Thursday, December 31, 2009

THE LAST LINKS OF 2009

From ESPN/Heather Dinich.

*If you're not a fan of the word swagger, don't read this, but Greg Cote is right -- Miami's gotta earn it back. He's also right, though, in that the loss to Wisconsin doesn't erase the progress the Canes made this season.

*Miami did lose more than the game, though. It lost the opportunity to assert itself as the new leader in the state.

*Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson wants to win at everything -- just ask his wife and daughter.

*Clemson offensive coordinator Billy Napier proved this year that age is just a number as the youngest coordinator in the ACC was one of Dabo Swinney's best hires.

*UNC's juniors are still pondering their NFL futures.

*Here are five questions facing Clemson in 2010.

*Virginia Tech linebacker Cody Grimm has been an incredible success story -- and that's a problem for Tennessee.

*Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams isn't big on the whole ACC-SEC argument.

*FSU's offense will get a new look from WVU's 3-3-5 stack defense. Will Rick Trickett have his guys up front ready? (Of course.)

*Bobby Bowden will be giving a lot of speeches after the Gator Bowl, but will a victory speech be one of them?

*FSU's practices in Jacksonville have been filled with much reflection, but it's impossible not to look ahead with Jimbo Fisher.

*Georgia Tech will be motivated in the Orange Bowl by one of its most disappointing performances of the season -- in the same stadium.

*ACC vs. SEC. Darryl Slater of the Richmond Times-Dispatch breaks it down.

*Lane Kiffin and Frank Beamer are about as opposite as they get, says Ryan Williams.

*It was a year of progress for Clemson, but it left some goals behind, too.

(Editor's note: The top right photo is a favorite as it shows that Bowden was capable of so many things including laughing at himself. Most big-time coaches simply aren't that humble or grounded. We shall never see his likes again. Good luck, Coach Dadgummit.)

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