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ACC Football Preseason Poll Is Out

July 24, 2014

The Atlantic Coast Conference released the results of its preseason poll at the ACC Media Day on Monday. 

There were not any major surprises as Florida State, the defending national champion led by reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, is an overwhelming favorite to win its third-straight ACC title. 

Florida State dominated the voting for ACC champion, with Clemson and Virginia Tech as the only other teams to receive votes. Miami edged out Duke for the top spot in the Coastal Division choices, with the Blue Devils earning more first-place votes but finishing second in points. 

Winston was also named the ACC’s preseason player of the year, collecting 99 of the 108 votes. Clemson defensive Vic Beasley received four votes while Miami running back Duke Johnson, Duke wide receiver Jamison Crowder and Virginia Tech quarterback Brenden Motley each received a vote.

Louisville, making its debut in the conference this fall, was picked to place third in the Atlantic Division, behind Florida State and Clemson. 

Duke received the most attention amongst the North Carolina schools. North Carolina was picked to finish fourth in the Coastal Division. NC State was chosen fifth in the Atlantic while Wake Forest was picked to finish in seventh in the Atlantic.  

Changes Upcoming In College Sports 

What I am about to share with you has been somewhat flying under the radar. At least I think so. Anyway, college athletics is bracing for August 7th, when the NCAA board of directors vote on the new governing structure that gives voting power and financial flexibility to the SEC, ACC, Pac-12, Big Ten and Big 12. 

These conferences are having their media days this week and their commissioners are being quoted as saying they feel there are enough votes to pass the new plan, which would allow conferences to expand players’ rights, provide full cost-of-attendance and redirect legislature from the NCAA’s ancient stances on agent-player dealings, recruiting and other big-picture issues. 

Let me put it like this. These five conferences want the right to do what they want. This will lead to even a wider gulf between the haves and have-nots.  

If approved, the leagues will create a detailed plan on major issues, starting with player scholarship costs. The official rollout could come at the NCAA convention in January.  

McIlroy Captures British Open 

Rory McIlroy finished with birdie-par-par on the final three holes to cap off a wire to wire victory at the British Open. The finish held off charges that came from Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler who both finished two shots back. 

McIlroy won the British Open on Monday

With the win McIlroy becomes just the third golfer of the modern era to win three legs of the grand slam. You may have heard of the other two: Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. And McIlroy has achieved the feat at the age of 25. He’s also just the 16th golfer ever to win at least three of the four majors. 

McIlroy was greeted on the 18th green on Sunday by both his parents. Both were clearly ecstatic and proud of their son.

Gerry McIlroy & Rory

It was the first time his mother was present at a major tournament and I will tell you another reason later why his father was happy. Mcllroy is clearly gaining in popularity world-wide and appears on the brink of surpassing Tiger as this generation’s top golfer.

Fatherly Love 

Rory McIlroy’s dad and two of his friends put $683 on Rory to win the British Open by the age of 25 at 500-1 odds. The amazing thing is that the bet was made 10 years ago, back in 2004. 

The confident Mr. McIlroy and his buddies will share $180,000 for their brash prediction.Rory













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