Graduates are now off into the world proper at most schools around the ACC and that means that spring athletics are wrapping up. With that came the conference championships held at various sites throughout the Atlantic Coast region. Here’s a quick recap of some points of interest aided heavily by social media.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 19, 2015
Well that’s certainly one way to start things off. Golson has seemingly been toying with the idea of leaving South Bend for years at this point, with his status as Notre Dame’s future starter in question after a fairly successful return from academic suspension.
In just two seasons on the field for the Irish, Golson completed just shy of 60% of his passes for 5,850 yards, 41 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. He also added 14 touchdowns on the ground. This gives FSU an extremely impressive talent at a position that wasn’t where it needed to be this spring for Jimbo Fisher.
If you’re a Duke fan and you still can’t get enough about the recent hoops title, here’s a video touting coach K’s undeniable greatness.
He was then later honored at the North Carolina General Assembly where they made him Governor or something.
Duke coaching staff being recognized in the North Carolina Senate chamber. pic.twitter.com/36xOjIBi0F
— Duke M. Basketball (@Duke_MBB) May 19, 2015
Historic Wallace Wade Stadium is still undergoing renovations as well and considerable progress has been made. The field level has been leveled back out after being lowered to allow for the construction of additional seating. You can also see the skeleton of the massive new video board on the end opposite the camera.
Construction progress… pic.twitter.com/x5pJPsEcLn
— Duke Game Operations (@Duke_GAMEDAY) May 14, 2015
The NBA Draft Lottery is tonight with all eyes focused on who gets the top pick. That will statistically speaking likely be one of the lowly triumvirate of the New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves or Philadelphia 76ers who technically still have a team despite trading almost the entire roster. Will Jahlil Okafor still go No. 1 overall? We’ll know a little more after the draft order becomes official tonight.
— NBA (@NBA) May 19, 2015
— Clemson University (@ClemsonUniv) May 19, 2015
I have no frame of reference whatsoever as to where this photo was taken from exactly, but I recognize it as a cool shot of campus on a beautiful day in South Carolina.
Clemson baseball is riding high as they wait to begin play in the ACC baseball Tournament Wednesday. They’ve got the best pitcher in the league to help their cause as Matthew Crownover was named ACC Pitcher of the Year this week.
— Clemson Baseball (@ClemsonBaseball) May 18, 2015
The track & field squad also did quite well winning the ACC title on the women’s side. Florida State came out on top of the men’s competition.
— ACC Track & Field (@ACCTrackField) May 17, 2015
Wake has some new football uniforms coming this fall from Nike. They look to excite a fanbase perhaps a bit leery of getting too riled up.
They’ve also been hard at work building a new field house down at Wake Forest as well. The McCreary Field House is one of several under way around the conference.
— Wake Forest Football (@WakeFB) May 16, 2015
It was also a big week for Demon Deacons’ baseball despite not qualifying for the conference tournament. Will Craig was named ACC Player of the Year after hitting .382 with a league-leading 13 home runs and 58 RBI. He also pitched in 15 games including seven as a starter where he struck out 39 batters in 44.1 innings.
— ACC Baseball (@ACCBaseball) May 18, 2015
It was a sad week for UNC basketball with the passing of long-time Dean Smith assistant and his successor Bill Guthridge.
— GoHeelsTV (@GoHeelsTV) May 15, 2015
His brief tenure of just three seasons is often written off as the leftovers of the Smith era, but Guthridge was a well-liked, integral part of Smith’s success. Guthridge also made the Final Four in two of his three seasons. That’s not easy even with tremendous talent on the roster.
— Louisville Baseball (@UofLBaseball) May 16, 2015
Without question, Louisville took the ACC diamond by storm this spring with a 24-3 mark in ACC play, good enough for the No. 1 overall seed in this week’s tournament. They led the conference with five first team All-ACC selections plus Brendan McKay was chosen as the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year while manager Dan McDonnell was named ACC Coach of the Year.
Head basketball coach Buzz Williams opens himself up to ridicule with his passion, blunt talk and general unpredictability. Here he is reading mean tweets about himself. @teamcoachbuzz is generally quite active and peppered with inspirational quotes that are the envy of many Hallmark executives.
Jay Bilas just said on SportsCenter that Justin Anderson @JusAnderson1 could be the steal of the NBA Draft.
— The Sabre (@thesabre) May 19, 2015
The NBA Draft is rapidly approaching and folks seem to have forgotten a bit about Justin Anderson after his injured hand contributed significantly to the Wahoos’ fade down the stretch of what was on the whole a magical season.
Anderson likely figures to go late in the first round which should limit any expectations placed on him. He’s a sneaky talent who doesn’t always impress you with his stat line but he makes plays and influences the action around him, particularly on offense.
— ACC Baseball (@ACCBaseball) May 19, 2015
Also of note, The Cavaliers won their play-in game against Georgia Tech to advance to pool play at the ACC Baseball Tournament. More to follow on that front as the week progresses.
#UVA's Josh Sborz on GT's 1 hit: "I was pretty upset when that ball was hit. I didn’t think it was gone but I knew my perfect game was over"
— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) May 19, 2015
That run was fast and made all the more impressive given that Justyn lost his shoe fairly early, but still finished on top.
— Syracuse Athletics (@Cuse) May 19, 2015
Syracuse and the ACC as a whole also have a big weekend with the NCAA Lacrosse Final Four. The No. 4 ‘Cuse women face No. 1 Maryland in the first national semifinal while No. 3 Duke and No. 2 North Carolina face off in the other. Notre Dame is the only conference member to advance to the Final Four on the men’s side.
This has been, as always, a haphazard look around the Internet and the goings on around the ACC. Did we miss something? Unhappy with the ordering? Not enough sarcasm for your tastes? Let us know in the comments or at these convenient sounding portals: