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FSU outsourcing student tickets

Perhaps it's the back-to-back games against Division I-AA teams. Maybe it's the combined record of 14-12 the past two seasons. Or maybe it's the multiple suspensions. Whatever the reason, interest in Florida State football is at less than an all-time high, at least among FSU students.

The Seminoles are offering Tallahassee Community College students football season tickets for $179, a nugget of information discovered by Every Day Should Be Saturday.

Maybe the Noles should add a certain Catholic school to the schedule? Seemed to work for these guys.

UNC names new baseball assistant

Tags: ACC Now | UNC

Scott Jackson, a veteran assistant who has coached baseball at Liberty, UNC-Wilmington, Campbell, Barton and Wofford, has been hired by North Carolina.

He will replace Chad Holbrook, who left UNC earlier this month to take a job at South Carolina. Jackson will specialize in hitting and baserunning, the school said in a news release.

"I'm thrilled to be working at the best university in the country and with two guys in Coach [Mike] Fox and Coach [Scott] Forbes that are not only great coaches, but great people,'' Jackson said in a prepared statement.

UNC has advanced to three straight College World Series. 

 

Playoffs? Keep dreaming

Which will come first — the car industry's independence from gasoline or a college football playoff?

Andrew Carter of the Orlando Sentinel chatted with five conference commissioners who think a playoff will come right around the time Derek Jeter gets married.

No more plunges for Hansbrough (probably)

CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough said he was surprised by all the attention his leap off a second-floor fraternity balcony into a pool received earlier this summer.

But then again, having another year to behave like a college kid was one of the reasons he opted to return to UNC, rather than leave early for the NBA.

Wright shaping up with Warriors

Brandan Wright is trying to catch up this summer after an uneven and disappointing rookie NBA season with the Golden State Warriors where he played just 38 games, averaging 4.0 points and 2.6 rebounds, while getting uneven playing time.

It obviously didn't do the lanky forward, the 2007 ACC Freshman of the Year, any good to miss summer league play with a hip flexor injury. He sustained the injury while working out at UNC prior to being picked eighth overall in the 2007 NBA Draft.

He's playing this summer and the Warriors say they like what they're seeing from a bigger Wright, who is averaging 16.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in two games.

Nelson back to normal height

Just want to let everyone know that the 1 3/4 inches of height DeMarcus Nelson lost after being weighed and measured at the Orlando pre-draft camp last month has been located and tacked back onto his body.

Nelson measured 6 feet, 2 1/4 inches, in shoes, in Orlando. Now playing NBA Summer League ball as a free agent with the Golden State Warriors, Nelson's listed at 6-4, the same he was at Duke.

UNC's Ginyard surprised by warrant

Tags: ACC Now | UNC

CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina forward Marcus Ginyard was shocked earlier this month when an assistant coach called him to ask if he knew there was a warrant issued for his arrest.

Ginyard said the reason he didn’t show up for his scheduled court date for two misdemeanor charges on violating a noise ordinance and driving with an expired inspection sticker — thus, earning the warrant — was that he hired a lawyer to do it for him. And the lawyer didn’t show up.

Heels say team goals come first

Tags: ACC Now | ACC | UNC

CHAPEL HILL — One of the few apparent obstacles to North Carolina’s NCAA title hopes could be what Wayne Ellington, Danny Green and Ty Lawson learned this summer.

They explored their NBA draft possibilities by attending pre-draft workouts in Orlando and working out for NBA teams as underclassmen.

Then they returned to North Carolina, joining Tyler Hansbrough to make the Tar Heels the overwhelming favorite to win the NCAA title.

Defining tough

The Worldwide Leader has joined the ACC blogosphere and Heather Dinich made quite a splash with her rankings of the toughest places to play football in the ACC.

N.C. State fans are less than thrilled with Dinich, who more than capably covered Maryland football for the Baltimore Sun and Penn State football for the Centre Daily Times before joining ESPN, because she put Carter-Finley Stadium 11th on her list.

Wolfpackers, and other ACC fans, also took umbrage with her decision to put UNC's Kenan Stadium at No. 4.

Packer: I'm done broadcasting

In an interview with The News & Observer's Roger van der Horst today, Billy Packer says he's done at CBS — and will not get behind the microphone for others.

Packer had worked a record 34 straight NCAA Final Fours as an outspoken analyst and commentator on college basketball.