L.O.I.C.

I know this is lazy of me, but I do not have the time to post a proper analysis of this yet. However, you need somewhere to discuss this without being labeled as “ABCers” or “UNC Blinders Wearing Homers With Your Head In The Sand”.

ESPN write up is here.

CBSSports.com is here.

Yahoo Sports is here.

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.

Brandon Ingram Update

According to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello’s Twitter feed, Brandon Ingram told ESPN that Duke was in home for a visit this morning.  Up next is Kansas tomorrow, followed by NC State on Monday, and UNC on Wednesday.  No mention of Kentucky, and UCLA is trying to get something set up.

With all three Triangle teams in hot pursuit of Brandon, and with this recruitment going back a few years now, this is a decision that all of us should be excited for.  No word on when said decision will be made yet.

Attrition Galore

This year there are quite a few early departures for the NBA draft.  Hit the jump to see a current list of players who have declared.  Who should have stayed?  Who else should have gone?  How does this change the landscape for next season? Continue reading Attrition Galore

NCAA Finds Wainstein Report “Troubling” – Bubba Finds Wainstein Report “Not Quite That Bad”

Not a lot of time to expound on this at the moment, but here are a few links for your reading enjoyment.  Or agony.

Bubba does not think the academic fraud was really all that bad.  Here is my favorite quote from him so far, when discussing possible NCAA sanctions:

“I wouldn’t speculate on any sanctions,” he said. “There’s nothing new in the report that we haven’t seen before with a few exceptions – more than a few exceptions. The scope, certainly, would definitely be one.”

Say what?  Nothing new with a few exceptions.  Oh, wait.  More than a few exceptions.  So which is it, nothing new, or a lot of new items?

Then we have this gem, also from the N&O, which pretty much calls for Roy William’s head. Here is the thing with Coach Williams.  He talks out of both sides of his mouth at times.  We have heard him say that he is not involved in the academics of his players at all, and then we have heard him say that he steered players out of AFAM because he was concerned with the clustering.  Which is it?  Are you involved with academics or not, Coach Williams?  Let us face facts, clustering is part of the game of collegiate athletics.  There is always going to be clustering and it makes sense that there would be.  It would be interesting to see what kind of clustering took place at Kansas while he was there.

The first N&O link above about Bubba also hits on Mark Emmert and his comments about the Wainstein report.  He finds it troubling, and if you read into his quotes on this ESPN article, it could spell trouble for UNC athletics as a whole.

“Just based on the (Kenneth) Wainstein report, this is a case that potentially strikes at the heart of what higher education is about,” Emmert said Monday. “Universities are supposed to take absolutely most seriously the education of their students, right? I mean that’s why they exist, that’s their function in life. If the Wainstein report is accurate, then there was severe, severe compromising of all those issues, so it’s deeply troubling. … It’s absolutely disturbing that we find ourselves here right now.”

He also discussed infractions at UGA, and the potential impacts of the O’Bannon case.  He would not discuss the issues at Florida State, apparently.  All in all, there could be some dark days looming on the horizon for the ACC.

Tyler Lewis Departs NC State

News broke over the weekend that Tyler Lewis was transferring from NC State.  On the surface, there will be more moans about players leaving NC State and how frequently it occurs.  That is a little short sighted though, when you look at the big picture with Lewis. While I do not like seeing the kid leave, I completely understand the decision.  If he had to fight for playing time this year, next year was looking even worse as far as his minutes are concerned.

Backing The Pack has a great write up about this, so I will not get too deep into it.

Another thing to remember is that in this day and age, players transfer all the time.  It is not an issue specific to NC State, but rather to the landscape of college basketball.  While I am no fan of Jeff Goodman, he keeps a list of transfers each year.  Here is 2013, which is just staggering.

All Americans and ACC Tournament Time UPDATE: All ACC teams.

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Each of the three triangle ACC schools have players who chosen as All-Americans by The Sporting News.  Duke freshman Jabari Parker was named 1st team All-American. UNC’s Marcus Paige and NC State’s TJ Warren were named 2nd team All-Americans. Complete list here.

The 2014 ACC Tournament starts on Wednesday. The top four seeds, Virginia, Syracuse, Duke and North Carolina all have byes until Friday.

Wednesday, 1PM.  Wake Forest vs Notre Dame (winner plays Pittsburgh)

3:30PM,  Miami vs Virginia Tech (winner plays NC State)

7PM, Georgia Tech vs Boston College (winner plays Clemson)

Thursday, Maryland vs Florida State (winner plays Virginia)

All ACC Teams after the jump

Continue reading All Americans and ACC Tournament Time UPDATE: All ACC teams.

NC State Falls To Mizzou

After leading most of the game, NC State could not hold on and beat Frank Haith’s Missouri Tigers in Raleigh last night.  After being in control for about the first 36 minutes, the Wolfpack seemed like they would pick up a vital OOC win over an SEC opponent.  Instead, things fell apart in the end as the Tigers hit five threes out of their final seven baskets.

Overall it was a good game for the Pack, but they came up short in the end.  It was puzzling that TJ Warren did not score in the final 12 minutes of the game, after pouring in 24 up to that point.  It was also puzzling that Mark Gottfried took Kyle Washington out of the game late, yet left in Leonard Freeman down the stretch.  Washington was clearly having his best game of the season, and Freeman failed to do much all game long.

Also puzzling was BeeJay Anya only getting nine minutes of action when Jordan Vandenberg was limited to 22 due to foul trouble.  I think Gottfried was trying to go a little small due to the guards on Mizzou, but with Cat Barber being in foul trouble the entire game it may have been time to focus on your own strengths versus trying to match-up with the Tigers’.

At the end of the day it was a hard fought game and Mizzou hit a few more shots, including 19/26 free throws compared to 8/14 for the Pack.  Up next for the Pack is UNCG on the 30th, before hitting ACC play against Pitt on the 4th.  A win over Mizzou would have gone a long way heading into ACC action, but we can only hope this lights a fire under them and they tighten up their flaws, like Ralston Turner forcing threes up when they should be feeding Warren down low.

The #FreePJ Movement Worked

Looks like all those peeps asking for PJ Hairston to be freed got their wish today, as he is free from any responsibilities to the UNC basketball program.  UNC announced today that they will not seek reinstatement for the suspended shooting guard.

 

Monday Morning Fodder

Busy weekend in sports as we head towards Turkey Day and the final regular season weekend of college football.

North Carolina beat Old Dominion 80-20. Both head coaches agreed to shorten the fourth quarter to 10 minutes, a modern mercy rule. Some were calling Fedora classless, dont know why, they had scout team players in and took a knee on a fourth and goal. Cant just stop playing. ( btw, Florida State and South Carolina also won by 60 or more points)

Duke beat Wake Forest 28-21.  This sets up a big game vs North Carolina this weekend, they win and they will be in the ACC Championship Game vs Florida State.

Will Jameis Winston be able to play in the Championship Game, and a possible National Championship? We wont find out until after Thanksgiving.

East Carolina beat NC State in Raleigh 42-28.  State fans had to endure the “Our State” chants again, and a billboard on Capital Blvd.  Some statefans have called for that campaign to be retired.

Duke basketball escapes with a 91-90 win over Vermont. Coach K said they were “lucky to win”. 

UNC basketball bounces back with two wins over the weekend, including a 93-84 win over defending champs and #3 ranked Louisville. Marcus Paige had a career high 32 points.

Carolina Panthers won their 7th game in a row, Manning cant beat Brady, Brian McCann to the Yankees, five years, $85 million.

Ice Up, Son!