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.
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.
The NCAA is reopening its investigation into UNC academic fraud. UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement that the university had received a verbal notice of inquiry from the NCAA, and that the NCAA would investigate “academic irregularities.” (News&Observer)
Mary Willingham is suing UNC, wants her job back and help the NCAA with their investigation. Meting out punishment should not be the purpose of any inquiry at this point. Instead, they should focus on how to use the UNC example to reform the entire system. (wral.com)
NC State and Mississippi State have scheduled a home and home football series. They will play on Sept. 12, 2020 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh. The Wolfpack return the trip on Sept. 11, 2021 in Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field
McCants, wearing a “Defend Student Athletes” t-shirt. Responded to Williams denial about meeting with him about his grades by saying… “Maybe he’s getting a little old. You know, that’s something that I can’t … I don’t have any control over what he remembers. All I know is the truth. And I’m not up here to lie about anything.
McCants challenged his former teammates to release their transcripts.. “If you want to find the truth, the truth is there in the transcripts,”
Katz asked McCants if he would speak to Kenneth Wainstein, who is conducting an investigation of the AFAM program. “I think [the investigator] should discuss [their academic experiences] with the 16 guys who said they had excellent experiences,”
Then Jalen Rose was brought on at McCants’ request because “Jalen Rose and the Fab Five took the game to another level when it comes to merchandising and likeness, and they didnt receive anything for what they did.”
Wow! Feel the excitement!!!!!!!!! This new logo is set in a custom-designed font created specifically for the league.
“The ACC is well-positioned for many future successes and we are pleased with our new branding that reflects our limitless potential, the new, contemporary look modernizes and energizes the ACC mark, and, at the same time, still reflects the league’s history and rich tradition.” – Commissioner John Swofford