The Atlantic Coast Conference did not drive the recent expansion like the Big 10, but it has been very very involved nonetheless. Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and Louisville are full members. Maryland is exiting. Notre Dame has a quasi-membership for football and a full-membership otherwise. In a move that is somewhat shocking, but perhaps not VERY shocking, the reports are that Navy will be joining the ACC in a deal akin to Notre Dame’s, only with far less compensation. See link to article below.
As much as it pains me to say, please disregard my previous letter asking for $1,000,000 and Luke Kuechly to be my boyfriend; instead I’d like to make a more selfless request.
This Christmas, I’d like it if you and your elves could conjure up a Clemson win this post season. It would really mean a lot to me, my family, and the rest of the Clemson faithful. I’m sure you’ve gotten plenty of letters from Buckeye fans, Gamecock fans, and Jesse Palmer, asking for a Clemson loss, but I really hope you’ll consider my request. Here are some cold hard facts as to why you should give me what I want grant my wish:
1. I’ve been good this year—I graduated and became a proud Clemson alumni, joined IPTAY to show my support for Clemson athletes, and I continue to pay my student loans on time (Joy to the World!)
2. It’s Tajh Boyd’s last game—Tajh has been a true blessing to the Clemson program and I’d really hate to see him go out on a sour note. Breaking all kinds of ACC and school records, he will go down as one of, if not the best quarterback in Clemson history. This win could be the cherry on top to an already outstanding career.
3. You look really good in Orange—Look! Seriously, you’re killin’ it.
4. Last time Clemson played Ohio State we didn’t punch anyone—this is a no brainer. Last time we played the Buckeyes it was 1978. Their coach literally grabbed Clemson middle linebacker, Charlie Bauman, and punched him through the facemask after he caught an interception. Shouldn’t they be punished? 36 years later. Sure the coach was fired, but I still feel like the whole team hasn’t fully felt those repercussions.
5. Finally, Clemson doesn’t just need this win, the entire ACC needs it—please consider this selfless request not only on the behalf of my Clemson Tigers, but on the rest of the ACC as well. Try as we might to become a strong football conference, it just hasn’t happened yet. With a Clemson win, you’d be showing the nation that the ACC can produce teams that win…even without that SEC speed.
Merry Christmas and I’ll be looking for you on Santa tracker.
Mary Stewart Bailey
P.S. If you’re feeling extra jolly, I won’t turn away a million dollar stocking stuffer.
In the wake of USC offering a scholarship to an 8th grader, and perhaps a bit nervous with the departure of Chip Kelly, the Oregon Ducks coaching staff has beaten USC to the punch with Mason Disick, child of Kourtney Kardashian and someone (probably Scott Disick). The Ducks have offered young Disick a scholarship for 2028.
With the latest ignorant ramblings from the president of one the Big Ten’s flagship programs, the media has fortunately turned their attention away from the clusterf*ck that is Rutgers Athletic Department the past few months. Which is a blessing for the University since it takes the spotlight off of their ineptitude and gives them a chance to move forward.
However I can’t help but wonder, How the hell Rutgers managed to botch this so badly? Continue reading
The American is done with their new logo. Pretty cool stuff. If by “cool,” you mean unimaginative.
We cannot quarrel with the choice of the letter “A.” A conference named the American can certainly use the letter A. Although, given that the Big 10 has 12 to 14 schools and the Big XII has 10 schools, it would not have been too shocking if the American went with an ampersand or a dollar sign. (Maybe the cents sign would be more appropriate given the TV revenue?).
Anyway, before showing you, and then over-analyzing, the American’s logo, let’s discuss for a bit…
Mordor Park Ridge, Illinois) There is stunning news developing in Big 10 country, where the Big Ten Presidents are considering a vote to rescind Rutgers’ invitation to join the conference amid the (cough**dumpster fire that is Rutgers’ Athletic Department**cough) past three months scandals that have embroiled the school. See here and here.
Because Rutgers is not fully integrated into the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), which was expected on or about July 1, 2013, this remains possible but the Big Ten must move quickly to exercise this option.
Former Rutgers Athletic Director, Tim Pernetti, called it a sad day in Rutgers history and immediately started working on the University’s “resignation” letter for the Big Ten.
Although Big 10 fans deemed the addition of Maryland and Rutgers to be as exciting as a stale fig newton, and were looking forward to mediocre football games between the State University of New Jersey and Illinois, the move was an attempt to profit from the media-heavy NY/NJ market. As a speculative add, however, the gamble was on the long-term success. But the numerous short-term embarrassments are proving too much for the most proud conference this side of the Ivy League. Thus, while it may take a few days to finalize, the Big 10-Rutgers marriage is over.
Upon hearing of the news, Rutgers’ ex-basketball coach Mike Rice resumed throwing basketball at random people’s heads and yelling profanities.
Update II: Disregard the below. The CBI is a 3-game format. Good grief.
Update: Congratulations to the Broncos of Santa Clara for winning the CBI.
THE FINAL FOUR is in Atlanta this weekend. But it is not the only final four in March. There are three other tournaments, including the venerable National Invitational Tournament (the “NIT”), still ongoing. The other two tournaments are the CIT and the CBI. There are more champions to be crowned.
For the NIT, Big 10 basketball is coming to your television set tomorrow. Although it is unclear who televises the NIT, the NIT semifinals include a barn-burner between Iowa-Maryland. It is a barn-burner in the sense that, if Iowa loses, they will set their barns on fire. Maryland, cash poor after being
incompetently run for a long long time in the ACC for all these years, does not even have barns. Yet. So this is far from a true, double-barn barn-burner. In any event, this matchup promises to be a preview of all the great Maryland-Iowa rivalry games to be seen in the future. Jim Delaney must be so very proud.
If one game has a rather plain Big 10 aftertaste, the other game has some Big XII intrigue. Current Big XII power Baylor takes on a school that most expansion experts like to shift right into a non-existent Big XII vacancy, Brigham Young University. So we are looking at an NIT final–on whatever day the NIT final is–between teams between the Big 10 (kinda) and the Big XII (OK, a stretch). One of these teams will take home the crown of being #69. Commence giggling.
The CIT and CBI are both are past the final four stage. The CIT is down to its final game, featuring a future member of the “Big East Leftovers,” East Carolina, and Weber State. We are not sure what the CIT was thinking, they are holding this game on the same day as the NIT semifinals. A lot of tough remote control decisions across America.
Did you know? There is no state named Weber. Weber State is in Utah.
Meanwhile, the CBI, which may stand for the Cinderella Basketball Invitation, will hold a championship game between George Mason and Santa Clara. Santa Clara made a name for itself by beating #2 seed, Arizona, in the 1993 Big Dance. George Mason made a name for itself a few years ago, with a magical run to the Final Four.
Did you know? The CBI Tournament Championship Game was actually last night. Do you know who won? Seriously, let us know. It’s hard to find the scores on ESPN.com.
While the festivities in Atlanta promise to be memorable this weekend, just remember that there are other tournaments wrapping up. We’ll even let you root for Maryland. It would be cute if they won something, even if they do end up pawning the trophy to buy socks for their lacrosse team.
The ACC and West Virginia have scheduled a press conference for 3:00 p.m. today to announce that the Mountaineers will become a full-time member in the ACC for the 2014-2015 season. West Virginia was able to extricate itself from the Grant of Rights on the basis that both sides just felt that it was a mistake, couple with the fact that Brigham Young is finally ready to join the Big XII. With 13 teams being unwieldy, and no suitable schools for a 14th, this just made the most sense. The oft-discussed cooperative efforts of the Big XII and the ACC came into play obviously too.
Winners: West Virginia, obviously. Gets to reinvigorate rivalries with Pitt, Syracuse, and Virginia Tech. The ACC–gets a football school to help placate the masses, while awaiting a Notre Dame decision. The Big XII–West Virginia was always a geographical outlier. BYU–they almost lost out on being at the grown-up’s table. This salvages that. The Big East leftovers–this stabilizes expansion for a while. Hopefully.
Losers: Connecticut and Cincinnati. They are plainly on the outside right now. They will have to wait for defections from the ACC, which seem a bit less likely now. Maryland, who considers West Virginia a rival, for some reason.
Big Losers: Us, for posting this April Fool’s Joke in such a very cruel manner. Those people who will not realize that this is an April Fool’s Joke and/or post on Twitter that it is. Nobody likes a spoiler.
2400 calories, 12 doughnuts, 5 miles, 1 hour
The Krispy Kreme Challenge was started 9 years ago as a dare between a few NC State students. Run 2.5 miles from the bell tower, eat a dozen doughnuts, run back. Since then, the event has exploded. It’s been featured in places like Sports Illustrated, and has inspired dozens of other food-themed races across the country. The 2013 winner was Timothy Ryan of Madison, Wi. with a time of 31 minutes, 32 seconds. Pretty impressive. This year, there was even a costume contest. Pac-Man, the ghosts and the little white ball were all present. So were Mario and his crew, fairies, Krispy Kreme cups with lipstick, sumo wrestlers, and giant costumed hamsters. It was awesome. The Krispy Kreme Challenge was not a race, it was a spectacle.
But it’s not just fun and games. At this year’s event, 8,000 runners raised $177,000 for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. Total donations since the beginning total over $500,000, and all proceeds for any past and future races will always go to this cause. It’s amazing.
I was lucky enough to be one of those runners and competed in the challenge for the first time. It was a great experience. Not only do I feel honored that I was able to take part in such a great event, but somehow, I ate all 12 doughnuts and didn’t get sick. Even though NC State is not my ACC school, I’m proud to have been a part of this event. The ACC is more than a conference. Its members are more than schools. And this event is a great example of the type of impact that we can all have on the world around us.
To learn more about the Krispy Kreme Challenge, and to find information about next year’s race, visit http://www.krispykremechallenge.com/