Today, Hurricanes Baseball (47-15, 22-8 ACC) begins Super Regional play as they host VCU (40-23, 18-10 A-10). If you can make it to Mark Light Field, great. But if not, the game is available on ESPNU and on radio at 560 WQAM and 90.5 WVUM at 12:00 p.m. ET.
That's exciting. The ACC, however, is far from riveting, but as the Miami Hurricanes' ball and chain, we are at its mercy. These quick hits from around the ACC will prepare fans for the upcoming season. As you'll see, the offseason offers many things. It's prime for transfers. Head Coaches, attempting to generate excitement for their program, often make mostly regrettable remarks. And season previews walk a thin line between plausible and suspect. This Path of the Storm has all of that.
Virginia Tech's crowded quarterback competition became somewhat less cluttered with the departure of redshirt freshman Andrew Ford. For Virginia Tech fans, underwhelming quarterback play in their Spring Game has led to concern surrounding the offense. Michael Brewer, a Texas Tech transfer, started all 13 games in 2014 and is the early favorite despite turnover woes. Brenden Motley, Brewer's backup last season, saw limited action but offers more variety as he's a capable runner. Freshman Chris Durkin, Virginia Tech's largest option at QB (6'4", 235), and former Hurricanes commit Dwayne Lawson (Fr.) are distant contenders.
Former Virginia Cavaliers Quarterback Greyson Lambert parted ways with the Hoos last May. Wasting no time in finding a new home, Lambert's transferred to the Georgia Bulldogs. Dawg Sports analyzes what this means for UGA. Both Georgia and Virginia have historic tendencies of producing quarterbacks with country club-friendly names. EDSBS drafted a quiz on the matter, which you're sure to fail at miserably. UGA OR UVA QB? - THE WORLD'S MOST COUNTRY CLUB QUIZ!
SB Nation's Bill Connelly previews the Nebraska Cornhuskers. After falling 41-31 to the Cornhuskers in Lincoln, the Hurricanes have a shot at redemption on September 19th at Sun Life Stadium. For 2015, Nebraska is a very different squad, fielding new coaches and concepts. Please let Bill Connelly break this down for you as he does it so well.
The Indiana Hoosiers and Wake Forest Demon Deacons will meet in 2015, and things just got real. Indiana's Head Coach Kevin Wilson said in an address to fans, "We're going to kick their ass." As Blogger So Dear noted, this boast was solely to generate excitement for a non-conference slate that features Southern Illinois, FIU, and Western Kentucky, along with the Deacons. However, those are fighting words and Wake Forest doesn't take kindly to threats. #GoACC
For those unfamiliar with FIFA, an organization of few men that control the greatest money making sport in the world, you may not know of Sepp Blatter. No, it's not a physical ailment. Blatter was the longtime president of FIFA until the U.S. Department of Justice found evidence of decades of corruption, arresting ten officials accused of accepting $150 million dollars in kickbacks and bribes. FIFA official turned informant for the DOJ, Chuck Blazer, once held an apartment in Trump Tower solely for his cats. That's but a snippet of how absurd all of this really is. This has forced the very dirty Sepp Blatter to relinquish his position. Now I know, college football and soccer? Not an ideal fit. But corruption and the NCAA? That's comparable. Sepp Blatter was so damn good at being sleazy that, despite the entire world on his heels for years, he does not have a charge levied against him. A feat that leaves NCAA president Mark Emmert salivating just thinking about it. So as befitting as it sounds, SB Nation aligned the two evils. Welcome Sepp Blatter to the NCAA.
Phil Steele's Preseason All-ACC team is out and, well, it's not very Miami Hurricanes friendly. Ten Hurricanes ultimately made the cut. However, none earned first team honors. Perhaps the greatest snub was Brad Kaaya's placement, sitting behind Georgia Tech's Justin Thomas (1st), Clemson's Deshaun Watson (2nd), and North Carolina's Marquise Williams (3rd). While Deshaun Watson's injury kept him sidelined and Justin Thomas operates a different machine, there's a case to be made that Kaaya is superior to Marquise Williams. In 2014, Brad Kaaya out-threw Williams for more yards, five more touchdowns, and had a 145.9 efficiency rating to Williams' 135.4.
How do you feel about the Hurricanes representation on Phil Steele's Preseason All-ACC team? Share your views in the comments section.