FROM THE ACC:
The Atlantic Coast Conference and Notre Dame Friday announced the annual football game schedule in which the Irish will face an ACC opponent beginning with the 2014 season through the 2016 season. The games are part of an agreement between the Conference and Notre Dame to play five ACC teams each year in football.
Due to previous schedule commitments, in the first year of the schedule, Notre Dame will face four ACC teams. But the Irish will then play six games against Conference foes in 2015 and thereafter, beginning in 2016, play five ACC teams each year.
In 2014, Notre Dame will face Syracuse, in a game hosted by the Orange at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (Sept. 27), then will host North Carolina (Oct. 11) and Louisville (Nov. 22) and will also travel to face Florida State in Tallahassee (Oct. 18).
In 2015, Notre Dame will host Georgia Tech (Sept. 19) and Wake Forest (Nov. 14) and play Boston College (Nov. 21) as part of the Shamrock Series in Fenway Park in Boston. The Irish will then will play at Virginia (Sept. 12), Clemson (Oct. 3) and Pitt (Nov. 7).
In 2016, Notre Dame will host Duke (Sept. 24), Miami (Oct. 29), and Virginia Tech (Nov. 19) and will go to MetLife Stadium to play Syracuse (Oct. 1) and will then travel to NC State (Oct. 8).
Beginning with the 2016 season, Notre Dame will alternate between playing three home and two away games one year with two home and three away games the next (2017).
Year Date Team Site
2014: 9/27 at Syracuse MetLife Stad., E. Rutherford, N.J.
10/11 North Carolina Notre Dame, Ind.
10/18 at Florida State Tallahassee, Fla.
11/22 Louisville Notre Dame, Ind.
2015: 9/12 at Virginia Charlottesville, Va.
9/19 Georgia Tech Notre Dame, Ind.
10/3 at Clemson Clemson, S.C.
11/7 at Pitt Pittsburgh, Pa.
11/14 Wake Forest Notre Dame, Ind.
11/21 Boston College Fenway Park, Boston, Mass
2016: Sept. 24 Duke Notre Dame, Ind.
10/1 at Syracuse MetLife Stadium, E. Rutherford, N.J.
10/8 at NC State Raleigh, N.C.
10/29 Miami Notre Dame, Ind.
11/19 Virginia Tech Notre Dame, Ind.
HURRICANES BASEBALL UPDATE
The University of Miami baseball team checked in at No. 13 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper annual preseason poll released Friday, marking the team’s best preseason ranking from the publication since 2010.
The Hurricanes return a number of key contributors from a team that finished 37-25 overall and earned the program’s college baseball-record 41st consecutive NCAA tournament berth in 2013. The Canes have not missed the postseason since 1972, marking the longest active postseason streak of any Division I program nationwide.
Miami will return its entire starting rotation in 2014, including Louisville Slugger All-American lefthander Bryan Radziewski and USA Baseball Collegiate National Team member Chris Diaz. The duo combined to make 30 starts this past season, and both finished among the top three in the ACC in earned run average.
Both Radziewski (29th round, St. Louis Cardinals) and senior righthander Javi Salas (38th round, Minnesota Twins) decided to return to campus after being selected in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, while Freshman All-America David Thompson (.286, six home runs, 46 RBI) will help anchor a Miami lineup that returns seven starters from a year ago.
Joining the returning nucleus is a recruiting class ranked among the best nationwide. The group was rated No. 4 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 6 by Baseball America – its highest ranking from the publication since 2006. The Hurricanes have had classes ranked among the top 10 by both publications in back-to-back seasons.
Miami is one of six teams from the ACC ranked in the top 25 of the poll, joining Florida State, NC State, North Carolina, Virginia and Clemson.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN