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ACC's Ron Cherry moves from "giving him the business" to new officiating role

Ron Cherry is moving into a different realm of the officiating "business." Cherry, the ACC football referee who famously described a personal foul on N.C. State offensive lineman Kalani Heppe in 2007 as a penalty for "giving him the business,” has retired from on-field officiating. ACC commissioner John Swofford said Wednesday that Cherry will move into an advisory position. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Pat Narduzzi preps for Year 3 at helm of Pitt football

Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi cracks the seal on his third season July 31, with players only he recruited — Max Browne, Keyshon Camp, Amir Watts, Dewayne Hendrix and others — in key positions. With a fan base hungry for a championship, he remains calm and follows the same plan that got him the job in the first place 31 months ago: stay devoted to the task at hand. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

SEC Media Days talking is over; let's see if SEC football is better

The SEC East looks like it has seven division contenders and no one to scare the Tide in Atlanta. LSU? Eh. Maybe Auburn has a shot. Gus Malzahn has a national title and a win over Saban to his credit, and in former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham he has the most intriguing player – maybe most impactful – in the SEC this season. (Nashville Tennessean)

Ken Rosenthal loses his voice on Fox Sports website

A couple of weeks ago in this space, I lamented Fox Sports president Jamie Horowitz’s decision to turn FoxSports.com into a receptacle for nothing more than video clips of “hot-takes” from the network’s unwatchable and mostly unwatched debate shows. I stand by that lamentation. In fact, with new revelations coming to light in recent days, the decision looks even more ridiculous. (Boston Globe)

Vin Scully wishes everyone a ‘pleasant good evening’ one more time in wonderful ESPYS speech

Actor Bryan Cranston gave a beautiful speech before presenting Vin Scully with the Icon Award at the ESPYS. After Cranston’s words that were as emotional as when Kevin Costner spoke at Dodger Stadium in September (except Cranston’s tribute to Scully was much shorter than Costner’s), the legendary broadcaster gave a wonderful speech of his own. (USA Today)

Miami Hurricanes can ‘smell’ it. But can they finally do it?

The voting won’t be revealed until Monday, the proof could be months away, but judging by national projections and talk among dozens of media members at the ACC Football Kickoff, Miami is a strong contender — perhaps the favorite — to represent the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship on Dec. 2 at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium. (Miami Herald)

No John Calipari-Coached College Player Has Ever Won An NBA Finals

John Calipari has never coached a player in college who went on to win an NBA Finals. You can blame some of it on the fact that his players are often drafted by bad teams. The only player who might have a ring is Josh Harrelson, who played six games for the Miami Heat in 2012-2013. He was cut by the team in January – so he wasn’t part of the roster that won it all later that year. (The Spun)

This YouTube Guy Has the Best Sports Announcing Voice Ever

Not too many people have what it takes to be a sports announcer, but this guy totally nails it. Bob Menery has received over 300 calls from different sports teams and brands after they heard his voice in what's now an epic YouTube video. View Video...

No longer on the defensive, Swofford revels in ACC success

The Heisman Trophy, the national championship trophy and several other pieces of college football hardware are prominently displayed in the lobby of the Westin Hotel for the ACC’s Football Kickoff media event. But all the major awards won by players and teams last season aren’t the most outward sign of how things have changed for the league. Rather, it was delivered by John Swofford in his annual Commissioner’s Forum address. (North State Journal)

Examining Houston Nutt's complicated lawsuit against Ole Miss

Did Ole Miss betray its severance agreement with former head football coach Houston Nutt as part of a “smear campaign”? Has the university unlawfully scapegoated Nutt for its extensive troubles with the NCAA? Or is Nutt simply unwilling to take personal responsibility for numerous recruiting problems that occurred under his watch? (Sports Illustrated)

DI Men’s Basketball Committee redefines quality win

The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee is altering its definition of a quality win, placing greater emphasis on winning road games by changing the team sheets that include the results of every team being evaluated for selection and seeding for the men’s basketball championship. The group also committed to continue studying various metrics to evaluate teams. (NCAA.com)

What's the pettiest rule in the NCAA? 13 ACC football players answered

Lamar Jackson, junior quarterback, Louisville: “Sometimes you’re broke, people want to offer you a mil, and you can’t take it...But, hey, it’s the NCAA rules. And I know I want to play football, so I follow them.” Derwin James, redshirt sophomore safety, Florida State: “Targeting. I’d take it back to the old days, how Sean Taylor and them used to hit. I wish I could hit like that, man.” (Daily Tar Heel)

Rule changes, new points of emphasis highlight 2017 ACC football officiating

There are two points of emphasis this year, but only one that will have people talking: sideline management. Coaches who enter the field of play to demonstrate disagreement with an officiating decision are subject to an immediate 15-yard penalty. If a coach walks onto the field, it will be an immediate unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. And two such penalties will result in ejection. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Five things to watch for at the 2017 ACC Media Days this week

But in the post-realignment College Football Playoff era, there are no doubts: The ACC has earned its seat at the table and will continue to compete as one of the top leagues in the country. The annual ACC Football Kickoff is set for Thursday and Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina. Here are a few things to watch from the festivities: (CBS Sports)

John Swofford says no imminent plans for realignment

The Atlantic has long been the power division in ACC football, with Clemson and Florida State combining to win six straight league titles. But Commissioner John Swofford says he doesn't see divisional realignment coming anytime soon. Swofford said Thursday during his state-of-the-league forum that the ACC "will keep looking at it but I wouldn't anticipate any change in the near future." (WRAL Sports Fan)

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