Saturday, September 12, 2009


Stanford (Cardinal, 14,945 students, Stanford, CA) @ WAKE FOREST (-3), 12:00 PM, TV: RAYCOM (XM 190, Sirius 220)

DUKE @ Army (Black Knights, 4,487 students, West Point, NY) (-2.5), 12:00 PM, TV: CBS College Sports (XM 194, Sirius 216)

NORTH CAROLINA (-4.5) @ Connecticut (Huskies, 20,846 students, Storrs, CT), 12:00 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 193, Sirius 217)

Marshall (Thundering Herd, 14,000 students, Huntington, WV) @ VIRGINIA TECH (-19), 1:30 PM, TV: (XM 191, Sirius 219)

Kent State (Golden Flashes, 29,227 students, Kent, OH) @ BOSTON COLLEGE (-21), 2:00 PM, TV: (XM 192, Sirius 218)

TCU (Horned Frogs, 8,696 students, Fort Worth, TX) (-11) @ VIRGINIA, 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 193, Sirius 217)

James Madison (Dukes, 18,313 students, Harrisonburg, VA) @ MARYLAND (-10.5), 6:00 PM, TV: (XM 191, Sirius 219)

Murray State (Racers, 10,156 students, Murray, KY) @ NC STATE (-39.5), 6:00 PM, (XM 192, Sirius 218)

Jacksonville State (Gamecocks, 9,481 students, Jacksonville, FL) @ FLORIDA STATE (-31.5), 6:00 PM, TV: (XM 190, Sirius 220)

*Betting line for recreational purposes only.



*Maryland defensive coordinator Don Brown took full responsibility for the Terps' implosion on defense last weekend against Cal. Brown told The Washington Post, "I am completely responsible for it. I am accountable for it."

*Virginia Tech's defense wasn't entirely flawless, either, though it was hardly the debacle Maryland had. Sometimes, though, it only takes five plays to turn a game.

*Maryland's Brown wasn't the only coordinator in the ACC to come up short in his debut. Things didn't turn out as expected for Virginia offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon, either.

*Despite the loss to Baylor, Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe still sees reasons for optimism - and no reason to shake up his lineup.

*NC State wide receiver Jay Smith knows he dropped a big pass in the end zone against South Carolina, and he's working hard to make sure it doesn't happen again.

*Does Boston College have a new star in the making at linebacker? It will if 18-year-old Luke Kuechly continues to soak up information from Mark Herzlich and Mike McLaughlin and play like he did last weekend.
*Miami receiver Travis Benjamin doesn't hold a grudge against Florida State for not recruiting him. He just wants to beat the Noles. And this year, he helped do that.

*Will the Canes have better luck against Georgia Tech this year than in 2008? Miami coach Randy Shannon doesn't even want to think about last year.

*The public arguments between FSU president T.K. Wetherell and the NCAA are getting a little bit embarrassing.

*Virginia Tech punter Brent Bowden is in his third season as the Hokies' top punter, and he's aiming to make it his best.


RINGS. Last Saturday, during halftime of the UNC v. The Citadel football game in Chapel Hill, the 2009 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Champion University of North Carolina Tar Heels received their championship rings.

(Photos by Robert Willet/Raleigh News and Observer)


BIG HITTER. Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees hits a single to right field in the third inning during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on September 11, 2009 in the Bronx. Jeter's hit was his 2,722nd, passing Lou Gehrig's all-time club record of 2,721.

(Photos by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)


9/11 TRIBUTE. All MLB teams wore red hats yesterday as a tribute to the victims of 9/11. Here, Chris Tillman #54 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches against the New York Yankees during the game on September 11, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.

(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Friday, September 11, 2009

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001



Say what you will about ACC football, evidently it is going to be entertaining.
Georgia Tech raced to a 24-0 lead after scoring early on a long run and two Clemson miscues only to have the Tigers roar back in the second half.

The Jacket’s Scott Blair, who had earlier thrown a touchdown pass on a fake field goal, kicked a 36-yarder with 57 seconds to give 15th ranked Georgia Tech the win.

Georgia Tech (2-0, 1-0 ACC) pulled itself back from the brink of a potentially devastating loss as Clemson (1-1, 0-1) scored 27 straight points, and actually taking the lead with 11:33 to go.

After a blunder filled first half, the second half rally had to be encouraging to Dabo Swinney’s crew.

"I'm proud of the way we played against a top 15 team on the road," C.J. Spiller said. "We kept thinking we would come back and get back in the game. You have to believe. You have to have faith."

Kyle Parker, a redshirt freshman making only his second college start, threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns, hooking up with Spiller on a 63-yarder and Jacoby Ford on a 77-yarder, sandwiched around a 9-yard scoring pass to Dwayne Allen.
Spiller rushed for 87 yards and caught four passes for 69 more. Ford had five catches for 109 yards.

Anthony Allen led Georgia Tech with 127 yards rushing on just five carries, including an 82-yard touchdown on his team's second play from scrimmage.

Ultimately, the close score has to make the two special team gaffs that led to two Georgia Tech touchdowns that much harder to swallow for the men in purple and their now, no doubt, beleaguered special teams coach.


Desperate to rebuild his team’s confidence after last weeks opening loss at home to William & Mary, Virginia Cavalier coach Al Groh shipped his squad up Rt. 29 for a scrimmage yesterday against the Madison High School Mountaineers.

In the end the prep boys prevailed in the third overtime 26-20.

Taking a page out of the Wahoos play book, Madison County ran multiple wildcat formations, three halfback passes and even a hook and ladder. But it was the simplest of plays that ultimately proved the difference for the Mountaineers.

In the third overtime, Logan Tarrell took a handoff from Dustin Korby and ran three yards for the 26-20 win. Needless to say, the crowd went wild.

A dejected Groh said, “I’m sure we learned something from this that will help on on Saturday against TCU.”

Not unlike the turnover ridden W&M game, the Cavs opened the door for the Mountaineers in the third extra period, and Madison County boys (and we do mean BOYS) walked right through it.

The Mountaineers were lead by Jerrod Williamson, who finished the night with 67 yards on 10 attempts and a touchdown. Dustin Korby went 4 for 11 for 55 yards for Madison County.

In the first two overtimes, a pair of passes from Ryan Forster to YaYa Andersen (both new recruits from Swinefluvana High School) gave Virginia its first two scores in extra time. Anderson outleaped his defender both times to score in the back right corner of the end zone. Ya-Ya, Ya-Ya.

The Mountaineers responded with a 1-yard score by Logan Torrell in the first overtime, and then Williams ran over defender after Wahoo defender for a 10-yard score in the second overtime.

*items in italics may not be true.


Hey, we live in a world of stereotypes and frequently there is more truth in them than fiction. But, clearly, there is an exception to every rule.

When we think of the University of Virginia, we think of the lawn, Mr. Jefferson, long lost Easters Weekend, Eljos, Ralph Sampson, bow ties, seer sucker, button down shirts, topsiders, stupid fans who made fun of George Welsh, lacrosse, the Corner and the list goes on and on...

And then there's Wahoo Steve Marino who is clearly determined not to look the part. Marino is the co-leader after the first round at the BMW Championship at Cog Hill.

He appears to be Phil Mickelson's separated-at-birth frumpy brother!


"It’s crazy. There are 15 million unemployed people in America, and Michael Vick isn’t one of them"
-- Jimmy Kimmel


We may regret making this request, but what the heck?

As lil’ ol’ T.A.H. is winging its way toward one-quarter of a million visits, it seems logical that we would have an entry on the world’s largest cyberspace encyclopedia (Wikipedia), don’t ya think?


However, Wikipedia’s Conflict of Interest policy would preclude the editors of T.A.H. from creating an entry about…well…about themselves. While that’s inconvenient, we can’t argue with Wiki’s logic. Fair, unbiased, yada, yada, yada…

So, you Wikipedia Editors – and you know who you are – get to work and do T.A.H. proud!

As Douglas Adams so eloquently said on the subject of flying in the Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy, “Have at it, and good luck.”


HAIR PULL. Kavell Conner #33 of the Clemson Tigers tackles Anthony Allen #18 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets by grabbing his hair at Bobby Dodd Stadium on September 10, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)


SPOOKY. Fans of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets cheer during the game against the Clemson Tigers at Bobby Dodd Stadium on September 10, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)


WINNING UGLY. Jeff Reed #3 of the Pittsburgh Steelers by way of the University of North Carolina kicks the game winning field goal as Daniel Sepulveda #9 holds in overtime against the Tennessee Titans on September 11, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Steelers defeated the Titans 13-10 in overtime.

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Thursday, September 10, 2009


CLEMSON @ GEORGIA TECH (-5), 7:30 PM, TV: ESPN (XM 190/191, Sirius 219/220)*

*Betting line for recreational purposes only.


OFFENSIVE BACK – Jacory Harris, Miami, QB, So., 6-4, 190, Miami, Fla. (Northwestern) Harris threw for a career-high 386 yards and completed 21-of-34 passes for two touchdowns and ran for another score in leading Miami to a 38-34 upset win at No. 18 Florida State. Harris capped the night by leading Miami on a six-play and 59-yard scoring drive for the eventual game-winning touchdown.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Alan Pelc, North Carolina, G, Jr., 6-6, 325, Houston, Texas (Pearland) North Carolina junior offensive guard Alan Pelc graded out at 90 percent and had seven knockdown blocks in No. 21 North Carolina’s 40-6 win over The Citadel. Pelc anchored an offensive line that led the Tar Heels to 261 rushing yards.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Brandon Maye, Clemson, LB, So., 6-2, 230, Mobile, Ala. (Davidson) Maye tallied a game-high 13 tackles, including five solo stops, in the Tigers’ 37-14 win against Middle Tennessee. He also had one tackle for a loss of 14 yards, forced a fumble, and hauled in his first career interception.

DEFENSIVE BACK – Brandon Harris, Miami, DB, So., 5-11, 195, Miami, Fla. (Booker T. Washington) Miami sophomore defensive back Brandon Harris had a game- and career-high nine tackles (three solo) and broke up two passes against Florida State.

SPECIALIST – C.J. Spiller, Clemson, RB/KR, Sr., 5-11, 195, Lake Butler, Fla. (Union County) Spiller made the most of his first touch of the 2009 season by returning the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, an ACC-record fourth kick return of his career, against Middle Tennessee. Spiller added two punt returns for a total of 63 yards, including a career-long 50-yarder that led to another Tiger score. All this was done in the first half, as the Heisman candidate sat out the second half.

ROOKIE – Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech, RB, Fr., 5-9, 205, Manassas, Va. (Stonewall Jackson) Freshman running back Ryan Williams totaled 113 all-purpose yards in his collegiate debut as he rushed for a team-high 71 yards and two touchdowns, including a 32-yard scamper down the sideline for a score in Virginia Tech’s 34-24 loss to No. 5 Alabama. He also caught two passes for a team-high 42 yards.


As if a tough opening loss to the Canes wasn’t enough, FSU (who is staring down the barrel of a bowl team heavy schedule which includes non-conference foes the likes of top ten BYU and #1 Florida) continues to spar with the suits in Kansas.

Yesterday, the war of words continued.

In an unusual move, the NCAA issued a statement saying that President T.K. Wetherell's description of an agreement with the NCAA was not true.

College sports' main governing body rarely offers any comment on pending cases.

Wetherell says he'll provide documentation of an understanding he had with the NCAA on the penalties when they meet Nov. 15 at the NCAA's Indianapolis headquarters.

Florida State is appealing part of the penalty that would force the school to forfeit records in 10 sports, including two seasons of football.

That would take away as many as 14 wins from coach Bobby Bowden.


Guess who those two might be?

First game losses to CAA teams turn out to be the gift that keeps on giving for Duke and Virginia. Surely, neither team expected to be in the Bottom 10 entering into Week 2.

Hey, don’t call T.A.H. Shirley.

ESPN’s David Duffey brings you this week’s Bottom 10 with a Beatles theme in honor of the new Rock Band game featuring the Fab Four.


Stanley Hunter’s football career at Clemson came to an abrupt end this season when he took a medical hardship due to an increase in seizures connected with epilepsy.

That's right - epilepsy.

Hunter, who was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2004, said “This past spring the seizures got a lot more serious. It wasn’t really a big problem because I changed my medication. After I changed it, (the seizures) were still happening. It got kind of scary.”

To honor Hunter, a different Clemson player will wear Hunter’s #17 each game. Last week sophomore linebacker Brandon Maye (normally #20) had that honor and he ended up being the ACC’s Defensive Lineman of the Week. This week the honor falls to sophomore quarterback Willy Korn.

The 5-foot-11, 225-pound linebacker continues to work with the Tigers as a student-coach.


Posted by's Heather Dinich:

*Has Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor shied away from what makes him most dangerous? Frank Beamer said that after watching film, he didn't see any instances where Taylor should have run and didn't. No doubt the Hokies didn't waste any time reviewing their game film, and Taylor was one of the first players next to sit down with Bryan Stinespring.

*UNC is trying to establish itself as a strong running team, and so far, so good.

*Duke's players and coaches have been searching for answers to explain their flat performance against Richmond, and they'll have to find them quickly with a road trip to Army looming.

*TCU coach Gary Patterson is expecting a different -- and better -- Virginia team this weekend. Patterson thinks the Cavaliers are a "good football team in waiting."

*Jorge Milian of the Palm Beach Post graded Miami's performance in the FSU game, and ranked Jacory Harris' performance among the top 5 he's seen.

*Florida State has four days to recover from its loss to Miami, and the Noles are pushing forward.

*NC State's defense was one of the bright spots in the Pack's loss to South Carolina. Ken Tysiac checked in with defensive coordinator Mike Archer for his take on it.

*Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe said he doesn't expect any lineup changes for Saturday's game against Stanford.

*The weaknesses Cal exposed weren't much of a surprise to those who have been paying attention to the Terps' woes during summer camp. It was only the first week of the season, but the players felt it necessary to call a players-only meeting to make sure the Terps weren't sulking.

*Unfortunately for Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, it's not the first time he's had to cram for the Georgia Tech game. One thing he can count on is C.J. Spiller, who clarified his injury situation and was limited to some light jogging on Sunday.

*Georgia Tech's defensive line will get a better test Thursday night against the Tigers.


ACC Commissioner John Swofford will hold a press conference today to announce the unprecedented annexation of the Colonial Athletic Association by the ACC. Last weekend, two CAA teams - Richmond and William & Mary - knocked off ACC opponents.

“It just makes sense,” Swofford said. “This is the fourth year in a row that a CAA team has defeated a Division I-A team, and Lord knows our current lineup of ACC squads has trouble doing that week-in and week-out.”

How good is the CAA? According to the Washington Post, the league sent a record five teams to the FCS (D I-AA) playoffs in each of the past two seasons. Last year in the 16-team field, four of the final eight teams and two of the final four teams were from the CAA.

Richmond, which is ranked No. 1 in the two FCS (D I-AA) polls, was the third CAA team to win the national championship in the last six years – that list includes T.A.H. alma mater JMU. Half of the top 10 teams ranked in each of the polls are from the CAA; seven CAA teams are ranked in the top 25.

However, not everybody agrees that playing “up” is a good idea for teams that have to qualify for a year-end playoff.

To read the whole story (the true part), click here.

*items in italics may not be true.


OUT, BUT NOT DOWN. Teen sensation Melanie Oudin of the United States, who was making some serious waves as she charged through her bracket in the U.S. Open, serves to Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during day ten at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

Ninth seeded Wozniacki eliminated #70 Oudin 6-2. 6-2 in the quarterfinals.

Just like that, the teenager from Georgia has gone from an under-the-radar life to a world of jostling paparazzi, autograph signing and an endorsement-filled future.

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


*According to Dinich: Here's the main overall story of Week 1 in the ACC: The league's reputation took another hit. (Really?) It's now being called the "Athletically Challenged Conference."

*The CAA has one up on the ACC after the first weekend in which the ACC went 0-4 against BCS conference and lost two games to FCS opponents. Ouch. It was just too much to ignore.

*Heck, let's just ban nonconference games altogether in the ACC.

*Thanks, Miami and Florida State, for getting the week started right.

*NC State coach Tom O'Brien saw a few things he wanted to improve from last Thursday's 7-3 loss to South Carolina, and protecting the quarterback better was among those at the top of his list.

*Clemson running back C.J. Spiller says he's fine, even though he left Saturday's game against Middle Tennessee early with an injury. But even before he left, Jamie Harper got more carries, including the first -- again.

*North Carolina will travel to Connecticut this weekend where it will face a much taller task than it did against The Citadel. Said Butch Davis, "We're going to have to get better real quick."

*The ACC needs one premier team to step up and represent, writes Ron Morris, if the conference is ever going to "gain footing among the nation's elite."

*And before you get too excited, one good game between Florida State and Miami doesn't mean that either one of those programs is back to championship level.

*The ACC is balanced, writes John Feinstein, but that just means it's still a basketball league.

*FSU's defense showed a new wrinkle last night against Miami, and it's called the prowler. It worked -- sometimes.

*If there's a bright spot to Virginia's loss to William & Mary, it was on the defensive side of the ball.

*There's been a change to Virginia Tech's depth chart, and Ryan Williams made it. He took himself off of punt returns.

*Not only did Duke lose to Richmond, but Virginia lost to William & Mary. The Blue Devils will need a better effort from here on out.

*Meanwhile, coach Al Groh is trying to see the positives.

*It didn't help Wake Forest that their winningest quarterback in school history was mediocre at best.

*While Alabama fans were singing "Sweet Home Alabama," the Hokies were singing the blues.

*Georgia Tech A-back Roddy Jones will return from a dislocated wrist in time for Thursday night's Clemson game.

*For some, the jury is still out on UNC's offense. Its defense, however, was worth talking about.

*Maryland doesn't have much choice but to rebound quickly from its loss to Cal -- the worst opening loss for the program since 1892.

*Boston College just might be a contender after all, especially considering how bad the rest of the ACC looked in Week 1.


Hey, it is what it is. Can the Colonial Athletic Conference be better than the ACC?

Of course not, but you can't prove it after week 1.

The ACC went down hard again in a first week that saw them lose to every BCS team they played and to two FCS (Division 1AA) teams. Now before we go all crazy on Duke and Virginia, they did lose to two good FCS teams - both from the Colonial Athletic Conference which boasts 8 of it's 16 teams in the preseason FCS top twenty.

Richmond's victory over Duke seems improbable in spite of the Spider's National Championship last year and their #2 ranking in the pre-season FCS poll. The Spiders vaulted over the Blue Devils and into the #1 spot in this week's poll. FCS pre-season #1 App State lost to East Carolina on Saturday. William & Mary (now #7) was also ranked, but they surely can't be good enough to beat the Wahoos without SEVEN turnovers. Can they?

This week, JMU (0-0) #6 in the FCS poll has to travel to College Park to face an unhappy Terp team who got trounced by the Golden Bears in their opener.


To the list of classic football rivalries the likes of Michigan-Ohio State, Army-Navy, Virginia-Virginia Tech and Alabama-Auburn, add the vaunted FYF Colts and the equally as tough and talented FYF Falcons.

When both teams handily won their first two games by relatively gaudy scores, a quality match up was anticipated and the five-, six- and seven-year-old gridiron warriors did not disappoint.

After racking up 41 touchdowns between them in four games, a high scoring game seemed to be inevitable. But the Colts and Falcons had other ideas as their stingy defenses dominated both halves in a game ending with a 4-2 Colts victory.

After a shaky first series where the Falcons didn’t give an inch, the Colts scored four touchdowns in the opening quarter – two on their patented long runs.

In the second quarter, the Falcons attacked the Colts with their two staples – the naked bootleg and the screen pass. While the Falcons scored one TD, the Colts defense ended the half with an impressive goal line stand for a 4-1 halftime lead.

The Falcons stuffed the Colts offense in the third quarter allowing only one penetration inside the 10 yard line. That drive ended with a Colts’ fumble. Not to be out defensed, the Colts shut down the Falcons offense in the final quarter yielding one touchdown as the 12th man on both squads was clearly fatigue.

Both teams are back at it this Saturday.


Toly Hansbrough’s FYF Colts made the cover of Warrenton Lifestyle Magazine. That’s the T-Man wearing the third helmet from the left.

Nice, Colts, NICE!


Scott Riddle, long-time neighbor of T.A.H. Pop Culture Editor Young A.T., and #11 Elon made quick work of Davidson 56-0 on Saturday. Riddle, now a junior, finished 22-of-33 for 326 yards and four scores. Riddle also ran for a touchdown.

The team had been plagued by Swine Flu earlier in August, but showed no ill-effects during their Southern Conference opener.

Elon visits Presbyterian this week.


DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME. Sara Rodrigues of Portugal performs with a ball during a qualification round at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Ise, in Japan's Mie prefecture on September 9, 2009.

(Photo by AFP PHOTO/Kazuhiro Nogi/Getty Images)


NICE SNOOP DOG IMITATION. NBA All-Star Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors (by way of Wake Forest) arrives at his work out to prepare for the 2009-2010 NBA season on September 8, 2009 at the DeSoto High School track in DeSoto, Texas.

(Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Bobby Bowden has spent a few years looking for a kid who can throw the football. Now he needs to find a couple who can catch it. FSU looked like they could pull away from upstart Miami in the third quarter, but the Canes hung around just long enough to win the game.

Ailing shoulder and all, Jacory Harris put on a show that Miami won't soon forget Monday night.

And the Hurricanes defense came up huge when it mattered most.

The sophomore quarterback threw for 386 yards - including a 40-yard pass over double coverage to Travis Benjamin, setting up Graig Cooper's 3-yard touchdown run with 1:53 left - and led the Hurricanes past No. 18 Florida State 38-34 in a wild, back-and-forth game on Monday night.

Florida State got to the Miami 2 with 14 seconds left. But Christian Ponder threw three straight incompletions, the last coming on a ball that Jarmon Fortson nearly caught in the end zone on the game's final play, and Miami escaped.

Harris completed 21 of 34 passes for two touchdowns and two interceptions.


#15 GEORGIA TECH 37, Jacksonville State 17
BOSTON COLLEGE 54, Northeastern 0
#21 NORTH CAROLINA 40, The Citadel 6
CLEMSON 37, Middle Tennessee State 14

Baylor 24, WAKE FOREST 21
Richmond 24, DUKE 16
#5 Alabama 34, #7 VIRGINIA TECH 24
#12 California 52, MARYLAND 13

William & Mary 26, VIRGINIA 14


AHHH…FOOTBALL. Renegade and Chief Osceola prepares to bury his spear on the 50-yard line before the Miami Hurricanes take on the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Tallahassee, Florida.

Chief Osceola found his target and the field made the catch.

(Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)


FOOTBALL? WHAT FOOTBALL? This will make you forget the ACC and everything else for a few days...

(Photo by T.A.H./T.A.H. World Media)

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