Saturday, December 12, 2009

LAST VIRGINIA SCHOOL ELIMINATED FROM D1AA PLAYOFFS

All together now in your best Jim Mora voice: PLAYOFFS!?!

Look, we aren’t even gonna whine about the BCS system this year. We advocate a 16 team playoff utilizing 8 of the existing bowl games and all the same bowl games for the teams not in the top 16. Easy as that.

Which brings us to the last night when Villanova rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit, getting some help from a call that was overturned by instant replay to beat William & Mary 14-13 and advance to the title game of the Football Championship Subdivision next Friday night.

The second-ranked Wildcats will play the winner of Saturday’s semifinal between Appalachian State and No. 1 Montana in Chattanooga, Tenn.

To read more, click here.

JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED THIS

SNL’s opening last Saturday was VERY funny. You might have to sit through a 20 second grape juice commercial, but it’s worth it…

To watch it click here.



NO ALL-ACC SOCCER FINAL

Three ACC teams went into the Mens D1 Soccer Tournament (PLAYOFFS!?!) – North Carolina, Wake Forest and Virginia – and only the Wahoos made it to the finals.

Two minutes and 44 seconds into overtime Brian Ownby (#12 with jersey and without jersey) took Jonathan Villanueva's pass from midfield and chipped it over the head of Wake Forest goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald for the golden goal to give the Cavaliers a 2-1 NCAA Tournament semifinal win.

Virginia (18-3-3) will play for its sixth national title when it takes on Akron in the College Cup final at 1 p.m. Sunday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. The Cavaliers have made it to the final 10 times.

In the other semi, the No.1 Akron Zips survived a penalty kick shoot-out with the Tar Heels. After the teams played to a 0-0 tie through two overtime periods, junior midfielder Blair Gavin delivered the deciding penalty kick to the lower-left corner of the net, and Akron (23-0-1) got by North Carolina 5-4.

ADIOS COACH CHUCK, HELLO MARK STOOPS

According to ESPN, Florida State has hired Arizona defensive coordinator Mark Stoops to replace longtime defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews. Stoops is in his sixth year at Arizona and has two decades of coaching experience. Stoops joins Tennessee running backs/special teams coach Eddie Gran as Jimbo Fisher’s first two hires, but the staff changes won't take place until after the Gator Bowl.

According to ACC Now, Former N.C. State head coach Chuck Amato will be out of a job at Florida State after the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1 so says the Orlando Sentinel.

Florida State running backs coach Dexter Carter told the Sentinel that coach Jimbo Fisher has informed Carter and three other assistants that they will not be retained after the bowl.

In short, that sucks. We love us some Amato.

FRIDAY LINKS

Via ESPN.

*Georgia Tech's defense has shut out its critics, but there are a few legitimate reasons for the group's struggles this year.

*North Carolina could have put itself in a better postseason position than going back to the Meineke Car Care Bowl for the second straight year, but it could have been worse, which is why no one is complaining.

*Maryland quarterback Chris Turner is ready to move on, but he'll do so leaving his name scattered about the record books.

*The State handed out a few awards to Clemson.

*Tennessee assistant Eddie Gran, who will join Jimbo Fisher's staff, has already received one rave review. Despite the succession plan, a staff overhaul was unavoidable for Fisher.

*Miami left tackle Jason Fox is expected to play in the Champs Sports Bowl after missing the season finale with an undisclosed illness.

*Virginia Tech expects to sell out its allotment of tickets for the Chick-fil-A Bowl by early next week.

*NC State coach Tom O'Brien sounds optimistic his star quarterback will return in 2010.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

SPEAKING OF SOCCER. The Lady Tar Heels soccer team won the college cup again this time defeating Stanford. We’ve lost count how many national championships they have now won but it’s up to something like 482…

Here, The Tar Heels pose with the championship trophy. The win was UNCs third in the past four years.

(Actually, it was there 21st which is pretty damn amazing!)

(Photo by Bob Levey - AP)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

GOLDEN ARMS. NFL Hall-of-Famer Bart Starr, left, shakes hands with Texas football quarterback Colt McCoy after McCoy received the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, in Baltimore.

Friday, December 11, 2009

TIGER NOW LINKED TO WHITE HOUSE PARTY CRASHER

"Sometimes" reliable sources…OK, OK…"occasionally" reliable sources close to TodaysACCHeadlines.com tell us that another Tiger Woods mistress is about to go public.

Famous/infamous White House party crasher and former Miss USA…Oh…there’s no record that she was ever Miss USA?

Well now, let’s try that again.

Famous/infamous White House party crasher and former supermodel…Oh…no one remembers her being a supermodel?

Hmmm…let’s start over.

Famous/infamous White House party crasher and cast member of the upcoming Bravo television series The Real Housewives of Washington, D.C….Oh…she isn’t officially a cast member?

Famous/infamous White House party crasher and philanthropist who annually raises $250,000 for charity through her polo event….Oh…according to the Washington Post the event only donated $15,000?

How about, famous/infamous White House party crasher and former Washington Redskins’ cheerleader…Oh…she wasn’t a cheerleader according to the Redskins?

Jeez. One more time.

Former retail employee and social wanna-be…

Oh, never mind. Now it’s not any fun.

*Items in italics may not be true.

CARTOON OF THE DAY

With kudos to Orange Rob "Fluff" Corrie for the toon, and our main man George Latham Tom Slick Choo-Choo Payne for hipping us to this cool link – a parody of the Tiger Woods FACEBOOK page via SLATE.

HOLIDAY GREETINGS: LET YOUR INNER TURTLE GLOW

You know, some of this stuff we just can’t make up.

Enter “Let Your Inner Turtle Glow.”

We got hip to this gem via Dan Steinberg’s D.C. Sports Blog. He noted:

"If you'd like to have a song about the glowing of your inner turtle stuck in your head for the rest of the day, please to go to the Happy Holidays '09 video from the University of Maryland, featuring guest appearances from Maury Povich, Connie Chung, Greivis Vasquez, Scott Van Pelt, Gary Williams, Johnny Holliday, Testudo, Stephon Heyer, and a lot of people I don't recognize. No Friedgen that I could see."

We saw basketball star from the Lefty era Tom McMillen. Who will you recognize?

Get your Terp groove on by clicking here.

THURSDAY LINKS

Via ESPN:
*It's not like Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson and Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz have a lot of history, but they do respect what they know of each other.
*At the top of Clemson's list heading into its bowl game is repairing its run defense.

*It didn't take long for Virginia coach Mike London to lure a quarterback to Charlottesville. Then again, it didn't take long for Virginia to hire London.

*There's a lot of star power involved in the Gator Bowl this year, and it could push the attendance to a record number. It will be interesting to see how the players respond to the staff changes that have already taken place.

*The thought of Frank Beamer making his way into a Lil Wayne song has to make you laugh. Lane Kiffin? No big surprise there to the Hokies.

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY/YEAR

SI'S PICTURES OF THE YEAR. Each year T.A.H. publishes SI's Pictures of the Year. Usually, we do it all at once, but this year we thought we'd parcel them out during the holidays a few at a time.

Enjoy.

Michigan's Jon Conover hurdles an Indiana lineman and nearly blocks a punt by Chris Hagerup during the teams' Big Ten opener in Ann Arbor on Sept. 26. The Wolverines prevailed 36-33 to get off to a 4-0 start.

"I was running from end zone to end zone following the football but decided to stop for a shot of this punt, since both teams had come close to blocking a number of kicks. At first glance I didn't think much of the shot, since the punt wasn't blocked. Then I took a second look." -- Photographer Eric Bronson/ICON SMI

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

SI #2. With a tight grip on Hines Ward's chin and shoulder, Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan wrestled the Steelers wide receiver to the ground during the two teams' season opener in Pittsburgh on Sept. 10.

"A play like this occurs a few times a game. This is where the true brutality of football is revealed: grotesquely bent ankles and knees, wrenched necks. It's amazing these players get up off the ground as often as they do." -- Photographer Al Tielemans/SI

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

SI #3. Yankees rightfielder Nick Swisher took a tumble after colliding with Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz and scoring in the fifth inning of Game 3 of the World Series, in Philadelphia on Oct. 31. New York went on to win the game 8-5 and take a 2-1 Series lead on the way to its 27th major league championship.

"I was sitting on the first base side, concentrating on the plate, hoping for action. When I saw Swisher rounding third base I knew a play at home was going to happen. When he collided with the catcher I captured the moment by not giving up on shooting. I followed the whole sequence." -- Photographer John Iacono/SI

Thursday, December 10, 2009

HUMP DAY NIGHT HOOPS

VIRGINIA TECH 98, VMI 73

Dorenzo Hudson scored 19 of his career-high 24 points, Jeff Allen added 24 points and Virginia Tech tied a school record with 15 blocked shots, as the Hokies downed VMI 98-73 in a non-conference game at Cassell Coliseum on Wednesday night.

The win was the Hokies' fourth straight, as they moved to 7-1 overall on the season VMI fell to 4-4.

Tech, which led by seven at halftime, opened the second half with a 10-0 run that ended up becoming a 17-6 run. Allen - who came off the bench for the third straight game - scored eight during that run for the Hokies and scored 18 of his 24 in the second half.

To read more, click here.

Harvard 74, BOSTON COLLEGE 67

Junior Joe Trapani scored 21 points and classmate Corey Raji tallied 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead Boston College in a 74-67 loss to Harvard before 4,136 fans in Conte Forum. It was the second straight year the Crimson (coached by former Duke player Tommy Amaker) knocked off the Eagles.

Sophomore Reggie Jackson (13 points) and junior Biko Paris (11 points) rounded out BC's list of double-figure scorers. Harvard (7-2) was led by senior Jeremy Lin, who totaled a game-high 25 points.

The visiting Crimson led by as many as seven points (11-4) in the early going and maintained a five-point edge before BC ran off 14 straight points to gain a 24-15 lead with 5:24 to play in the first half.

To read more, click here..

HUMP DAY LINKS

Links from ESPN.com and Heather Dinich's ACC Blog.

*Sleep or celebrate? Georgia Tech opted for the rest, and it'll get plenty before the bowl game.

*Miami linebacker Darryl Sharpton has his sights set on the NFL.

*Virginia Tech linebacker Cody Grimm has been named the best FBS player in the state.

*The first task Virginia coach Mike London faces is recruiting.

*As a former high school band member (ahem), it is disappointing to read that Boston College will not be bringing the Screaming Eagles to the Emerald Bowl. To that I say scream, Eagles, scream.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I think it was more disappointment than anything else. Ann [Bowden's wife] and I have talked about it a lot – it was more disappointing than anything else. But everything has to come to an end."

-- FSU head coach Bobby Bowden on his departure.

To read the entire story in the Orlando Sentinel, click here.

GATOR BOWL ADDS EXTRA SEATS FOR BOWDEN FINALE

Two days after the bowl announced a sellout for its Jan. 1 game between Florida State and West Virginia, organizers decided to add temporary bleachers -- much like the city does for the annual Florida-Georgia game at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium.

The bleachers will provide an extra 6,000 seats, with the tickets getting split evenly between the schools.

The extra seats will increase stadium capacity to 83,500. The Gator Bowl sold every ticket to the game in less than two hours Sunday.

Bowden announced last week that the bowl game would be his last. The Gator Bowl passed up Clemson, Miami and Boston College to select the Seminoles and give Bowden an alluring matchup in his finale.

Bowden coached the Mountaineers from 1970 to 1975 going 42-26 and winning a Peach Bowl over N.C. State 13-10.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

BABY DRIVER. Being pregnant hasn’t stopped Minea Blomqvist of Finland from playing in the $1 million Dubai Ladies Masters golf tournament at the Emirates Golf Club on December 10, 2009 in Dubai. Blomqvist was tied for 5th after going -3 in the opening round.

She is expecting her first child in April.


(Photo by Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

ABLE TO LEAP SMALL BUILDINGS IN A SINGLE BOUND? Kuan Mei-Lien of Taiwan competes in the women's pole vault finals during the athletics competition at the 2009 East Asian Games in Hong Kong on December 10, 2009. The East Asian Games, which feature 3,000 athletes competing in 22 sports, takes place in the southern Chinese territory December 5-13.

(Photo by Antony Dickson/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

SOMETHING’S MISSING. Oh, yeah it’s Tiger. Haven’t seen too many of his commercials since (as they said on SNL last weekend) his car hit a tree and a bunch of women fell out.

Gatorade has dropped Woods noting the decision was made “months ago,” and only just announced. Nice timing (read that: bald-faced marketing lie).


To read more on the lack of El Tigre on the air waves, click here.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

ALLEGATIONS SURFACE ABOUT MICHELLE WIE IN WAKE OF TIGER WOODS SCANDAL

To the great shock of the general public and the media (millions of people), as well as officials, players and fans of the LPGA (not nearly as many), allegations have surfaced about one-time golf phenom Michelle Wie.

Wie, who’s youthful golf skills had her once being compared to superstar Tiger Woods, is now being hounded by tabloid reporters after rumors surfaced that the very private Wei was not married with two children and had not had up to ten extra-marital affairs.

The Wie camp was quick to confirm that the young pro golfer (20) who was born in Hawaii is not married to the former man servant Englishman Langford Collingsworthston. The younger Collingsworthston is the twin of Bufordsford Collingsworthston and the son of Henry The VIII Collingsworthston, a well known English politician with chronic stomach problems.


Collingsworthston, know to his friends as "Yes Wei Can," was once employed in the household of PGA golfer Phil Mickelson.

Wie also denied that the couple, which she claims is not only not married but also have never actually met, do not have two children as confirmed by the London Daily Mail Post Express (New York division).

In a prepared statement sent exclusively to T.A.H., Wie also confirmed that she had never had sex with porn star Ron Jeremy or any of the MTV hosts, bartenders, Las Vegas marketing executives, 911 survivors, Trekkies or zoo keepers she has not been linked to in the press.

Wei, who scored her first (golf) win in Mexico last month, has been under intense media scrutiny ever since. She is currently playing in the Dubai Ladies Masters at the Majilis Course of the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai.


*Items in italics may not be true.

CASH CAB SHOUT OUT TO VIRGINIA TECH

Two young women get in a New York cab…the light’s start flashing. It’s Discovery’s cash cab reality TV show.

These two gals appear to be residents as their destination is a grocery store. In addition, they are no dummies, and they are undefeated and up to $450 when they hit their first red light.

So they get a $200 Red Light Challenge. The question is name 8 of the 10 top colleges recently named in a survey. The girls rattle off the first two and eventually with time running out, they have seven of the eight they need to score the coin – Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Brown, Stanford and UCLA.

Now they are struggling – Cornell and M.I.T. get repeated mentions, as does a relatively obscure San Francisco State. Cal Tech gets called out, when one of the cab riders says…

VIRGINIA TECH!

Well, no…

As time runs out, they get the final answer they need to pick up another $200 – NYU.

But hey, the Hokies get some love.

To say the least when it comes to national news, the Hokies have been a bit unlucky of late.

Other than a clean and quality football program and softball and soccer teams that recently upset major powerhouses (U.S. Olympic team and then #1 UNC women), a fair amount of headline news coming from VT the last few years has been downright tragic. However, good or bad, the headlines have increased the school’s nationwide name recognition.

Evidently, just like P.T. Barnum used to say “any publicity is good publicity.”


MISCELANOUS INFO DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY TO CLUTTER UP WHAT IS LEFT OF YOUR BRAIN

MEN’S BASKETBALL

*Four ACC teams - Duke (8), North Carolina (10), Georgia Tech (21) and Clemson (24) - are listed in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ poll ... three ACC teams - Duke (8), North Carolina (11) and Georgia Tech (24) - ranked in this week’s AP poll.

*Clemson’s Trevor Booker leads all active ACC players in career rebounds (870), blocked shots (212) and double-doubles (24) while Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez is 22nd on the ACC career assists chart with 611 and Georgia Tech’s Gani Lawal is one point shy of 800 for his career.

*Duke’s Kyle Singler is three points shy of 1,200 for his career and has made at least one 3-point field goal in 23 consecutive games while Oliver Purnell has 124 wins in seven years at Clemson and is two wins shy of tying Wake Forest’s Skip Prosser for 22nd place on the ACC career win list.

*Duke’s Jon "Crazy Face" Scheyer is eighth among ACC career free throw percentage leaders (.858) and leads the ACC in assists-to-turnover ratio (8.4:1).

*Maryland’s Jordan Williams leads all ACC freshmen in rebounds per game (8.6) while Georgia Tech’s Derrick Favors leads all ACC freshmen in scoring (13.4).

TUESDAY LINKS

By Heather Dinich/ESPN

*Georgia Tech's talented juniors are still considering their options with the NFL -- stay or go?

*It's not often that Duke finds a player from the junior college ranks, but a tight end from California is heading to Durham.

*In less than 24 hours, the Gator Bowl was sold out. It took a record two hours to do it.

*Miami players aren't thrilled about the fact they got passed over for the Gator Bowl.

*Virginia announced Mike London as its new head coach on Monday, and the decision was so easy there "wasn't a lot of interviewing that had to be done."

*Hold off, though, on declaring London the Answer, writes Bob Molinaro.

*C.J. Spiller's Heisman hopes have come to an end.

*NC State's football players are doing their good deeds this Christmas, and it looks like they're having some fun in the process.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

WHAT HE SAID: “I certainly wanted to make it to New York for the Heisman presentation. It would have been great for this football program and Clemson University in general. But, I have done the best I could in every game. I have no regrets. I want to especially thank the Clemson fans for their support…(and) I want to thank all my teammates, especially the offensive line.”

– C.J. Spiller in a prepared statement after he was informed he was not a Heisman Trophy finalist.

WHAT HE SHOULD HAVE SAID: “Bull****!”

PICTURE OF THE DAY

TIGER’S XMAS GIFT? A crocodile lies in wait by the 13th green during practice before the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club on December 9, 2008 in Malelane, South Africa.

(Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

WAVE TRAFFIC. Six surfers drop into a wave during pre-contest surfing at the Eddie Aikau Big-Wave Invitational on December 8, 2009 in Waimea, Hawaii.

The rare contest, which attracts big wave surfers from around the world, is held in memory of Hawaiian surf and lifeguard legend Eddie Aikau only when the waves are over 40 feet.

(Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images North America)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

MAJOR MUD PUDDLE. More than 750 competitors took part in the first Mud Run race at Glenworth Valley in Australia on Dec. 5.

(Photo by Robert Gray/Getty Images)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

IT'S NICE THAT SOMEBODY FINALLY ASKED...

We were flattered when the folks at Gobbler Country ("an unofficial Virginia Tech Hokies blog with a bullhorn, a bottle of whiskey and a dream") tabbed T.A.H. "the ACC blog of record," and flattered yet again when they asked us to participate in their Players/Coach of the Year poll for year-end awards.

This is something the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) fails to do. This is probably because T.A.H. isn't a member of the ACSMA. Maybe someday we will look into joining...


For the complete results, click here.

SUCKS TO BE TIGER

There are a lot of places you don’t want to spend Christmas and other than Afghanistan or Iraq, Tiger’s house has to be at the top of the list. Just after what was a really crappy day yesterday for the world’s greatest golfer, reports say a woman was taken to the hospital from Woods’ home early Tuesday, according to WESH-TV in Orange County, Fla., and the Orlando Sentinel.

According to WESH-TV, the log showed the patient initially refused transport but was later listed as an advanced-life-support patient. WESH-TV showed footage of a woman being taken on a stretcher into the hospital. Advanced life support is a term used by paramedics or EMTs for resuscitation efforts that extend beyond basic CPR.

The news comes a day after reports that a Florida trooper who suspected Woods was driving under the influence sought a subpoena for the golfer's blood results from the hospital he was taken to after crashing his SUV, but prosecutors rejected the petition for insufficient information.

It also comes a day after reports that Woods' wife, Elin Nordegren, had moved out of the house (and, according to the New York Post, purchased a mansion in Sweden. Tiger’s mother-in-law (pictured with a Tiger cub) had flown in over the weekend as well and some rumors suggest that she may have been the injured/ill woman transported to the hospital.

Woods' attorney, Mark NeJame, didn't return a phone call for comment.

(Shocking!)
*Items in italics may not be true.

MONDAY NIGHT HOOPS

Auburn 68, VIRGINIA 67

Brendan Knox's tip-in with 1.4 seconds left lifted Auburn to a 68-67 victory over Virginia on Monday night.

Sammy Zeglinski hit three free throws to give the Cavaliers the lead with 7.7 seconds left. Then DeWayne Reed drove the length of the court and missed a layup, but Knox was there to give the Tigers (5-4) the win.

Virginia (4-4) didn't get a shot off before the buzzer.

For more detailed coverage, click here.

ACC BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Boston College’s Corey Raji has been named ACC Player of the Week, while Wake Forest’s C.J. Harris and Georgia Tech’s Mfon Udofia tied for ACC Rookie of the Week honors.

Raji averaged 20.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and shot 63 percent (17-of-27) from the field as the Eagles posted a 62-58 win over Michigan last Wednesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge and a 61-60 ACC victory over visiting Miami Sunday.

Harris, a 6-2, 175-pound guard, averaged 16.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in two games against ranked opponents last week and extended his double-digit scoring streak to five games. In the Deacon’s 69-58 loss at No. 4 Purdue Tuesday, the Winston-Salem, N.C., freshman had 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting in 31 minutes of action off the bench. In Saturday’s 77-75 win at No. 17 Gonzaga, Harris scored 19 points and had four rebounds in his first career start.

Udofia, a 6-2, 187-pound guard, averaged 18.5 points and shot .591 percent from the floor in wins over Siena and Southern California last week. In Wednesday’s 74-61 win over Siena, the Stone Mountain, Ga., freshman scored a game-high 26 points, hitting 9-of-16 shots from the floor, and pulled down seven rebounds. Three nights later, Udofia had 11 points, four assists and no turnovers in Tech’s 79-53 win over USC.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

NOT ANOTHER ONE? Tiger Woods’ lawyer Mark NeJame grimaces when informed by the New York Post that yet another woman has come forward claiming to have slept with golfer Tiger Woods.

Just kidding…

It’s really Sevilla's soccer coach Manuel Jimenez during a press conference in Sevilla on December 8, 2009, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League football match against Glasgow Rangers.

(Photo by Cristina Quicler/AFP/Getty Images)

Monday, December 7, 2009

DUKE'S DAWKINS LOSES SISTER IN CAR CRASH

Duke freshman guard Andre Dawkins has left the team to be with his family in Virginia after his sister’s death in a weekend car wreck.

The West Virginia State Police says 21-year-old Lacey Dawkins of Columbus, Ohio, died Saturday morning. She was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a three-vehicle accident on Interstate 77 in Pax, W.Va., while driving to the Duke-St. John’s game in Durham Saturday afternoon.

In a news release Monday, Duke said Dawkins’ biological mother, Tamara Hill, also was in the vehicle. West Virginia authorities had no information on her condition.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski says in a statement the eighth-ranked Blue Devils’ prayers are with Dawkins and his family.

Duke’s next game is Dec. 15 against Gardner-Webb.

SUNDAY NIGHT HOOPS - ACC OPENER

BOSTON COLLEGE 61, MIAMI 60

Sophomore Reggie Jackson tallied 18 points and nine rebounds and junior Corey Raji totaled 17 points and nine rebounds to lead Boston College to a 61-60 Atlantic Coast Conference win over Miami before 5,063 fans in Conte Forum.

Jackson scored the Eagles' last four points to snap a 57-57 tie and give the home team the victory. The sophomore scored off an offensive rebound with 1:47 to play and then, after Miami missed on three-point attempts on its next two possessions, Jackson sank two free throws with 2.3 seconds left to give BC a four-point cushion.

Miami's Malcolm Grant hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to account for the final score.

VIRGINIA TECH 74Italic, Georgia 62

FLORIDA STATE 82, FItaliclorida International 62

CLEMSON 72, South Carolina 61

No. 3 Villanova 95, MARYLAND 86

For detailed coverage of the games, click here.

LET'S GO BOWLING

Sunday, the ACC announced the post season bowl pairings for its seven NCAA bowl-eligible teams. The ACC’s seven bowl-bound teams gives the conference 41 teams which have participated post-season bowl games over the past five years, which is second only the SEC, which has had 42.

The Pairings:

FedEx Orange Bowl, Jan. 5, 8 p.m., FOX - #9 GEORGIA TECH (11-2) vs. #10 Iowa (10-2) Italic

Chick-fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31, 7:30 pm ESPN - #12 VIRGINIA TECH (9-3) vs. Tennessee (7-5)

Konica Minolta Gator Bowl, Jan. 1, 1 p.m., CBS - FLORIDA STATE (6-6) vs. #18 West Virginia (9-3)

Champs Sports Bowl, Dec. 29, 8 pm, ESPN - #14 MIAMI (9-3) vs. #24 Wisconsin (9-3)

Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl, Dec. 27, 8:15 pm - CLEMSON (8-5) vs. Kentucky (7-5)

Meineke Car Care Bowl, Dec. 26, 4:30 pm - NORTH CAROLINA (8-4) vs. #17 Pittsburgh (9-3)

Emerald Bowl, Dec. 26, 8:30 pm - BOSTON COLLEGE (8-4) vs. Southern California (8-4)

WAHOOS HIRE NEW COACH

Mike London, the head football coach at the University of Richmond for the last two years, is the new head football coach at the University of Virginia, UVa Athletics Director Craig Littlepage announced today.

London will be returning to head up a Cavalier program where he twice previously served stints as an assistant coach. He becomes the 39th coach in the program¹s history.

"Coach London's experience as a championship head coach, combined with a variety of college and pro assistant coaching assignments position him for success at the University of Virginia," Littlepage said. "He understands how to develop and implement a program that prioritizes the academic achievement of his players and winning at the highest levels of college football. Mike London is a coach around whom we can all rally as he goes about the task of building a successful football program at Virginia."

In two seasons at Richmond, London led the Spiders to a 24-5 record. His first year at the helm his team went 13-3 and won the Football Championship Series national title. This year's Spider team, ranked nine consecutive weeks at No. 1 in the FCS polls, went 11-2 and reached the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs. His teams were 13-4 in the Colonial Athletic Conference during the 2008 and 2009 campaigns.


To read the Washington Post's profile of London, click here.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

JACKETS WIN DR. PEPPER BOWL

Georgia Tech's swift turnaround under Paul Johnson now includes its first Atlantic Coast Conference title in more than a decade.

Jonathan Dwyer's 15-yard touchdown run with 1:20 remaining gave the 12th-ranked Yellow Jackets a 39-34 victory over No. 25 Clemson in Saturday night's ACC championship game.

Josh Nesbitt threw a 70-yard TD pass to DeMaryius Thomas and Scott Blair kicked a title game-record four field goals to help the Yellow Jackets (11-2) win the crown - Tech's first since sharing it with Florida State in 1998 - in their second season under Johnson.
ACC player of the year C.J. Spiller rushed for 233 yards and four touchdowns for Clemson (8-5), which has lost two straight following a six-game winning streak that revived its season after a slow start.

Baker, the star of Georgia Tech's three-point victory over Clemson during the regular season, kicked field goals of 48, 49, 28 and 40 yards. Dwyer ran for two TDs and Nesbitt ran for one for the Yellow Jackets, who rushed for 333 yards.

To read more, click here.

SATURDAY HOOPS

WAKE FOREST 77, No. 17 Gonzaga 75 – more.

NO. 6 DUKE 80, St. John’s 71 – more.
N.C. STATE 77, Marquette 73 – more.

GEORGIA TECH 79, USC 53 – more.

No. 5 Kentucky 68, NO. 10 NORTH CAROLINA 66more.

PICTURES OF THE DAY

BCS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME ALL SET. After another tumultus season of college football, two powerhouse programs - Alabama and Texas - have found their way to the BCS Championship game.

Texas squeaked by Nebraska and the Tide rolled Florida.




(Photo by Ronald Martinez and Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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