Jim Spanarkel of Duke, Charlie Scott of UNC and Monte Towe of N.C. State are among the former basketball players named ACC Tournament Legends today by Commissioner John Swofford.
Spanarkel, Scott and Georgia Tech's Brian Oliver all were ACC Tournament MVPs. This year's class of legends also includes: Florida State's Ron King, former Miami, Clemson and Virginia Tech coach Bill Foster (not the one who coached Duke), Wake Forest's Frank Johnson, Boston College's Danya Abrams, Clemson's Randy Mahaffey, Maryland's Al Bunge, Virginia's Richard Morgan and Virginia Tech's John Wetzel. They'll be honored next month at the ACC Tournament in Atlanta.
What's wrong with this picture? The commissioner can spin the merger any way he chooses out of politeness to the newest members, but there's no rewriting history: King (1971-73), Wetzel (1964-66) and Abrams (1994-97) never played in this conference. How can they be considered ACC legends?