Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I LEFT MY BLOG IN SAN FRANCISCO...

...and a few other places. Tune in next week.

FOOTBALL

Saturday, Sept 20

East Carolina @ NC STATE, 12:00 PM, Raleigh, N.C., TV: ESPN (XM 232)

Mississippi State @ GEORGIA TECH, 12:00 PM, Atlanta, Ga., TV: RAYCOM (XM 234)

Eastern Michigan @ MARYLAND, 1:00 PM, College Park, Md., TV: ESPN360 (XM 191)

UCF @ BOSTON COLLEGE, 1:00 PM, Chestnut Hill, Mass., TV: ESPNU (XM 192)

South Carolina State @ CLEMSON, 1:00 PM, Clemson, S.C.,TV: ESPN360 (XM 190)

VIRGINIA TECH @ NORTH CAROLINA, 3:30 PM, Chapel Hill, N.C., TV: ABC/ESPN (XM 193)
MIAMI @ Texas A&M, 3:30 PM, College Station, Texas, TV: ABC/ESPN (XM 233)

WAKE FOREST @ FLORIDA STATE, 7:00 PM, Tallahassee, Fla., TV: ESPN2 (XM 190/192)

Monday, September 15, 2008

ACC RIGHTS SHIP

At least for now…

Led by Maryland’s much-needed upset win over #23 Cal, the ACC shook off two weeks of underachieving and returned to something that looked like normalcy.

Clemson beat the M*A*S*H unit that is N.C. State at home as they should. For two series, Cullen Harper looked like as good a QB as there is.

The Hokies threw Sean Glennon all the way under the bus and, sure ‘nuff, Tyrod Taylor eventually won the game with this legs.

Either Navy isn’t as good as now-Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnsons’ Mids were or Duke is much better. Both are probably true. The EagleBank Bowl maybe looking for a new "home" team if the Navy squad doesn't improve.

Maryland needed a big win, and they got it roughing up the Golden Bears early and hanging on. The game included a Sports Center hit, and the rarely seen post-impact green Gatorade barf.

Quality television, there.

The Hoos lost to UConn, but the Huskies were a solid bowl team last year so that comes as no surprise.

We don’t know what will happen when the Seminoles play a real team, but their offense is working for now scoring almost 100 points in two games.
ACC SCOREBOARD
Saturday, September 13th

MARYLAND 35, Cal 23

DUKE 41, Navy 31

CLEMSON 27, N.C. STATE 9

VIRGINIA TECH 20, GEORGIA TECH 17

FLORIDA STATE 46, Kettle Run High School 7

Connecticut 45, VIRGINIA 10

Photos from top: Maryland running back Da'Rel Scott (23) runs in for a touchdown against California cornerback Darian Hagan (26). (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Navy's Jarod Bryant (2) runs the ball as Duke's Vince Oghobaase (3) defends during the second half.(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Florida State cornerback Tony Carter, left, knocks down a pass intented for Chattanooga wide receiver Justin Buckhalter. (AP Photo/Phil Coale)

Connecticut's Darius Butler brings down Virginia's Michael Smith. (AP Photo/Bob Child)

DUKE LANDS TWO

Not only did Duke win another football game on Saturday, they also landed two D.C. hoop stars. Two of the Washington area's top high school basketball players, both juniors, have committed to play for the Blue Devils, according to their high school coaches.

Courtland forward Josh Hairston (left) , a third-team All-Met last season, and Gonzaga point guard Tyler Thornton, who helped the Eagles win the City Title championship, took unofficial visits to the Durham, N.C., campus and said yesterday that they would accept scholarship offers from the Blue Devils. The two are good friends who play together on the D.C. Assault travel team.

IT SUCKS TO BE OHIO STATE

The formula is looking way too simple: Big game = Big ego-crushing loss.

Why is OSU perennially overrated?

Woody Hayes isn’t coming back.

Get over it, football media.

Move on.

Southern California wide receiver Damian Williams #18 celebrates in the end zone after catching touchdown pass against Ohio State during the third quarter in Los Angeles, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008.

USC won easily 35-3.

(AP Photo/Mark Avery)

AMAKER: NOT GUILTY

We were quick to poke fun about accusations that ex-Dookie Tommy Amaker' was suspected of some recruiting violations. Therefore, it's only fair that we report that he's been completely exonerated. (Of course, he didn't get caught, it's Harvard -- they're smarter than the NCAA suits out in Kansas!)

According to various media outlets (but none with more credibility than TAH), Harvard University and head basketball coach Tommy Amaker have been cleared by the Ivy League of improper recruiting activity during the spring and summer of 2007.

A New York Times story in March said that Kenny Blakeney, the top assistant on Amaker's staff, reportedly visited two recruits when in-person contact is not allowed. Blakeney was announced as a Harvard assistant coach on July 2, 2007.

Blakeney was mentioned along with Amaker and Harvard as being cleared in a news release distributed by the Ivy League.

Both Amaker and Blakeney "were completely forthcoming in their participation in this inquiry, and interviews with others who were involved, as well as a thorough examination of relevant records, corroborated that the coaches' contacts with prospective student-athletes and their families were entirely consistent with NCAA and Ivy League rules," according to the Ivy League news release.

(AP Photo by Michael Dwyer)

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

RENT…don’t buy, your beach house. A few pics of the devastation and flooding in coastal Texas from Hurricane Ike.

(Photos by Getty Images and Reuter)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

MUCH BETTER…New Orleans Saints rookie cornerback Tracy Porter lies on the turf after being beaten by Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss on a 67-yard pass play for the winning touchdown in the 4th quarter of their NFL game at Fedex Field in Landover, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008.

The Redskins won 29-24.




(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

WORST DEFEAT…in 75 years for the Bruins. UCLA cornerback Alterraun Verner (1) reacts after allowing BYU to score during the second quarter of the NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, in Provo, Utah.

After beating SEC stalwart Tennessee in week 1, UCLA got throttled by the Cougars 59-0.

(AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

UNCONVENTIONAL WISDOM…In the ubber conservative world that is NFL football, conventional wisdom says you go for the tie at home and send the game into overtime. Denver coach Mike Shanahan decided to go for two and the win.

QB Jay Cutler threw a prefect strike to his new favorite receiver Hokie Eddie Royal, and the Broncs knocked off the favored Chargers 38-37.

Here Royal (19), center, is mobbed by teammates Michael Pittman (28), Brandon Stokley (14), Keary Colbert (85) after Royal pulled in the game-winning two-point conversion pass.

(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

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