Thursday, August 23, 2012
3-point shot: ACC conference schedule
By Andy Katz
1. The triangle and Tallahassee should be at the center of the ACC race this season and that means the games among the four schools -- NC State, North Carolina, Duke and Florida State -- should decide the race. The two teams to cause the most trouble outside of this group are likely to be Miami and Maryland. The ACC released its conference schedule Wednesday. The dates that might have the most significance on the race could be Jan. 12 (UNC at Florida State, Duke at NC State); Feb. 2 (Duke at Florida State, Miami at NC State); Feb. 13 (UNC at Duke, Miami at Florida State) and March 9 (NC State at Florida State, Duke at UNC and Maryland at Virginia).
2. Memo to any high school player: If you change schools multiple times and/or reclassify to enter school a year early then you can fully expect a thorough NCAA eligibility check. The era of trying to fool the NCAA enforcement staff into thinking that you won't get at least an extended examination is in the past. Kentucky freshman center Nerlens Noel was going to get checked, regardless of any questions about how he visited schools. But no one should be surprised, either. The NCAA enforcement arm has had its antenna up to look into all high-profile incoming freshmen, no matter what school the player decided to attend.
3. Bobby Cremins' decision to help Georgia Tech's Brian Gregory is a significant development for the second-year Yellow Jackets coach. Cremins was the face of the Georgia Tech program for two decades. Gregory took over the program from Paul Hewitt (who replaced Cremins when he initially retired). Attendance was a major issue last season while the team played in multiple arenas not on campus during refurbishment of Memorial Coliseum. Getting Cremins, who retired again and this time from coaching at the College of Charleston, to be an advisor secures a link to Tech's past. Gregory needs to get former players involved in the program and having the endorsement and active participation from Cremins will only help speed up the process. Cremins' name was on the Memorial court and will don the new McCamish court this season.