Atlantic Coast RUMORS & NEWS

  • Notre Dame-Wake Forest game moved to Dec. 12 after COVID-19 postponement

    Yardbarker "One day after the Notre Dame Fighting Irish postponed Saturday's game against Wake Forest due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the program, the Atlantic Coast Conference confirmed that the game has been moved to Dec. 12.  Additionally, Wake..." September 23

  • Tate Martell still supporting Miami teammates even after opting out of season

    Larry Brown Sports "Tate Martell is still supporting the Miami Hurricanes and his teammates despite opting out of the 2020 college football season. Martell, who transferred to Miami last year, was suspended for the team’s opener against UAB. On Friday, we learned that Martell was opting out of..." September 22

  • Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest game is postponed after seven Irish players test positive for COVID-19

    CBC Sports "No. 7 Notre Dame's game at Wake Forest, scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to COVID-19. A release from Notre Dame also said that the program will pause all football-related activities until further testing is completed. Ninety-four COVID-19 tests were administered..." September 22

  • The Citadel had no interest in Clemson’s charity offer during blowout

    Larry Brown Sports "The Citadel may have gotten spanked by Clemson on Saturday, but at least they left with their dignity … and a $450,000 check. Clemson beat The Citadel 49-0 to improve to 2-0 and drop the Bulldogs to 0-2. The Tigers were up 49-0 at halftime and apparently offered to spare The..." September 20

  • Tate Martell opts out of 2020 season after being suspended by Miami

    Larry Brown Sports "There is yet another twist in Tate Martell’s college football career, and it is not a great one. Martell has chosen to opt out of the 2020 season, the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson and Susan Miller Degnan reported on Friday night. Martell was suspended for..." September 19

  • Syracuse quarterback Rex Culpepper throws first touchdown since being diagnosed with cancer in 2018

    USA Today "After 100 hours of chemotherapy and more than two years of waiting, Rex Culpepper found the end zone Saturday. The Syracuse quarterback threw for his first touchdown since he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in March 2018 off a spectacular 69-yard scoring play..." September 19

  • FSU head coach Mike Norvell tests positive for COVID-19

    Clutch Points "There was a slew of college football games canceled or postponed this week due to concerns of COVID-19. While Florida State had a bye week this week, head coach Mike Norvell has tested positive for COVID-19, per ESPN’s Andrea Adelson. As a result of his positive test,..." September 19

  • Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney giving up over $1 million in scheduled compensation

    USA Today "Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney has agreed to forgo $1.25 million in scheduled compensation due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s financial impact on the university and its athletics department, according to an agreement obtained by USA TODAY Sports on Friday. The document..." September 19

  • Clemson's Dabo Swinney giving up over $1 million in scheduled compensation as pandemic strains school finances

    USA Today "Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney has agreed forgo $1.25 million in scheduled compensation due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s financial impact on the university and its athletics department, according to an agreement obtained by USA TODAY Sports on Friday. The document..." September 18

  • North Carolina game against Charlotte canceled due to COVID-19 quarantines

    USA Today "Charlotte announced Thursday morning that its football game at No. 11 North Carolina, scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled. The decision to cancel was made as a result of a depleted roster due to quarantine following Charlotte's COVID-19 contract tracing..." September 17

  • Tate Martell Posts Simple Message After Missing Season Opener

    The Spun "Former blue chip quarterback Tate Martell has had a trying college career. He left Ohio State after Justin Fields’ decision to join the program, and landed an opportunity to compete for a starting job with Miami football. It hasn’t quite gone as expected. Martell struggled..." September 15

  • Boston College Eagles Unveil New “Red Bandana” Uniforms

    Total Pro Sports "Boston College unveiled their second new uniform, this time revealing a new “Red Bandana” inspired uniform from Under Armour. These uniforms will be worn during the Red Bandana game, an annual Boston College tradition that honors the memory of fallen hero Welles..." September 15

  • Virginia Tech suspends safety Devon Hunter indefinitely

    Yardbarker "The Virginia Tech Hokies announced on Monday that the program has indefinitely suspended safety Devon Hunter for "not upholding the high standards we have for our student-athletes." No further explanation was given. " September 14

  • Images of fans not wearing masks at Florida State football home opener draw criticism

    USA Today "Doak Campbell Stadium was at limited capacity Saturday for Florida State’s football game against Georgia Tech because of COVID-19 safety protocols. However, images of many in the crowd of 17,538 not wearing masks as required has led to criticism across social media..." September 14

  • Dabo Swinney defends Clemson players after helmet stickers promoting unity cause backlash

    USA Today "Clemson football players attempted to promote unity and acceptance. It had the opposite effect on some fans. The Tigers for Saturday night’s season-opener at Wake Forest wore helmet decals that read “Love,” “Equality,” “Black Lives..." September 14

  • Georgia Tech players taunt Florida State fans with Tomahawk Chop

    Larry Brown Sports "Georgia Tech pulled off a nice upset win over Florida State on Saturday, and their players enjoyed the victory. Towards the end of the Yellow Jackets’ 16-13 win over the Seminoles, some Georgia Tech players did the Tomahawk Chop to troll the opposing fans. " September 13

  • Five questions that will be answered in Week 2 of the college football season

    USA Today "Week 2 welcomes teams from the ACC and Big 12 to the regular season, marking the start of the long push for the College Football Playoff. Saturday's schedule includes the nation's No. 1 team, Clemson, playing in prime time at Wake Forest. Also in action: Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Texas and..." September 12

  • And In That Corner … The Duke Blue Devils, Notre Dame’s first-ever conference opponent

    Inside the Irish "For 103 consecutive Notre Dame games, this space has featured a preview of the upcoming opponent from a beat writer on the other side of the aisle in the press box. That stretches back to the 2012 season opener, a run that includes a national championship appearance, a College Football Playoff..." September 12

  • Virginia Tech's football game with Virginia on Sept. 19 postponed because of coronavirus

    ESPN "Virginia Tech's season opener against Virginia on Sept. 19 has been postponed because of "COVID-19 issues" at Virginia Tech, the school announced Saturday. "After consultation with Atlantic Coast Conference officials, our counterparts at the University of..." September 12

  • Florida State shows support for Black Lives Matter ahead of season opener

    Sportsnaut "We’re seeing a ton of support for the Black Lives Matter movement and related protests against police brutality within the sports world. Two days as the Houston Texans and Kansas City engaged in a form of protest during the national anthem at Arrowhead Stadium, college..." September 12

  • Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence confirms he will go pro after 2020 season

    Greenville Online "Clemson junior quarterback Trevor Lawrence said on ESPN’s "College Gameday" show Saturday that he plans to enter the NFL draft after this season. “I will graduate in December,” Lawrence told ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi. “I’m planning on this being..." September 12

  • Clemson Tigers to be without three starters vs. Wake Forest; no reason given

    ESPN "The No. 1 Clemson Tigers will be without three starters -- cornerbacks Derion Kendrick and Mario Goodrich and defensive end Justin Foster -- for Saturday night's game against Wake Forest. The Tigers did not specify why the three players..." September 12

  • Eligibility waiver denied for Syracuse OL Chris Bleich "Syracuse offensive lineman Chris Bleich had his NCAA transfer waiver for immediate eligibility denied, sidelining him for the 2020 season this fall. Bleich enrolled at Syracuse last January after transferring from the University of Florida and expected to compete for a starting guard..." September 11

  • Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence on BLM, listening and learning: 'I'm on the journey of discovering'

    ESPN ""WHAT DO YOU make of this?" Trevor Lawrence asked. Darien Rencher sat with Lawrence on a kitchen counter in an apartment just north of downtown Atlanta, the sweep of Piedmont Park in the distance, the city roiling below. The two -- one white, one Black,..." September 11

  • Virginia Tech to start QB Hendon Hooker, but Braxton Burmeister to play

    ESPN "Virginia Tech plans to start Hendon Hooker at quarterback, but coach Justin Fuente said Wednesday that the Hokies will play Braxton Burmeister as well. Hooker started eight games last season, accounting for 1,911 total yards, 18 total touchdowns and two..." September 09

  • Dabo Swinney wants Notre Dame to join ACC permanently

    Larry Brown Sports "Notre Dame will play in the ACC for the 2020 season. That arrangement isn’t expected to continue beyond that, but Dabo Swinney wants it to. The Clemson coach said Tuesday that he’d love to see the Fighting Irish as a permanent member of the..." September 08

  • Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence says he uses his voice, but he's not an activist

    ESPN "Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence emerged as one of college football's leading voices for social justice reforms this offseason, but he said Tuesday that he doesn't envision himself as an activist. Lawrence has been the biggest name -- if not always the..." September 08

  • Trevor Lawrence outlines plans for players to address racial injustice "Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence released a statement Sunday on behalf of college football players, laying out a five-point plan of "actionable steps" that they hope to employ in order to address racial injustice in society. The players plan to have all..." September 07

  • Clemson heavily favored by media panel to win ACC football championship; Notre Dame picked second

    ESPN "Clemson is the overwhelming preseason choice to win the ACC, with Notre Dame picked to finish second, the league announced Friday. The Tigers received 132 of the media panel's 134 first-place votes. Notre Dame received the other two. So if the preseason poll bears..." September 04

  • Notre Dame-Wake Forest game relocated to Truist Field with no fans

    Yardbarker "Notre Dame won't face Wake Forest at Bank of America Stadium, home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers, on Sept. 26, after all. Wake Forest confirmed via a school statement on Wednesday that the contest has been relocated to Truist Field, the Demon Deacons’..." September 02

  • Georgia QB Jamie Newman opts out of 2020 season

    Larry Brown Sports "The Georgia Bulldogs will be without their likely starting quarterback for 2020. As first reported by Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports, Jamie Newman will opt out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns, and will likely enter the 2021 NFL Draft. " September 02

  • James Blackman named starting quarterback at Florida State

    USA Today "There will be a familiar face leading the Florida State offense into the 2020 season when the Seminoles open the season Sept. 12 at home against Georgia Tech. Florida State coach Mike Norvell announced Tuesday that junior quarterback James Blackman has won the starting job,..." September 01

  • Clemson will reduce capacity to 19,000 fans for football games

    UPI " Clemson will allow a reduced capacity of 19,000 fans and require masks at home football games this season at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C., due to coronavirus pandemic safety precautions. The Tigers announced the move Thursday after the athletic department received..." August 28

  • N.C. State delays opener by two weeks, due to COVID-19 outbreak

    Pro Football Talk "Three major college football conferences have adopted a “damn the torpedoes” posture to playing in a pandemic. The torpedoes still may win. N.C. State, a member of the ACC, has delayed its season opener against Virginia Tech by two weeks, per multiple reports.  " August 26

  • Duke to open football season with no fans

    News & Observer "Duke wants Wallace Wade Stadium filled with cardboard cutouts — not actual people — when the Blue Devils open their home football schedule on Sept. 19 against Boston College. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the school announced plans Monday morning for spectator-free..." August 24

  • Florida State will allow tailgating

    Tampa Bay Times "Florida State will allow tailgating at the Seminoles’ home games this year under specific guidelines because of the coronavirus pandemic, the athletic department announced Thursday. Parking lots will open three hours before kickoff. Patrons must tailgate at their own spaces, and..." August 20

  • Clemson legend C.J. Spiller joins Tigers’ coaching staff

    Sportsnaut "Just a few years after starring in the backfield for the Clemson Tigers, former running back C.J. Spiller is now making the transition into coaching for his alma mater. Spiller, who played for the Tigers from 2006-’09, will join Clemson’s coaching staff for the 2020 season..." August 19

  • Wake Forest's Sage Surratt to skip 2020 season, train for 2021 NFL Draft

    The Score "Wake Forest star wide receiver Sage Surratt will forgo the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic and begin his preparation for the upcoming NFL draft, he announced Wednesday. Surratt wrote that he decided to sit out of the season "due to the many..." August 19

  • North Carolina continuing ahead with fall sports preparations after school moves to online-only classes

    USA Today "The University of North Carolina's abrupt switch from in-person to online classes -- just one week after welcoming students back to campus -- does not affect the school's plans to play football this fall.  The UNC athletics department issued a..." August 18

  • Miami's Avantae Williams, nation's No. 1 safety recruit, to miss freshman season with medical issues

    State of the U "Head Coach Manny Diaz ruled the highly touted freshman, safety Avantae Williams, out for the 2020 season, during a Tuesday morning media availability. Williams was Miami’s highest rated freshman in the 2020 recruiting class. 247 Sports rated him as the second best safety in..." August 18

  • FSU's Warren Thompson apologzies for comments about how school is handling COVID-19

    USA Today "Florida State wide receiver Warren Thompson has put his issues with the school to rest. Three days after the redshirt sophomore issued a statement Thursday morning which called Florida State's leadership into question for deceiving members of the football program about..." August 17

  • Syracuse, Pitt don't practice Thursday due to coronavirus concerns

    ESPN "For the third time in little more than a week, Syracuse football players opted not to practice because of concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. reported that players want the school to perform more routine testing during fall camp. A Syracuse..." August 14

  • Syracuse Has Only Been Testing Its Football Players Every Other Week

    The Big Lead "Syracuse football players refused to practice on Thursday for the third time in eight days. The players are demanding more frequent in-house COVID-19 testing during preseason camp. In a bit of a bombshell, it was revealed the school is only testing its players once every two weeks,..." August 14

  • Duke and Notre Dame, prestigious academic schools, surprisingly silent as football presses on

    USA Today "For 48 hours now, the silence has been deafening from the schools you would least expect to remain quiet about the health and safety of their student-athletes. After the Big Ten and Pac-12 made the difficult, heartbreaking and correct decision to shut down their fall..." August 13

  • Florida State WR claims he’s been ‘lied to’ by FSU about health of teammates, pens open letter

    Alabama "Florida State receiver Warren Thompson penned an open letter on social media claiming he had been lied to about testing and health protocols on multiple occasions by the school. The letter comes a day after D.J. Matthews tweeted, per ESPN, that he had tested positive for..." August 13

  • Clemson's Dabo Swinney says fewer teams doesn't hurt value of title

    The Spun "Two of college football’s five major conferences won’t be playing this fall. The Big Ten and the Pac-12 canceled their fall seasons on Tuesday. Both conferences hope to play in early 2021, though it remains to be seen if that will happen. The ACC, Big 12 and SEC,..." August 12

  • Steve Spurrier offers funny quote on college football season

    Larry Brown Sports "Steve Spurrier has offered a funny quote about the 2020 college football season. The former Florida Gators coach called Florida reporter Pat Dooley and told him that the SEC and ACC should just play their seasons with the conference winners facing off in a national title game. Why?..." August 11

  • Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields lead group of Power 5 players calling for players association, choice to play

    Eleven Warriors "The nation's top two quarterbacks, among others, have come together in an attempt to save the college football season and call for a college football players' union. Ohio State's Justin Fields and Clemson's Trevor Lawrence were among players from all five Power 5..." August 10

  • Donald Trump supports Trevor Lawrence, college football season

    Larry Brown Sports "Trevor Lawrence is perhaps the most prominent college athlete to come forward and advocate for having a college football season this year, and the Clemson star has now received support from the President of the United States. Lawrence took to Twitter on Sunday night to join the..." August 10

  • Pitt's Jaylen Twyman opts out of 2020 college season to focus on NFL draft

    ESPN "Pittsburgh Panthers star defensive tackle Jaylen Twyman has opted out of the 2020 football season to focus on the 2021 NFL draft, he said on social media Saturday. He is listed as the No. 5 defensive tackle in the position rankings by ESPN's Mel Kiper..." August 08

  • Trevor Lawrence thought about opting out but will play for Clemson this year

    Pro Football Talk "Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who is widely regarded as the likely first overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, considered opting out of the upcoming college football season before deciding to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “Yeah, I think everyone’s thought..." August 08

  • Clemson football standout Xavier Thomas planning to redshirt 2020 season

    Greenville Online "Xavier Thomas isn’t “opting out.” Rather, Clemson’s junior defensive end is “holding out.” “We are actually holding him out for medical reasons,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Thursday night following his team’s first..." August 07

  • Five-star defensive tackle Leonard Taylor commits to Hurricanes

    CBS Sports "Manny Diaz and the Miami Hurricanes got a huge boost to its 2021 recruiting class with the commitment of five-star defensive tackle Leonard Taylor on Thursday. Taylor made the commitment on CBS Sports HQ, giving the Canes a recruiting win over Florida for one of the best players in..." August 06

  • Miami's Greg Rousseau will opt out of season

    247 Sports "Add Miami redshirt defensive end Gregory Rousseau to the growing list of players opting out of the upcoming college football season. UM head coach Manny Diaz initially told reporters on Thursday during a teleconference that he was expecting his "entire team"..." August 06

  • Seminoles' Marvin Wilson calls sitting out as protest 'the easy way out'

    ESPN "Florida State Seminoles defensive tackle Marvin Wilson was one of the most outspoken voices on social justice issues during the offseason. But he said Thursday that he's not been a part of any conversations like the ones that led to open letters from Big Ten and..." August 06

  • Clemson starts at No. 1 in preseason Amway Coaches Poll for second consecutive season

    USA Today "The prospect of successfully conducting a college football season in 2020 remains something of an exercise in wishful thinking. Even if it does happen, it is sure to be a season unique to those that have come before. In that spirit, we present the preseason Amway Coaches Poll as a sign of..." August 06

  • 2018 FCS All-American RB commits to Virginia "Virginia joined South Carolina over the weekend as Power Five football schools realizing a personnel benefit from a lower-level program’s loss. Two weeks ago, the Colonial Athletic Association announced that it was canceling its 2020 college football..." August 04

  • Caleb Farley’s decision to opt out of college football about family

    Pro Football Talk "Caleb Farley made himself a test case, when he became the first college player to opt out of the fall season to prepare himself for the NFL Draft. And while he admitted the decision was a tough one for him, the combination of the lack of testing he saw at his college and a..." August 03

  • Virginia Tech's Caleb Farley to opt out of CFB season

    247 Sports "The NFL is beginning to see a list of players opt out of the upcoming season. According to the latest version of the CBA, players are allowed to opt out of the season in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. While the NFL players are covered financially in some capacity, college..." July 29

  • Florida State RB Khalan Laborn dismissed from the Seminoles for violation of team policy

    Tomahawk Nation "Florida State has confirmed Khalan Laborn’s dismissal due to violation of team policy. According to a report by Chris Nee of 247Sports, redshirt junior running back Khalan Laborn is expected to be removed from the Florida State Seminoles football roster..." July 29

  • 4-star DT Payton Page commits to Clemson

    The Score "Four-star defensive tackle Payton Page announced his commitment to Clemson's 2021 class on Tuesday, according to Anna Hickey of 247 Sports. Page chose the Tigers over Tennessee and North Carolina. " July 29

  • Miami names Houston transfer D'Eriq King the Hurricanes' new starting quarterback

    247 Sports "Miami officially has a starting quarterback. Manny Diaz and the school announced on Monday that Houston graduate transfer D'Eriq King will be the Hurricanes starting quarterback for the 2020 season. "D'Eriq's hard work both on and off the field has..." July 28

  • There's Just No Way Trevor Lawrence Is Not in This TikTok

    The Big Lead "A TikTok emerged over the weekend of two college students doing that TikTok thing where they dance and mouth lyrics. You may recognize one of the two students. He is awfully familiar. Yes, that sure looks a whole lot like NCAA champion and future No. 1 overall pick Trevor..." July 28