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ACC sees revenues spike nearly $100 million in 2014-15

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Here’s how wacko, bonkers, crazy college sports has gotten in the past half-decade, and more specifically the money taken in by the SEC and Big Ten: the ACC saw its revenue jump by nearly $100 million in 2014-15 — and they’re worried about falling behind.

Whereas a decade ago simply making $100 million as a conference would’ve been cause for a clicking of heels in Greensboro, the ACC’s jump from $302.3 million in 2013-14 to $403.1 million in 2014-15, according to tax documents obtained by USA Today, is met by concern of just how in the heck they’re going to match the SEC’s $527.4 million and the Big Ten’s $448.8 million without what those two leagues have — a TV network.

The ACC has seen revenues jump nearly $170 million in two years, and the 2014-15 jump was thanks in large part to a $30 million exit fee played by Maryland in leaving for the Big Ten.

Commissioner John Swofford saw his pay grow along with his conference’s, from $2.1 million and change to just under $2.7 million.

The ACC was the final Power 5 to release its financials for the 2014-15 fiscal year, and with all five out we now have a full picture of how the schools stack up on a per school basis (full shares only):

  1. SEC: $32.6 million*
  2. Big Ten: $32.4 million
  3. ACC: $25.8 million*
  4. Pac-12: $25.1 million
  5. Big 12: $23.4 million^

*  – Splitting difference between highest and lowest distributions, as listed by USA Today
^ – Does not include third-tier payments such as Longhorn Network

Former NC State player Eric Leak accused of providing impermissible benefits, Medicaid fraud

RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 08:  Head coach Dave Doeren and the North Carolina State Wolfpack prepare to take the field for a game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Carter-Finley Stadium on November 8, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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A document obtained by WRAL-TV in Raleigh has clued us into the litany of accusations facing former NC State football player Eric Leak. Let us count them down, from most serious to least:

– The IRS claims the Raleigh home of Leak and his wife, Emily, have committed Medicaid fraud by using government funds to renovate their $1.5 million home. The couples company, Nature’s Reflections, billed Medicaid for $8.7 million from 2012-14, by far the highest in the state, and the IRS contends portions of those funds were used to finance the couple’s $500,000 down payment, the $38,000 renovation to turn the attic into a barber shop and exercise room, and the $50,000 to construct a pool.

– Leak is accused of stealing $500,000 from former NC State football player David Amerson and former Greensboro, NC high school star Keenan Allen.

– In the charge that sparked today’s report, Leak is accused of providing unnamed NC State athletes and one unnamed North Carolina athlete with impermissible benefits.

“We are working with authorities as they investigate and learn the facts. The Leaks look forward to completing that process and resolving the government’s questions. Emily and Eric are grateful for the steadfast support and encouragement of friends, family and colleagues who know and love them,” Leak’s attorneys Kearns Davis and Hill Allen said in a statement.

Leak played wide receiver and running back for the Wolfpack from 1997-00. He amassed 58 career receptions for 689 yards and three touchdowns, rushed 23 times for 109 yards and a touchdown and posted one punt return for a touchdown.

ACC releases early season TV schedule

LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 30:  Michael Dyer #5 of the Louisville Cardinals runs the ball in the first quarter against the Florida State Seminoles during their game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on October 30, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The early portion of the 2016 college football season is, finally, beginning to take shape. ESPN has released its opening weekend schedule and broadcast tandems in recent days, and now the ACC has stepped up to the plate by unveiling the conference’s complete broadcast schedule for the first three weeks of the season.

As you may expect, the ACC slate is packed full of Thursday and Friday night games. In addition to opening weekend dandies like B.C.- Georgia Tech from Ireland, UNC-Georgia from Atlanta and FSU-Ole Miss on Labor Day night, the early season schedule is highlighted by the reunion of the Keystone State rivalry in Pittsburgh on Sept. 10 and an interesting Florida State-Louisville duel on Sept. 17.

Without further ado, below is the complete slate of ACC broadcast dates as it stands today (all times Eastern):

Thursday, Sept. 1
Charlotte at Louisville — 7 p.m., RSN
Tulane at Wake Forest — 7 p.m., ESPN3
William & Mary at N.C. State — 7:30 p.m., ESPN3

Friday, Sept. 2
Colgate at Syracuse — 7 p.m., ESPN3

Saturday, Sept. 3
Boston College vs. Georgia Tech (from Dublin, Ireland) — 7:30 a.m., ESPN2
Liberty at Virginia Tech — 12:30 p.m., ACC Network
Villanova at Pitt — 1:30 p.m., ESPN3
Richmond at Virginia — 3:30 p.m., ESPN3
North Carolina vs. Georgia (from Atlanta) — 5:30 p.m., ESPN
Florida A&M at Miami — 6 p.m., ESPN3
North Carolina Central at Duke — 6 p.m., ESPN3
Clemson at Auburn — 9 p.m., ESPN

Monday, Sept. 5
Florida State vs. Ole Miss (from Orlando, Fla.) — 8 p.m., ESPN

Friday, Sept. 9
Louisville at Syracuse — 8 p.m., ESPN2

Saturday, Sept. 10
Penn State at Pitt — 12 p.m., ABC/ESPN
Charleston Southern at Florida State — 12:30 p.m., RSN
Troy at Clemson — 12:30 p.m., ACC Network
Mercer at Georgia Tech — 3 p.m., ESPN3
Wake Forest at Duke — 3:30 p.m., ESPNU
Florida Atlantic at Miami — 6 p.m., ESPN3
North Carolina at Illinois — 7:30 p.m., BTN

Saturday, Sept. 17
Florida State at Louisville — 12 p.m., ABC
South Carolina State at Clemson — 12 p.m., RSN
Vanderbilt at Georgia Tech — 12:30 p.m., ACC Network
Boston College at Virginia Tech — 3:30 p.m., ESPNU
South Florida at Syracuse — 3:30 p.m., ESPN3
James Madison at North Carolina — 3:30 p.m., RSN
Old Dominion at N.C. State — 6 p.m., ESPN3
Delaware at Wake Forest — 6:30 p.m., ESPN3

Thursday, Sept. 22
Clemson at Georgia Tech — 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Saturday, Sept. 24
Duke at Notre Dame — 3:30 p.m., NBC

Friday, Oct. 7
Clemson at Boston College — 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Friday, Oct. 14
Duke at Louisville — 7 p.m., ESPN

Thursday, Oct. 20
Miami at Virginia Tech — 7 p.m., ESPN

Thursday, Oct. 27
Virginia Tech at Pitt — 7 p.m., ESPN

Saturday, Oct. 29
Miami at Notre Dame — 3:30 p.m., NBC

Thursday, Nov. 10
North Carolina at Duke — 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Friday, Nov. 11
Boston College at Florida State — 7:30 p.m., ESPN2

Thursday, Nov. 17
Louisville at Houston — TBA, ESPN

Saturday, Nov. 19
Virginia Tech at Notre Dame — 3:30 p.m., NBC

Friday, Nov. 25
N.C. State at North Carolina — 12 p.m. or 3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN/ESPN2

Saturday, Dec. 3
ACC Championship (at Charlotte, N.C.) — 7:45 p.m. or 8 p.m., ESPN/ABC

NC State officially adds S. Alabama grad transfer, too

RALEIGH, NC - AUGUST 30: Players of the North Carolina State Wolfpack run onto the field prior to their game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Carter-Finley Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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Earlier in the day, reports surfaced that former Boise State quarterback Ryan Finley would be transferring to North Carolina State.

Not only did NCSU subsequently confirm that addition, but it was also confirmed that Joe Scelfo has officially been added to the Wolfpack roster as well.  Scelfo left South Alabama in mid-April. with NCSU as his reported destination at the time.

Scelfo had started 25 straight games at center for the Jaguars, including all 12 in 2015.  At the end of that season, he was named first-team All-Sun Belt Conference by both the coaches and media.

Those a very good chance that Scelfo will open the 2016 season as NCSU’s starting center, replacing three-year starter Quinton Schooley.

Like Finley, Scelfo comes to Raleigh as a graduate transfer and will be eligible to play in 2016.  Unlike Finley, Scelfo will have just one season of eligibility remaining.

Report: Boise State QB Ryan Finley to transfer to NC State

PROVO, UT - SEPTEMBER 12: Quarterback Ryan Finley #15 of the Boise State Broncos sets to pass the ball during their game against the Brigham Young Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Provo, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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A little over a month after leaving his first college football home, Ryan Finley has reportedly found his second one.

Citing a source familiar with the situation, the Idaho Press-Tribune is reporting that Finley has enrolled at North Carolina State and will continue his collegiate playing career with the Wolfpack.  The quarterback had announced in the middle of last month that he would be transferring from Boise State.

NCSU’s new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach is Eliah Drinkwitz, who held the same jobs with the Broncos last season before moving to the Wolfpack in January of this year.

Finley is a graduate transfer who will be eligible to play for the Wolfpack in 2016 — and two more seasons after that, apparently. “[Finley] will be listed as a redshirt junior for N.C. State this fall, but is eligible for a medical redshirt – meaning he still has three seasons of eligibility,” the Press-Tribune wrote.

Finley started the first three games last season before suffering a broken ankle and losing the job he won in the summer to Freshman All-American Brett Rypien, with the latter further solidifying his hold on the position this spring.