April 23, 2014

ACC sets Clemson’s league games for next two seasons

Brad Brownell has his ACC slate set for next 2 seasons

Brad Brownell has his ACC slate set for next 2 seasons

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Clemson’s matchups for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons Tuesday. The 2014-15 season marks the first of a 12-year schedule rotation during which teams that are not partners play five years at home only; five years on the road only; and two years both home and road.

Clemson continues to face both Florida State and Georgia Tech as its primary partners, while adding NC State and Notre Dame next season for the home-and-home series. The full rotations for the next two seasons are listed below.

2014-15 rotation

Home/Road: Florida State, Georgia Tech, NC State, Notre Dame

Home: Boston College, North Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

Road: Duke, Louisville, Miami, Pittsburgh, Virginia

2015-16 rotation

Home/Road: Florida State, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Virginia

Home: Duke, Louisville, Miami, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh

Road: North Carolina, NC State, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

Notes on Clemson’s 2014-15 ACC schedule rotation

• The Tigers face five teams that advanced to the 2014 NCAA Tournament on the road, including four of the five road-only opponents.

• Clemson faces four coaches who are in the Naismith Hall of Fame, two at home (Jim Boeheim, Roy Williams) and two on the road (Mike Krzyzewski, Rick Pitino).

• The Tigers play Louisville for the first time since a postseason NIT meeting in Freedom Hall on March 20, 2006. The Cardinals now play in the KFC Yum! Center.

• Syracuse returns to Littlejohn Coliseum for the first time since the 2007 postseason NIT, when the Tigers defeated the Orange 74-70 to punch their ticket to New York City for the tournament semifinals.

• Notre Dame comes to Clemson for the first time in basketball, men’s or women’s. The Fighting Irish outlasted the Tigers in double overtime this past season in the first meeting between the two programs.

• The three teams featuring new head coaches – Boston College, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest – all come to Littlejohn Coliseum for the only meeting with Clemson.

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Report: Clemson’s McDaniels will turn pro

MdDaniels is taking his high flying act to the NBA

MdDaniels is taking his high flying act to the NBA

Clemson star KJ McDaniels will pass up his senior season and enter the NBA Draft Tigernet.com reported Tuesday morning quoting McDaniels’ mother as saying the decision is now final.

Shawn McDaniels told Tigernet her son’s decision was made a couple of weeks ago but he wrestled with it for a while longer before making the final call.

McDaniels is being projected as a mid to late first round pick.

McDaniels averaged 17 points and 7 rebounds per game last season in leading the Tigers to the semi-finals of the NIT.

Zak Willis discusses latest job opportunity with SportsTalk (AUDIO)

Zak Willis discussed his newest job at Union College with SportsTalk Monday night.

Zak Willis discussed his newest job at Union College with SportsTalk Monday night.

Monday night our good friend, and former star of SportsTalk segment “Wednesday’s with Willis”, Zak Willis,  joined us to discuss his newest opportunity as the head football coach at Union College in Kentucky.

AUDIO: Zach Willis [7:04]

Willis is the former head coach at Newberry College.  Before his stint at the Indians head man, he started the program at Pikeville College (now the University of Pikeville) back in 2000, which is also in the Bluegrass State.

Willis divulged what lead him to take the job at Union, what it’s going to take to get his staff and program running on the right track in time, and talked about the challenges that the other NAIA programs will present to his new team.

USC’s Jerry Meyers reviews Auburn series with SportsTalk (AUDIO)

Jerry Meyers joined SportsTalk Monday night to discuss the Auburn series win.

Jerry Meyers joined SportsTalk Monday night to discuss the Auburn series win.

Tonight we welcomed back into SportsTalk USC pitching coach Jerry Meyers to break down the Gamecocks series win at Auburn over the weekend.

AUDIO: Jerry Meyers [9:35]

The Gamecocks, a perennial power the previous few seasons, were in the midst of one of their worst skids in recent memory.  Last weekend’s conference slate saw them take game one over Florida, before losing the remaining two games to lose the series to the Gators.  USC then proceeded to lose both of their mid-week games over in-state foes Charleston Southern and The Citadel to let the losing streak climb to four consecutive games.

The Tigers made the streak reach five consecutive losses after taking game one in The Plains, before USC rallied late in game 2 for the 3-2 win, before taking game 3 Sunday, 4-3, as well for the series victory.

Coach Meyers told us what getting off the schneid this weekend will do for the club down the line, what the ever-growing disabled list looks like now, and much more.

SportsTalk Rewind 4.21.14 (VIDEO)

Tonight on SportsTalk myself the Professor and Kornblut held down the fort since KMac has taken his talents on vacation for the forseeable future.

There was much to be discussed concerning Matt Kuchar’s showing at the RBC Heritage in Harbour Town this weekend.

The 11th ranked USC baseball team ended their 5-game losing streak and won their series in Auburn over the weekend as well.  USC pitching coach Jerry Meyers joined us live on the program to discuss the series and how he believes the team is faring overall now that they’ve taken a significant step in the right direction.

We also had former Newberry head football coach Zak Willis on the program as well.  Willis just accepted the position of head coach at Union College, a NAIA school in the blue grass state.