Friday, March 15, 2013

T.A.H.: Tied To The Whipping Post

AT (L)EAST THEY ARE GOING OUT IN STYLE...? (Al Bello/Getty Images)
T.A.H. is headed to NYC for the final Big (L)East tournament.

C'mon people, you didn't believe that for even a nano second, did you?  Really?

We are headed out of town, but not to Greensboro.  We have a date with Allman Bro(s), so T.A.H. will not be providing our usual in depth coverage of the ACC tournament.

Here's what you need to know:
  • All the info you seek is available elsewhere on the Internet(s) via your Google Machine (props to Mr. Tony).
  • Last night, BC, N.C. State, Maryland and FSU won opening round games.  Clemson wore uniforms that made me think the University of Florida had joined the ACC. We're pretty sure there is a reasonable explanation, but Clemson's A.D. isn't returning our texts. Like he's busy or something...
  • Duke will probably win it as they are undefeated (20-0?) when Ryan Kelly is on the court.
Have a great weekend, and we hope your team wins.

Sort of.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pop Culture: The Lion Of Durham

 DOESN'T LOOKED STONED. (Tod Williamson/Invision/AP)
Cordell Broadus, also known as the son of Snoop Dog/Snoop Lion, has been offered a football scholarship by Duke.

Broadus, who plays wide receiver and defensive back, is in his sophomore year at Diamond Bar High School in California.

The 6-foot-3, 185-proud Broadus also has offers from UCLA and Washington, according to Rivals.

If Broadus heads to Durham, he won’t be the first son of a recording artist to play there.  

Hud Mellencamp, son ofJohn Mellencamp, is a rising sophomore walk-on DB for Duke. He did not appear in any games last year.

ACC Football Links

HOPKINS (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
By Andrea Adelson |

Four ACC players could go in the first round of the NFL draft.

Former five-star linebackers Stephone Anthony and Tony Steward have something to prove this spring

Former Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins held a private workout for the Panthers.

Georgia Tech is doing well in winter workouts.

Maryland's Brad Craddock appears to be a changed kicker.

Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson has gotten a bad rap.

Going over some of Virginia Tech's winter workout numbers.

By Heather Dinich |

ACC versus the Big 12 instead of the Big East? Woot woot.

Clemson has put on the pads and started to get down to business.

Georgia Tech hosted its junior day on Saturday in anticipation of what could be the largest recruiting class in the Paul Johnson era.

Former FSU quarterback EJ Manuel credits his success to his faith and his father.

The lack of information regarding UNC's academic scandal is poisoning "Public Ivy."

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd will again work with quarterback guru George Whitfield in California.

Pitt redshirt freshman Mike Caprara surprised a few by showing up on the first-team depth chart at middle linebacker.

Running back Naesean Howard, Syracuse's first 2014 recruit, is ready to hit the books and get to college.

NCAA Enforcement Committee Spring Meeting Underway

(L'Osservatore Romano/Getty Images Europe)

Pictures Of The Day

Laureus Academy Member Tony Hawk skateboards with local children attends the Laureus visit to Rocinha during the 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards on March 11, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images For Laureus)
Ruby Walsh on Champagne Fever leads the field on the way to victory in The William Hill Supreme Novices' Hurdle Race during Champion Day at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 12, 2013 in Cheltenham, England. (Michael Regan/Getty Images Europe)
Competitors from team Seagate compete in the GODZOne Adventure race on March 12, 2013 in Wanaka, New Zealand. (Camilla Stoddart/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Ryan Braun #8 of the United States slides under the tag of Yadier Molina #4 of Puerto Rico during a World Baseball Classic second round game at Marlins Park on March 12, 2013 in Miami, Florida.(Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America)
Musher Mitch Seavey arrives at the Unalakleet, Alaska, checkpoint Sunday, March 10, 2013, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.  The 53-year-old former champion has won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race to become the oldest winner of Alaska's grueling test of endurance. (The Anchorage Daily News, Bill Roth)
Chris Bosh (by way of Wake Forest) of the Miami Heat dunks against the Atlanta Hawks on March 12, 2013 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.  The Heat won their 19th straight game. (Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

News Flash: Notre Dame To ACC A Done Deal

Sources tell ESPN that Notre Dame and the Big East have reached an agreement allowing the Fighting Irish to leave the league two years early and join the ACC on July 1 of this year after paying a $2.5 million exit fee.

(Those same sources were going to give this scoop to T.A.H., but it's raining really hard here at T.A.H. Worldwide Media LLC Headquarters, and nobody wants to get their cell phone signal soaking wet...Who can blame 'em?)

Notre Dame's exit agreement with the Big East requires the Fighting Irish to provide 27 months notice and does not require an exit fee. But the Fighting Irish and Big East agreed to the $2.5 million buyout of those terms.

The Fighting Irish's move to the ACC will be official, pending the expected approval from the Big East's presidents in a Tuesday morning teleconference. The league is expected to announce Notre Dame's departure by noon Tuesday.

Notre Dame announced last year it was joining the ACC in all sports except football.

The ACC had been planning for months to accommodate Notre Dame if it was able to join for the 2013-14 academic year. The ACC already has formulated an 18-game, 15-team scheduling format for men's basketball.

Notre Dame will play home and home ACC basketball games against Boston College and Georgia Tech along with two other ACC schools to be determined. Notre Dame also will play one game each against the league's remaining 10 members.

Previously the Big East unsuccessfully tried to get Notre Dame to schedule future football games against Big East opponents to allow an early exit from the league, sources said.

However, Notre Dame didn't have any future openings, in part, because of its football scheduling agreement with the ACC. Notre Dame, which will remain an independent in football, will play five ACC teams annually starting in 2014.

ACC Players Of The Week

(Duke Blue Planet)
Duke’s Seth Curry has been selected ACC Player of the Week, while Boston College’s Olivier Hanlan been named the conference’s Rookie of the Week in the final balloting of the season.

Curry averaged 20.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game in wins over Virginia Tech and North Carolina. The Charlotte, N.C., senior shot 58 percent (14-of-24) from the field, including 7-of-15 (.467) from three-point range for the week.

Against Virginia Tech, Curry knocked down five three-point field goals and finished with 20 points and five rebounds. He set the tone early in Saturday’s win over North Carolina, knocking down his first seven shots and scoring 18 points in the opening half of play. Curry finished the game with 20 points, three rebounds and two assists in a 69-53 road win.

In earning the Rookie honor for the fourth time this season, Hanlan averaged 19.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in a pair of wins last week for Boston College. In the second half of a 68-61 win at Clemson Tuesday, Hanlan scored 21 of his 24 points in the final 20 minutes. He was 12-for-14 (.857) from the line while adding five rebounds and three assists.

In Saturday’s 74-72 win over Georgia Tech, the Aylmer, Quebec freshman had 14 points, five boards, two assists and two steals. He was 6-for-9 from the field. Hanlan ranks eighth in the ACC in scoring (14.6) and is fifth during conference play (15.7).

All-ACC Basketball Team

(The Hoops
Duke’s Mason Plumlee led a close vote for the 2012-13 All-ACC basketball first team, as determined by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Plumlee (73 1st-place votes, 226 points) finished second among ACC players in scoring average, rebound average and field goal percentage, in leading Duke to a 27-4 record.

He is joined on the first team by the ACC’s leading scorer, Erick Green of Virginia Tech (72 1st-place votes, 225 points), Miami’s Shane Larkin (72 1st-place votes, 224 points), Virginia’s Joe Harris (67 1st-place votes, 219 points) and NC State’s Richard Howell (46 1st-place votes, 192 points).

First Team
Mason Plumlee, DUKE (226)
Erick Green, VIRGINIA TECH (225)
Shane Larkin, MIAMI (224)
Joe Harris, VIRGINIA (219)
Richard Howell, N.C. STATE (192)

Second Team
Seth Curry, Duke (178)
Kenny Kadji, Miami (131)
Lorenzo Brown, NC State (122)
Reggie Bullock, North Carolina (119)
James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina (97)

Third Team
Michael Snaer, Florida State (93)
C.J. Leslie, NC State (80)
Ryan Anderson, Boston College (46)
Akil Mitchell, Virginia (43)
Devin Booker, Clemson (43)
Quinn Cook, Duke (43)

Honorable Mention
Durand Scott, Miami (39); P.J. Hairston, North Carolina (30); C.J. Harris, Wake Forest (27); Alex Len, Maryland (19); Olivier Hanlan, Boston College (13); Travis McKie, Wake Forest (13); Ryan Kelly, Duke (12); Okaro White, Florida State (6); Scott Wood, N.C. State (5); Dez Wells, Maryland (4); Devin Thomas, Wake Forest (1); Julian Gamble, Miami (1); T.J. Warren, NC State (1)

All-ACC Defensive Team

LARKIN (Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel)

Miami’s Shane Larkin, who led the Hurricanes to their first outright ACC regular season championship, is the leading vote-getter for the ACC’s All-Defensive Team, as determined by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).

Larkin, whose 32 steals in ACC games leads the league, appeared on 46 of 77 ballots cast by ACSMA members. He’s joined on the team by Georgia Tech’s Daniel Miller (37 votes), who averages 6.7 rebounds per game and leads the ACC with 62 blocks.

Also making the All-Defensive Team are: Miami’s Durand Scott (36 votes), who is tied for second in steals in ACC games; Maryland’s Alex Len (35 votes), who is third in overall blocked shots; and Virginia’s Jontel Evans (33 votes).

Shane Larkin, MIAMI
Daniel Miller, GEORGIA TECH
Durand Scott, MIAMI
Jontel Evans, VIRGINIA

Final AP Regular Season Poll

Thanks, Butch Davis: The Scandal That Keeps On Giving

AUSTIN NOW A N.Y. GIANT (Patrick E. McCarthy/Long Island Newsday)
AP: Investigators in North Carolina say a Georgia-based sports agent violated sports agent laws by sending cash payments and other benefits to former Tar Heels football players.

In search warrants unsealed Monday, investigators with the Secretary of State's office say Terry Watson of the Watson Sports Agency sent $2,000 cash in 2010 to Marvin Austin, who was dismissed from the team that year for receiving improper benefits. They also say Watson had contact with players before registering with the state.

The office launched its probe in 2010 shortly after the start of an NCAA investigation at the school. The law prohibits agents from offering gifts before a contract is signed and can lead to criminal or civil penalties.

Both North Carolina and Georgia are among 42 states with laws regulating sports agents.
When she launched that investigation, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall said the focus was not on athletes or schools -- but on the agents and anyone giving athletes items of value. The state's Uniform Athletes Agents Act requires agents to register with Marshall's office and is designed to shield athletes from sports agents who would offer gifts to entice them to sign representation contracts.

It is a Class I felony to violate the law, meaning a maximum prison sentence of 15 months, and violations also could carry civil penalties of up to $25,000. Prosecution of the law is left to district attorneys in the locations where violations are alleged to have occurred.

To read the rest of the article, click here.

Pictures Of The Day

For the first time since 1994, the JMU Dukes are dancing. Last night, they beat top-seeded Northeastern 70-57 to win the CAA tournament. JMU secretly petitioned the ACC to become a member back in 2007 and leaked the story exclusively to T.A.H. (Photography/JMU Athletics Communications)

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner recieves his trophy for Laureus World Action Sportsperson of the Year from Laureus Academy Member Tony Hawk on stage during the awards show for the 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards at the Theatro Municipal Do Rio de Janeiro on March 11, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Ian Walton/Getty Images South America)
Roger Federer of Switzerland serves to Ivan Dodig of Croatia during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 11, 2013 in Indian Wells, California. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images North America)
Mikko Hirvonen of Finland and Jarmo Lehtinen of Finland compete in their Citroen Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroen DS3 WRC during Day Three of the WRC Mexico on March 10, 2013 in Leon , Mexico. (Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images South America)
 Mike Aviles #14 of Puerto Rico celebrates with Irving Falu #19 after hitting a home run against Lorenzo Barcelo #75 of the Dominican Republic during the first round of the World Baseball Classic at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on March 10, 2013 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Al Bello/Getty Images North America)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Pop Culture: Frank Beamer Does The Harlem Shake

Almost Tournament Time: Sunday ACC Basketball

TOBEY (AP Photo/Norm Shafer)
VIRGINIA 61, MARYLAND 58 - Mike Tobey's tip-in with 1:46 to play in overtime gave Virginia the lead and it held on to beat Maryland 61-58 Sunday night in a game the Cavaliers had to win to boost their NCAA tournament hopes.

Tobey, who scored 13 points, tipped in a miss by Akil Mitchell to give Virginia (21-10, 11-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) the lead, and two turnovers and a missed 3-point try just before the buzzer by Dez Wells preserved the Cavaliers' 17th consecutive home victory and a first-round bye in the ACC tournament.

Nick Faust led the Terrapins (20-11, 8-10) with 15 points and Wells finished with 12 and 12 rebounds, but despite leading most of the game, the Terrapins lost their fifth in a row against Virginia.
Mitchell led Virginia with 17 points and Joe Harris had 15 despite making just 4 of 18 shots.

Faust scored 10 of his 13 points during a 19-2 run early in the game and Maryland almost made it last, not letting Virginia get back to even until Harris' 3-pointer went through with just 1:37 remaining.

Wells' floater gave Maryland the lead back with 23.8 seconds left, and Tobey tied it when he caught an inbounds pass, turned and laid it in with 5.4 seconds left. Justin Anderson blocked Maryland's final shot in regulation, and the teams traded baskets in overtime until Tobey's follow finished it.

WAKE FOREST 90, VIRGINIA TECH 79. - Playing his last-ever game at the Joel Coliseum, senior guard and Winston-Salem native C.J. Harris made sure he went out in style--and with a win. Harris scored a career-high 29 points and went 6-for-6 from 3-point range to lead Wake Forest to a 90-79 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday afternoon. 

The Demon Deacons jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead to start the game and pushed their advantage to 14 at halftime and to as many as 24 in the second half. With the win, Wake Forest (13-17, 6-12 ACC) earns the No. 10 seed in the upcoming ACC Tournament in Greensboro. The Deacons will face No. 7-seeded Maryland on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Virginia Tech (13-18, 4-14) dropped to the No. 12 seed with the loss. The Hokies got 35 points from Erick Green, the nation's leading scorer, but could never recover from the Deacons' quick start.

Wake Forest shot 61 percent in the first half, distributing the ball to tally nine assists on its 14 first-half field goals. The Deacons were 5-for-9 from beyond the arc in the half, led by Harris' 4-for-4 performance. For the game, Wake Forest shot 59.2 percent (29-of-49) for its highest mark of the conference season. The Deacons finished with a season-high 21 assists on the day.

ACC Tournament Pairings


Final ACC Basketball Standings

Quote Of The Day

(AP Photo/Willis Glassgow)

"We've got the hats, right?"

- Liberty coach Dale Layer after his Flames became just the second 20-loss team to reach the NCAA tournament after beating Charleston Southern 87-76 Sunday to win the Big South Conference title. Liberty opened the season with eight straight losses and had never won more than three in a row until this week. Yet, it joined Coppin State in 2008 as the only schools with 20 or more defeats in the field of 68.

The Flames' .429 winning percentage (15-20) is the lowest for an NCAA tournament team since Oakland (Michigan) had a 12-18 record (.400) in 2005.

Wash Post Terrapin Insider

This comes courtesy of Dez Wells’s Instagram and Terps fan Asher Bowman, who was particularly impressed by the two steals the sophomore transfer had against Wake Forest and decided to write an awesome letter on his awesome customized letterhead.

Pictures Of The Day

UNC's Dexter Strickland (1) waves to the crowd as he is recognized prior to playing his last game on senior night against Duke . (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
Members of the Creighton Bluejays celebrate beating the Wichita State Shockers for the championship of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at the Scottrade Center on March 10, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images North America)
The Duke Blue Devil celebrates as Duke defeated UNC 92-73 to win the ACC Women's Tournament Championship game at the Greensboro Coliseum. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 17th hole on his way to winning the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at the Trump Doral Golf Resort & Spa on March 10, 2013 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Kelsey Hill of Portsea Lifesaving Club warms up during the Victorian Surf Lifesaving Championships on March 10, 2013 in Anglesea, Australia. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images AsiaPac)
The Duke team poses with the team championship trophy after Duke defeating UNC 92-73 to win the ACC Women's Tournament Championship game at the Greensboro Coliseum. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
The other Zeller...the one UNC surely could have made good use of Saturday night against Duke.  Cody Zeller #40 of the Indiana Hoosiers drives around Mitch McGary #4 of the Michigan Wolverines during the second half at Crisler Center on March 10, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Indiana won the game 72-71.(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
ESPN personality Dick Vitale clowns around with UNC fans prior to the game. The mood was less festive later as Duke beat UNC 69-53. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Saturday ACC Basketball: Duke Squashes UNC, Moves To 18-0 With Kelly In Lineup

(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

#3 DUKE 69, NORTH CAROLINA 53 - North Carolina spotted Duke a 14 point lead and did not make a three pointer the first 34 minutes. Duke shot 69.2% in the first half hitting 5 of 9 three pointers, while Carolina shot 27% and was zero for eight from behind the arc.

Game over.

With Kelly and Plumlee spreading the defense, Seth Curry ran around and scored at will in the early going hitting his first seven shots turning the fierce rivalry into a rout.

Curry finished with 20 points, while Mason Plumlee turned in his best performance in a month with 23 points and 13 rebounds. That duo provided Duke (27-4, 14-4 ACC) all the punch it needed to earn a season sweep of the Tar Heels (22-9, 12-6).

The Tar Heels small ball lineup had no answer for Curry in the first half, and  Plumlee in the second.

#6 MIAMI 62, CLEMSON 49 - Down to its third try and last chance, Miami came through.
Kenny Kadji scored a season-high 23 points to help the sixth-ranked Hurricanes win the ACC championship outright by beating Clemson on Saturday.

Kadji also grabbed 12 rebounds and Miami (24-6, 15-3 ACC) clinched its first outright men's basketball league title after being foiled in consecutive losses to Duke and Georgia Tech. The Hurricanes tied the school record for victories set in 2001-02, when they went 24-8, and improved to 14-1 at home in their regular-season finale.

The league championship is the second for the Hurricanes, who shared the Big East Conference title in 2000.

FLORIDA STATE 71, N.C. STATE 67 - Freshman Devon Bookert scored a career-high 18 points and Michael Snaer added 17 as Florida State fought back from an eight-point deficit in the second half Saturday to defeat North Carolina State 71-67 in the regular-season finale for both teams.

A pair of free throws by Bookert gave the Seminoles (17-14, 9-9 ACC) their first lead of the second half at 57-55. He then added a jumper with 2:01 left to snap a tie at 62 with 2:01 left and three free throws in the final 1:23 of the see-saw contest featured by nine lead changes and nine tied scores.

Snaer broke away and caught a length-of-the court pass from Okaro White for an uncontested dunk that gave Florida State a 67-63 lead with 32 seconds left after both teams suffered turnovers in previous possessions with the lead on the line.

Richard Howell's three-point play with 21 seconds left got the Pack to within 67-66. He scored off a missed three by Wood and was fouled on the put back.

BOSTON COLLEGE 74, GEORGIA TECH 72 - Freshman Joe Rahon scored 15 points, including eight in the last four minutes, to lead Boston College past Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon.

In BC's regular season finale, Rahon shot 5 of 7 from the floor and handed out a game-high seven assists. Freshman Olivier Hanlan netted 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting, sophomore Ryan Anderson scored 13, and classmate Eddie Odio posted a career-high 11 points.

Trailing 64-59 with 4:19 left, the Eagles went on a 12-0 run to stake a 71-64 lead with 28 seconds on the clock. Rahon scored eight points during the run while Hanlan scored on two layups - the first after an Odio block started a transition play and the second after he came up with a steal off of full-court pressure.

The Yellow Jackets hit two three-pointers in the last 25 seconds, but the Eagles made enough free throws to seal the win.

Pictures Of The Day

The Hurricanes celebrate their first ever outright ACC Basketball Regular Season Championship.  ( Photos)

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