The recently concluded football regular season confirmed an uncomfortable truth we continue to avoid: teams and programs may stand out from time to time, but the enduring quality of conference football explains why the ACC remains known as a basketball league.
The New England Patriots didn’t end up with former Wolfpack star Jaylen Samuels in the NFL draft last April. The Pittsburgh Steelers did, in the fifth round. Samuels showed coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots what they missed out on in a 17-10 win for the Steelers on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018.
For someone whose history with the famed “House That Case Built” dates back to the 1960s, attending Atlantic Coast Conference tournaments within, naming the Reynolds seating area the “James T. Valvano Arena” was unexpected, to say the least, but also pleasing and exciting.