Monday's college roundup
Crowder named ACC specialist of the week
DURHAM — Duke junior wide receiver Jamison Crowder was named ACC specialist of the week for the second time this season after totaling 109 punt return yards including an 82-yard touchdown against Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Crowder, a 5-9, 175-pound native of Monroe, averaged 36.3 yards per punt return on three attempts in the 58-55 loss to Pitt and took his first punt back 82 yards for his second return touchdown of the season. He also logged punt returns of 12 and 15 yards on the way to 279 all-purpose yards, which ranks as the fifth highest single-game total in Duke history.
For the game, Crowder grabbed seven receptions for a season-high 141 yards and totaled three touchdowns, also scoring on a 62-yard reception and a 7-yard rush to become the first Duke player since Scottie Montgomery in 1999 to score via reception, rush and kick return.
Through four games, Crowder leads the nation with 258 punt return yards, ranks sixth with 19.8 yards per return and is one of only three players in the country with two punt returns for touchdowns. His 82-yard punt return ranked as the second longest punt return in the NCAA this season.
Crowder was named ACC specialist of the week on Sept. 3 after the 45-0 season-opening win over N.C. Central when he totaled 113 punt return yards and a 76-yard touchdown.
Duke’s Bottorff takes national honor
NEW ORLEANS — Duke graduate student Juliet Bottorff has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association athlete of the week after the Newark, Del., native’s win Friday at the 20th Adidas XC Challenge in Cary.
Bottorff, a 2012 cross country All-American, averaged a 5:18 per mile pace over 3.1 miles to earn a course record of 16:28.81 on the WakeMed Soccer Campus cross country course. Bottorff led a competitive field, including 2013 outdoor 10,000-meters All-American Joanna Thompson of No. 21 N.C. State.
Duke, UNC lead ACC volleyball honors
DURHAM — After guiding the Duke volleyball team to victories over Indiana and No. 16 Illinois this past weekend, sophomore Elizabeth Campbell earned ACC co-player of the week honors, while Sasha Karelov garnered freshman of the week as announced by the league Monday.
North Carolina middle blocker Victoria McPherson joined Campbell as ACC co-Player of the Week.
Emmert says change coming for NCAA
GRAPEVINE, Texas — President Mark Emmert said Monday he expects “a lot of change” for the governance structure of Division I sports over the next year.
“I’ve said publicly on a number of occasions the only thing everybody agrees on with Division I governance is that it doesn’t work,” Emmert said during his opening remarks at a meeting of more than 100 Division I faculty athletics representatives. He later said NCAA directors are looking at the next six to eight months in particular.
“I think the board anticipates a lot of change,” he said. “They’re going into their October and January meetings expecting to look at a whole different governance model for Division I. So it will be significantly different.”
The NCAA’s annual convention is in January. The board hopes to adopt proposals at its meeting next April, and then have a special meeting for the full membership next summer.
The discussion focused on transparency and the public perception of the NCAA.
Emmert has received sharp criticism for months, for everything from the unprecedented sanctions handed to Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal to the botched investigation of alleged misconduct in University of Miami athletics. He, and the NCAA in general, have been singled out by conference commissioners, professional athletes and even current college football players.