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What are we implying here?

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One hopes he's being treated carefully, but we're guessing the State staff, like all staffs, likes to see players diving on the floor.

DBR

Even when granted anonymity, coaches are withholding

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"They played a bunch of true freshmen at wide receiver and running back and tight end. They should be better than they were."

Athlon's anonymous survey of various ACC coaches about their league rivals. The above remark is some unnamed dude on NC State.

I thought we were in the trust tree

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"N.C. State is nice but when you don’t necessarily trust who you’re playing for or really don’t like believe in the system I don’t think it’s useful to stay in a place you can’t succeed," Shirreffs told me.

hmmm

Meet an SEC bag man

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"There are jokes about kids getting cars, but that's actually pretty easy. We all have dealerships all over. You practically have to nowadays, anyway, just for the coaches. Think about it. Most schools, all the football, basketball, and baseball coaches and their wives are getting some kind of vehicle for free as part of their contract. Then they're turning them in every three years or so. That's a fleet right there. You need a lot of guys with dealerships, and you need them in different towns. Then getting a clean title on a member of the family is pretty easy."

Fascinating look at how money and other extra benefits change hands in SEC country.

Tyler Lewis' Butler visit goes well

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"The visit went great, and I could definitely see myself playing there," Lewis said Wednesday night. "I got along great with the players and coaches. The coaches have confidence that I could come in and help the team, and I have confidence in them."

Lewis is considering a couple more visits but could decide this week.

PJ Hairston Officially Done At UNC

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"Unfortunately P.J. made a number of mistakes that placed his eligibility at risk and the University's joint review with the NCAA made it clear that seeking reinstatement for P.J. would not be possible," says director of athletics Bubba Cunningham. "The University thanks him for his contributions to Carolina Basketball."

Not the most shocking news in the world.

Mmmm ... burgers

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The Big Ten "clearly became McDonald’s in our industry, and anyone that would argue with that doesn’t know what they’re talking about," White said. "I think unfortunately there was a time 3-4 years ago where, I don’t know who we were. We weren’t Whataburger, but we were between Whataburger and Wendy’s. We had fallen into that position. And I think the SEC was clearly Burger King.

I think Duke AD Kevin White was hungry when he gave this interview. White sounds encouraged about an ACC Network happening, which is good news.

2014 Hoops Class Members Sign LOIs

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"We're really excited about this class. With two perimeter players and a versatile, inside-outside forward, we feel we really addressed some needs," head coach Mark Gottfried said. "All three guys play with great energy and enthusiasm. But also, they all have great character and will be great assets to NC State University."

Done and done.

Gio Bernard Randomly Runs Into TOB

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Ran into coach Tom O'brian at my high school recruiting for Virginia. Talk about awkward ....

welp

Miami big man Reggie Johnson is expected to miss about six weeks with a broken thumb, source told...

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Miami big man Reggie Johnson is expected to miss about six weeks with a broken thumb, source told CBSSports. Tough blow for the 'Canes.

Canes lost Big Reg to injury again. NC State plays Miami on Feb. 2.
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