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ACC plans to launch TV network, online channel

The Atlantic Coast Conference's television network will launch in August 2019, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. ESPN and the ACC also will start a digital channel next month that will be available online.

The launch of the network will be discussed this week when the ACC holds its preseason football media days beginning Thursday in Charlotte, N.C. Commissioner John Swofford's regularly scheduled news conference will be Thursday.

The ACC will become the fourth major conference with its own network, joining the Big Ten, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference. The SEC also has ESPN as its partner.

The Big Ten's network, which launched in 2007, is backed by Fox. The Pac-12 owns the network it started in 2012 and has faced some distribution difficulties; for example, it is not available to DirecTV subscribers. The SEC Network launched in August 2014.

The ACC's digital channel will be available to authenticated subscribers via ESPN's online apps. That means viewers will have to first provide the usernames and passwords they use to log into the online accounts for their cable or satellite television providers.

The creation of an ACC-specific TV channel has been arguably the hottest off-the-field topic surrounding the conference since realignment slowed, and the conference has spent years researching the possibility.

Swofford has been peppered with questions about a network but has been able to provide only vague answers. At last year's preseason football media days he joked, "I know you're very tired of hearing me talk and not say much on that subject."

OKLAHOMA: Coach Bob Stoops said running back Joe Mixon has been meeting the standards demanded of him since his season-long suspension two years ago after being charged with punching a women in the face.

SOUTHERN CAL: Sophomore cornerback Isaiah Langley was suspended for the season opener against Alabama. Langley was arrested in May at a fraternity party at UCLA on suspicion of three misdemeanor charges.

BASKETBALL: North Carolina and Oregon, No. 1 seeds from last season's NCAA Tournament, lead their respective brackets for the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. The games will be played Nov. 21-23 at the Lahaina Civic Center in Hawaii.

JURISPRUDENCE: Former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling was ordered to stand trial on a felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon. Appling, 24, was arrested in June in Detroit.

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