Every media outlet in the free world trumpeted the news on Monday that Tyler Hansbrough became the first four-time unanimous All-ACC selection. Not quite, not unless the definition of unanimous has changed.
Hansbrough received every first-team vote for his freshman, junior and senior seasons. That is not in dispute. His sophomore season (2006-07), however, he received 105 of 106 first-team votes.
Patrick Stevens, who covers Maryland for The Washington Times, put Hansbrough on the second team behind Virginia guard J.R. Reynolds that season. Remember, in '06-'07 Virginia won 11 ACC games and tied UNC for the regular-season title.
UVa guard Sean Singletary made the first team (with Jared Dudley, Al Thornton, Zabian Dowdell and Hansbrough) and Reynolds was on the second team. While Hansbrough led UNC in scoring, forward Brandan Wright emerged during the conference schedule as arguably the Heels' best post player. Stevens had Reynolds on the first team and Hansbrough on the second team. That's a legitimate vote.
When the ACC announced the All-ACC team, Stevens noticed Hansbrough as being a "unanimous" selection (along with Dudley and Thornton). He brought his vote to the attention of the powers of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association and was told in special cases, players were rounded up, like a decimal point, to unanimous status.
So consensus, yes, but unanimous in '06-'07, no.