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ACC names football crossovers
DURHAM — The ACC on Tuesday announced it’s football rotating crossover opponents through the 2024 season.
The rotating crossover opponent is the one ACC team that changes every year on each team’s football schedule. With the addition of Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the ACC this fall, each ACC team will play all six divisional opponents annually, one primary crossover team from the opposite division which does not change, and one rotating team from the opposite division which does change.
Wake Forest will remain Duke’s permanent crossover foe from the Atlantic Division while N.C. State is North Carolina’s permanent crossover opponent from the Atlantic.
As for rotating crossover opponents, the Blue Devils will play N.C. State (home 2013, away 2020), Syracuse (away 2014, home 2019), Boston College (home 2015, away 2022), Louisville (away 2016, home 2021), Florida State (home 2017, away 2024), Clemson (away 2018, home 2023).
UNC will play Clemson (away 2014, home 2019), Wake Forest (home 2015, away 2022), Florida State (away 2016, home 2021), Louisville (home 2017, away 2024), Syracuse (away 2018, home 2023), and Boston College (home 2013, away 2020).
In addition to its Duke dates, N.C. State will play Georgia Tech (home 2014, away 2019), Virginia Tech (away 2015, home 2022), Miami (home 2016, away 2021), Pittsburgh (away 2017, home 2024) and Virginia (home 2018, away 2023).
Wolfpack to host Rice in Super Regional Friday
RALEIGH — N.C. State will host its first Super Regional Friday through Sunday, the NCAA announced Tuesday.
The Wolfpack (47-14) won the Raleigh regional and will host Rice (44-18), the second seed of the Eugene (Ore.) regional. Rice eliminated No. 8 national seed Oregon 11-4 early Tuesday.
If Oregon had won, it would have hosted the Wolfpack in the best-of-three Super Regional — college baseball’s Sweet 16.
The Rice-N.C. State series opens on Friday at 4 p.m. at Doak Field and will be televised on ESPN2. It continues on Saturday at 4 p.m., also on ESPN2. If necessary, game three will take place Sunday at 4 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU.
The winner will advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., beginning June 15.
ECH star Ben Griffin fails to advance
ROCKVILLE, Md. — East Chapel Hill High School golf star Ben Griffin failed in his bid to qualify for the upcoming U.S. Open, posting a two-round total of 3-over-par 144 at sectional qualifying at Woodmont Country Club here Tuesday.
The 36-hole qualifier featured 122 amateur and professional players who had survived earlier qualifying tournaments to reach this round, out of which eight golfers qualified for the Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., June 13-16.
The sectional was played on Woodmont’s par 70 and par 71 South and North courses over two days.
Scot Russell Knox, Canadian Adam Hadwin and American Randall Hutchison shared first place at 9-under 132. Ryan Sullivan of Winston-Salem was fourth at 7-under.
Griffin shot 1-over 71 Monday and 2-over 73 on Tuesday.
Griffin is the 2011 and 2013 state 4-A individual high school champion and has verbally committed to attend North Carolina on a golf scholarship in the fall of 2014.
Griffin had won the local U.S. Open qualifying tournament at Greensboro’s Forest Oaks Country Club on May 16 with a 5-under 67.
The cut line for sectional qualifying was 5-under. The No. 8 U.S. Open qualifier and two alternates each posted a 136 total, 5-under-par.
Ex-Jordan High star Phil Williamson departs UNC
CHAPEL HILL — Former Jordan High School football star Phil Williamson, one of the state’s top recruiting targets a year ago, has left the North Carolina program and enrolled at Butler (Kan.) Community College.
No reason was given for his departure.
Williamson, who was recruited as a linebacker/safety during the Butch Davis coaching era, committed to the Tar Heels in May 2011 and remained committed through two coaching changes, finally signing in early 2012.
He moved to defensive end during the recently completed spring drills. He did not play as a freshman and had four years of eligibility remaining before announcing his departure.
Duke picks up top WR prospect Johnathan Lloyd
DURHAM — Johnathan Lloyd, a 6-foot, 185-pound wide receiver prospect from Southern Alamance High School, verbally committed to Duke football coaches over the weekend.
Lloyd, a rising senior quarterback, is one of the top prospects in the state, and picked the Blue Devils over offers from Clemson, Florida, Miami, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech among many others.
Lloyd threw for 1,448 yards and 14 touchdowns and ran for 1,215 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior. He is the 10th known junior to have committed to the Blue Devils this spring.
Duke adds new head diving coach Esposto
DURHAM — Duke swimming and diving coach Dan Colella has named Nunzio Esposto head diving coach.
Esposto, a former UNC Chapel Hill diving coach, has been a successful coach on the Olympic, national and collegiate levels.
Esposto was head diving coach at North Carolina from 1998 to 2002. During that time he also was the head coach of the North Carolina Aquatic Club Diving program, guiding his athletes to senior and junior nationals qualification as well as multiple North Carolina high school state titles.
Following his tenure in Chapel Hill, Esposto served as the head coach of the Blue Devil Diving club program from 2003 to 2007. He directed current Duke diver and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Nick McCrory of East Chapel Hill High School to a spot on the USA Diving Junior National team, as well as a junior national championship and a silver medal at the Junior World Championships in 2006.