Things just have not gotten easier for North Carolina and athletic director Bubba Cunningham.
A rising gold football-shaped trophy will be the prize for the national champion in the new College Football Playoff.
North Carolina State athletic director Debbie Yow knew it would not be easy to build the Wolfpack into one of the nation's best overall sports programs. She was neither surprised nor deterred then when the Wolfpack's steady climb hit a bump during the 2013-14 season.
NCAA President Mark Emmert told a Senate committee Wednesday he supports "scholarships for life" and other reforms in how athletes are treated, then did such a good job of casting himself as a powerless figurehead that one senator told him: "I can't tell whether you're in charge or whether you're a minion."
North Carolina State has added West Virginia transfer Terry Henderson.
Kelby Brown and Duke don't want to live in the past.
The former North Carolina learning specialist who questioned the literacy level of Tar Heels athletes and said UNC had committed academic misconduct has filed a civil lawsuit against the school.
North Carolina State and Mississippi State have scheduled a home-and-home football series for 2020 and 2021.
Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich just smiled while looking over the housewarming package the Atlantic Coast Conference had waiting for the Cardinals.
North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham said Monday that NCAA investigators will take another look into academic misconduct at the school.