides

statehelmetOk, NC State didn’t win a football game in ACC play a year ago but there appears to be excitement around the program heading into the 2014 season.

Wolfpack 2nd year coach Dave Doeren said the fans have been “very encouraging” and supportive.

“They want what we want and we want to give ‘em what they want,” Doeren said at the ACC Football Kickoff event Monday in Greensboro. “They were very appreciative of our recruiting efforts. And they came to the spring game and saw our progress. Now we need to go out and play.”

He tempered the enthusiasm a bit by adding that it’s going to take time. “It just is,” he said. “We inherited a team that didn’t have a lot of depth but we’re making a lot of progress – in a lot of areas.”

While rival North Carolina has been taking a beating over academic issues, Doeren is prideful about his team’s academic success and took plenty of time to take about it.

“We had the highest team GPA (a 2.71 grade point average) in the spring that they’ve had in 15 years,” he said adding that it’s the first time in the history of the football program that it hasn’t had a player ineligible going into the summer.”

I didn’t know such stats were kept but that is impressive. “Academically we’ve made a lot of strides,” Doeren said. “We continue to push guys off the field to make those strides. It puts us in a position where we’re not losing players… For instance, we have eight players in post-graduate programs right now, which is great.”

In addition to hiring an additional person to help with academics, the coaches have become very involved on a day-to-day basis, he said. They make sure they are on time for class and generally hold them accountable for academic excellence.

“We get information daily from our academic center and we communicate that information to our athletes and their parents,” Doeren said. “We have a hands-on approach academically with our team. I talk about it a lot – I demand it from them. It’s transparent.”

Doeren said in addition to seeing how much weight they can lift and how many squats they can do, their GPAs are recorded on the wall. “They don’t want to have bad information on the wall. It’s important for them to look good which is part of why we do it,” he said.

Another change this season will be the Wolfpack uniformly, primarily the helmet. “We have a lot of tradition with our uniform and I don’t take that lightly one bit,” Doeren said. “It’s important to respect your tradition. I also know that in today’s world and in recruiting, kids like to have some bling, some flash but I didn’t want it to take away from our tradition.”

The helmet maintains the red, gray and black coloring but not really much white. In addition, a wolf’s eyes peer out the back of the helmet. “It definitely honors the wolf,” Doeren said. “I thought it was a good blend of tradition and flare. Our players loved it.”

New matching uniforms will be coming in soon. Will the wins follow? One thing at a time.

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FSU picked to win ACC title; Duke chosen 2nd in Coastal

accfootballDefending national champion Florida State is the consensus choice to repeat as Atlantic Division champion and defeat Miami in the 10th annual Dr Pepper Atlantic Coast Conference Football Championship Game, according to a poll of media members in attendance at the 2014 ACC Football Kickoff at Grandover Resort.

Reigning Heisman Trophy winner and Walter Camp National Player of the Year Jameis Winston, who led the Seminoles to an unbeaten season and their third national title as a redshirt freshman in 2013, was chosen to repeat as ACC Player of the Year.

Florida State was picked as the likely overall ACC winner on 104 of 112 ballots cast. The Seminoles were picked to finish atop the Atlantic Division by 109 voters and amassed 780 total points. Clemson received the remaining three-first-place votes and placed second with 660. ACC newcomer Louisville placed third at 564, followed by Syracuse (368), NC State (326), Boston College (301) and Wake Forest (136).

Miami’s 26 first-place votes placed third among Coastal Division teams, but the Hurricanes’ 614 total points led overall. Defending division champion Duke received 33 first-place votes and finished with 597 points, followed by Virginia Tech with 571 points and 23 first-place votes. North Carolina was just behind in fourth place with 570 points and 27 first-place votes, followed by Georgia Tech (322 with one first place vote), Pitt (319 with two first-place votes) and Virginia (142).

Winston is one of 15 returning starters for Florida State, which seeks its third straight ACC title. The Seminoles own 14 ACC football championships in 23 seasons as a conference member, tying Clemson for most league titles all-time.

This marks the third time in four years that the Seminoles have led the ACC media preseason voting. Florida State was also voted first in 2011 and 2012, and in each of its first 14 seasons after joining the ACC (1992 through 2005).

Winston led the preseason ACC Player of the Year balloting with 99 votes, followed by Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley with six. Duke wide receiver Jamison Crowder, Miami running back Duke Johnson and Virginia Tech quarterback Brenden Motley received one vote apiece.

Last season saw Winston, of Bessemer, Alabama, become the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy (19 years, 342 days) and just the second freshman to receive the honor. A dazzling playmaker, he led the Seminoles to a 14-0 record and engineered the game-winning drive in a 34-31 win over Auburn in the 2013 VIZIO BCS National Championship Game.

Named the offensive MVP of the national title game, Winston also received the Davey O’Brien Award and the Manning Award as the nation’s best quarterback after setting national freshman records for passing yards (4,057) and touchdown passed (40) in 2013. His pass efficiency rating of 184.8 set an ACC record and led the nation.

ACC Championship Votes

1. Florida State – 104

2. Clemson – 2

3. Virginia Tech – 2

(4 voters made no selection)

Atlantic Division

(First place votes in parenthesis)

1. Florida State (109) – 780

2. Clemson (3) – 660

3. Louisville – 564

4. Syracuse – 368

5. NC State – 326

6. Boston College – 301

7. Wake Forest – 136

Coastal Division

(First place votes in parenthesis)

1. Miami (26) – 614

2. Duke (33) – 597

3. Virginia Tech (23) – 571

4. North Carolina (27) – 570

5. Georgia Tech (1) – 322

6. Pitt (2) -319

7. Virginia -142

ACC Player of the Year

1. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State – 99

2. Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson – 6

3. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami – 1

4. Jamison Crowder, WR, Duke – 1

5. Brenden Motley, QB, Virginia Tech -1

(4 voters made no selection)

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ACC official says replay, rule changes working well

Doug Rhoads.

Doug Rhoads.

Speaking at the ACC Football Kickoff media event in Greensboro, ACC Coordinator of Officials Doug Rhoads gave statistical backup that goes against conventional wisdom of the average fan.

For one, he says, replays don’t take very long, and two, officials are ultimately getting it right.

Only a little more than one in five replays resulted in an overturned call last season. The game was stopped 210 times in ACC games with the average wait time just a minute and four seconds. “That’s less than any commercial break,” he said.

Rule changes are always a big topic but in even years only changes are made that are considered safety measures. This year there will be an emphasis on hitting with force on or below the knee. There will be a 15-yard penalty but there won’t be any ejections as there were last year for launching head first into a player or hitting above the shoulders.

Last season, nationally, 92 players were initially ejected but 32 of those were reversed on replay. So, 60 players in more than 800 games isn’t excessive. Rhoads credits that to the players being taught differently by coaches and players adjusting.

Four years ago the league put an emphasis on excessive celebrations and as a result, Rhoads says that has almost totally been “coached out of the game.” There were only six players called with excessive celebration nationally last season.

But hitting above the shoulders is a lot harder to coach out of the game. As reported above, it turned out that a lot of those calls weren’t offenses after all – the players did not hit above the shoulders. In a game that moves as fast as football with bang-bang plays, I’m not sure how you coach that call out of football.

Certainly coaches can advise against launching into players, especially head first, and hitting players with a forceful upward thrust. But those hits are inches one way or another. One’s an exciting pop and the other is a 15 yard penalty and an ejection.

Last season, if one of those plays was overruled on replay, the player was re-admitted to the game but the 15-yard penalty stood. After an outcry from coaches, this season if the play is overruled, not only is the player re-admitted but the 15-yard penalty goes away. Makes sense.

One thing you’ll see different this year is another official in the offensive backfield. The ACC will add an 8th official called the center judge. Among other duties, he will spot the ball and be another set of eyes for the referee looking at the offensive line. This gives the ref more time to make sure the QB remains safe, for instance, rather than focusing on a holding on the other side of the line.

Not sure how much this will help and how much it will just make the field more crowded. There are already concerns about the officials getting in the way.

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ACC commissioner Swofford gives state of the conference address

John Swofford.

John Swofford.

Commissioner John Swofford looked ahead with excitement and anticipation on Sunday as he met with a record media contingent at the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 43rd annual Football Kickoff.

“The combination of the league’s 15 member institutions is remarkable, and this conference has never been stronger and better positioned,” Swofford said.

A three-year period of growth culminated with Louisville’s official entry into the conference on July 1. The ACC Football Kickoff represents a friendly initiation of sorts, and Swofford expects the Cardinals to make a strong first and lasting impression as they begin full-scale league athletic competition.

“As I’ve said previously, Louisville brings to the ACC an institution and athletic program on a tremendous upward trajectory,” Swofford said. “It brings a dynamic city and a rabid, large and passionate fan base. Frankly speaking, I know of no other athletic program that has progressed as much as Louisville has in the last 15 years.”

Louisville will join an ACC that saw five teams win NCAA Championships during the 2013-14 academic year and placed at least one team among the top five in 14 of its sponsored sports. Nine ACC student-athletes claimed individual NCAA titles.

But Swofford made equal note of the conference’s collective academic accomplishments.

ACC football programs led all conferences for the eighth-straight year in the NCAA’s Academic Performance Rates (APR) and for the eighth time in nine years in the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rates (GSR). Overall, ACC member schools continue to lead the way among the Power 5 conferences in the latest US News and World Report Rankings of ‘Best Colleges,’ with over half of its membership among the Top 50 and five among the Top 30.

“Academically, I continue to be inspired by the student-athletes that attend our conference’s unique mix of public and private institutions,” Swofford said.

While applauding the successes of the past year and looking ahead to a promising ACC future, Swofford acknowledged that “there’s no overlooking the national discussions during this period of restructuring within college athletics.”

“I applaud the great efforts by Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch, who also serves as the chair of the NCAA Board of Directors in leading the membership throughout this process,” Swofford said. “The change that continues to be called for is key to ensuring that the model reflects the needs of the 21st century student-athlete, while also recognizing how special the collegiate model is to the educational system within our country.”

Swofford said the ACC, along with the Big Ten, Big XII, PAC-12 and SEC, will continue to prioritize the discussions surrounding the enhancement of the athletic scholarship, ensuring that student-athletes have every opportunity to earn a degree (even if they return to school following the completion of a professional career) and ensure that they have their health and safety needs met by the institutions they represent.

The issues of health and safety were addressed earlier Sunday, when the ACC announced an endorsement of the USA Football “Heads Up Program.” The partnership will entail league coaches participating in a public relations campaign to increase awareness at the youth football level.

The endorsement follows a meeting of ACC medical personnel last March to update and refine player safety policies. Consensus from those discussions was shared and discussed with the league’s football coaches at the ACC Spring Meetings.

“I think the work done by our membership this past year was terrific,” Swofford said. “There’s always an emphasis on prioritizing player safety, and this year allowed the ACC the opportunity to take a leadership role within the NCAA by taking an active role and officially endorsing the new guidelines just recently announced.”

Swofford said the ACC also put forward three requests to the NCAA rules committee asking for the ability to expand the use of technology in practices and games for player-safety data collection purposes. The NCAA approved a player monitoring system for ACC games this fall. The ACC’s two other requests – experimentation with a helmet camera during completion and the use of a coach-quarterback communication – will be discussed by the NCAA Football Rules Committee next February.

Many media on Sunday were focused on the upcoming football season. Swofford was more than happy to take part in that discussion, particularly with the ACC coming off a 2013 season that featured Florida State’s national championship, an NCAA-record 11 ACC teams in bowl games and 11 league teams with winning record.

Led by Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston and Pitt senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the ACC became the first conference to see its players win the Heisman, Nagurski, Outland, Lombardi, Bednarik, Doak Walker, Lou Groza, Rimington and Davey O’Brien Awards in the same season.

The ACC’s 14 football programs seek similar success in 2014, but Swofford noted that it will be hard-earned.

“No ACC team will face fewer than six opponents that participated in bowl games last year, while 11 of the 14 ACC teams will play at least eight bowl teams from 2013, with both Miami and Virginia each facing 10 teams that were in postseason play a year ago,” he pointed out. “Our teams will also play 24 nonconference games against teams that participated in bowl games in 2013, which ties for most of any Power 5 Conference.”

As has been the case in recent years, there will be no shortage of fan access to those matchups.

“We are extremely pleased that every ACC controlled football game will be available to our fans nationwide,” Swofford said. “Our relationship with ESPN allows us to maximize our reach and bring ACC football and content to fans whenever they are across a multitude of devices. Whether traditional television or national digital and mobile platforms like ESPN3 and Watch ESPN, ACC content is truly available everywhere.

“In addition to ESPN, the ACC Network through Raycom continues to be broader than ever before, with a reach of over 90 million households and no geographic parameters on the distribution. The ACC Network is available in each of the top ten television markets within the US, and in 21 of the Top 25.”

Following this year’s regular season, the ACC Football Championship Game will return to Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium for the fifth consecutive year, and is set to remain at that venue through 2019. The ACC will be represented as one of the Power 5 conferences in the new College Football Playoff while continuing its long-time partnership with the Orange Bowl as part of the new postseason format.

The ACC’s other postseason partnerships include agreements with the Orlando’s New Year’s Day Bowl, Russell Athletic Bowl, Hyundai Sun Bowl, New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Belk Bowl, Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, TaxSlayer Bowl, Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, Duck Commander Independence Bowl, the Detroit Lions Bowl, the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl and the Birmingham Bowl.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the future line up of bowl games including many long-time partners and some new ones too,” Swofford said. “Overall, these outstanding partners provide more postseason opportunities, selection flexibility, improved financials, marquee matchups and attractive destinations for the ACC’s teams, fans and alums.”

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14 Triangle-area players make All-ACC Academic baseball team

Duke's Aaron Cohn.

Duke’s Aaron Cohn.

Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year Gage Smith of Florida State leads the sport’s All-ACC Academic Baseball Team, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.

A native of Tallahassee, Florida, Smith graduated with a double bachelor’s degree in business marketing and management following the spring semester. He was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America Second Team for 2014 and earned FSU Dean’s List honors in the fall of 2013. He has been named the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year the past two seasons.

On the field, Smith was voted to the All-ACC Third Team, finished the season with a 5-2 record and ranked 10th in the league with a 2.39 ERA in 64.0 innings pitched. He led the ACC in appearances with 40, marking the third consecutive year that he has led the league.

Fifteen players were selected to the All-ACC Academic Team after being named to the All-ACC Team: Clemson’s Steven Duggar, Tyler Krieger, and Matthew Crownover; Duke’s Aaron Cohn, Florida State’s Josh Delph, Luke Weaver, and Smith; Georgia Tech’s Daniel Spingola, Miami’s Bryan Garcia, North Carolina’s Trent Thornton, NC State’s Andrew Knizner, and Virginia’s Mike Papi, Daniel Pinero, and Brandon Waddell; and Virginia Tech’s Mark Zagunis.

Three players – Weaver, Garcia, and Papi – also collected All-America accolades, while Knizner and Pinero are Freshman All-Americans on the All-ACC Academic Team. Maryland’s Kyle Convissar, Wake Forest’s Evan Stephens, and Florida State’s Smith were previously named Capital One Academic All-Americans.

Duke and Florida State lead all ACC programs with eight players recognized, followed by Wake Forest with five and Clemson and Virginia with four apiece.

Maryland’s Convissar earned his fourth career selection to the ACC All-Academic Team. Eight other players were recognized for the third time.

The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award was established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the award must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.

To be eligible for consideration for the All-ACC Academic team, a student-athlete, regardless of classification, must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.

Aaron Cohn, Sr., Duke History
Ryan Deitrich, GS, Duke Master of Management Studies
Robert Huber, Sr., Duke*** Computer Science
Mark Lumpa, Sr., Duke Economics
Michael Matuella, So., Duke Economics
Andy Perez, Jr., Duke Psychology
Michael Rosenfeld, Sr., Duke** Psychology
Trent Swart, Jr., Duke*** Public Policy Studies
Andrew Knizner, Fr., NC State Industrial Engineering
Eric Peterson, Jr., NC State Sport Management
Dale Thomas, Sr., NC State** Park/Natural Resources
Benton Moss, Jr., North Carolina*** Business Administration
Tyler Ramirez, Fr., North Carolina Undecided
Trent Thornton, So., North Carolina** Undecided

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Nine ACC players, including four from the Triangle, selected in NBA draft

Led by Duke’s Jabari Parker, the second overall selection by the Milwaukee Bucks, the Atlantic Coast Conference had nine players chosen in the 2014 NBA draft, including five first-round selections. The ACC and the Pac-12 tied for the most players selected, while the Big Ten was third with seven players, followed by the SEC (6) and the Big 12 (5). For the third time in five years, seven ACC schools […]

Led by Duke’s Jabari Parker, the second overall selection by the Milwaukee Bucks, the Atlantic Coast Conference had nine players chosen in the 2014 NBA draft, including five first-round selections. The ACC and the Pac-12 tied for the most players selected, while the Big Ten was third with seven players, followed by the SEC (6) and the Big 12 (5).

For the third time in five years, seven ACC schools had at least one player drafted, with Duke and Syracuse leading the way with two selections apiece. Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Pittsburgh and Virginia each had one player drafted.

The nine selections are the most by the ACC since 2010, when they also had nine players drafted.

With its five first-round selections, the ACC is the only conference to have had at least four first-round picks in each of the past six NBA drafts (2009-2014). The ACC also extended its streak of having at least one first-round selection to 26 consecutive years (1989-2014).

Over the past six years (2009-2014), the ACC leads all conferences with 32 first round drafts picks; the Pac-12 and the Big 12 are tied for second with 22 first round selections, followed by the Big East (21), SEC (20) and the Big Ten (14).

Over the past nine years (2006-2014), the ACC has accounted for 18 percent (52 of 294) of the college players selected in the first round.

With Milwaukee’s pick of Parker as the second overall selection, the ACC has had at least one lottery pick in six straight drafts. The ACC has had 12 lottery picks over the last six years.


1st Round

Jabari Parker, forward Duke

1st Round/2nd overall by Milwaukee Bucks

The first Duke player ever selected by Milwaukee, Parker is the sixth Blue Devil over the past four years to be selected in the first round, and 34th overall … the 2014 ACC Freshman of the Year is the eighth ACC player selected in the first round by the Bucks and the first since North Carolina’s John Henson in 2012 …the USBWA National Freshman of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-America selection, Parker became the 12th freshman in ACC history to lead his team in both scoring (19.1) and rebounding (8.7) … a first-team All-ACC selection, his 19.1 points per game were the fourth-highest by a freshman in league annals, while his 18 20-point games were second.

T.J. Warren, forward, NC State

1st Round/14th overall by the Phoenix Suns

The 2014 ACC Player of the Year, Warren is the 16th NC State player to be selected in the first round and the first since J.J. Hickson was picked 19th overall by Cleveland in 2008 … Phoenix has selected an ACC player in the first round in each of the past three years (Alex Len, Maryland, 2013; Kendall Marshall, North Carolina, 2012) and 12 times overall … Warren is the highest NC State player selected (14th overall) since Todd Fuller was the 11th overall pick by Golden State in 1996 … as a sophomore in 2014, Warren set an ACC single-season record with 31 games of 20 or more points en route to leading the ACC and finishing fourth nationally in scoring (24.9) … Warren became only the third player in conference history to lead the league in both scoring and field goal percentage (.525) in the same season.


Tyler Ennis, guard, Syracuse

1st Round/18th overall by the Phoenix Suns

Ennis is the fourth Syracuse player over the past three years to selected in the first round, and the 21st overall … Ennis is the second ACC player (T.J. Warren, NC State) selected by the Suns in the first round of the 2014 draft … the Suns have now drafted four ACC players in the first round over the past three years, and 13 times overall … the selections of Warren and Ennis mark the first time an NBA team has selected two ACC players in the first round since Minnesota drafted North Carolina’s Ty Lawson (18th) and Wayne Ellington (28th) in 2009 … a consensus first-team Freshman All-American after averaging 12.9 points and 5.5 assists per game … averaged 17.6 points over his last seven games … a five-time ACC Freshman of the Week selection, Ennis was the first freshman to lead the ACC in both assists (5.5) and steals (2.1).


Rodney Hood, forward, Duke

1st Round/23rd overall by the Utah Jazz

Hood is the seventh Blue Devil over the past four years to be selected in the first round, and 35th overall … the selection of Parker and Hood marks the third time in the past four years and seventh time overall that Duke has had at least two players selected in the first round … Hood is the first ACC player drafted in the first round by Utah since NC State’s Cedric Simmons (18th) in 2006 … a second-team All-ACC selection this past season as a sophomore after averaging 16.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game … led the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage (.420), was fourth in field goal percentage (.464) and ninth in free throw accuracy (.807).


P.J. Hairston, guard, North Carolina

1st Round/26th overall by the Miami Heat

Miami’s selection of Hairston marks the third-straight year that North Carolina has had a first-round selection … the Tar Heels have at least one player selected in seven of the last nine years and lead all ACC schools with 46 first round draft picks … Hairston is the 15th Tar Heel to play for head coach Roy Williams and be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft … only the second ACC player ever drafted by the Heat (Matt Geiger, Georgia Tech, 1992), Hairston did not play at North Carolina during the 2014 season … led the Tar Heels in scoring (14.6) and was third rebounding (4.3) as a sophomore in 2013 … averaged 21.8 points and 3.5 rebounds for the NBA D-League’s Texas Legends last season.

2nd Round


K.J. McDaniels, forward, Clemson

2nd Round/32nd overall by the Philadelphia 76ers

The 2014 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, McDaniels is the first Clemson player drafted since Trevor Booker (Minnesota) in 2010, and the 27th overall … McDaniels is the first Clemson player selected by the 76ers since Sharon Wright in 1994 … a first-team All-ACC selection in 2014 after leading the team in scoring (17.1), rebounding (7.1), blocks (100), steals (41) and 3-pointers (42) … only the second player to lead the ACC in all five of those categories since Wake Forest’s Josh Howard did so in 2003.

Joe Harris, guard, Virginia

2nd Round/33rd overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers

The seventh ACC player selected in the 2014 NBA Draft … Harris is Virginia’s second NBA draft pick in the past three years (Mike Scott, Atlanta, 2012) … a second-team All-ACC selection by the coaches after earning first-team honors in 2013 … started all 37 games for the Cavaliers in 2014 and was second on the team in scoring (12.0) and third in assists (2.3) … named the ACC Tournament MVP honors after scoring 47 points in three games and leading Virginia to their first ACC title since 1976.


Jerami Grant, forward, Syracuse

2nd Round/39th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers

The eighth ACC player selected in the 2014 NBA draft … Grant is the 10th Syracuse player to be drafted over the past eight years … the Orange have had at least two players drafted in three of the last five years … led Syracuse and was 12th in the ACC in rebounding (6.8) … averaged 12.1 points per game and shot .496 from the floor.


Lamar Patterson, guard, Pittsburgh

2nd Round/48th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks

With Patterson’s selection, Pittsburgh has now had players chosen in the NBA draft in back-to-back years for the first time since 1980-1981 … earned second-team All-ACC honors as a senior, leading the Panthers to 26-10 record and an NCAA Tournament berth … was the only player to finish in the top 5 in the ACC in both scoring (17.1) and assists (4.3) … was also eighth in field goal percentage (.441), fourth in 3-point field goal percentage (.388) and ninth in steals (1.4).

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NC State’s Marchand leads All-ACC academic golf team

Brittany Marchand.

Brittany Marchand.

Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year Brittany Marchand of NC State heads up the 2014 All-ACC Academic Team, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.

Marchand, a senior chemical engineering major, is a four-time All-ACC Academic member and a three-time All-ACC team honoree. The Orangeville, Ontario, Canada senior was named as an honorable mention All-American by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) after leading the Wolfpack to third place at the 2014 ACC Championship and a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Championship. Named to GolfWorld’s preseason Top 50 Golfers to Watch, Marchand ranked second on the team and eighth in the ACC with a 73.5 scoring average and had a team-high four top-10 finishes among her six top-20 performances.

Six golfers who earned All-ACC honors this season secured spots on the academic honors team: Marchand, Clemson’s Sloan Shanahan, Duke’s Laetitia Beck and Celine Boutier, Florida State’s Alex Milan and Miami’s Daniella Darquea.

In addition to Marchand, three other golfers – Duke’s Laetitia Beck and Alejandra Cangrejo and Wake Forest’s Olafia Kristinsdottir – are four-time academic honorees.

Earning all-academic recognition for a third time are Boston College’s Katina Joo, Florida State’s Laure Castelain, Maryland’s Emily Gimpel, North Carolina’s Katherine Perry, NC State’s Ana Menendez, Virginia’s Elizabeth Brightwell and Wake Forest’s Marissa Dodd.

All 11 ACC schools that compete in women’s golf are represented on this year’s academic team. Duke, Notre Dame, Miami and Wake Forest lead the way with four honorees each. Clemson, Florida State claimed three players apiece while Boston College, North Carolina and NC State each placed two players. Maryland and Virginia landed one player each to complete the team.

The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award was established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the award must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.

To be eligible for consideration for the All-ACC Academic team, a student-athlete, regardless of classification, must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career.

The 2014 All-ACC Academic Women’s Golf team is as follows:

Katina Joo, Jr., Boston College Finance & Marketing
Cristina McQuiston, Jr., Boston College Marketing
Lauren Salazar, So., Clemson Marketing/Financial Management
Sloan Shanahan, Fr., Clemson Pre-Business
McKenzie Talbert, Fr., Clemson Communications
Laetitia Beck, Sr., Duke Psychology
Celine Boutier, So., Duke Psychology
Alejandra Cangrejo, Sr., Duke Psychology
Sandy Choi, Fr., Duke Undeclared
Laure Castelain, Jr., Florida State Finance
Carlton Kuhlo, Jr., Florida State Marketing
Alex Milan, Jr., Florida State Finance
Emily Gimpel, Sr., Maryland Kinesiology
Delfina Acosta, Fr., Miami Sport Administration
Daniella Darquea, Fr., Miami Undeclared Arts & Sciences
Leticia Ras-Anderica, Jr., Miami Painting
Kailey Walsh, So., Miami Communication Studies
Jackie Chang, Sr., North Carolina Global Studies/Anthropology
Katherine Perry, Sr., North Carolina Exercise and Sport Science/Psychology
Brittany Marchand, Sr., NC State Chemical Engineering
Ana Menendez, Sr., NC State Business Administration
Ashley Armstrong, Jr., Notre Dame Mechanical Engineering
Talia Campbell, So., Notre Dame Finance
Jordan Ferreira, Fr., Notre Dame Science Preprofessional
Kristina Nhim, Sr., Notre Dame Accountancy
Elizabeth Brightwell, Sr., Virginia Public Policy
Marissa Dodd, Jr., Wake Forest Math
Elizabeth Doty, So., Wake Forest Undeclared
Allison Emery, Jr., Wake Forest Computer Science
Olafia Kristinsdottir, Sr., Wake Forest Economics

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U.S. Open starts with 15 golfers who played in the ACC

dukegolfbagFifteen golfers from ACC schools will tee off Thursday at the 114th U.S. Open Championship at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in Pinehurst, North Carolina. Eight different league programs will be represented at the championship.

Two of the last five U.S. Open champions played in the ACC, with Wake Forest’s Webb Simpson winning in 2012 and Clemson’s Lucas Glover in 2009. Georgia Tech’s Stewart Cink, The Open Championship winner in 2009, also has a major victory on his resume.

Florida State’s Jonas Blixt (T-2) and Georgia Tech’s Matt Kuchar (T-5) both were in contention on Sunday at the Masters in April and finished in the top five.

Seven players from current ACC schools have won the championship in the past. The group has combined for 11 U.S. Open titles and includes Clemson’s Glover, Florida State’s Hubert Green, Georgia Tech’s Bobby Jones, North Carolina’s Raymond Floyd, and Wake Forest’s Arnold Palmer, Curtis Strange, and Simpson.

Golfers from ACC Schools at the 2014 U.S. Open

Lucas Glover, Clemson
Joe Ogilvie, Duke
Kevin Streelman, Duke
Ryan Blaum, Duke
Daniel Berger, Florida State
Jonas Blixt, Florida State
Brooks Koepka, Florida State
Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech
Matt Kuchar, Georgia Tech
Stewart Cink, Georgia Tech
Garth Mulroy, NC State
Mark Wilson, North Carolina
Brendon de Jonge, Virginia Tech
Bill Haas, Wake Forest
Webb Simpson, Wake Forest

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Four area baseball players – three from NCSU – make All-America teams

Trea Turner.

Trea Turner.

Six baseball student-athletes from the ACC were named All-Americans on Wednesday, collecting a total of 10 honors from Baseball America and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).

Four players were named to both squads, led by NC State SS Trea Turner, who garnered two first-team honors. Virginia SP Nathan Kirby is on the Baseball America first team and the second team from the NCBWA, while both publications selected Florida State OF D.J. Stewart to the second team. North Carolina SS Michael Russell garnered two third-team accolades.

NC State C Brett Austin was named to the Baseball America third team, and Miami RP Bryan Garcia is a member of the NCBWA All-America third team.

The NCBWA’s Freshman All-America Team was announced on Monday and recognized five from the ACC, including a national best four on the first team: Maryland SP Mike Shawaryn, Miami C Zack Collins and Garcia, and NC State 3B Andrew Knizner. Maryland 2B Brandon Lowe was named to the second team.

With the two All-America teams announced Wednesday and the Louisville Slugger squad from last week, 11 different ACC players from six programs have earned national recognition, while seven more have been named to a Freshman All-America team.