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NORMAN AREY COLUMN: The ACC does a little bragging at annual meeting

Norman Arey

Norman Arey is an award-winning journalist and a columnist for the Rome News-Tribune. He can be reached at NArey@RN‑T.com.

The ACC just had its spring meetings, and there was a lot of crowing coming from the conference boasting about being the top overall college league.

Well, take a look at what happened. The ACC’s Clemson won the football title, the ACC’s North Carolina won the basketball title, and the ACC was successful nine times in 12 bowls — 4-1 against the SEC. In fact, the regular season head-to-head with the SEC showed the ACC taking 10 of 14 games. “I don’t know if it gets any better than that from a competitive stand point,” said Commissioner John Swofford. Now it’s time for the SEC to begin its howling.

Out & about

The popular ESPN sports show, Mike & Mike, featuring Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg, has bitten the dust. Supposedly Greenberg will be starting another show. … Jaquan Henderson, a linebacker recruit for the University of Georgia, says he wants to be a funeral director after graduation. “I’m thinking job security,” he said. “People die every day.” …

Pro tennis star Maria Sharapova, who served a 15-month suspension for using a non-approved drug, was denied a wild card into the French Open. She immediately enrolled into a qualifying tournament for Wimbledon. …

You might want to start collecting these new U.S. Postal Service stamps. The stamps depict a ball in eight different sports with the texture of each ball, i.e. fuzzy for tennis ball, leathery feel for basketball, etc. … If you want to get into athletic administration, Duke is advertising for an athletic facilities director, a games operation person and championship assistant. The only catch is that each job is an unpaid position with the Blue Devils. …

Wouldn’t you just know that New England quarterback Tom Brady just signed an endorsement deal with Aston Martin automobile company last week. …

I’m not sure I believe this, but supposedly during the NBA season, the Atlanta Hawks offered four first-round draft picks to Indiana for Paul George. …

University of Kentucky backup basketball point guard Dominique Hawkins (6-foot-0, 191 pounds) has attracted the attention of several NFL teams who envision the very athletic player as a defensive back.

Football

Michigan will be the least experienced team in college football this year, returning only five starters from their top 22. …

In the ranking of Yardbarker.com’s top ten college quarterbacks, only two signal-callers from the Deep South were included — Alabama’s Jalen Hurts and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson (if you consider Louisville Deep South). … Southern Cal has sold the naming rights to their stadium, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, to United Airlines. … Daniel Faalele, a mammoth 6-foot-9, 395-pounder out of Australia, has received 21 Division I offers to play football. Only problem is Faalele has never played the game. … Four-star running back Dameon Pierce, a member of Alabama’s 2018 recruiting efforts, has de-commited from the Crimson Tide and re-opened his recruitment. … I mean, why not? The University of Georgia has installed a DJ booth in their locker room. … Fox Sports football analyst Tim Brando has named Auburn as his national “sleeper team.” … A headline in one national sports blog reads “Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin may be doomed by schedule.” Come on. The season is still months away. …

According to CBS Sports, the top five college football events all fans should see include (1) a night game in Blacksburg, Virginia; (2) Ohio State vs. Michigan; (3) A night game in Baton Rouge; (4) Army-Navy; (5) The Rose Bowl.

Here & there

A new video has been introduced concerning the accusations against the Baylor football program reportedly showing a gang rape and also dog fighting. The reason the NCAA hasn’t jumped on the Baptist school is that if it’s a violation of federal or state law, the NCAA is out of its depth. … Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire, who is in the midst of transferring, says he’s down to two schools now. One of the schools is Texas and the other remains unnamed. He was considering Harvard, but has dropped the Crimson. Zaire is a graduate transfer.

Quoting ’em

Golden State star Kevin Durant, responding to the fans who are complaining about the NBA semifinals being blowouts: “If you don’t like it, don’t watch it.”