Saturday, October 17, 2009


RED RIVER HURT. Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, bottom, grimaces to being sacked by Texas cornerback Aaron Williams in the first half of an NCAA football game, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, in Dallas.

Bradford did not return to the game following an injury on the play.

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)


WINNING KICK. Caleb Sturgis nails a game-winning 27-yard field goal that extended No. 1 Florida's winning streak to 16 games with a 23-20 win over Akransas.


ESPN's Stuart Scott hosted Late Night With Roy in Chapel Hill on Friday.

(Photo by Ted Richardson/Raleigh News & Observer)


C.J. Spiller ran for two touchdowns and Clemson put aside two weeks of turmoil to get back in the ACC's Atlantic Division race with a 38-3 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday.

Spiller had scoring runs of 66 and 14 yards for the Tigers (3-3, 2-2 ACC), who seemed ready to implode after an unexpected 24-21 loss to Maryland on Oct. 3.

The team held a players only meeting when it returned to campus and an anonymous blog report during the bye week detailed a shouting match at practice between coach Dabo Swinney and offensive coordinator Billy Napier.

Against Wake Forest (4-3, 2-2), though, Clemson showed its resiliency with its best performance of the season.

Freshman quarterback Kyle Parker threw for a score and ran for another. Spiller finished with 106 yards for his 10th career 100-yard game and Clemson's defense sacked ACC pass-efficiency leader Riley Skinner five times.

Clemson's backup safety Kantrell Brown was taken off the field on a stretcher in the second quarter and was taken to Oconee Memorial Hospital.

Clemson athletic department spokesman Tim Bourret said initial reports from school medical personnel indicated Brown would be OK.

(AP Photos/Mary Ann Chastain)


Saturday, October 17th

WAKE FOREST @ CLEMSON (-7), 12:00 PM, TV: RAYCOM (XM 190, Sirius 211)

N.C. STATE @ BOSTON COLLEGE (-2.5), 3:30 PM, TV: ABC (XM 190, Sirius 211)

VIRGINIA (-3.5) @ MARYLAND, 4:00 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 191, Sirius 212)

#4 VIRGINIA TECH (-3) @ #19 GEORGIA TECH, 6:00 PM, TV: ESPN2 (XM 192, Sirius 213)

#9 MIAMI (-14) @ University of Central Florida (Knights, 53,397 students, Orlando, FL), 7:30 PM, TV: CBSCS (XM 190, Sirius 211)

*Point spreads for recreational purposes only.


Boston College's Mark Herzlich was among the 16 semifinalists for the Dick Butkus (#50) Award in spite of not playing a down this season. Herzlich is sidelined while recovering from a rare form of cancer called Ewing's Sarcoma. As noted here at T.A.H., Herzlich has helped raise more than $80,000 for research and education about the disease.

Award namesake Dick Butkus noted that the honor is also designed to remind the players "that they have a responsibility to serve as role models and to give back to society."

Herzlich says his recovery is nearly complete. He hopes to begin full workouts in December and plans to play next season.

UNC's Quan Sturdivant is also a finalist.

The other semifinalists: Obi Ezeh, Michigan; Chris Galippo, Southern Cal; Greg Jones, Michigan State; Sergio Kindle, Texas; Sean Lee, Penn State; Travis Lewis, Oklahoma; Rolando McClain, Alabama; Von Miller, Texas A&M; Brandon Spikes, Florida; Daryl Washington, Texas Christian; Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri; Eric Norwood, South Carolina; Perry Riley, Louisiana State; and Rennie Curran, Georgia.


Links from ESPN:

*The big-play capabilities in Georgia Tech's offense often catch opponents -- and fans -- by surprise.

*Virginia Tech's starting fullback, Kenny Jefferson, has been convicted of DUI. He was already suspended for the season opener against Alabama, and that's the end of his punishment.

*Broken hand? No problem. Maryland linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield still might play on Saturday against Virginia. The Terps are beat up, especially Maryland quarterback Chris Turner.

*Check out this patented Spiffy Chart to illustrate the point. Guess who else has taken his fair share of hits this fall? Virginia quarterback Jameel Sewell. Let's see who can stay on their feet in College Park this weekend.

*Boston College quarterback Dave Shinskie will start on Saturday against NC State, but who will finish?

*Virginia running back Mikell Simpson has had memorable success before against Maryland, and he'd like to do it again, but he's coming off a neck injury.

*Wake Forest running back Josh Adams is looking more and more like he did as a freshman in 2007 -- and that's a good thing.

*Here is a second take on the highs and lows of Clemson's season so far.

*There are a lot of coaches out there rooting for Miami coach Randy Shannon to succeed, including one he'll be facing on Saturday.


CRAZY PEOPLE. We haven’t seen our beloved crazy people lately racing their bikes one jillion miles per hour. Good news, they’re back.

Here, Danny Webb of Great Britain is thrown from his Aprilia during qualifying in the 125cc class for the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island, some 100kms south-east of Melbourne on October 17, 2009.
…and Britain's Bradley Smith falls from his Aprilia during qualifying for the 125cc Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island, some 100kms south-east of Melbourne, on October 17, 2009.

Those Aprilias, they’re hard to stay on…
This is what it is supposed to look like.

(Photos by William West/Topshots AFP/Getty Images)


BIG WALK. The Dodgers rallied off the Phils' bullpen to ruin Pedro Martinez's gem and earn a 2-1 win that squared the NLCS at 1-1. Andre Either walked with the bases loaded during the eighth inning to bring home the winning run for the Dodgers.

(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)


BAD SIGN. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim starting pitcher John Lackey #41 misses the ball as Howie Kendrick #47 tries to hand it to him during Game One of the 2009 American League Championship Series (ALCS) against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on October 16, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.

The Yankees won.

(Photo by Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images)


OUT. Alex Rodriguez(notes) #13 of the New York Yankees is tagged out at home plate by Jeff Mathis(notes) #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the fifth inning of Game One of the ALCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 16, 2009 in New York, New York.

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


SUPER FROSH. Dion Lewis #28 of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers stiff arms Devin Mccourty #21 of the Rutgers University Scarlett Knights on October 16, 2009 at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Lewis rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns as Pitt won the game 24-17.

(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Friday, October 16, 2009


While it pains those ACC aficionados who want the conference to become a football power conference, the simple fact remains that the ACC’s trump card remains men’s basketball.

Basketball practice officially begins this evening, meaning many schools across the country are holding their versions of Midnight Madness (albeit before midnight) events. At Duke, fans are Counting Down to the Craziness. At N.C. State, they will Rally in Red. And at North Carolina, it's time, once again, to spend Late Night with Roy Williams.

But the Triangle teams don’t have a monopoly on the madness.

Maryland will host Maryland Madness and Clemson has Rock The John. Georgia Tech holds an open scrimmage and Florida State has a gig they call Jam With Coach Ham.

Virginia is trying to keep the fact that they have a men’s hoops squad on the down low, so much so that they are playing two games in Mexico. Meanwhile, the Hokies will be holding an event called “We Love Coach Seth, But All We Really Care About Right Now Is Kicking The Wahoos' Ass In Football.”


This from Georgia Tech:

The Georgia Tech Athletic Association advises fans to be cautious when considering the purchase of football tickets through non-Georgia Tech sources.

Tech officials have received reports of fraudulent ticket offerings and scams, including the sale/distribution of wristbands for entry into Bobby Dodd Stadium. These wristbands are not valid and a game ticket is required for admission.

Wristbands of any kind are not good for admission, and standing-room only tickets do not exist.
There have been reports of these scams for at least two Georgia Tech home football games – Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech and the Nov. 28 game against Georgia.

The Georgia Tech Ticket Office cannot guarantee the validity of tickets purchased through any entity other than the Georgia Tech Ticket Office or authorized ticket representative. If you have any questions, please contact the Georgia Tech Ticket Office at 404-894-5447.


Part of a plan to trim at least $150,000 from the team’s travel budget, Miami won’t use a charter plane when traveling to face Central Florida on Saturday night, taking a caravan of six buses instead for the 3-hour trip to Orlando.

The Hurricanes will also stay grounded when they take the four-hour trip to Tampa to face South Florida on Nov. 28.

“It’s the same thing, at least when you look at the time involved,” Miami coach Randy Shannon said earlier this week. “We might even get there quicker, get home a little earlier after the game because we won’t be going through security and things like that. Get on the bus and go.”

Typically, the Hurricanes bus from their Coral Gables campus to Miami International Airport, a short trip expedited further by a police escort. Once at the airport, they face the same federal screening guidelines as commercial passengers, even though they’re flying on a chartered jet. It can take an hour or more to load the bags, load the plane, get everyone seated and get on their way.

Not this week: By the time the Hurricanes would have been wheels-up, they’ll be about halfway to Orlando.

“It shouldn’t be too bad,” linebacker Darryl Sharpton said. “Orlando’s not that far. I’ll probably just take a nap.”


N.C. State is the latest school to join a growing list of ACC programs to support Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich in his fight against Ewing's Sarcoma. For the two weeks prior to the Duke game, State’s football players gave up their per diem and raised over $2,000 and Wolfpack fans added over $5,000 last Saturday at the Duke game in Raleigh.

A check will be presented this weekend at the B.C. game in Chestnut Hill to Uplifting Athletes, which is raising the money for Ewing’s Sarcoma research.

Herzlich and former Eagles’ coach Tom O'Brien still keep in touch.

To date, Virginia Tech, Clemson and Florida State have also contributed to the fund.


Via ESPN and ACC Now:

*At North Carolina, freshman basketball players aren't allowed to speak to the media until after their first game. Even if they're twins.

*For some reason, Duke’s Miles Plumlee thinks he’s the fastest 6’10” guy in the ACC.

*Georgia Tech is off to a 5-1 start, and this midseason report breaks down what's gone right and wrong for the Jackets so far.

*If Georgia Tech wins this weekend, and Miami and Virginia Tech continue to win, it could be up to the BCS standings or a draw to determine the division winners.

*Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer says the Jackets' offense still hasn't reached its peak.

*The message in Chestnut Hill this week? "Let's get the Wolfpack."

*Clemson hasn't scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter since last year. That's significant considering the Tigers have held fourth-quarter leads in two of their three losses.

*Despite their rough start in the first half of the season, the Terps are taking a positive approach. Maryland has several problems on defense, but the one that's got defensive coordinator Don Brown agitated is his opponents' third-down conversions.

*Jacory Harris has thrown as many touchdowns as he has interceptions in the past three weeks, which is why he wasn't on my top five list this week. (That list was based on recent performances, and was a spin off of last weekend's high scoring games, not a midseason report.) But Harris has a reason for his errors.

*Bobby Bowden isn't backing away from his comment that he's strongly leaning toward coming back next year.


YES! Pitcher Brad Lidge(notes) #54 and catcher Carlos Ruiz(notes) #51 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrate after closing the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game One of the NLCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Dodger Stadium on October 15, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Phillies won 8-6.

(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)


LASSOED. Wide receiver Jessie Hester #87 of the University of South Florida Bulls grabs a pass against the Cincinnati Bearcats October 15, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

No. 8 Cincinnati defeated No. 21 USF 34-17 in spite of the Bearcats first string QB suffering a sprained wrist.

(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Thursday, October 15, 2009


According to Zach Berman of the Washington Post, during Virginia Coach Al Groh's Thursday teleconference with reporters, radio host Wes McElroy from WRNL-910 in Richmond shared that he was shaving his head this weekend as part of a fundraiser for breast cancer research. He was telling this to a group of reporters during the time in which reporters wait for Groh to call in.

When Groh came on, someone shared the news that McElroy was going to shave his head for breast cancer research. Groh complimented McElroy for supporting the cause. McElroy thanked Groh, adding that he’s confident he can raise the final $250 by the weekend.

“Why don’t you do this,” Groh said. “When we get off the phone, call [Groh’s secretary] and give her the information. I’ll give you the $250 and then you can decide whether you shave your head or not. I’m not contributing the money on the condition that you shave your head.”

Nice, coach, NICE!


Wake Forest has given coach Dino Gaudio a contract extension through the 2013-14 season.

School officials said Wednesday in conjunction with the team's preseason media day that Gaudio's deal was extended two more seasons. Details of the contract were not available because the private school generally does not discuss them.

Gaudio has gone 41-20 with one week at No. 1 nationally and one berth in the NCAA tournament.

The longtime assistant to Skip Prosser was hired in August 2007, two weeks after his mentor died of an apparent heart attack.


Florida State has released a 695-page transcript of an Oct. 18, 2008 hearing by the NCAA's Committee on Infractions which is, for all intents and purposes, a rehash of information previously made public by the university.

If you feel like you need to know more, click here.


Posted by's Heather Dinich.

*Death Valley is the one stadium in the Atlantic Division where Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe has yet to win. It's no wonder the Deacs aren't taking Clemson lightly this week, despite the Tigers' 2-3 start.

*Maryland quarterback Chris Turner is making good use of his legs these days, and he doesn't have much choice in the matter.

*Things have gotten pretty serious in Blacksburg this week, but it can never get too tense with Sergio Render around.

*A heated conversation between Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and offensive coordinator Billy Napier has been blown way out of proportion, which is why you never read anything about it here. To me, the bigger issue is Swinney's involvement in the play calling, and why the Tigers' offense hasn't shown improvement.

*FSU defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews has a short fuse these days.

*Miami defensive tackle Joe Joseph is finally worthy of wearing his "Playmaker 2008" T-shirt. Better late than never, right?

*Virginia's turnaround began in the locker room before the Indiana game. Can they keep it up?

*UNC receiver Erik Highsmith is yet another example of how those stars don't mean a thing.

*NC State coach Tom O'Brien made a promise to his buddy Frank Spaziani about 20 years ago and he kept it, hiring him at BC. Now they'll be on opposing sides with the game overriding any emotions.

*Georgia and Georgia Tech will not play in the Dome in 2011.


LET’S TALK. Boise State wide receiver Austin Pettis has a word with Tulsa linebacker Curnelius Arnick just after Pettis scored on a touchdown pass during an NCAA college football game in Tulsa, Okla., on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009.

No. 5 Boise remained unbeaten 28-21.

(AP Photo/David Crenshaw)


NO.9. U.S. Soccer fans display the No. 9 to honor U.S. National Soccer Team forward Charlie Davies who suffered injuries in a one-car accident in nothern Viriginia, before the start of a 2010 World Cup qualifying soccer match between the U.S. and Costa Rica, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. scored during stoppage time (not that T.A.H. knows what that is) to tie the Costa Rica 2-2.

(Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)


HEY, YOU FORGOT YOUR PADS. James Paterson of Canterbury gets tackled by Israel Dagg of Hawks Bay during the Air New Zealand Cup match between the Hawkes Bay Magpies and Canterbury at McLean Park on October 15, 2009 in Napier, New Zealand.

(Photo by Marty Melville/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


OFFENSIVE BACK – Thaddeus Lewis, Duke, QB, Sr., 6-1, 215, Opa-Locka, Fla. (Hialeah Miami Lakes) Duke senior quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, in addition to earning Walter Camp Foundation National Player of the Week honors, etched his name into several record books in helping the Blue Devils to a 49-28 victory over N.C. State. Lewis completed a school single-game record 40 passes in 50 attempts for 459 yards and five touchdowns. Lewis’ 459 passing yards is the fourth-highest single-game total in school history and 18th-best passing performance in league annals, while his five touchdown passes tied the second-best mark in Blue Devil history. Additionally, Lewis became Duke’s all-time leader in touchdown passes with 59 and achieved 8,000 passing yards for his career, becoming just the 16th player in the ACC to accomplish the feat.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN – Cord Howard, Georgia Tech, G, Sr., 6-5, 308, Phenix City, Ala. (Central) Georgia Tech senior guard Cord Howard was credited with 13 knockdowns and was the top performer on an offensive line that paved the way for Georgia Tech to amass 532 yards of total offense, including 401 on the ground, the fourth-highest and second-highest totals in the ACC this season, respectively, in a 49-44 win against Florida State.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – John Russell, Wake Forest, DT, Sr., 6-4, 280, Jacksonville, Fla. (The Bolles School) Wake Forest senior defensive tackle John Russell matched his career-high with six tackles and recorded two sacks for losses totaling 15 yards in a 42-32 win over visiting Maryland. Russell also helped anchor a defensive front that limited Maryland to just 62 rushing yards—a season-low for Demon Deacon opponents. In addition, Russell had a nine-yard sack late in the second quarter during a Maryland drive that crossed midfield. His second sack came on a fourth down-and-five when he dropped Maryland quarterback Chris Turner for a six-yard loss.

DEFENSIVE BACK – Ras-I Dowling, Virginia, CB, Jr., 6-2, 200, Chesapeake, Va. (Deep Creek) Virginia junior cornerback Ras-I Dowling highlighted a Cavalier defense that did not allow a point through the first 51 minutes of a 47-7 win against visiting Indiana. In addition to a forced fumble on the Hoosiers’ first possession and a second-quarter interception, both of which led to Cavalier touchdowns, Dowling recorded a team-high nine tackles, including seven solo stops, and the first sack of his career.

SPECIALIST – Torrey Smith, Maryland, WR, So., 6-1, 200, Colonial Beach, Va. (Stafford) Maryland sophomore wide receiver and kick returner Torrey Smith totaled a career-high 194 yards in six kickoff returns (32.3 yards per return), including an 85-yarder on his first return, in a 42-32 loss to Wake Forest. Only in his second season, Smith entered the game against the Demon Deacons ranked 16th in league history with 1,732 career kickoff return yards. By the end of the game, Smith had climbed eight spots to sit in eighth place with 1,926 yards. Offensively, Smith hauled in a career-high 10 passes—tied for the second most in the conference this season—for 70 yards and a touchdown reception to finish the game with 267 all-purpose yards.

ROOKIE – Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech, RB, Fr. 5-9, 205, Manassas, Va. (Stonewall Jackson) Virginia Tech freshman running back Ryan Williams went over the 100-yard rushing mark for the fourth time this season to tie a Hokie freshman mark with four 100-yard rushing performances. Williams rushed for 158 yards in 18 attempts (8.2 yards per rush) and a touchdown in a 48-14 win against Boston College. Williams totaled 138 rushing yards in the first half, while sitting out most of the second half. He also caught a 23-yard pass to finish the day with 182 total yards of offense. Williams owns three of the top-10 rushing performances in the league to date, and leads the ACC and is sixth nationally with 122.3 rushing yards per game.


From Heather Dinich at

*If Georgia Tech wins on Saturday, it's toughest stretch will be behind it, and huge possibilities will lie ahead.

*Maryland's defense has been taking some risks this year, and against Wake Forest it didn't pay off.

*Despite a disappointing start to the season, Clemson remains focused knowing the Atlantic Division is wide open.

*N.C. State's lack of progress under coach Tom O'Brien has been surprising, and so far, his biggest achievement has been Chuck Amato recruit Russell Wilson.

*The difference this week in the ACC was quarterback play, and Virginia coach Al Groh saw some of it firsthand.

*Miami's defense took another hit with more injuries.

*Duke coach David Cutcliffe has a theme of success in his office, and the Blue Devils are starting to see it on the field. It's time for the students there to start watching.

*It's possible Virginia tailback Mikell Simpson could return from a neck injury in time for Saturday's game at Maryland.

*Virginia Tech's perimeter players will have their hands full on Saturday against the triple option.

*FSU linebacker Kendall Smith is "ticked," or something like that. He should be. Imagine how Christian Ponder feels.


According to Sports Illustrated, Georgia Tech point guard Moe Miller (seen here guarding FSU’s Toney Douglas) continues to suffer the effects of a concussion he suffered in a car wreck last month and may not be cleared to join the start of practice this week.

It is Miller's third concussion in less than a year.
Coach Paul Hewitt said Tuesday Miller struggled as he tried to work out on Monday.

"He came out of it just a little lightheaded, a little off-balance was the term he used," Hewitt said.

Hewitt says Miller was driving when he hit his head on a side window in the accident.

Miller, a junior from Memphis, has started 35 games the last two seasons. He suffered two concussions early last season and missed seven games after the second incident in which he also suffered a broken nose.

Hewitt said his Yellow Jackets overall are in good health as they prepare to open practice on Friday.

A highly rated recruiting class has boosted expectations for Georgia Tech, which finished only 12-19 last year. The class includes three freshmen: forward Derrick Favors, point guard Mfon Udofia and guard Glen Rice Jr.

The 6-foot-10 Favors was named the nation's top high school player by Parade magazine and was rated as the nation's top prospect by some recruiting services.

Hewitt returns forwards Gani Lawal and Zach Peacock and guard Iman Shumpert as returning starters.

Another guard, senior D'Andre Bell, also returns after missing last season. Bell has been cleared to play after he was diagnosed last year with spinal stenosis, a congenital condition.


"Bobby Bowden refusin 2 step down is like when ur grandparents refuse 2 give up their car keys. We luv u, just tired of u crashing into [stuff]!"

– FSU superfan/cowgirl and former Sports Illustrated contributor Jenn Sterger via Twitter.


BIG TRIBUTE. The Phillips Corn Maize memorializes the late N.C. State basketball coach Kay Yow. Yow, who lived in Cary, led N.C. State's women's basketball team to more than 700 wins during a career that spanned more than three decades. She died in January after more than 20 years with cancer. She coached up until a month before her death.

In June, Michael Phillips, 21, planted some seeds. In August, he began cutting. Last month, he unveiled his memorial.

(Photo courtesy of Michael Phillips)


DEADSKINS. Sometimes a picture really is worth 1,000 words. At least two of which have to be “Snyder” and “suck.”

Michael Wilbon explains what's needed.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Sources close to T.A.H. (and even closer to Chapel Hill) tell us that Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzycvbt7ski is not happy about the football team's recent success after the Blue Devils knocked off N.C. State in Raleigh for the first time in 25 years.

Not being one to share the spotlight, Coach K immediately put in motion a plan to help bring the focus back on his hoopsters and away from second-year coach David Cutcliffe’s rapidly improving grid iron heroes.

Needless to say folks in Durham are excited after the Blue Devils ended a 20-game road losing streak in the ACC and an eight-game conference losing streak with a 49-28 win over the Wolfpack. At 3-3, they have a legitimate chance to finish at .500 or better for only the second time since Steve Spurrier left 20 years ago.

To distract Duke’s future football fans, Krzichvgb2ski immediately planned
an open house for fans beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Players and coaches will be available for autographs (but not photographs) from 11 to 12:30. During the autograph session, fans will be able to take their photos with Duke's 1991, 1992 and 2001 NCAA championship trophies.

Fans will be allowed to watch practice from 1 to 3 p.m. Doors to the arena will open at 10 a.m., and admission is free.

Additional sources close to Carolina Power and Light tell T.A.H. that Krzxfhv3ski tried to convince the utility to turn off the power all over the Duke campus during the open house to prevent students “from watching the Maryland game.”

An unidentified CP&L spokesperson said, “You could hear the profanity all the way in Chapel Hill when one of our employees informed Coach K that the Blue Devils have a bye this Saturday, and they don’t play the Terps until 1 p.m. on the 24th of October.”

According to various sources, in spite of all that, the Cameron open house will go on as scheduled this Saturday.

*items in italics may not be true.


*Dear Duke Fans: You have a pretty good team so start paying attention…

*Will there be more changes to Georgia Tech's defense? Something has to change, or the Jackets will be in trouble.

*Virginia Tech's defense did an outstanding job against BC on Saturday, but it will have a different challenge against Georgia Tech this weekend.

*Here's a good breakdown of what the teams in North Carolina still need to become bowl eligible -- a lot, save for Wake Forest. The point, though, is that a lot of teams in the state had higher aspirations than simply qualifying for a bowl game this year. Duke is the only program that should be throwing a party for making it to a bowl game this year.

*NC State's biggest problem right now is its secondary, and you don't have to be a head coach to figure that one out.

*There's not much more BC can do right now than practice, practice, practice.

*Clemson's grades are in, and for the offense, it isn't pretty.

*It seemed like everything was going right for Duke in the Blue Devils' win over NC State. For Thad Lewis to complete 40 of 50 passes was simply remarkable. And it was even more impressive to coach David Cutcliffe after watching it again on film.

*Al Groh isn't in the pros anymore, but he's still at his best in the "fifth game." Still no word, though, on injured running back Mikell Simpson's status for Saturday's game at Maryland.

*The 'blackout' in Tallahassee didn't go as planned, but that doesn't mean that fans aren't still divided over coach Bobby Bowden's future.

*This is one of the oddest stories you'll ever read, but hey, even SpongeBob has an opinion on the Hurricanes.

*Maryland's injuries are piling up, just in time to face a much improved Virginia team.


…and those Florida appellate courts aren’t cutting us any slack.

Yesterday, just such a court again rebuffed the NCAA’s effort to prevent public release of documents on academic cheating at Florida State.

The 1st District Court of Appeal late Monday denied the suits from Kansas’ motions for a rehearing or certification of the case to the Florida Supreme Court.

The documents being sought by The Associated Press and other news media concern a proposal to take wins away from coaches and athletes.

That includes football coach Bobby Bowden who could lose 14 victories— diminishing his already dwindling chances of overtaking Penn State’s Joe Paterno as major college football’s winningest coach.

(Not to mention, the small fact that suddenly the Noles can’t beat anybody, but that’s another story…)


DOLPHIN FROM THE BLOCK? Limited partner Jennifer Lopez of the Miami Dolphins celebrates a touchdown against the New York Jets at Land Shark Stadium on October 12, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Jets 31-27.

(Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)


OLD JOCK. Czech jockey Josef Vana ,57 (nope, not a misprint, he’s 57!) on his Polish horse Tiumen, speaks to journalists after he won his sixth title at the 119th traditional Velka Pardubicka Steeple-Chase in Pardubice city, East Bohemia, on October 11, 2009.

(Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)


UPSIDE DOWN UNDER. Mikhail Koudinov of New Zealand competes in the parallel bars during the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 2009 at O2 Arena on October 13, 2009 in London, England.

(Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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