Breaking: Notre Dame suspends 4 amid academic inquiry

Welcome to the ACC, Notre Dame!

Unlike UNC, the Irish got some wins and a BCS Championship appearance out of their cheating… but similar UNC, they’re likely to end up with some vacated wins for their actions.

Discuss.

David Wilson forced to retire at 23

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David Wilson was the 2011 ACC Player of the Year running back from Virginia Tech, and a first round draft pick in 2012 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. His brief NFL career has been cut short because of neck and spine injuries.

The Giants announced on Monday that doctors have advised Wilson, who is 23, to stop playing football due to the condition of his neck and spine.

ESPN.com said that Wilson injured his neck in a Week 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013 and missed the rest of the season. He had spinal fusion surgery in January and was not cleared for full contact until July 21, the day before the Giants’ first training camp practice.

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I don’t want anybody to feel sorry for me or pity me. I lived my dream. A lot of people only get to dream their dream. I lived that dream.

 

The Preseason Amway Coaches Poll

Amway?….yes, Amway

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  • 1. Florida State (56 first place votes)
  • 2. Alabama
  • 3. Oklahoma (3)
  • 4. Oregon (1)
  • 5. Auburn
  • 6. Ohio State (1)
  • 7. UCLA
  • 8. Michigan State
  • 9. South Carolina (1)
  • 10. Baylor
  • 11. Stanford
  • 12. Georgia
  • 13. LSU
  • 14. Wisconsin
  • 15. USC
  • 16. Clemson
  • 17. Notre Dame
  • 18. Arizona State
  • 19. Ole Miss
  • 20. Texas A&M
  • 21. Kansas State
  • 22. Nebraska
  • 23. North Carolina
  • 24. Texas
  • 25. Washington

UNC-CH Welcomes Back Former Athletes

If you are a former athlete from UNC-CH, and you did not finish your degree, we have good news for you.  Sorta.  In its new “Complete Carolina” initiative, UNC-CH is inviting former athletes to come back and finalize their educations.  On scholarship.

Which is very interesting to me.  While some athletes would be partial scholarships and some full ones (ahem, basketball, football and baseball?) depending on their status when they were at UNC-CH to begin with, one has to wonder if these scholarships should count against their eligible tally for each season.  It is kind of shady to have, say, Marvin Williams (just pulling a name out of the air) back on campus with a full basketball scholarship yet have it not count against their allotted number for basketball.

Do not get me wrong, I think it is commendable to offer this (which has been done by other programs already) and I hope it is successful.  I also hope it does not give the mentality to current and future players that school is secondary because if they do not make it in the NBA/NFL they can always come back and finish up their degrees without reaching into their own pockets.

ACC Football Kickoff – Florida State & Everybody Else

The ACC Kickoff was held in Greensboro and the always exciting and absolutely spot-on preseason voting took place. Defending National Champions Florida State are the overwhelming favorite to win the ACC for the third straight year.  Heisman Trophy winner FSU quarterback Jameis Winston was also the major choice for preseason ACC Player of the Year. Winston recieved 99 votes, Clemson DE Vic Beasley was second with six. Here is the rest of the voting.

The Triangle teams all start the season on August 30.  Duke hosts Elon, North Carolina opens at home against Liberty, and NC State is on the road at Georgia Southern.

Some Fans Are Stupid

From the files of “How Stupid Are You?”, we get this gem:

Not only does this idiot think he has a right to confront the pitcher, but he charges the mound from the stands.  He is very lucky he was able to walk off the field under his own power.

By the way… where in the blue Hell was security?  Even when dude leaves the field he is only greeted by ushers?  He should have been lead off in handcuffs.

McCants wants Money, UNC wants to Talk

From the News & Observer

Rashad McCants and Mary Willingham were on Mark Packer’s SiriusXM radio show on Monday. Interesting comments.

Packer asked him: “Are you willing to have a conversation with the folks at North Carolina?” McCants responded: “The question is what are we talking about, honestly. I mean I have a check being written to me from the University of North Carolina for over $10 million due to the exploitation of me as a player and the lack of education that I received. The NCAA has a check for me for over $300 million to help me facilitate these sports education programs across the country. These are things that’s in the works.”

OK. I dont care what you do or dont believe about McCants, he is delusional if thinks he has $310 million dollars coming to him. Again, not helping his cause.

Mary Willingham said she has received hundreds of emails from people who work at other colleges dealing with similar academic issues.

UNC reached out to McCants on June 6, asking him to meet to talk about his statements on ESPN and Sirius radio accusing the university of academic misconduct. A registered letter, dated June 6, signed by senior associate athletics director Vincent Ille, asked McCants to contact the school to discuss his comments. Two text messages also were sent to McCants asking him to contact the school.