GREENSBORO– Leading UNC women’s basketball scorer Diamond DeShields was selected ACC Rookie of the Week Monday on the heels of her superb play in the Cancun Challenge.
Carolina has now won the honor three consecutive weeks. Allisha Gray snagged the award on Nov. 18 and Stephanie Mavunga took the honor on Nov. 25.
DeShields averaged 23.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals during her three games at the early season tournament. The Tar Heels posted a 2-1 record at the event.
The freshman shot 49.1 percent from the floor and served as a catalyst for the Carolina offense that put up big points.
No. 18 UNC hosts No. 15 Nebraska in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Wednesday at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast on 97.9 FM, WCHL.
GREENSBORO– Can you believe it? The Tar Heels won’t be playing a noon or 12:30 p.m. game Oct. 26 against Boston College.
The kickoff in Kenan Stadium is set for a rare 3:30 p.m. time slot. Chapel Hill folks will likely be excited for a little more time to tailgate and enjoy the game day atmosphere before making their way into Kenan.
Announced Monday by the ACC, other notable game times for Oct. 26 include a noon kick for Wake Forest at Miami and 3:30 start times in both Tallahassee and Blacksburg for NC State at Florida State and Duke at Virginia Tech.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/acc-schedule-shocker-no-noon-game-on-the-hill-for-bc-vs-unc/
CHAPEL HILL – UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham told a concerned UNC supporter in an email that “keeping the ACC strong is our number one choice.”
The News and Observer reported Thursday that emails from the AD showed doubt in the ACC. Cunningham told the supporter “we are looking at all options.”
In another email conversation, Cunningham told former UNC tennis player and assistant tennis coach who is currently a financial adviser from Athens, Georgia that it really concerns him whether or not the ACC will be able to continue to compete financially. Their correspondence included conversation about how the SEC currently pays $20 million per team and could get up to $35 million per team after the next TV contract is negotiated.
The N&O made the records requests in February for emails and other documents regarding Maryland’s departure from the ACC.
Cunningham continued to express his concern earlier this week he’s “concerned about the disparity in revenues of various conferences.” The SEC has announced it will launch the SEC Television Network in August 2014. Cunningham is a member of the ACC’s TV subcommittee; the group is reportedly also looking into a similar channel, a possible revenue producer.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/unc-ad-expressed-doubt-in-acc/
GREENSBORO– The stage is now fully set for the next Tar Heel football game day in Chapel Hill.
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday that 12:30 p.m. will be the kickoff inside Kenan Stadium when Carolina takes on East Carolina. The Tar Heels will be gunning for their sixth straight victory over the Pirates on Saturday, Sept. 28.
In other league action, Virginia Tech will be facing Georgia Tech at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26 on ESPN. In addition, Wake Forest will be traveling to Clemson to face the third-ranked Tigers at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28.
UNC’s non-conference tilt against ECU will be broadcast by the ACC Network, and WCHL will have you covered with Countdown to Kickoff with Ron Stutts presented by UNC Health Care live at Ram’s Plaza at 9:00 a.m.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/1230-p-m-kickoff-for-ecu-unc-contest/
GREENSBORO–Tar Heel football fans got a double dose of excitement Monday.
First off, the ACC released its Football Players of the Week and Carolina’s own standout senior James Hurt was named Offensive Lineman of the Week.
Hurst played 80 snaps and totaled a 92 percent grade in Carolina’s 40-20 triumph over Middle Tennessee Saturday. UNC gained 511 total yards of offense and eclipsed 40 points for the sixth time in Coach Larry Fedora’s tenure.
Hurst racked up 12 knockdown blocks and did not allow a single sack or quarterback pressure.
The other news coming out of the ACC is the release of the game times and TV networks for Saturday, Sept. 21.
The Tar Heels will be taking on Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and the pivotal contest will be kicking off at high noon. The game will be broadcast on one of the ESPN networks-ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU. The specific network will be selected by Sept. 15.
Another marquee ACC match-up to look out for that week will see the third-ranked Clemson Tigers play at NC State in the Thursday night feature Sept. 19 on ESPN.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/acc-combo-james-hurst-and-noon-game/
GREENSBORO - ACC basketball will certainly be getting a lot of national exposure in the 2013-2014 season. Of the 149 games, 83 of them will be aired nationally as ACC Commissioner John Swofford revealed on Thursday.
And the Tar Heels will be getting their fair share of attention as usual. Carolina will be featured in one of the two “Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV telecasts” and College GameDay in the ACC when UNC heads down Tobacco Road to face Duke in Cameron Indoor on March 8.
The Tar Heel regular season tips off at home with a contest against Oakland on November 8. A possible matchup against Louisville looms in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament in November, and the scheduled showdown in the Dean Dome with the University of Kentucky Wildcats on December 14 are two no one will want to miss.
With the new additions of Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the league, the ACC has only strengthened its reputation as the nation’s strongest college basketball conference.
Three of the top five winningest programs in NCAA Division I basketball history are now in the ACC. And the league is getting the exposure that reflects that kind of pedigree.
GREENSBORO – All but one of the ACC’s women’s soccer coaches say defending National Champion, North Carolina, will win the ACC crown this season.
Twenty-three points behind the Tar Heels are the returning regular season champions, the Florida State Seminoles, with one first-place vote.
UNC finished the regular season tied for second last year at 6-3. Virginia took down Carolina in the Tar Heels’ ACC tournament opener, 1-0; UVA went on to win the ACC title against FSU, 4-0.
But the National Championship was all Carolina, including a dominant 4-1 win as a No. 2 seed against No. 1 seed PennState in the title game.
The Tar Heels return eight starters from last season, including MAC Hermann Trophy winner, ACC Defensive Player of the Year, and Mary Garber Award recipient, senior Crystal Dunn and NCAA Women’s College Cup Most Outstanding Offensive and Defensive Players Kealia Ohai and Satara Murray.
Carolina is in Shallotte, NC Tuesday for a scrimmage against Wofford College. The season officially kicks off against Santa Clara in Charlottesville, Virginia for the Klockner Classic next Friday, August 23. The first home game is Friday, August 30 against New Mexico in the Carolina Nike Classic.
2013 ACC Women’s Soccer Preseason Poll
1. North Carolina (194 points, 13 first place votes)
2. Florida State (171, 1 first place vote)
3. Virginia (161)
4. Duke (153)
5. Notre Dame (143)
6. Wake Forest (140)
7. Maryland (110)
8. Boston College (102)
9. Virginia Tech (85)
T10. Clemson (56)
T10. Miami (56)
12. Syracuse (45)
13. NC State (36)
14. Pittsburgh (18)
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – The Atlantic Coast Conference has completed its bowl lineup for the 2014-19 seasons.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford said Wednesday that the league will send teams to the Military and AdvoCareV100 plus a still-to-be-named bowl in Detroit.
The ACC also reached deals with the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s and Birmingham bowls in years when those games are played after Christmas.
The ACC gets the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl in 2014 and 2016 and is the Tampa, Fla.-based game’s first conditional choice in the other years if its other partners can’t provide a team.
The Birmingham game is a second conditional choice if another league it is tied to can’t send a team.
The ACC previously announced deals with the Orange, Russell Athletic, Capital One, Sun, Belk, Music City, Gator and Pinstripe bowls.http://chapelboro.com/sports/acc/acc-completes-bowl-lineup-for-2014-19/
CHAPEL HILL – A record total of 329 North Carolina student-athletes have been named to the 2012-13 Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll, announced Tuesday by ACC Commissioner John Swofford.
The ACC Academic Honor Roll, now in its 57th year, is comprised of conference student-athletes who participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a grade point average of 3.00 or better for the full academic year. A record 2,909 student-athletes were honored during the 2012-13 academic year.
UNC’s previous high for student-athletes honored was 294 in 2004-05. The Tar Heel total was 290 in 2011-12.
In 2012-13, Duke led all schools with an ACC-record 474 student-athletes recognized, eclipsing its own mark of 452 set last year. Boston College saw 391 student-athletes honored, followed by North Carolina with 329, Virginia 286, Florida State 222, Virginia Tech 216, Maryland 192, NC State 181, Clemson 175, Georgia Tech 157, Miami 156 and Wake Forest 130.
Two ACC student-athletes were named to the list for the sixth time: Florida State’s Jessica Price (women’s soccer) and Keith Weeks (football). Twenty were honored for the fifth time, including UNC’s Pete Mangum (football).
Among those honored were 23 ACC Players of the Year, including UNC’s Kent Emanuel (baseball’s Pitcher of the Year) and Tom Luchsinger (men’s swimming). Ten of those honored also earned ACC Freshman of the Year honors in 2012-13, including UNC’s Paige Neuenfeldt (volleyball) and Emily Wold (field hockey).
The ACC Academic Honor Roll includes two 2012 ACC football postseason award recipients, including UNC’s Jonathan Cooper (Jacobs Blocking Trophy).http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/record-329-tar-heels-earn-acc-honor/
Honda Award (Courtesy of GoHeels.com)
GREENSBORO — Carolina’s women’s soccer star Crystal Dunn just keeps hauling in the honors. This time, Dunn grabbed the 2012-22013 Mary Garber Award given to the best ACC women’s athlete and is voted on by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
The ACC award seems to be reserved for members of the UNC women’s soccer team. No less than seven UNC players have combined to win eight Garber Awards since the conference began the honor in 1990.
“It is humbling to know that I am the eighth recipient from UNC and follow in the footsteps of players like Mia Hamm, Cindy Parlow and the other Tar Heel soccer players who have won the award,” Dunn said. “It is an honor to wear Mia’s collegiate number when I take the field for the Tar Heels and a privilege to have had Cindy on our coaching staff my first three years here.”
In addition to the receiving the Garber accolade, Dunn was the consensus collegiate women’s soccer player of the year, claiming both the Hermann Trophy and the Honda Award for soccer in addition to national player of the year honors from Soccer America and Soccer News Net.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/unc-soccer-star-dunn-named-accs-top-athlete/