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ACC Commissioner John Swofford had plenty to smile about in Greensboro last weekend: In the space of a year, the future of the ACC was safely secured – along with a national championship in football.

N.C. State coach Dave Doeren has said repeatedly that quarterback play was the Wolfpack’s biggest issue during his 3-9 debut season. Brissett, a versatile Florida transfer, is expected to fix that.

As the ACC weighs the pros and cons of starting a sports TV network, the decision is more complicated -- and farther away -- than it may appear.

It seems like just yesterday Johnny Football was dashing Duke’s dreams, North Carolina was swaggering into the postseason after staggering through the first half of the season and N.C. State played perhaps the most forgettable season in living memory. Oh, and Florida State won a national title.

As the Triple-A All-Star Game visits Durham, it’s the host city that shines brightest. For decades, it has been the ultimate expression of minor-league baseball, for good and bad.

A coach and four youth players from FC Barcelona’s futsal program are spending the summer in Cary teaching local kids about the increasingly popular, high-intensity variation of soccer.

The NCAA’s announcement Monday that it will reopen its investigation into North Carolina is the latest indication the scandal isn’t going away, no matter how many university administrators wish it so.

As things stand now, the Carolina Hurricanes appear prepared to head into next season with a new coach and the same old roster. That’s a little disconcerting given the acknowledged necessity of a change in direction that prompted Ron Francis’ promotion to general manager.

Josh Wesley became the first North Carolina-developed player to be drafted by an NHL team, his hometown Carolina Hurricanes. The door is still open for an NC born-and-bred prospect.

It’s been a quiet summer at the NHL level for the Carolina Hurricanes, but Friday’s first-round pick – 6-foot-2 defenseman Haydn Fleury – was evidence of a long-term vision for the team.

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Luke has worked for The News & Observer since 2000. He covered the Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL before becoming a sports columnist in August 2008. A native of Evanston, Ill., he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
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