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Meet an SEC bag man

"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

"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

"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

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

"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

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...

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.

Good things are happening for NC State, which currently sits atop the ACC standings with a 13-1...

Good things are happening for NC State, which currently sits atop the ACC standings with a 13-1 and 3-0 ACC record. It is quite a feat for the Wolfpack, which not long ago lost 127 out of 128 ACC matches from 2001 to 2007.

Not bad. Oh, and they're 14-1 (4-0) after beating Georgia Tech in five sets on Friday night. Georgia Tech was 3-0 in conference play, and now the Wolfpack is in sole possession of first place. I see you, Bryan Bunn.

Plus, for the sixth year, I have to go on the road for our first conference game, so that always...

Plus, for the sixth year, I have to go on the road for our first conference game, so that always changes things, too.

Would TOB miss an opportunity for a subtle jab? He would not.

Yes, Notre Dame could wind up playing an ACC opponent in the Orange Bowl.

Yes, Notre Dame could wind up playing an ACC opponent in the Orange Bowl. More details are emerging. Looks like the Irish will have to be within one game of an ACC team to jump it in the bowl pecking order, so no worries about a 7-5 Irish team trumping a 10-2 ACC full-on member.
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