GREENSBORO, N.C. —- A few weeks ago, Maryland play-by-play man Johnny Holliday was approached about his ballot he submitted for the ACC’s Skeeter Francis Award and was told the two people he voted for weren’t winning the honor.
Turns out, Holliday was handed a phony ballot for an award designed to celebrate long-time media contributions to ACC sports.
Instead, he was selected as this year’s winner and was honored at halftime of Maryland’s ACC tournament first round game against N.C. State on Thursday.
“It’s really special,” Holliday said before the game, noting how helpful Francis, the award’s namesake, was when Holliday first started working in the league.
In more than three decades as the Terrapins’ lead broadcaster, Holliday estimates he’s called more than 1,100 games at the school.
—- Patrick Stevens