Friday, December 4, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. EDITOR

The entire executive staff plus the mascots are headed off to NYC for a long weekend.

Mr. Editor will be celebrating tonight with dinner at Tavern On The Green before heading off to toast the 250,000 visits in the Village and SoHo for serious bar-hopping. (Don't worry boys and girls, there will be a local 250,000 gig next week close to T.A.H. World Media Headquarters.)


Subsequently, we won't have much input until Tuesday.

We'll try to keep an eye on the Dr. Pepper Bowl and weekend hoops, but not sure if Mars 2112 is gonna be showing UNC v. UK.

Have a nice weekend.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

ZEBRIE SANDERS GOT WIND OF BOWDEN BEING FORCED OUT AND HE DIDN'T LIKE IT EVEN A LITTLE BIT

SORRY, GEORGIA TECH, WE FORGOT, THEN WE REMEMBERED

GEORGIA TECH 74, Siena (Saints, 3,305 students, Loudonville, NY) 61

In all the shuffle that is Thursday, December 3rd, we almost forgot Georgia Tech.

Freshman Mfon Udofia (no, we aren’t making that up, that’s the kid’s name) scored a career-high 26 points and Georgia Tech beat Siena on Wednesday night.

Derrick Favors, who is also a freshman, finished with 16 points and eight rebounds for the Yellow Jackets (5-1), winners of four straight. Gani Lawal added 15 points and nine rebounds.

Clarence Jackson led Siena (4-3) with 19 points. The Saints, who have dropped two of three, never led and had no other players score in double figures.

250,000 VISTIS

As of noon today EST 250,937.

Thank you.

We love you.
(None of the people pictured is in anyway involved with T.A.H. Unfortunately for them...)

MINI-CULTURAL APOCALYPES APPARENTLY ALSO COME IN THREES

Celebrity deaths come in threes, apparently so do celebrity meltdowns.

First you had the state dinner gate-crashers, then greatest golfer ever acting like what Mike Lupica called a “constantly horny, single rock star” and then an NBA player (mind you a bit of a whack job NBA player, but a well known one just the same) saying he was having cocktails at halftime.

Nice trifecta there, sports fans.

Ron Artest now says he drank cognac at half-time when he played for the Chicago Bulls fr0m 1999-2002. He blames it on losing and being a “head case.” Maybe the losing had something to do with Artest being half in the bag? And the "head" could be because of the "case" he drank.

To further spice things up, a much more laid-back-out-of-the-news/dog house Artest recently told a reporter he was eager to fight Detroit center Ben Wallace who shoved him on the play that preceeded the infamous 2004 brawl with Pistons fans when Artest was with Indiana.
This prompted Wallace to say, “He said he wanted to fight me? You all need to check and see if he’s still drinking.”

Is anybody really surprised by Tigers’ indiscretions? He has lived in a bubble of fame, wealth, adoration and super stardom his entire adult life. It’s amazing that he’s as “normal” as he appears to be. One thing now seems apparent -- his existence as a golf superstar since he was literally a child has robbed him of some street smarts, some common sense and a functioning moral compass.

The fact that he sent hundreds of text messages to and left voice mails for the women with which he was having affairs says Woods is either stupid or naïve or incredibly arrogant.

We know he’s not stupid, so we are going to go with naïve and arrogant. OK, dumb, naïve and arrogant.

And then there’s the Salahis. They decided to crash a party at the White House apparently as a publicity stunt to secure their position on a reality T.V. show – The Real Housewives of D.C. Now, there is a firestorm of controversy surrounding this couple including claims that Mrs. Salahi was a former Redskin cheerleader and a Victoria Secret model. Both organizations deny she’s been either.

Hey, when the Redskins cheerleaders throw you under the bus, you need to order carryout sunshine. Add to it allegations about the couples charity event not paying vendors and exaggerating contributions while failing to comply with IRS regulations and rumors of their home being in foreclosure and you have to ask one question:

Didn’t they realize that any skeletons – real or imagined – in their combined closets would be paraded about public for all the world to see when the subjected themselves to such a white hot spotlight?

Fame (and/or infamy) travel(s) hand-in-hand with scrutiny.

And…and it’s a big AND, who the hell believes you get invited to a White House State Dinner via email?

Really?

There is surely only one word that describes their version of these events and it involves fecal matter and a male cow.

In fact, that’s a pretty good word to describe the entire trifecta.

BIG TEN BREAKS MAIDEN IN B10/ACC CHALLENGE

There seems to be a fair amount of chest-thumping this morning west of the mighty Mississippi River as advocates of the Big Ten celebrate their first ever win over the also mighty ACC.

Hey fellas, before you get to worked up, you’re 1-10.

Well, now that we type that, it does beat the crap out of 0-11. Congrats, men, well done.

What did we learn, if anything?

First off, it’s early December, so a whole bunch of analysis isn’t appropriate. These are all young teams shaping their personalities. No need for late-season predictions as we head off to buy a Christmas tree and prepare for a 30-day onslaught of Jose Feliciano’s Feliz Navidad. The time for serious analysis and predictions comes in February in the heat of the regular season.

Having said that, this flurry of competitive earl-season games, does give us some insight into the makeup of the participating teams – both winners and losers as we careen through the holiday season.

Duke lost its first game ever in the challenge and the primary reaction has to be “no big deal.” Wisconsin will always be a tough out at home as long as Bo Ryan is at the helm. In losing a virtually meaningless game in the grand scheme of the Big Dance, Duke did what all teams are doing this time of year – trying to establish a consistent third scorer, looking for consistent outside shooting and trying to figure out how to function smoothly in close end-game situations.

Good news for the Devils is Andre Dawkins looks to be emerging as the answer to the first two questions.

Just last week we thought Clemson’s game-ending curse had subsided when they coolly used their previous Achilles heel – the humble free throw – to win a close game. Last night, the Tigers had a meager 23 point lead and yet found a way to loose one of the pivotal challenge swing games to Illinois.

While taking nothing away from an inspired Illinois comeback – their biggest ever – Clemson has to take some heat for the loss. As Jay Bilas put it so succinctly last night in a post-game ESPN analysis, no incredible comeback occurs without a simultaneous incredible collapse. Sad, but true.

Clemson is a good team and this loss will sting and sting badly. The Tigers will need to learn how to keep their collective feet on the pedal and finish off teams in games against legit D1 teams.
We don’t know how good Boston College is and we wager neither do they. But beating Michigan without Rakim Sanders is a good sign. Are they a NCAA tournament team, who knows? Check in later.

Miami is off to an 8-0 start which is impressive considering the dire pre-season predictions aimed at the Canes (picked to be 10th of 12 in the conference this season). Without superstar guard Jack McLinton, Miami has had to complete reinvent their wheel.

Florida State, meanwhile, is bigger than the Buckeyes, but Ohio State is better. In fact, the Noles will turn out to be bigger than almost everybody they play, but they don’t yet have the right mix just yet to turn back higher ranked opponents.

BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE: WINS

MIAMI 63, Minnesota 58

Freshman Durand Scott scored a season-high 20 points, including consecutive breakaway baskets in the final minute, and the Miami Hurricanes remained unbeaten by rallying past Minnesota in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday.

The Hurricanes (8-0) won their 15th consecutive non-conference regular season game. They've started a season with eight wins in a row four other times, most recently two years ago.

Minnesota (4-3) lost its third game in a row.

BOSTON COLLEGE 62, Michigan 58

Corey Raji scored a season-high 24 points and Boston College held on for a victory over Michigan on Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Raji scored his first nine points - all in the lane - in the first 7 minutes. He had half of his team's points when the Eagles (5-2) led 34-24 at halftime.Manny Harris scored 19 for the Wolverines (3-3).

BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE: LOSSES

Wisconsin 73, NO. 6 DUKE 69

Trevon Hughes (#3) scored 19 of his career-high 26 points in the second half and Wisconsin held on to beat No. 6 Duke on Wednesday night, snapping the Blue Devils' perfect record in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

The Badgers (5-1) never trailed and got a measure of payback against Duke (6-1) after being routed 82-58 two years ago in Durham, N.C. by ending the Blue Devils' 10-game winning streak in the annual event and the ACC's perfect record as well.

Kyle Singler scored 17 of his career-high 28 points in the first half and Andre Dawkins went 4 of 4 from 3-point range in the second half to finish with 12.

Illinois 76, NO. 18 CLEMSON 74

Mike Tisdale hit the go-ahead jumper with 41 seconds left, then blocked David Potter's driving shot on No. 18 Clemson's next possession as Illinois rallied from 23 points down for a the improbable victory.

The Illini (5-2) looked finished, down 51-28 early in the second half and with leading scorer Demetri McCamey saddled with three fouls and two points.
But Illinois finally got going with a 35-10 run to move in front in the school's biggest comeback ever.

No. 15 Ohio State 77, NO. 21 FLORIDA STATE 64

Evan Turner had 25 points and 13 rebounds and Jon Diebler added 22 points to lead the Buckeyes over the Seminoles, clinching the Big Ten's first victory in 11 years of its annual series with the ACC.

The conferences came into the night with three wins apiece in head-to-head matchups. Wisconsin's 73-69 upset of No. 6 Duke set the stage for the Buckeyes (6-1) to put the Big Ten over the top, ending a decade of frustration against the Atlantic Coast Conference.

SPILLER NAMED PLAYER OF THE YEAR

C.J. Spiller, the Clemson all-purpose threat, was named ACC Player of the Year following a vote of 40 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Spiller received 29 votes to outdistance Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt, who had eight. Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams, the league's rookie of the year, had two votes and Yellow Jackets defensive end Derrick Morgan had one.

Separate ballots were cast for the offensive, defensive and overall player of the year awards. Spiller had 24 votes in offensive player of the year voting to Nesbitt's 10. Morgan was the top defensive player with 21 votes in that category, and North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn and Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel had seven votes apiece.

Spiller was the nation's only player this season to account for touchdowns five different ways - rushing, passing, receiving, and on kick and punt returns. He returned four kickoffs and a punt for scores this year and has eight total returns for TDs during his career.

He scored at least once in every game this season while leading Clemson to the Atlantic Division title and a spot in the league title game against Georgia Tech.

BEST TIGER JOKE TO DATE

Apparently the police asked Tiger's wife how many times she hit him with a golf club. She said:

"I don't know, but double bogey is the most I can take, so put me down for a 5."

Nice, Elin, NICE!

HUMP DAY LINKS

Via ESPN.

*Plenty of folks in Maryland weighed in on the decision, but AD Debbie Yow made the right call keeping Ralph Friedgen, writes Peter Schmuck.

*UNC has added another linebacker to its recruiting class.

*Jimbo Fisher's tenure as an FSU coach is short, but his history with the program is long.

*Play-call sheet? Who needs one? Not Paul Johnson.

*Clemson will have its hands full on Saturday with Derrick Morgan.

*The 10 biggest games in Clemson history each had something to do with a championship, and this weekend should add to the program's history.

*Who's going to Charlotte? Who knows?

*The Gator Bowl wants Florida State, and it's no secret.

*There seem to be mixed reactions from the Virginia players to the firing of Al Groh.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

NEW NBA RECORD FOR SUCKING. Say hello, to your New Jersey Nets who set an NBA record last night losing their 18th straight game.

Here, Unidentified New Jersey Nets fans react during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, in East Rutherford, N.J.
The Nets are 0-18 as the Mavericks won 117-101.

Thankfully, Sean Williams, a 6’10” F/C via Boston College is the only ACC player on the Nets’ roster.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A COMPLETE REENACTMENT OF THE INCIDENTS LEADING UP TO AND INCLUDING TIGER'S CRASH

Never mind that it's in Chinese, stick with it, it's worth it.

TIGER: OOPS, MY BAD

Below is the opening paragraph of the statement released Wednesday by golfer Tiger Woods on his Web site. It ran with the headline "Tiger comments on current events."

Duh…(that’s our ‘duh’ not Tiger’s…)

Woods, who has absolutely nothing to do with anything relevant to the ACC (other than the fact that he played golf at Stanford, a university which occasionally engages an ACC school in some sort of athletic competition) said:

I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone.

To read the full statement, click here.

PGA PROACTIVE IN CLEANING UP TIGER’S MESS

Sources close to T.A.H. tell us that PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem will hold a press conference today to reassure fans of professional golf that the overwhelming majority of PGA golfers are happily married conservative Republicans who hate to pay taxes and never cheat on their wives/girlfriends.

If any of them are philanderers, homosexuals or Democrats, Finchem plans to conveniently forget who they are.

In addition, Finchem is rumored to be announcing the formation of a new cheer leading squad – the Bobcats – whose job it will be to silently lead silent cheers for embattled star Tiger Woods when he returns to tournament golf (projected to be April of 2010 after his wounds heel and he finishes a very long “Honey Do” list).

“Cheerleaders are a big part of college and professional sports," Finchem said, “and we see no reason why that concept can’t work in golf as well. Our players, and Tiger in particular, are worthy of additional support and I am not at all concerned that they will be distracted by attractive scantily clad women.”


*Items in italics may not be true.

FRIDGE STILL PLUGGED IN, STILL RUNNIN'

Evidently, if Ralph Friedgen’s Maryland Terrapins can muster up seven wins next season, the Fridge will remain the head man in College Park.

According to the Washington Post, Friedgen will return for a 10th season at his alma mater with the knowledge of the baseline expectation his athletic director has established for next year: a winning regular season.

"I would anticipate that in the regular season we would have a winning season," Maryland Athletic Director Debbie Yow said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "We play 12 games, so I would anticipate that we would be 7-5 at least in the regular season."

Simple enough.

To read the full story, click here.

BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE ALL TIED UP 3-3

While many prognosticators are predicting that the Big Ten may have a break out year and finally win the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, after last night it’s all tied up at 3-3.

Penn State got the B10 off to an early lead with a win over Virginia. The home loss last year’s N.I.T. Champs looked like a mismatch on paper and turned out to be one on the court as well.

Maryland is nothing if not inconsistent. This leads to more yelling by Terps’coach Gary “Speed Stick” Williams. If Gary ain’t yelling, it ain’t basketball season. When Vasquez and Milbourne are on, as they were last night scoring 42 points between them, the Terps win. However, one should note that Indiana isn’t what it used to be going 1-17 in conference and 6-25 last year.

Joining the ACC has certainly been a benefit to Seth Greenberg and the Virginia Tech Hokies. While they haven’t had a breakout year just yet, they have competed for the regular season title and been in the Big Dance. Last night they beat a mediocre Iowa team that was not much better than Indiana last season – 5-13 in conference, and 15-17 overall.

On some level, Ol’ Roy and the Tar Heels own Izzo and the Spartans. Last night, the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Champions cruised along with a double digit lead before the Spartans made a late run to make it interesting. While Larry Drew II isn’t Ty Lawson just yet, he gets better every game as does Super Soph Ed Davis who was pretty good already. Suffice to say, UNC’s depth is simply mind boggling.

Tonight will tell the tale as five more games take place. Obviously, we don’t study Big 10 hoops so we have merely included last year’s records and the Vegas spread as some frame of reference.

Illinois (B10 11-7, 24-10) @ NO. 19 CLEMSON (-4), 7:15 PM, TV: ESPN

Minnesota (9-9, 22-11) @ MIAMI (-2), 7:15 PM, TV: ESPNU

BOSTON COLLEGE @ Michigan (-6) (9-9, 21-14), 7:30 PM, TV: ESPN2

NO. 5 DUKE (-3.5) @ Wisconsin (10-8, 20-13), 9:15 PM, TV: ESPN

FLORIDA STATE @ No. 11 Ohio State(-7) (10-8, 22-1), 9:30 PM, TV: ESPN2

There are twelve teams in the ACC and only eleven in the Big Ten, so Georgia Tech is out of the mix this year. The Yellow Jackets host Sienna tonight.

TUESDAY NIGHT HOOPS: BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE WINS

NO. 10 NORTH CAROLINA 89, No. 9 Michigan State 82

Ed Davis and Larry Drew II both scored a career-highs as No.10 North Carolina beat No. 9 Michigan State in a rematch of last season's national championship game won by the Tar Heels. The game wasn’t really that close until the final five minutes.

Davis scored 22 points and Drew II had 18 points for the Tar Heels (7-1), who led most of the game before having to hold off a rally in the final minutes. North Carolina shot 58 percent and led by as many as 19 points early in the second half, beating Michigan State (5-2) for the second straight year in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and for the third time in the last three meetings.

Three point shooting killed the Spartans who were 2-20 from behind the arc.

Raymar Morgan scored 18 points to lead the Spartans.

To read more, click here.

MARYLAND 80, Inidana 69

Greivis Vasquez scored 23 points and Landon Milbourne had 19 points, leading Maryland to an 80-68 victory over Indiana Tuesday night.

Maryland (5-2), playing at Indiana for the first time, ended a two-game losing streak and became the first ACC team to win in this year's Big Ten-ACC Challenge.

The Hoosiers (3-4), who have lost four of their last five, were led by freshmen Maurice Creek with 19 points and Christian Watford, who had 16 points.

To read more, click here.

VIRGINIA TECH 70, Iowa 64

Virginia Tech used a balanced scoring attack to defeat Iowa, 70-64, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa on Tuesday night. With the victory, the Hokies improve to 5-1, while the Hawkeyes fall to 2-5.

The Hokies fell behind 8-1 in the first two minutes of the contest, but outscored Iowa 33-20 to take a 34-28 lead into intermission. Tech was spurred on by a pair of three-pointers by freshman Ben Boggs, who came off the bench to play a season-high 15 minutes.

The game remained close throughout the second half. Iowa took a 54-53 lead on a lay-up by Jarryd Cole with 6:27 remaining, but the Hokies then went on an 8-0 run over the next two minutes to seal the game.

To read more, click here.

TUESDAY NIGHT HOOPS: BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE LOSSES

Northwestern 65, N.C. STATE 53

Two things upset NC State coach Sidney Lowe about his team's first loss of the season, a 65-53 setback Tuesday night against Northwestern in the 11th-annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

First, the coach thought his team was passive against the more aggressive Wildcats to start the game. By the time the Wolfpack got angry and matched Northwestern's energy, they were behind by a dozen or more points.

Second, when the game came down to the most important defensive possessions, the Wolfpack defense allowed Northwestern's best player, junior point guard Michael Thompson, make the play that sealed his team's victory at the RBC Center.

To read more, click here.

No. 4 Purdue 69, WAKE FOREST 58

Wake Forest fell to the Boilermakers in Mackey Arena on Tuesday during the second night of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

With the loss, Wake Forest now stands at 4-2 on the season. Purdue remains unbeaten at 6-0.

In front of a sold-out crowd and a nationwide audience on ESPN, four Demon Deacons totaled double digits in the contest. L.D. Williams netted a season-high 11 points and grabbed six rebounds. Al-Farouq Aminu earned his fourth double-double performance of the season, combining for 12 points and 10 rebounds. Ishmael Smith had 14 points and six boards.

To read more, click here.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Bobby has been a tough competitor. He has meant an awful lot to the universities he coached and to the game of football overall. He and his wife, Ann, have dedicated their lives with untold hours to better the teams and universities they cared so much about. They will be missed by the coaching profession and college football. Sue [Paterno's wife] and I wish them well."

– Joe Paterno, head coach Penn State.

ESPN CLASSIC TO HONOR BOWDEN TODAY

5 p.m. - 6 p.m. SportsCentury: Bobby Bowden

6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 1995 Sugar Bowl: Florida State vs Florida – The Noles held high-scoring Florida to 17 points winning 23-17. 8-10 p.m. 1994 Orange Bowl: Florida State vs Nebraska – Bowden battled Tom Osbourne and emerged victorious with an 18-16 win and Bowden's first national championship.

10 p.m. - 12 a.m. 2000 Sugar Bowl: Florida State vs Virginia Tech – Peter Warrick had a record 20-point game as Florida State won 46-29 for Bowden's second national championship. T.A.H. executive staff attended this game – big fun.

1 a.m.- 3 a.m. 1999 Florida State vs Clemson - Bowden Bowl I. Bowden faced his son Tommy and came away with a 17-14 win over Clemson for his 300th victory.

3 a.m. - 5 a.m. 2000 Clemson vs Florida State - Bowden Bowl II. The second coaching matchup between father and son. This time Chris Weinke and FSU blew out the Tigers 54-7 as Weinke threw for 521 yards and two touchdowns.

5 a.m. - 6 a.m. SportsCentury: Bobby Bowden

MONDAY AND TUESDAY LINKS

By Heather Dinich/ESPN – edited.

*Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen can start to look ahead knowing he'll return in 2010.

*If Virginia has a list of candidates in mind, school officials are the only ones who know who's on it. But why not Jim Grobe? He's got at least one person's vote.

*NC State coach Tom O'Brien said it was the most difficult season he's been through as a coach.

*Clemson's latest move to promote C.J. Spiller in the Heisman campaign cost a pretty penny, but will it pay off?

*Even if Spiller doesn't win the Heisman, Georgia Tech still has to find a way to stop him on Saturday.

*Boston College has come to an agreement with Under Armour to outfit the Eagles for the next six years.

*Former Virginia coach Al Groh wasn't the only one who was fired this weekend. All but two assistants were told to leave, graduate assistants included. Maybe Groh just wasn't meant to be a college coach.

*Richmond coach Mike London addressed the speculation he could be next in line for Groh's job, but that's not his focus right now.

*UNC could be destined for the Music City Bowl, thanks to its hoops tradition, not football.

*What kind of an effect will playing each other during the regular season have on Clemson and Georgia Tech?

*After finishing the season on a winning note, Miami is ready for a quick break before bowl season.
All things considered, Boston College can take a lot of pride in what it accomplished this year.

*If there's one game that wraps up Duke's season, it was the season opener against Richmond.

*Georgia Tech special teams coach Jeff Monken was hired as Georgia Southern's next head coach.

JOHNSON, WILLIAMS COACH AND ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

To the surprise of nobody at T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters (located not too many miles from the home of the world’s most famous undead White House gate crashers Tareq and whats-her-name Salahi – oh, and around here they pronounce it Tark, as in rhymes with bark, as opposed to Ta-wreck, which, coincidentally rhymes with turrets [as in the syndrome which causes unpredictable behavior among other things]), but, we digress -Paul Johnson of Georgia Tech has been named ACC Coach of the Year while Virginia Tech’s Ryan Williams.

For the second year in a row, the Jackets’ Johnson has earned the top honor. Johnson received 24 of a possible 40 votes cast by ACSMA members, easily outdistancing his counterpart in this week's Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game. Clemson's Dabo Swinney who had 10 votes, followed by Duke's David Cutcliffe (4) and Boston College's Frank Spaziani (2).

This marks the sixth time a Georgia Tech coach has received the award, and the third time this decade after George O'Leary won it in 2000.

Johnson claimed the award last year after the Yellow Jackets burst onto the scene and ran his complex option-based offense with aplomb, and they one-upped themselves this year by winning the Coastal Division for the first time since 2006, claiming a spot in the league title game and vaulting into the top 10.
To read more, click here.

The Hokies’ record-setting running back was named Tuesday as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Rookie of the Year after a season in which he broke Darren Evans’ 1-year-old school and conference mark for rushing yards by a freshman.

Williams was the overwhelming choice as the ACC’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, receiving 34 votes from 40 voting members. Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, who had 29 votes, was named the top newcomer on defense, and no other player on either side of the ball received more than four votes.
He rushed for 1,538 yards – the fourth-best single-season total in ACC history – to shatter Evans’ mark, and he enters his bowl game 110 yards shy of Jones’ 6-year-old school record for players from all classes.

To read more, click here.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

DOWN AND OUT. Four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr of the U.S. is counted out by the referee after being hit by Australian titleholder Danny Green in their IBO cruiserweight World Title bout in Sydney on December 2, 2009.

Green took just 122 seconds to TKO Jones in the first round.

Nice Air Jordans, by the way.


(Photo by Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

NOT FAMOUS GOLFER NOT CHEATING ON HIS WIFE. Handout photo taken and released by the Asian Tour on December 2, 2009 shows Chapchai Nirat of Thailand not cheating on wife, but, in fact, playing in the pro-am event of the King's Cup golf tournament at the Singha Park Khon Kaen Golf Club in Khon Kaen, Thailand.

(Photo courtesy of Asian Tour/AFP/Getty Images)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I'm still going to respect the man for what he's done. He turned this program around. I'm just disappointed at the people who tried to knock him down. He's still Bobby Bowden.”

-- Florida State linebacker Dekoda Watson

BOWDEN MAKES IT OFFICIAL

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden will end his 44-year coaching career after the Seminoles' bowl game.

Bowden will retire as the second-winningest coach in major college football behind Penn State's Joe Paterno. The 80-year-old Bowden has won 388 games in his career at Samford, West Virginia and Florida State, where he spent the last 34 seasons.

"Nothing lasts forever, does it? But I've had some wonderful years here at Florida State, you know it," Bowden said in a satellite feed interview provided by the school. "Hadn't done as good lately as I wish I could have, but I've had wonderful years, no regrets."

Bowden won two national titles with Florida State, in 1993 and 1999. Among his top achievements was a string of 14 straight seasons, ending in 2000, where the Seminoles won at least 10 games and finished ranked in the top five of the AP poll.

Florida State was 152-19-1, an .864 winning percentage, during that span.

To read more, click here.

THE COUNT DOWN TO ONE-QUARTER-OF-A-MILLION VISITS

As of 11:40 AM EST – 249,128 and counting.

WAHOO WHO?

According to the Washington Post, Virginia will start its search for a new head football coach immediately.

No big shock there.

Virginia Athletic Director Craig Littlepage said a national search for Al Groh’s replacement would begin immediately, and that he would not comment on the coaching search until it is completed.

Possible replacements include two former Groh assistants: Richmond Coach Mike London and Temple Coach Al Golden.

Virginia reportedly also is interested in Boise State Coach Chris Petersen. Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville’s name also has come up in speculation, as have Louisiana Tech Coach Derek Dooley, who played wide receiver at Virginia from 1987 to 1990; Harvard Coach Tim Murphy and Air Force Coach Troy Calhoun.

(Editor’s Note: Virginia also fired offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon, special teams coach Ron Prince, offensive line coach Dave Borbely, running backs coach Wayne Lineburg, wide receivers coach Latrell Scott, linebackers coach Bob Trott and defensive line coach Chad Wilt. All were told that they had 48 hours to remove their belongings from the McCue Center, various sources confirmed. Secondary coach Anthony Poindexter, a six-year coach at UVa, and recruiting coordinator Bob Price were retained.)

WEEK 13: ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

OFFENSIVE BACK – Riley Skinner, Wake Forest, QB, Sr., 6-1, 210, Jacksonville, Fla. (The Bolles School) Wake Forest senior quarterback Riley Skinner completed 28-of-38 passes for a career-high 372 yards and a school record five touchdown passes in the final game of his career, a 45-34 win at Duke. Skinner finished the season with 3,160 passing yards, becoming the first Wake Forest quarterback to eclipse the 3,000-yard mark in school history, and finished his career in fourth place in league history with 9,762 passing yards and 9,923 yards of total offense. He is also seventh with 60 touchdown passes.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN – Orlando Franklin, Miami, OL, Jr., 6-7, 318, Delray Beach, Fla. (Atlantic) Miami junior offensive tackle Orlando Franklin, making his first career start at left tackle, helped anchor the Hurricane offensive line that paved the way for 401 total yards of offense, the fifth time in the last games Miami has racked up at least 400 total yards, in a 31-10 win over in-state rival South Florida.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Darryl Sharpton, Miami, Sr., MLB, 6-0, 235, Coral Gables, Fla. (Coral Gables) Miami middle linebacker Darryl Sharpton was honored as the Defensive Lineman of the Week for the second time in a row as he matched a career-high with 12 tackles in Miami’s win over South Florida. Sharpton leads all Hurricanes with 91 tackles, including 55 solo stops, and seven tackles for loss this season.

DEFENSIVE BACK – Luke Kuechly, Boston College, OLB, Fr., 6-3, 220, Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier) Boston College freshman outside linebacker Luke Kuechly earned his second consecutive Player of the Week honor (Rookie) and second Defensive Back of the Week accolade of the season for his efforts in a 19-17 win over Maryland in which he registered a game-high 16 tackles, including seven solo stops. He now leads the ACC and ranks second nationally with 142 total tackles, and has recorded 10 or more hits in nine games this season, including the last eight straight.

SPECIALIST – Matt Bosher, Miami, K/P, Jr., 6-5, 205, Jupiter, Fla. (Jupiter) Miami junior kicker/punter Matt Bosher’s second Specialist of the Week honor of 2009 comes after he connected on a 32-yard field goal and converted all four of his point-after-touchdown attempts in the Hurricanes’ victory against South Florida. His made kicks extend his streak to 12 consecutive field goals, which ranks second both for a single season and a career, and 88 consecutive PATs, which ranks third all-time in school history. Bosher also punted four times and totaled 179 yards for a 44.8 yards per punt average, and landed two kicks inside South Florida’s 20-yard line.

ROOKIE – Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech, RB, Fr. 5-9, 205, Manassas, Va. (Stonewall Jackson) For the seventh time this season, Virginia Tech freshman running back Ryan Williams had the top performance by a freshman with a season-high 183 rushing yards on 24 carries for a 7.6 yards per rush average in a 42-13 win at Virginia. Williams scored four touchdowns in the game for the second straight week to break the ACC freshman record for touchdowns with scoring runs of five, 20, four, and two yards and became just the second Hokie in school history to accomplish the feat. Williams’ 19 rushing touchdowns this season are tied for the most in a single season in ACC history and his 1,538 rushing yards leave him 110 yards away from breaking the school single-season record, and rank as the fourth most in ACC history.

ACC BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Edited from TheACC.com: Duke’s Jon "Crazy Face" Scheyer has been named ACC Player of the Week while Wake Forest’s garnered ACC Rookie of the Week honors.

Scheyer was named Most Outstanding Player of the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament after leading the Duke to wins over Arizona State and No. 13 Connecticut. On the week, Scheyer averaged 17.5 points, 5.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.

The Northbrook, Ill., native had 16 points, six assists and four rebounds in a 64-53 semifinal win over Arizona State. Two nights later, the senior guard had a game-high 19 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals in Duke's 68-59 championship game victory over UConn.

Harris, a 6-2, 175-pound freshman guard, averaged 16.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in Wake Forest’s two games last week and extended his double-digit scoring streak to three games. Harris has posted season-highs in points in each of his last three games. On the season, Harris is shooting 56 percent from the floor and is currently second among ACC freshmen in scoring (11.8).

ALL-ACC FOOTBALL TEAM

The 2009 All-Atlantic Coast Conference football team as voted on by 40 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. NOTE: A first-team vote was worth two points and second team vote one.

NOTE SOME MORE: Note that Clemson all-purpose everything C.J. Spiller deservedly received the most first place votes.
FIRST TEAM - OFFENSE
QB-Josh Nesbitt, Georgia Tech (50)
RB-Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech (67)
RB-Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech (63)
WR-Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech (63)
WR-Donovan Varner, Duke (50)
TE-George Bryan, NC State (39)
TE-Michael Palmer, Clemson (39)
OT-Jason Fox, Miami (57)
OT-Anthony Castonzo, Boston College (53)
OG-Rodney Hudson, Florida State (54)
OG-Cord Howard, Georgia Tech (47)
C-Sean Bedford, Georgia Tech (45)
K-Matt Waldron, Virginia Tech (27)
K-Matt Bosher, Miami (27)
Spc-C.J. Spiller, Clemson (76)

FIRST TEAM - DEFENSE

DE-Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech (76)

DE-Robert Quinn, North Carolina (69

DT-Nate Collins, Virginia (47)

DT-Allen Bailey, Miami (38)
LB-Cody Grimm, Virginia Tech (65)
LB-Luke Kuechly, Boston College (53)
LB-Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina (44)
LB-Alex Wujciak, Maryland (44)
CB-Kendric Burney, North Carolina (59)
CB-Brandon Harris, Miami (41)
S-DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson (57)
S-Deunta Williams, North Carolina (53)
P-Brent Bowden, Virginia Tech (57)

SECOND TEAM - OFFENSE
OffenseQB-Thaddeus Lewis, Duke (18)

RB-C.J. Spiller, Clemson (62)
RB-Montel Harris, Boston College (39)
WR-Torrey Smith, Maryland (25)
WR-Jacoby Ford, Clemson (24)
TE-Greg Boone, Virginia Tech (16)
OT-Ed Wang, Virginia Tech (31)
OT-Chris Hairston, Clemson (26)
OG-Thomas Austin, Clemson (39)OG-Sergio Render, Virginia Tech
(37)
C-Matt Tennant, Boston College (29)
K-Casey Barth, North Carolina (21)
K-Will Snyderwine, Duke (21)
Spc-Torrey Smith, Maryland (17)

DEFENSE - SECOND TEAM

DE-Ricky Sapp, Clemson (29)
DE-Willie Young, NC State (24)
DE-Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech (24)
DT-Marvin Austin, North Carolina (32)
DT-John Russell, Wake Forest (29)
LB-Vincent Rey, Duke (29)
LB-Darryl Sharpton, Miami (21)
LB-Bruce Carter, North Carolina (17)
LB-Colin McCarthy, Miami (17)
LB-Dekoda Watson, Florida State (17)
CB-Ras-I Dowling, Virginia (26)
CB-Patrick Robinson, Florida State (26)
S-Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech (51)
S-Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech (24)
P-Matt Bosher, Miami (37)

MONDAY NIGHT HOOPS

Penn State (Nittany Lions, 42,912 students, State College, PA) 69, VIRGINIA 66

(AP)—Talor Battle scored 28 of his 32 points in the second half and Penn State withstood a furious rally by Virginia in the final minute to beat the Cavaliers 69-66 Monday night in the opener of the Big Ten-ACC challenge.

The Nittany Lions (5-2) led 55-43 with about 4 minutes left, but a banked-in 3-pointer by Sylven Landesberg and three by Sammy Zeglinski in the final 1:31 got the Cavaliers to within 67-66 with 5.7 seconds left before Battle’s two free throws produced the final score.

Landesberg led Virginia (4-3) with 18 points, Mike Scott had 17 and Zeglinski 16, including 11 in the final 1:17. He missed a leaning 3-pointer for the tie at the buzzer.

BIG TEN/ACC CHALLENGE

A variety of pundits, including former Terp Len Elmore, are saying this is the year the Big Ten gets the best of the ACC...

The ACC is already down 1-0 after the Wahoos lost to Penn State on Monday night.

Northwestern @ N.C. STATE, 7:00 PM, TV: ESPNU

WAKE FOREST@ Purdue, 7:00 PM, TV: ESPN

MARYLAND @ Indiana, 7:30 PM, TV: ESPN2

Michigan State @ NORTH CAROLINA, 9:00 PM, TV: ESPN

VIRGINIA TECH @ Iowa, 9:30 PM, TV: ESPN2

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND: THE TOP 10 TIGER WOODS JOKES SWIRLING ABOUT ON THE INTERNET

The mysterious circumstances of the collision combined with the punning potential of golf have provided plenty of material for internet wits.

Here are ten (OK, eleven) of the funniest Woods jokes posted online so far in no particular order (OK, until the end).

1) Apparently, the only person who can beat Tiger Woods with a golf club is his wife.
2) What's the difference between a car and a golf ball? Tiger can drive a ball 400 yards.
3) Tiger Woods was injured in a car accident as he pulled out of his driveway early Friday morning. It was Woods' shortest drive since an errant tee shot at the U.S. Open.
4) What was Tiger Woods doing out at 2.30 in the morning? He'd gone clubbing.
5) Tiger Woods crashed into a fire hydrant and a tree. He couldn’t decide between a wood and an iron.
6) Perhaps Tiger should be using a driver?
7) This is the first time Tiger’s ever failed to drive 300 yards
8) Apparently, Tiger admitted this crash was the closest shave he’s ever had. So Gillette has dropped his contract.
9) Tiger Woods wasn't seriously injured in the crash. He's still below par.
10) Tiger Woods is so rich that he owns lots of expensive cars. Now he has a hole in one.

Having said that, here’s our favorite bar none…

11) Tiger’s been dropped from the Ryder Cup team as his terrible record of being beaten by the Europeans continues…

With props to the London Times and the Daily Telegraph. Why don’t we have newspapers (or, at least newspaper websites) like this in the U.S.?

(Photo by Bill Frakes/Sports Illustrated and courtesy of TMZ)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

MEN’S FIELD HOCKEY? Duke’s Lee Nam-Yong (c) eludes the Clemson defense during their Champions Trophy field hockey match on December 1, 2009.

Really?

Nah…
Lee Nam-Yong plays for South Korea and the dudes in orange are from the Netherlands and the match was played in Melbourne.

(Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

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