Oh Hello Again Sue Estroff

A little over a month ago an internal investigation revealed evidence of academic fraud (unauthorized grade changes, no-show professors, forged certification documents) in UNC's Department of African and Afro-American Studies. However, the findings of that report didn't suggest that only student athletes were the beneficiaries of the cheating.

The report, released Friday, evolved from the athletic and academic scandal that engulfed UNC's football team, but it said there is no evidence that student-athletes received more favorable treatment than students who were not athletes. It also said that no student received a grade without doing course work. The report has been shared with the NCAA, which could not be reached for immediate comment.

That may no longer be the case. The following was published by NewsObserver.com Friday.

A summer class at UNC-Chapel Hill that lacked any instruction was enrolled exclusively with football players – and it landed on the school calendar just days before the semester started, university records show.

Good Job, Good Effort Hokie Tracks

89 days until Hokies football. So more teasing. This time big hits featuring Eddie Whitley foaming at the mouth. Who doles out Tech's biggest hit this year? The smart money is on Exum, but LT3 is going to have a lot of chances to lower his shoulder. Vinston Painter tilling Worsham Field with defensive ends' heels ten yards at a time won't produce a boom, but it'll make me feel all warm inside.

As long as it is reasonably close to Lane/practice field/football office, it probably doesn't matter where the new practice facility goes as long as the Frankinator can hold a 60 minute practice punting indoors when it's lightning out. Also, TIL Tech had a roller hockey rink on campus.

Montrezl Harrell committed to Louisville. Best of luck to him.

Welcome: Hampton (2014) RB Marshawn Williams commits to the Hokies

Sophomore (2014) running back from Hampton Marshawn Williams gave a verbal commitment to Virginia Tech this evening. He was in attendance for Tech's June 3rd camp and came away impressed.

"I loved it," said Marshawn. "I met all the coaches and the campus was great. I love the school."

He's a two-way player for Hampton coach Mike Smith, but the Hokies recruited him as a running back.

"I think size, speed, intensity," said Smith, who compared Williams to fast, powerful running backs of the past like Marcus Dupree and Ricky Williams. "He's a tremendous looking kid for a sophomore. ... He's quite a specimen.

"Tremendous kid. Great character. Great study habits. A real team person. You just couldn't give him enough accolades."

The Hokies were his first offer in February. Asked who else the running back considered, Smith laughed, before responding, "No one. That's been his dream. He just loved Virginia Tech.

The ACC Football-Mad Men Mashup

The Mad Men Season 5 finale is Sunday and we're still (glances at watch) WAY too far away from the beginning of football season. So, to help pass some of that time and welcome the finale, enjoy this half-baked, fragment-heavy ACC football-Mad Men mashup.

Virginia Tech:  Don Draper

Easily the most consistently successful character in the bunch. Emerged from obscurity. Underlying the attention and attractive exterior, nagging flaws. Despite regular success, can never quite get what they desire most.

Florida State: Pete Campbell

Obstacles to Overcome in the SEC

So Clay Travis says that Tech fans have "SEC fever", something that I didn't think needed an article written about it...I mean it's not like it's a secret.

I want to move to the SEC more than Ralph Friedgen wants a new plate of waffles (and/or Randy Edsall to crash and burn during his Maryland tenure). I want to move to the SEC more than Florida State wants to leave the ACC (okay, probably not).

You get my point.

Regardless of that, I really think that we need to, as fans, embrace what could potentially be around the corner. Now I'm not trying to be a Debbie downer, or hit the brakes on the collective enthusiasm of starting in a new conference, but a move of this size is going to bring repercussions, whether we like it/expect it or not.

So what might we see? Here are some things that I expect to see with a move Southeast:

Hokie Tracks Don't Want to Share Bowl Revenues Equally

An uneven split of bowl (and NCAA tournament) revenues would be a fair compromise among the "football" and "basketball" ACC schools. Teel crunched the numbers and the top three earners since 2004 are: 1) Virginia Tech $83.4M 2) Clemson $33.7M 3) FSU $29.3M. I think it's bad business to chop up the television dollars, but post-season money is fair game. Each team gets a percentage of their payout, the rest goes into a pot to split. It's an incentive to get better at football and basketball too.

Blue-chip corner Kendall Fuller Tweeted his top four schools.

Hokie Tracks Aren't Talking about the Hokies

97 more days...

So yeah, that was kind of a tease.

Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich confirmed the ACC is trying to develop a bowl game similar to the one recently announced by the SEC–Big 12. It's a move that might be too little to late because the options are extremely limited. The ACC Champion playing Notre Dame every year might draw the most ratings and generate the most buzz, but could it consistently be the best annual matchup, and how long before it becomes stale? The Big East could offer up Louisville and Boise State. Woo? Playing the next best SEC, Big 12 or even Big Ten team after their playoff and respective bowl participants may be the best option in terms of allure and money. However, scheduling a game against sloppy seconds (or thirds) would be another public relations hit for the ACC. Isn't the little kids table fun.

This is the last thing I'll write about Heather Dinich

I no longer read Heather Dinich's blog with any regularity. I don't find her writing to be insightful or analytical. She breaks no news. In no way do her words better my understanding of the game of football. The user commentary on each post is usually a flame war set off by subject matter written to troll for page views. Sometimes her name is attached to the byline of useful posts, but that information is either regurgitated from elsewhere on ESPN.com, part of a release, or quotes from an interview or media session. Anything relevant to Virginia Tech football or the ACC I can get, and get it better, from hundreds of other places on the Internet. Unfortunately Dinich is unavoidable. She stands on ESPN's pulpit and has a hand delivered national audience.

Here's how I usually succumb to reading one of her posts.

/checks Twitter
//lots of unhappy Hokies retweeting @ESPN_ACC
///clicks link

No one has ever tweeted, emailed or Gchated me a link to a post of hers that they endorse. Nope, the only time she pops up on my radar is when she blogs something outrageous. And I bet this holds true across the board for the rest of the fans in the ACC.

99 Days til Kickoff and the #VT4SEC Argument

Hey, y'all! Only ninety-nine days till the 2012 season kicks off! In reality, that means really only a little more than two months until camp opens, and it actually starts to FEEL like football season. Y'know, it'll be nice to see players in pads again, running through drills. This off-season has been so quiet, amiright?