ACC ready to take on Big Apple

The ACC will soon join the Big Ten with a bowl game in the biggest media market in America, according to an ESPN report Monday.

The report indicates the ACC expects to announce Tuesday a six-year partnership with the Pinstripe Bowl beginning in 2014 with the new bowl cycle. That game is played at Yankee Stadium and previously teamed with the American Conference (formerly the Big East) and Big 12.

Clemson men’s basketball begins a home-and-home series with Auburn this winter, the school confirmed Monday.

Auburn head coach Tony Barbee made the first public statement of an agreement on Monday’s SEC teleconference. Auburn will host Clemson in 2013-14, and the return trip to Littlejohn Coliseum will be in 2014-15.

Historically, Auburn holds a 14-11 edge, though the schools haven’t met since the 1992-93 season. Clemson and Auburn completed a three-year stretch of football against each other last fall, including a home-and-home in 2010-11.

Both basketball programs are trying to rebuild; Clemson was 11th place in the ACC at 5-13, while Auburn’s 3-15 SEC finish left it in last place in the 14-team standings.

Clemson landed five representatives on the ACC all- academic baseball squad released Monday, including three repeat honorees: senior outfielder Thomas Brittle, senior pitcher Jonathan Meyer and junior pitcher Matt Campbell.

They were joined by freshmen Steven Duggar, a third baseman, and Matthew Crownover, a pitcher. Both those rookies were named freshman All-America by Collegiate Baseball.

Only Florida State’s six selections bested Clemson on the league all-academic squad. To be eligible, a player must record a 3.0 GPA throughout his academic career as well as during the previous semester.