NCAA notebook: After NYC, ACC tournament will head back south

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The ACC men's basketball tournament will return to North Carolina after its two-year stay in New York.

Commissioner John Swofford said at a news conference Thursday that Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena will host the event in 2019 followed the next year by Greensboro Coliseum, which is a short drive from the league headquarters.

The announcement came one day after the league said it will hold its 2017 and 2018 tournaments at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, which marked a shift from the event's Southern roots after waves of league realignment. The tournament has been in North Carolina for 50 of 61 years, including in Greensboro this month.

Greensboro will host again next year, followed by Washington, D.C., in 2016.

Swofford said the league's 15 schools wanted to pursue new opportunities while not abandoning the tournament's regional ties, though he acknowledged the New York announcement probably caused some unrest among league's traditionalists.

"Hopefully, we've hit a sweet spot as we look ahead and going forward," Swofford said.

Syracuse

Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis is entering the NBA draft, he announced through the university. "I'd like to thank coach [Jim] Boeheim, the coaching staff, my teammates and the amazing fans of Syracuse for the opportunity to play at a great university like Syracuse," Ennis said.

Marquette

Now that the school has hired a new president, it can return to focusing on finding its next coach. Interim athletic director Bill Cords said incoming president Michael Lovell will be intricately involved in the hiring of a coach after Buzz Williams left last week for Virginia Tech. Lovell doesn't officially take office until Aug. 1, but has said the hiring tops his agenda. As expected, Cords did not say who was on Marquette's wish list, but former Pitt coach Ben Howland is rumored to be a candidate.

Elsewhere

UNC Wilmington hired Louisville assistant Kevin Keatts as its men's coach. Keatts, 41, is in his third year on Rick Pitino's staff. ... North Carolina women's coach Sylvia Hatchell said she could return to coaching after battling leukemia if the fourth-seeded Tar Heels reach the Final Four. They face No. 1 seed South Carolina in this weekend's Stanford regional. Hatchell said her doctor wouldn't allow her to make the cross-country flight, but told her being on the sideline is "very doable."


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