ACC Morning Five: 10.11.11 Edition

Posted by mpatton on October 11th, 2011

  1. The Mikan Drill: Did I hear correctly that you wanted an in-depth analysis of Maryland sophomore star Terrell Stoglin‘s offensive game and Mark Turgeon‘s tempo? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Seriously, these are a couple of great articles from one of the most interesting and informative basketball bloggers on the Internet. To summarize, Stoglin is a beast in transition, but Turgeon teams tend to execute long half court sets. This is going to be something Turgeon has to reconcile, as his team this year is undermanned and undersized.
  2. Baltimore Sun – Tracking the Terps: Speaking of Maryland, here’s quite the informative back-and-forth on Maryland hoops from beat writer Jeff Barker and reporter Don Markus. The best part of the article is when Barker calls the new coach “Turg.” I’m not sure how popular this nickname is yet, but I’m in total support with the slight caveat in that I’d make it “The Turg.” Anyway, in addition to cool nicknames and puns (“shorthanded”), the discussion looks at the roster’s woes and the eventual possibility of Turgeon moving back out to Kansas to take the helm in Lawrence.
  3. Boston Globe: And just when you thought the Globe was done with conference realignment, but the paper has an editorial on how college sports have lost sight of its academics whilst in pursuit of television dollars. This comes just a couple of days after the ACC officially announced it is renegotiating its TV contract. While I totally agree with many points of the article (namely, colleges aren’t educating enough athletes), I think the author and I would differ on how to fix the problem. Regardless, it’s an informed article pointing out a problem that is only growing for the NCAA: “the basic integrity of college athletics rests on the idea that student-athletes are receiving an education.”
  4. Charlotte Observer: North Carolina’s longtime basketball bus driver, “Super” Dave Harder died suddenly last week. Harder was a team constant over the last two decades, famously navigating through the roughest weather conditions to shootarounds and road games. He was even honored with a championship ring for his service to the Tar Heels after the 2004-05 season. North Carolina road trips just won’t be the same this year without Super Dave navigating the way.
  5. Finally, a quick shout out to some in-house content. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out Zach Hayes’ feature on the Top Ten Players You Don’t Know Yet (But Soon Will). Two ACC players made the list: Erick Green of Virginia Tech and Terrell Stoglin of Maryland. We’ve certainly talked a lot about Stoglin here, but Green is definitely a sleeper for one of the All-ACC squads (and I wouldn’t be shocked if Stoglin ended up on the first team).
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