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Syracuse University replacing Carrier Dome’s inflatable roof

Syracuse University will replace the Carrier Dome's inflatable roof with a permanent structure as part of a plan to renovate the 36-year-old stadium. University officials announced Monday that it will cost an estimated $105 million to replace the dome's iconic "white pillows" with a roof built constructed with ETFE, a space-age transparent plastic that lets in light. (Associated Press)

Louisville's Onuaku needs minor heart surgery, likely staying in draft

Louisville big man Chinanu Onuaku will have minor heart surgery on Tuesday after doctors would not clear him to begin private NBA draft workouts with teams, coach Rick Pitino said. Onuaku's condition is a "heart rhythm issue known as Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome," according to U of L sports information. Onuaku, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, has until May 25 to decide if he'd like to turn professional. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Charlie Weis still raking in cash from Notre Dame, $2.05M in 2014

As has been the case for many years, former Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis again received more money from the university in a recent year than any Notre Dame athletics employee. Weis — who was fired by Notre Dame in November 2009 — received what has become his customary $2,054,744 during the 2014 calendar year, according to the university’s new federal tax return. (USA Today)

The 5 wildest details from the New York Times’ report on Russia’s Olympic steroid program

The New York Times published an article Thursday detailing the spectacular alleged attempts to ensure Russian athletes could keep taking steroids through the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The report states that at least 15 medal-winning athletes were involved in a complex government-backed effort to ensure their steroid use could go undetected. (SB Nation)

Former NC State teammate slams Russell Wilson on Facebook

So, if O'Brien said those things, he was clearly wrong. I say if because one of Wilson's former teammates at NC State doesn't believe the story. Kalani Heppe, an offensive linemen with the Wolfpack who was a senior during Russell's redshirt year, went on Facebook and share his thoughts on Wilson. They were not kind. (CBS Sports)

ESPN's The Undefeated finally launches

The Undefeated, ESPN’s new site featuring sports stories and other content from an African American perspective, launched Tuesday. Dubbed "the Black Grantland" – a reference to the defunct ESPN-owned sports commentary site once run by sports journalist Bill Simmons – the network’s long-awaited digital-storytelling venture had been plagued by management turbulence before it sought to reboot with a new editor-in-chief, Kevin Merida, the former managing editor of The Washington Post. (USA Today)

Hot dogs for $2! New Falcons stadium to offer affordable concessions

When the Atlanta Falcons discuss market pricing for concessions in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, set to open in 2017, they aren’t talking about other stadiums. The Falcons mean street pricing. Fans will not only see a 65% increase in concession points-of-sale inside Mercedes-Benz versus the Georgia Dome, they’ll also get a bit of a sticker shock on the pricing in an unexpected way. (Sports Illustrated)

NC State lands graduate transfer quarterback

Coach Mark Gottfried’s basketball team wasn’t the only N.C. State program to pick up a major addition Monday. About the same time five-star Turkish center Omer Yurtseven signed to join the Wolfpack on the hardwood, news began to break that graduate transfer quarterback Ryan Finley had decided to join coach Dave Doeren’s football squad. (Wilmington Star News)

Syracuse guard Malachi Richardson to sign with agent, remain in draft

Syracuse guard Malachi Richardson will sign with an agent and stay in the NBA Draft, telling ESPN that it was a family decision and that “doing what was best for me was the most important thing.” For the Orange, this is a serious blow. Richardson was a potential all-ACC player next season, and the Orange will now be without the guy that should have been their leading scorer. (NBC Sports)

NCAA asks US Supreme Court to hear O'Bannon case

The NCAA is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the so-called O'Bannon case that successfully challenged the association's use of names, images and likenesses of college athletes without compensation. The plaintiffs in the case, which was originally filed by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, petitioned the Supreme Court in March to hear the case. The NCAA also filed an opposition Friday to the plaintiff's filing. (Associated Press)

Listening to Swofford, new-look ACC-ESPN collaboration seems imminent

For all of ACC Commissioner John Swofford’s polite camouflaging, the answer seems clear: The ACC and ESPN eventually will team on a new, more lucrative model for presenting the conference’s events. Either that, or Swofford is among the planet’s worst poker players and managers of expectations. (Daily Press)

Russell Wilson rips open old NC State wounds in graduation speech

Russell Wilson had a lot to say about Tom O’Brien and N.C. State during a commencement speech the Seattle Seahawks quarterback gave at the University of Wisconsin on Saturday. Wilson shed some new light on an old story — his exit from N.C. State in 2011 and transfer to Wisconsin — and tried to teach the graduating class: “What do you do when life tells you no?” (Charlotte Observer)

Stock Watch: Winners and losers of the 2016 NBA Draft Combine

The post-NBA Draft Combine period is filled with overreaction, misinformation and focus on things away from the floor. It's still worth noting players who helped themselves and players who could have performed better. For the winners, we're generally talking about a bump in ranking that isn't particularly big but can be the difference between a first- and second-round pick. (CBS Sports)

Dino Babers adds intrigue at Syracuse, but will he also add wins?

Dino Babers searches for a way to properly contextualize all he believes about his new regime at Syracuse, but it’s tough. How does he explain a system he’s purposefully worked to keep undefined, unexpected? What he wants to do at Syracuse is grandiose. He wants to take one of college football’s most tradition-rich but least-interesting programs (at least for the last decade) and make it relevant. (ESPN.com)

Athletes take on larger role at ACC governance meetings

Student representatives from ACC schools were on hand for this week’s spring meetings – a first for the conference – as the athletes took on a greater role in providing a voice on decisions that ultimately affected their lives. Two members from each school were on hand this week representing both the league’s NCAA Autonomy Committee as well as SAAC (Student-Athlete Advisory Committee). (Orlando Sentinel)

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