Our game with UNC is this Saturday, and conveniently enough, a full investigative report was released today on the academic fraud that's been taking place there. It's been known for a while that UNC had been plagued by "irregularities" in the African-American Studies department (AFAM, as the school calls it.) The head of that department, Julius Nyang'oro, already got himself fired for running sham classes, but as it turns out, this really wasn't Nyang'oro's baby, and it wasn't just a couple years' worth of phoniness nor was it limited to the football team - as you might have assumed by the fact that UNC vacated the '08 and '09 football seasons.
Sports Illustrated joined the ranks of networks unleashing their ACC basketball previews on the world Tuesday, and to no one's surprise, the publication has Louisville finishing second in the league behind only Duke.
Coming into last season, NC State was full of unknowns. Sophomore star T.J. Warren morphed into the ACC Player of the Year and carried the Wolfpack into the NCAA Tournament. Losing Warren presents a tremendous challenge, but the Pack do have some pieces in place to get them back to the Big Dance. Three top 100 freshman and a talented transfer will join up with a frontcourt that now has experience. There are some definite questions that need to be answered if the Wolfpack are to make a postseason run, namely a backup point guard, consistent perimeter threats, and post scoring. If head coach Mark Gottfried can find these solutions, he could have his deepest team yet in Raleigh.