ACC Championship, College Playoffs and Bowlin’ Time

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Long time no see or post. Im just gonna list some stuff, because I dont know when I’ll be back on TSB.

1. Had to add something different from the last post from months ago.

2. UNC will not make the CFP Final Four even if they beat Clemson. Strength of schedule (weak), havent played a ranked team until they face Clemson. Unless there are some other upsets like Florida Beating Alabama. I just dont see it happening.

3. In the words of the illustrious Small and PettyPat, SCOREBOARD! Statefan. Stop crying about the refs, you got beat by a better team. You have your hand in the dirt and you got your face in the dirt (especially in the first quarter).

4. Congrats to Frank Beamer going out with a bowl game. Justin Fuente from Memphis will take over in Hokieland next year. Keeping longtime D Coordinator Bud Foster on the staff, good move.

5. Speaking of coaches…Mark Richt out at Georgia after 15 years. Word is they are zeroing in on Kirby Smart, Alabama’s DC, and a Georgia Alum. The N&O threw Fedora’s name out there as a good fit.

6. Virginia is also looking for a new coach, along with South Carolina, Missouri, the real USC, Miami, but not LSU.

7. and now not USC, they just hired their interim coach.

8. Carry on, Melonfarmers.

Bill Guthridge, 1937-2015

From wral.com

Bill Guthridge, who assisted University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill head coach Dean Smith for 30 years before taking over the Tar Heel program in 1998, died Tuesday night at the age of 77.

Guthridge went 80-28 in his three seasons as UNC’s head coach before retiring prior to the 2000-01 season. Guthridge was the consensus National Coach of the Year in 1997-98 after leading UNC to an ACC Tournament title and the Final Four in the first season after Smith’s retirement. Guthridge, a Kansas State University graduate, join Smith’s staff in 1967.

He led UNC to two Final Fours in his three seasons as head coach. RIP Coach.

The Greatest Sports Weekend. Ever!

This past weekend had so many great sporting events going on, overlapping, on at the same time. What was a sports fan to do?  Me, I went and saw The Avengers 2.

For the most part, I just didnt care. I will break down the events and my viewership of them.

Mayweather vs Pacqiauo. The Fight of the Century.  Did not watch. First, unless Ali, Frazier, Hagler, Hearns, Tyson, etc are invovled, this isnt the fight of the century. There was no way I was going to pay $99 to watch two guys who should have fought years ago, and Mayweather wears a hat of ass. They both made a lot of money, I wasnt contributing.

The NFL Draft. Watched First Round, checked back in on the weekend. I mean did anybody really sit through the entire draft coverage? After the first round on Thursday, I occasionally checked in. I know the ACC had a lot of players picked. I did think it was cool that in the later rounds, fans got to announce their teams picks.

The Kentucky Derby. Did not watch. I have slightly more of an interest in this over boxing, but I was busy at the time of the race.  I didnt catch any of the 5 hour pregame show either before the two minute race. Honestly, this year I didnt even know who the favorite was. American Pharoh won.

Spurs vs LA Clippers, Game 7. Watched the 4th quarter. This was the best sports viewing for me on the weekend. Great game (the part I saw) and great finish with Chris Paul, with a bad hammy, hitting a shot with one second left over Tim Duncan (Wake on Wake crime). With Danny Green thrown in. The defending champs are done, classy team, Paul was in tears afterwards.

ESPN kept throwing Yankees vs Red Sox in the mix, but I didnt watch. Avengers 2 is very good. Not quite as good as the first but good.

Saw that Kenny Williams, former VCU commit, is going to UNC.

Duke Reloads

In a hot recruiting battle that included all three of the triangle schools, and also Kentucky and Kansas for good measure, Kinston High School’s Brandon Ingram chose Duke as the place where he will take his talents next season. Coach K and his entire coaching staff made two trips to Kinston in the last week to make the pitch to Ingram, apparently keeping Jeff Capel around was a good thing.

“Coach (Mike Krzyzewski) is a profesional. He’s a player’s coach and I just love everything about him,” Ingram said. “Talking to Jeff Capel, he made a good pitch and they sold it well.” -wral.com

Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones led Duke to their 5th national championship before declaring for the NBA, now Coach K adds Ingram (another probable one and done) and last week Derryck Thornton, a five-star point guard from California, reclassified from the class of 2016 to 2015 and committed to Duke.

Duke has the number 1 recruiting class (again), and is poised to make another Final Four and national championship run.

Argyle

Right before the 1991-92 basketball season, UNC unveiled a change to the men’s basketball uniforms. Designed by UNC alum Alexander Julian, they featured an argyle pattern down the sides. After the initial “outrage” the pattern has become a signature part of the uniform.

Now 20+ years later, UNC Nike is adding the argyle pattern to the football uniform. Yes, the football uniforms are being updated again. They recently were switched to this…what, two years ago?

An #OURBLUE teaser video came out on twitter last week, showing designers waxing poetic about Carolina blue and the football uniform (with a blurry model in the background), then for some reason at a Kenny Chesney concert in Greensboro, some UNC helmets were brought on stage with an argyle down the middle. The rest is supposed to be revealed sometime today. The Oregon-ization of college football uniforms continues. Multi-colors, chrome helmets, UNC adding argyle, NC State has helmets with wolf eyes on the back, Duke has all black. Even the basketball uniforms are changing with special “march madness” uniforms from Adidas.

 

Will it ever stop, yo, I dont know.

ACC Bowlin’

11 ACC teams and Notre Dame were selected for bowl games.

The number of selections matches the total from 2013, when the ACC became the first-ever conference to place 11 teams in bowl games. -theACC.com

Here is the ACC lineup

Rose: (3) Florida State vs (2) Oregon
Orange: Georgia Tech vs Mississippi
Russell Athletic: Clemson vs Oklahoma

Music City: Notre Dame vs LSU
Belk: Louisville vs. Georgia
Pinstripe: Boston College  vs. Penn State
Sun Duke vs. Arizona State – El Paso, TX

Military: Virginia Tech vs Cincinnati
Independence: Miami vs South Carolina
Quick Lane: North Carolina vs Rutgers – Detriot, MI
Bitcoin: NC State vs Central Florida –  St. Petersburg, FL

Armed Forces: Pittsburgh vs Houston

There was some shuffling in the bowls that some ACC teams ended up going to, this was because the final committee rankings determine the top bowl matchups.

From BCInterruption.comThe biggest losers in the ACC bowl reshuffle were Louisville, N.C. State and Pittsburgh. Louisville went from a presumed trip to Orlando (RAB? Citrus?) to face a Big 12 or SEC opponent to the decidedly less sexy trip to Charlotte and the Belk Bowl (though against a solid Georgia team). N.C. State similarly tumbled from the “Tier I” set of bowls all the way to the conference’s flex spot in the Bitcoin Bowl vs. UCF, somehow bypassing three bowls in the conference’s “Tier II” in the process. Finally, poor Pitt was relegated to the Armed Forces Bowl vs. Houston — the second straight year the Panthers land in a replacement bowl slot against a team playing without their head coach.

I dont know all the ins and outs of the bowl Tiers, maybe one you all are more knowledgeable about it. Basically the Big 10 gained and got the Citrus slot over an ACC team, and Notre Dame jumped up and took a spot in the Music City Bowl, while NC State tumbled to a lower tier bowl in St. Petersburg.

Turkey Week Fodder

Rivalry Week

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State coaches and players still mad about UNC players dancing at midfield last year.

UNC players damaged the Duke locker room after win on Thursday

For the first time since 1994, and only the second time ever, Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina and North Carolina State are all bowl eligible.

ACC Championship Game is set. Georgia Tech vs Florida State, December 6 in Charlotte.