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ACC Roundup - Keatts on Beverly & An Explosive Performance In Miami

Time to start keeping an eye on Miami’s DJ Vasiljevic?

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NC State coach Kevin Keatts is not very happy with the NCAA right now (but who is?)
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Although there’s not much chance let, NC State coach Kevin Keatts says he hasn’t given up hope that Braxton Beverly might play this season. As you may remember, the NCAA denied him permission to play this year after he took a single summer school class at Ohio State.

This of course is a terrible contrast with the ruling over UNC’s academic fraud case. That’s all over except for the aftermath of course and part of the aftermath is on campus as a faculty grievance committee ruled in favor of professor Jay Smith.

Smith had been teaching a class called “Big-Time College Sports and the Rights of Athletes” which somehow was dropped.

The committee found that administrators acted inappropriately. It’s part and parcel fo UNC’s desire to control the narrative about the scandal and is in keeping with how the university has approached the entire scandal: obscure, obfuscate and deny.

It’s not quite "Esse Quam Videri," is it?

Also in keeping: UNC citing privacy laws to avoid discussion of the scandal whenever possible. Happened again here too.

Things could have been a lot worse for Georgia Tech: Josh Okogie will miss a couple of weeks, at a minimum, after an open dislocation of a finger.

The Yellow Jackets will probably be okay for November with a couple of exceptions: Tech opens against UCLA in Shanghai on the 10th and plays Northwestern on the 28th in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Tennessee is on December 3rd and Georgia is on December 19th. The rest of the games should be manageable as the schedule is pretty soft.

Syracuse played Southern New Hampshire Wednesday night and the results were predictable with Syracuse winning by 30, 84-54.

Freshman Oshae Brissett had 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Down the coast, Miami blew by Newberry 106-79 behind 30 points from Dejan “DJ” Vasiljevic. Signs are good: coach Jim Larranaga says that he scored 159 points in a three minute shooting drill and in this game, he had 19 points in the first four-and-a-half minutes. Yes, it’s Newberry, but 7-7 takes some effort.

The 27 point victory is oddly more impressive when you find that Miami had 30 - 30! - turnovers.

In the Triangle, long-time local writer Caulton Tudor passed away. People said lovely things about him and it’s clear he’ll be missed. Our condolences to his family and loved ones.

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