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ACC bowl projections: Week 3

Sep 15, 2014 -- 10:20am

Phil Baker

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Via: ESPN.com | David Hale

The ACC makes no sense right now. Virginia Tech thumps Ohio State on the road, then loses to East Carolina at home. Boston College coughs up 214 rushing yards to James Conner one week, then holds USC to 20 yards on the ground the next. Georgia Tech is 3-0, but has hardly looked impressive yet. Oh, and there’s that little matter of the conference’s top two teams facing off this coming Saturday. 



For now, we’re doing the best we can with a fluid situation, so fair warning that these projections are a moving target at this point in the season. 

College Football Playoff: Florida State 
Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Notre Dame* 
Russell Athletic Bowl: Virginia Tech 
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Pittsburgh 
Belk Bowl: Duke 
Hyundai Sun Bowl: Miami 
New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Louisville 
Military Bowl presented By Northrop Grumman: Virginia 
Duck Commander Independence Bowl: North Carolina 
Quick Lane Bowl: Boston College 
BITCOIN St. Petersburg Bowl: Georgia Tech 

*Note: Notre Dame is eligible for a bid to any ACC tie-in game unless it is selected for a New Year’s Six game, which can include playing an ACC team in the Orange Bowl.

Trash Talkin' Cats?

Sep 12, 2014 -- 8:59am

Phil Baker

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Kentucky running back Jojo Kemp poked the bear, and his coach isn't happy about it. 

Kemp, a DeLand, Fla., native, was asked about returning to his home state for Saturday's game in which the Wildcats (2-0) face the Gators (1-0) in the SEC opener for both schools. 
 

[+] EnlargeMark Stoops
Mark Zerof/USA TODAY Sports"It's not something that I teach," Mark Stoops said of trash-talking ahead of games. "It's not how we talk."

"A couple of my [high school] teammates actually went to Florida, so I'm familiar with a lot of those guys," Kemp said after Tuesday's practice, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. "It's going to be fun walking out with a victory and rubbing it in their faces." 

Head coach Mark Stoops weighed in during his Wednesday teleconference. 

"I was furious," he said. "I was outraged and I talked to him about it. But the thing is he was trying to make light of some friends that he has on [Florida's] program, but like I told him yesterday, 'You think they're going to hear all that? They're going to hear the last five seconds of what you said.'" 

Stoops is well aware of the challenge facing Kentucky, which hasn't beaten Florida since 1986. The 27-game losing streak is the longest of its kind among active FBS rivalries. 

"I know the great pride of the players in that locker room at Florida," Stoops said. "I've been all through Florida. I've been at Miami. I've been at South Florida. I've been at Florida State. I know personally quite a few of those players and the pride that they have. 

"One thing, it's not very smart to try to challenge their pride before you play them. Believe me, I know them. So I don't think that was very smart. It's not something that I teach. It's not how we talk. And really if you listen to his whole conversation he was quite humble and really handled himself the right way until the end. 

"But again, that's just not very smart on our part and we'll get that fixed." 

Kemp's comments also drew a response on Wednesday from Florida senior linebacker Michael Taylor, who tweeted: "Heard u were talkin s---, but you're Kentucky's 3rd string back." 

Kemp was the Wildcats' leading rusher last season with 482 yards and had 19 yards on three carries in a 24-7 home loss to Florida on Sept. 28, 2013. 

It's likely the UK running back and UF linebacker will have a chance to settle their differences on the field. Saturday's game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

"At the end if we beat them," said Florida sophomore cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, "then I guess it's a little something to rub back in his face."

Hoosiers add recruit Emmitt Holt

Aug 27, 2014 -- 11:43am

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana has added power forward Emmitt Holt to its new recruiting class.

Holt committed to the Hoosiers last week, but coach Tom Crean couldn't make the announcement until Tuesday.

The 6-foot-7, 225-pound freshman was a finalist for New York's Mr. Basketball Award. He averaged 19.8 points, 14.6 rebounds and 5.0 blocks last season at Webster Schroeder High School last season, and Holt has a 7-foot-3 wingspan.

Holt is sixth freshman in this year's recruiting class. Crean already has signed James Blackmon, Jr. and Robert Johnson, both guards, forwards Max Hoetzel and Tim Priller and center Jeremiah April.

Crossroads Classic Extended Through 2019 Season

Aug 15, 2014 -- 10:48am

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Aug. 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS - The highly successful Crossroads Classic will continue through 2019, the athletics directors at the four participating schools announced today.

One of college basketball's premier non-conference events will continue to be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The additional dates and matchups are Dec. 16, 2017 (Purdue vs. Butler and Notre Dame vs. Indiana), Dec. 15, 2018 (Purdue vs. Notre Dame and Butler vs. Indiana) and Dec. 21, 2019 (Purdue vs. Butler and Notre Dame vs. Indiana).

The three-year cycle is in addition to previously-announced games on Dec. 19, 2015 (Purdue vs. Butler and Notre Dame vs. Indiana) and Dec. 17, 2016 (Purdue vs. Notre Dame and Butler vs. Indiana).

"We are thrilled to be the home of the Crossroads Classic through 2019," said Rick Fuson, chief operating officer of Pacers Sports & Entertainment. "The Classic has become a popular and prestigious annual doubleheader bringing together four great in-state institutions. We are grateful for Bankers Life Fieldhouse to remain the host venue for this event, and we take pride in sharing a great tradition with Butler, Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue."

Barry Collier of Butler, Fred Glass of Indiana, Jack Swarbrick of Notre Dame and Morgan Burke of Purdue announced the creation of the Crossroads Classic in August of 2010. The initial two-year contract was followed by a two-year extension in May of 2012 and another extension in July 2013.

More than 19,000 fans have attended each of the first three Crossroads Classics. This year's event is set for Dec. 20 and will feature Notre Dame vs. Purdue and Indiana vs. Butler. Notre Dame will serve as the host school.

The coming together of the four most-storied college basketball programs in the state of Indiana, the Crossroads Classic is a nod to the Hoosier Classic of years past, when the schools played a doubleheader non-conference showcase at Butler's Hinkle Fieldhouse. 

DIRECTV to Carry SEC Network for Launch on Aug. 14

Aug 05, 2014 -- 9:28am

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. and BRISTOL, Conn., August 4, 2014 - DIRECTV and ESPN have entered into an agreement for DIRECTV to provide the new SEC Network to fans and followers of the Southeastern Conference when the network launches Aug. 14.  The first college football game on the new network will air Aug. 28 featuring #20 Texas A&M vs. #9 South Carolina.

"The SEC boasts powerhouse athletic programs, especially in football, representing deeply loyal communities, many of which do not have any professional teams," said Dan York, DIRECTV's Chief Content Officer. "The depth of SEC competition and the quality ESPN brings to game production and complementary programming makes SEC Network a valuable addition to our sports programming lineup, and we're excited to bring it into our customers' homes and on their devices."

"Our agreement with DIRECTV continues to push the SEC Network towards one of the most successful network launches when it debuts on August 14," said Sean Breen, Disney and ESPN Media Networks Senior Vice President, Affiliate Sales. "We're proud to deliver the SEC Network nationwide via DIRECTV in advance of the Texas A&M and South Carolina game later this month."

The SEC Network will deliver at least 45 exclusive SEC football games this season. Recently released pre-season polls rank seven SEC teams in the college football preseason top 25, ensuring consistently close, competitive match-ups on SEC Network. The network will also serve as an all-access pass to nationally competitive events, news and information, expert analysis, classic games and in-depth features on the most storied conference in college athletics.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said, "With opening day now firmly in sight, we are happy to count DIRECTV, the country's largest satellite provider, among our many distributors for the SEC Network. The SEC is home to the most passionate fans in college sports and I am pleased to have such a wide distribution by launch date for the benefit of SEC fans everywhere."

"With the launch of SEC Network just days away, we look forward to serving these legions of current and prospective students, alumni and loyal supporters with quality content and coverage nationwide," added Justin Connolly, ESPN Senior Vice President, College Networks.

About SEC Network:

The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network that will launch August 14, 2014. The new network and its accompanying digital platform will air SEC content 24/7 including more than 1,000 events in its first year. The network will televise 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men's basketball games, 60 women's basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC's 21 sports annually. Programming will also include in-depth commentary and analysis in studio shows, daily news and information original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, and more. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports will be offered exclusively on the digital platform.

Barbee Joins Staff as Special Assistant to the Head Coach

Aug 01, 2014 -- 1:05pm

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Barbee Joins Staff as Special Assistant to the Head Coach

LEXINGTON, Ky. –  Former UTEP and Auburn head coach Tony Barbee has joined the Kentucky men’s basketball staff as the special assistant to the head coach, John Calipari announced Friday.

He will take on an administrative role in operations formerly held by Rod Strickland, who left to become an assistant coach at the University of South Florida.

Barbee was previously the head coach at UTEP and at Auburn and has served as an assistant coach under Calipari for a total of nine seasons in his career.

“Tony has been a part of my basketball family for over 20 years,” Calipari said. “I’ve had the pleasure of watching him grow up and mature with this game since I started recruiting him when he was 16 years old. I’m thrilled with the knowledge and experience he brings to this program and our staff and am looking forward to working with him again.”

"I’m so excited to reconnect with my coach, mentor, and friend Coach Cal on his staff at Kentucky,” Barbee said. “I can't wait to join the Big Blue Nation in its quest for No. 9."

Barbee played for Calipari at UMass before starting his coaching career as a graduate assistant on the Massachusetts staff in 1995-96. The Minutemen advanced to the NCAA Final Four in Barbee’s first season as a member of the coaching staff.

He served as an assistant coach for two seasons at UMass before taking an assistant coaching position at Wyoming. Barbee rejoined Calipari as an assistant at Memphis for six seasons from 2000-06. The Tigers earned a 20-win season in each of his six years on staff. The Tigers claimed a pair of Conference USA titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament three times during his tenure including an Elite Eight run in his final season.

Barbee was hired as UTEP’s head coach in 2006. During his four-year tenure at the helm of the Miners program he averaged 20.5 wins per seasons and exceeded his win total from year-to-year. His most prolific season at UTEP was his last in which he led the Miners to a 26-7 overall record, a C-USA regular-season title and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009-10.

He became Auburn’s head coach prior to the start of the 2010-11 season. He spent four seasons as the head coach of the Tigers and has amassed an overall 131-127 record as a head coach.

As a player, Barbee helped lead the Minutemen to a pair of Atlantic 10 championships and two NCAA Tournaments. UMass went 91-39 during his four-year career. Barbee still ranks among the school's all-time leaders in numerous statistical categories, including scoring with 1,643 points. He was a second-team All-Atlantic 10 player in 1991 and 1993 and All-Atlantic 10 Freshman team selection in 1990.

The Indianapolis native played professionally in Spain and France after his playing career at UMass. He earned his B.A. in sports management from UMass in 1993, with a minor in African-American studies. He and his wife, Holly, have a daughter, Hayden Alexandra, and son, Andrew Marsh.

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