Author: Ben Swain

Ben Swain

Hoping to cut his journalistic teeth on the Iraq war, Swain was instead mistakenly assigned the North Carolina sports beat as an intern out of college. He threw himself into the work with the same fervor he anticipated taking to the front lines and has become one of the most respected voices in modern sports media. He’s also a Duke fan from Durham County who went State. And Guilford.

NC State playoff chances: what needs to happen

Much like two seasons ago when North Carolina opened up with a loss to South Carolina, the NC State Wolfpack are not out of the playoff picture just yet. The ACC *can* get two teams in, but State wouldn’t be one of them. They’d have to win out and hope that their resume stands up… Read more »

Duke coaches pass on opportunity for ACC win

Who won? Virginia beat Duke 28-21 How? Duke was done in by really bad calls … both from the Duke coaching staff and from the referees … that went Virginia’s way. GIF: “Alright guys, our running backs are averaging 5 yards per carry, our receivers can’t get open and our quarterback is really struggling. What should we… Read more »

Bowl Projections: Week 5

College Football Playoff: Clemson Tigers Orange Bowl: Miami Hurricanes Camping World Bowl: Notre Dame Fighting Irish Belk Bowl: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Pinstripe Bowl: Virginia Tech Hokies TaxSlayer Bowl: NC State Wolfpack Sun Bowl: Louisville Cardinals Military Bowl: Duke Blue Devils Independence Bowl: Florida State Seminoles Quick Lane Bowl: Wake Forest Demon Deacons St. Petersberg Bowl: Syracuse Orange Birmingham Bowl: Virginia Cavaliers Outside looking in: Pitt,… Read more »

Fact-checking Coach K’s Pre-season Press Conference


Duke’s Coach K held his annual pre-season press conference today at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and while the Hall of Famer spent most of his time on an eloquent and well-reasoned speech on the state of college basketball, he also touched on the 2017-18 Blue Devils. We fact-check some of his most memorable statements below:  … Read more »

How to act at work: Week 5


Our mission at Sportschannel8 is, and will always be, to accurately report news using a different lens to offer a unique, often humorous, perspective. Some stories, like the tragedy we’re learning about today in Las Vegas, need to have a singular perspective. Love and respect each other. Value life. Protect each other from the evil… Read more »

Staff Picks: Week 5 of College Football in NC


WEEK 5 GAMES Miami @ Duke South Florida @ ECU UNC @ Georgia Tech Syracuse @ NC State Florida State @ Wake Forest Charlotte @ FIU Panthers @ Patriots Hayes Permar (19-9) Duke ECU UNC NC State Wake Forest FIU Panthers Ben Swain (23-5) Duke South Florida UNC NC State Wake Forest FIU Patriots Weather… Read more »

Week 5: ACC Football Game Capsules

A solid slate of ACC football games is bookended by two of the season’s most pivotal matchups. Outside of the “big two”, North Carolina and Florida State try to get their seasons back on track while Wake Forest and NC State try to establish themselves as legitimate contenders. Pitt and Boston College play also. Miami… Read more »

How to Act at Work: Week 4

unc fans “Injuries, man. We’d be 4-0 without injuries. No team has ever dealt with this many injuries.” “But didn’t Duke beat you last year with a ton of guys inj…” “I CAN’T EVEN HEAR WHAT YOU’RE TRYING TO SAY THAT’S HOW INJURED I AM” ecu fans “Look. Right there. ECU 41, UConn 38. Sunday,… Read more »