We’ve been a bit light on content recently what with holidays, summer travel, and the inevitable black hole that is the mid-summer sports scene. Still, there has been activity and chatter on Twitter so let’s take a look at some of the random happenings with schools around the ACC. This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive, just a few things that caught our eye.
Olivier Hanlan was traded to the @spurs last night for Boris Diaw. Hanlan started for Jazz summer league team on Monday; had 11 pts, 3 asts
— BC Men's Basketball (@BCMBB) July 6, 2016
There was a lot of activity around the NBA Draft and the roster moves continue as summer league hoops are in full force. The Utah Jazz traded BC alum Oliver Hanlan to the Spurs, clearing cap space for San Antonio and adding a raw scoring guard with lots of upside. If he can continue to develop either playing in Europe or in the NBA D-League, he could become a valuable contributor with the ‘new’ Spurs.
— BC Football (@BCFootball) July 5, 2016
Boston College will also honor two of its highest-profile football alumni by retiring their jerseys. Matt Ryan has obviously been very good for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected No. 3 overall, BC’s highest drafted player ever in any sport. Keuchly is a dominant linebacker for the vicious Carolina Panthers defense. He was chosen ninth overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.
— Clemson Basketball (@ClemsonMBB) July 6, 2016
The Tigers are getting very close to wrapping up renovations on Littlejohn Coliseum. That student section is so incredibly steep, everyone will be right on top of the basket. Quite an advantage if they can fill it.
Harris has called 1,358 men's basketball games, 13 Final Fours and 104 Duke-North Carolina games:https://t.co/IqHm30zezn
— Chronicle Sports (@chroniclesports) July 6, 2016
— Blue Devil Network (@Duke_BDN) July 6, 2016
Longtime broadcaster Bob Harris has announced his retirement from the booth after one more football and basketball season, which will be his 41st calling games for the Blue Devils. He will finish his career as the longest tenured play-by-play broadcaster in ACC history. Interestingly, he attended N.C. State for two years before leaving early to work at Goodyear.
Chant Blog – JD Drew to the National College Baseball HOFhttps://t.co/r5SPpqcR6v
2nd Nole inducted in FSU history pic.twitter.com/snrYTqbJMu
— Warchant.com (@Warchant) July 3, 2016
J.D. Drew became just the second Seminole to be inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame, joining former shortstop and manager Dick Howser. During Drew’s junior season in 1997 he hit .455 and became the only player to record 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season.
— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke02) July 6, 2016
The Cardinals are among the programs with representatives headed to the MLB All-Star Game. Cincinnati is a disaster this year (most years) but Adam Duvall has been a bright spot slugging .559 with 22 home runs and more extra base hits than singles.
Congratulations Zack Collins!
The 2016 Johnny Bench Award winner as the BEST CATCHER in the nation! pic.twitter.com/z6YW7SpJJc
— Hurricanes Baseball (@CanesBaseball) July 1, 2016
Collins became the first player in Hurricanes history to win the Johnny Bench award. He hit .363 with 16 home runs, 59 RBI, and 72 walks which led the nation. He was a first round pick by the Chicago White Sox and has already signed with the club.
UNC visits FSU in football this fall, amazingly, the teams met just twice in the previous 11 seasons and not since 2010
— Tar Heel Illustrated (@HeelIllustrated) July 3, 2016
This isn’t shocking, but just shows how ridiculous scheduling is in the ACC. The growing chatter surrounding an expanded league schedule might help lessen the issue.
UNC finished ACC-best 7th in Directors Cup for 2015-16. Other ACC: UVa 8, ND 17, Syracuse 21, FSU 22, Duke 24, Louisville 29, NC State 32.
— Aaron Beard (@aaronbeardap) July 1, 2016
The Tar Heels also continued to dominate the ACC by once again finishing highest among conference schools in the Director’s Cup.
— NC State Athletics (@PackAthletics) July 2, 2016
The Wolfpack had a strong year and have had a strong run recently in the Director’s Cup and has posted five of the top 10 finishes in school history in consecutive years.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) June 30, 2016
The Irish got in on the highest of the conference awards. There was also this interesting tidbit below on former football player and current NBA executive Byron Spruell.
— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) June 30, 2016
— Matt Harris (@MHarrisWSOC9) July 6, 2016
Immediate reaction is that Syracuse did something very right in tapping alumnus and ESPN executive John Wildhack to lead the school’s athletic department. His perspective seems very valuable given the changing landscape of sports television rights and the ever-present drama surrounding the ACC Network or lack thereof.
— UVACoachAtuaia (@UVACoachAtuaia) July 2, 2016
Cavalier running backs coach Mark Atuaia and Director of Player Personnel Justin Anderson recently spent some time helping victims of the devastating flooding in West Virginia.
— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) June 29, 2016
Things have generally been quiet on the disciplinary front lately but the Hokies are going through the process with some potential key contributors. New coach Justin Fuente has left the door open for reinstatement, but nothing is certain yet.
— Wake Forest Football (@WakeFB) July 5, 2016
A pleasant moment for the Demon Deacons. That was one of only two touchdown catches in Garett’s entire Wake career with both coming the 1970 ACC title season.