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Dereck Whittenburg is working on an ACC tournament documentary project for ESPN

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Dereck Whittenburg is helping produce a new six-part documentary on the ACC tournament in conjunction with ESPN and the ACC Network, and you can expect that to debut some time in 2021. That’s what he told New York radio veteran Mike Lindsley this week on Lindsley’s podcast.

Whitt is working on it with Jonathan Hock, who directed Survive and Advance. It sounds like they are going to delve deep into the history of the tournament, which is to say that the first several installments should be awesome, while the later episodes grow increasingly tedious through no fault of the filmmakers.

Reynolds Coliseum served as host for the first 13 ACC tournaments, and NC State won it five times during that span. Fast forward a few decades and the tournament was canceled right after the 1987 season, which is a shame, really, when you think about it. We are left to guess what it could have become in a modern context. Conference expansion, high-definition television, things of that nature. We’ll never know.