Saturday, September 25, 2010

Week 4 Game Scores

VIRGINIA TECH 19, BOSTON COLLEGE 0

N.C. STATE 45, GEORGIA TECH 28

MARYLAND 42, FIU 28

VIRGINIA 48, VMI 7

Army 35, DUKE 21

FLORIDA STATE 31, WAKE FOREST 0

NORTH CAROLINA 17, Rutgers 10

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Friday, September 24, 2010

ACC Football Saturday

Saturday, Sept 25th

VIRGINIA TECH (-3) @ BOSTON COLLEGE, Chestnut Hill, Mass.,12:00 PM. TV: ACC Network (XM 193/242 SIRIUS 213/218)

N.C. STATE @ GEORGIA TECH (-8), Atlanta, Ga.,12:00 PM, TV: ESPN (XM 143/SIRIUS 122)

FIU (Golden Panthers, 40,455 students, Miami, FL) @ MARYLAND (-12), College Park, Md., 12:00 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 190/SIRIUS 212)

VMI (Keydets, 1,378 students, Lexington, VA) @ VIRGINIA (-40.5), Charlottesville, Va., 1:30 PM, TV: You’re kidding, right? OK, ESPN3.com (XM 191/SIRIUS 213)

Army (Golden Knights, 4,487 students, West Point, NY) @ DUKE (-6.5), Durham, N.C., 3:00 PM, TV: ESPN3.com (XM 192/SIRIUS 215)

WAKE FOREST @ FLORIDA STATE (-20), Tallahassee, Fla, 3:30 PM, TV: ABC (XM 193/SIRIUS 212)

NORTH CAROLINA (-2.5) @ Rutgers (Scarlet Knights, 52,347 students, Piscataway, NJ), Piscataway, N.J., 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 191/SIRIUS 214)

(Editor's Note: Point spreads for recreational purposes only.)

UNC Tutor Not Cooperating With Investigators

The former tutor linked to North Carolina's investigation of possible academic misconduct in the football program has declined to cooperate with the probe according to UNC athletic director Dick Baddour.

"We've reached out to her a number of times," Baddour said in a telephone interview with the Raleigh News & Observer. "We've indicated to her that we would like to talk to her about this investigation, and her preference is not to do that."

Baddour said her lack of cooperation hasn't impeded the investigation.

Earlier, UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp told the University Board of Trustees that the tutor's contract was not renewed in summer 2009 because "there was too much of a friendship between her and the players."

The News & Observer states that Jennifer L. Wiley of Chapel Hill is the tutor being looked at for her possible role in the academic probe that has led to the suspension of players from football games. She's a 22-year-old elementary school teacher in Durham. Wile is a 2009 graduate.

The investigation is ongoing.

In addition, North Carolina coach Butch Davis said Thursday his program needs to do more to monitor what players are doing and who they’re associating with following an NCAA investigation into improper benefits and academic misconduct.


“After looking back at it, certainly I’m going to take the responsibility that if there are ways I can help make sure these things don’t ever happen again, we’re clearly going to (do that) in all the areas,” Davis said before an afternoon practice.

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Miami Continues Domination of Old Rival Pitt

Jacory Harris led quick touchdown drives to start each half and No. 19 Miami dominated Pittsburgh much like it did when the schools were Big East Conference rivals, winning 31-3 on Thursday night.

Harris had two more floater-type interceptions like the four he threw in a 36-24 loss to No. 2 Ohio State two weeks ago, but shook them off to throw for two scores and 248 yards while going 21 of 32. Damien Berry did the rest by running for 87 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries in an offense that outgained Pitt's 348-232.

The Hurricanes (2-1), faster, deeper and more athletic than the Panthers (1-2), never gave Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri any time to throw in his third college start, and he was pulled in the fourth quarter after completing 8 of 15 passes for 61 yards.

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ACC Lunchtime Links

From ESPN on Thursday:

Georgia Tech has allowed a 100-yard rusher in six straight games. The Jackets would like that to stop this weekend against NC State.

Virginia kicker Robert Randolph's job hasn't exactly been a snap so far this year.
There are a few Terps who do their best to keep their teammates loose.
With Thomas Claiborne injured, Mark Spinney's dream will come true when he starts at right guard.
Clemson running back Andre Ellington (above left) might not be the home run threat C.J. Spiller was, but he's off to a better start in yards per carry.
There are no guarantees for NC State, but history says a 3-0 start bodes well for finishing with a winning record.
Has Kendric Burney been punished unfairly?
FSU backup quarterback E.J. Manuel has been getting some significant reps this week while starter Christian Ponder rests his bruised triceps.
Virginia Tech's offensive linemen responded against ECU.

Pcitures of the Day

EVIDENTLY, IT’S HOCKEY SEASON.  Already, everybody looks bored. Los Angeles Kings head coach Terry Murray stands behind the bench in the third period against the Phoenix Coyotes at Staples Center on September 23, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Coyotes defeated the Kings 3-1. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
NO PUNCHES THROWN. The Pittsburgh mascot, the Pitt Panther, holds a sign inteded for the Miami mascot before an NCAA college football game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010.
FASHION QUESTION. Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie of Scotland ponders the answer to a question (Could you cram a few more logos on that shirt?) during the press conference prior to the pro-am for the Vivendi cup at Golf de Joyenval on September 22, 2010 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images Europe)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Three Yards And A Cloud Of Dust - Mighty Might Style

(Future) multi-sports star Toly Hansbrough is hard at work with the American Youth Football Fauquier Eagles (Mighty Might division).  Unlike his former FYF Colts who ran through two straight seasons undefeated, the Eagles are facing much stiffer competition in a regional league for 8- and 9-year-olds.  The Eagles are 1-2, but college scouts continue to promise to attend awaiting the moment the (future) multi-sport star at UNC hits his stride...

We're still waiting.

He is not pictured here.

(Photo by T.A.H. Worldwide Media)

Picture of the Day

MONEY SHOT.  The now-suspended Ohio mascot lands a haymaker to the snoz of Brutus the Buckeye. (Photo: Aaron Josefczyk/Icon SMI)

NCAA Suspends Two Tar Heels

According to the Associated Press, the suits in Kansas have suspended North Carolina defensive back Kendric Burney for six games and safety Deunta Williams (left) for four games for receiving improper benefits.

Both players must also repay benefits to become eligible, though the school plans to appeal the length of the suspensions.

In a news release, the NCAA said Burney received $1,333 in benefits while Williams received $1,426 in benefits. The school said Burney must repay $575.19 and Williams must repay $450.67 to charities of their choice.

Both players have sat out the first two games for the winless Tar Heels (0-2), which count toward their suspensions. The status of 10 other players remains in question as North Carolina prepares to travel to Rutgers. Among those players are NFL prospects Marvin Austin - who has been suspended indefinitely for breaking team rules - and Robert Quinn on defense, top receiver Greg Little and tailback Ryan Houston.

Both Burney and Williams were among six underclassmen who decided to return for their senior seasons instead of entering the NFL draft.

Athletic director Dick Baddour called the length of the suspensions "unduly harsh" and hopes to have an appeal heard by next week.

In a news release, the school said the benefits included trips to California, Atlanta and Las Vegas for Burney, and two trips to California for Williams. Most of the benefits associated with Burney came from someone who the NCAA said qualifies as an agent, while most of Williams' benefits were violations of a rule preventing athletes from receiving "preferential treatment."

A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that the person who qualified as an agent in Burney's case is Chris Hawkins. The former North Carolina and Marshall defensive back paid $1,000 for the jersey of Georgia receiver A.J. Green in a transaction that led to Green's recent four-game suspension. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the NCAA probe is ongoing.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

N.C. State, FSU Sweep ACC Player of the Week Honors

Not really, but perhaps they should have?

The only two programs that seem to be able to get their hands up to defend themselves early in the 2010-11 season make up half of this week’s team.

OFFENSIVE BACK - Russell Wilson, NC State, QB, r-Jr., 5-11, 201, Richmond, Va. (Collegiate) Wilson completed 26 of 40 passes against Cincinnati for 333 yards and three touchdowns. Seventeen of his completions resulted in first downs. He completed passes to 11 different receivers and did not throw an interception. It marked the sixth time in his career that Wilson has thrown for 300 yards or more, and the ninth time he has had three or more touchdown passes.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Rodney Hudson, Florida State, OG, Sr., 6-2, 282, Mobile, Ala. (B.C. Rain) Hudson played extremely well at the point of attack, posting a season-high grade of 94 percent from demanding line coach Rick Trickett as the Seminoles piled up 427 yards in total offense, including 278 on the ground. The 2009 ACC Jacobs Awards winning left guard out of Mobile, Ala., matched a career high with 10 knockdown blocks in a virtually perfect performance. Hudson did not have a missed assignment and was penalty-free on the day against BYU's huge defensive front.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Izaan Cross, Georgia Tech, DE, So., 6-4, 292, Flowery Branch, Ga. (Flowery Branch) Cross, who was instrumental in stopping North Carolina's potential game-winning drive in the fourth quarter, had five tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss, a forced fumble and a pass break-up against the Tar Heels. Cross' sack of Yates on fourth down late in the fourth quarter was a key play for the Tech defense that blanked UNC in the final quarter.

DEFENSIVE BACK - Rashad Carmichael, Virginia Tech, CB, r-Sr., 5-11, 186, Clinton, Md. (Gwynn Park) Carmichael overcame a rocky start to help shut down the East Carolina offense in the second half, as the Hokies allowed just 83 yards after intermission. He stretched the lead in the fourth quarter with a 68-yard interception return for a touchdown and then intercepted his second pass of the game on the next drive.

SPECIALIST - Scott Blair, Georgia Tech, K, Sr., 6-0, 172, Calhoun, Ga. (Calhoun) Blair provided the winning margin with two fourth-quarter field goals and scored 12 points on the day to lead Georgia Tech past North Carolina on Saturday. Blair was 3-of-3 on PATs and 3-of-3 on field goal attempts, booting kicks of 22, 46 and 36 yards. Blair passed Calvin Johnson on Tech's all-time career scoring list and now ranks fourth all-time in scoring among Tech kickers.

ROOKIE - Mustafa Greene, NC State, RB, Fr., 6-0, 201, Irmo, S.C. (Irmo) Greene was NC State's leading rusher and receiver in the victory over Cincinnati. Greene carried the ball 16 times for 84 yards and a touchdown, and caught five passes for 54 yards. Greene became the first Wolfpack freshman running back since Joe McIntosh in 1981 to rush for a touchdown in each of his first three games.

Hokies Thompson Injures Knee, Out For Season

Virginia Tech forward J.T. Thompson will miss this season after tearing the ACL in his left knee during a pickup basketball game.

The school says the senior injured his knee Monday and will have surgery next week. The procedure will be performed Tuesday by Dr. Marc Seigel, the team’s orthopedic surgeon.

Thompson was the Hokies’ fourth-leading scorer with 7.3 points per game last season, when he was typically the first reserve to play. He averaged 4.6 rebounds and played in all 34 games.

He scored a career-high 17 points in an overtime victory against rival Virginia.

Thompson has never redshirted, so he could return for another season in 2011 without having to apply to the NCAA for a medical waiver.

LOL: Lots O' Links

Via ESPN:
Georgia Tech showed some better effort against North Carolina, but there were still enough mistakes for "CPJ" to chew on.

Maryland's depth at quarterback was once a strength. Was.

Clemson saw some positives in its loss to Auburn it can build on.One person who hasn't lost any respect for Virginia Tech is BC coach Frank Spaziani.

If Miami's Vaughn Telemaque is going to be the next Ed Reed, who better to get advice from than, well, Ed Reed?

Many of you have already heard that Miami quarterback Jacory Harris was the target of at least one racially motivated hate message on Twitter.

It took 10 quarters for the Virginia Tech defense to show up.

FSU quarterback Christian Ponder is a little stubborn, but can you blame him? His time is now.

There's no time for Wake Forest to catch its breath: "We're in the fire now," said coach Jim Grobe.

Hey, at least NC State carried the ACC banner against the Big East -- until Maryland dropped it, anyway.

Georgia Tech assistant coach Andy McCollum has the inside scoop on NC State's personnel.

It's the perfect time for a bye week at Clemson after the Tigers' physical game at Auburn.

UNC's loss to Georgia Tech is solely on the shoulders of the players who suited up -- not the 12 who didn't.

At 0-2, the Tar Heels are getting close to desperate for a win.

NC State has a chance to win its first ACC opener under coach Tom O'Brien.

Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams will be out for Saturday's game at BC, according to Kyle Tucker of the Virginian-Pilot, who spoke with David Wilson.

Georgia Tech's defense will try to contain NC State quarterback Russell Wilson. Try.

MASCOT GOES OFF



Bobcats coach Frank Solich summed up it nicely: "Obviously we needed to tackle the guy with the ball, not the mascot."

Then, the pesky mascot revealed his true plan!

"It was actually my whole plan to tackle Brutus when I tried out to be mascot," said Brandon Hanning, formerly known as Ohio University's Rufus Bobcat. "I tried out about a year ago, and the whole reason I tried out was so I could come up here to Ohio State and tackle Brutus."

"I think I planned it pretty well ... and I definitely would have done it again."

Pictures of the Day


SOME STUFF YOU CAN’T MAKE UP. Like, the Wall of Death.  Serbian motorcyclists ride inside of the "Wall of Death" during a public fair in Sabac, 100km west of capital Belgrade, on September 21, 2010. The Wall of Death is a carnival sideshow featuring a drum- or barrel-shaped wooden cylinder, ranging from 20 to 36-feet in diameter, in which stunt motorcyclists ride and carry out tricks.  (Photo by Andrej Isakovic/AFP PHOTO)GETTING THE HEISMAN. Literally. Sam Wolson is a senior at the University of Michigan, the co-managing photo editor of its student newspaper, The Michigan Daily, and he has been a photographer his entire life. Saturday before last, at Notre Dame Stadium, he took this photo and within a matter of hours a student journalist had become the accidental propagandist for an improbable Heisman campaign for Michigan QB Denard Robinson. (Photo by Sam Wolson/Michigan Daily)

NICE SHORTS, FAKE JOHNNY MAC.  Former Australian tennis player Pat Rafter and a John McEnroe impersonator are seen during an announcement at Events NSW on September 21, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. The ATP Champions Tour has added a Sydney tournament to its global calendar and will take place from November 11-14, 2010. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images AsiaPac)BROKE BUSH. Reggie Bush #25 of the New Orleans Saints lies on the ground injured against the San Francisco 49ers during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on September 20, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Bush broke his fibula and may miss up to six weeks. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images North America)
THAT’S WRONG.  Arizona fans want to know what Iowa’s fans are doing so far from home during last Satuday’s game in Tempe, AZ.  (Photo by Robert Beck/SI)

BLAST FROM THE PAST. Michael Vick burst onto the scene in 1999, when he scored three rushing touchdowns in his first quarter of college football. He would go onto redefine the role of quarterback as he led the Virginia Tech Hokies to an 11-0 season and an appearance in the national championship game, a 46-29 loss to Florida State.  Vick had a big game last week for the Eagles, but his headed back to the bench according to various reports. (AP Photo)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Week 3: ACC Football

The ACC out-of-conference record reamains a train wreck punctuated by Duke and Wake Forest giving up a combined 130 points.

GEORGIA TECH 30, NORTH CAROLINA 24

West Virginia 31, MARYLAND 17

VIRGINIA TECH 49, East Carolina 27

Alabama 62, DUKE 13

FLORIDA STATE 34, BYU 10

Auburn 27, CLEMSON 24 (OT)

Stanford 68, WAKE FOREST 24

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