Saturday, November 13, 2010

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Friday Night ACC Hoops: Wake Ruins Undefeated Conference Record on Night One


Joe Trapani drives to the basket past St. Francis
forward Matt Milk (33) and guard Travis Nichols (14)





Stetson (Hatters, 3,700 students, DeLand, FL) 89, WAKE FOREST 79

BOSTON COLLEGE 49, St. Francis (NY) (Terriers, 2,500 students, Brooklyn Heights, NY) 49

N.C. STATE 82, Tennessee Tech (Golden Eagles, 8,918 students, Cookesville, TN) 69

VIRGINIA 76, William & Mary (Tribe, 5,805 students, Williamsburg, VA) 52

#8 NORTH CAROLINA 80, Lipscomb (Bisons, 2,518 students, Nashville, TN) 66

MIAMI 89, Jacksonville (Gamecocks, 9,481 students, Jacksonville, AL) 77

GEORGIA TECH 52, Charleston Southern (Bucaneers, 3,000 students, North Charleston, SC) 39

CLEMSON 87, Western Carolina (Catamounts, 7,455 students, Cullowhee, NC) 64

FLORIDA STATE 75, UNF (Ospreys, 16,059 students, Jacksonville, FL) 55

#21 VIRGINIA TECH 70, Campbell (Fighting Camels, 10,471 students, Buies Creek, NC) 60

For full recaps of each game, click here.

*AP Top 25 rankings.

Stat Line of the Night

UNC sophomore John Henson was the bright spot of an uneven Tar Heel debut last night against Lipscomb. Pre-season All-America selection Harrison Barnes put up 14 points, 4 rebounds and two assist, while Henson was stealing the show three blocks shy of a season opening triple double – 10 points, 17 rebounds and 7 blocks.

(Photo by Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)

Pictures of the Day

SOMEBODY NEEDS A HUG.  A big hug. West Virginia coach Bob Huggins yells during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game against Oakland on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, in Morgantown, W.Va. WVU won 95-71.
AWWW, THAT’S SWEET. Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg hugs his daughter, Jackie, a sophomore at Blacksburg High School, after Tech's NCAA college basketball game against Campbell on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, in Roanoke, Va.
SLAM DUNK, BABY! Virginia Tech's Erick Green goes up for a dunk during the first half against Campbell in an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 12, 2010, in Roanoke, Va.
ADD A DAB OF MOTOR OIL. Celebrity chef Mario Batali (R) and Jimmie Johnson (L), driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, attend the Asphalt Chef Charity Bash at Texas Motor Speedway on November 6, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images North America)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Will Vernon Davis' $20 Take Down UNC Football?

Vernon "Big Spender" Davis
According to Cindy Boren of the Washington Post: New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has been accused by the University of North Carolina of providing improper benefits to players.


The benefits include "gifts of cash and jewelry and impermissible assistance with lodging, travel, transportation and entertainment expenses," the school announced. Nicks reportedly gave current players $3,300. Vernon Davis also was named in the report for allegedly providing $20. (Twenty bucks! Hope they didn't spend it all in one place.)

UNC discovered the violations while investigating players' ties to agents.

Friday Night ACC Hoops: Pick On Somebody Your Own Size, Part 1

Stetson (Hatters, 3,700 students, DeLand, FL) @ WAKE FOREST

St. Francis (NY) (Terriers, 2,500 students, Brooklyn Heights, NY) @ BOSTON COLLEGE

Tennessee Tech (Golden Eagles, 8,918 students, Cookesville, TN) @ N.C. STATE

William & Mary (Tribe, 5,805 students, Williamsburg, VA) @ VIRGINIA

Lipscomb (Bisons, 2,518 students, Nashville, TN) @ NORTH CAROLINA

Jacksonville (Gamecocks, 9,481 students, Jacksonville, AL) @ MIAMI

Charleston Southern (Bucaneers, 3,000 students, North Charleston, SC) @ GEORGIA TECH

Western Carolina (Catamounts, 7,455 students, Cullowhee, NC) @ CLEMSON
UNF (Ospreys, 16,059 students, Jacksonville, FL)@ FLORIDA STATE
Campbell (Fighting Camels, 10,471 students, Buies Creek, NC) @ VIRGINIA TECH

Saturday ACC Football

BOSTON COLLEGE (-3.5) @ DUKE, Durham, N.C., 12:00 PM, ESPN3.com (XM 191/SIRIUS 213)

MIAMI (-3) @ GEORGIA TECH, Atlanta, Ga., 12:00 PM, TV: ACC Network (XM 190/SIRIUS 212)

WAKE FOREST @ N.C. STATE (-18.5), Raleigh, N.C., 2:00 PM, ESPN3.com (XM 192/SIRIUS 214)

MARYLAND (-2) @ VIRGINIA, Charlottesville, Va., 3:30 PM, ESPN3.com (XM 191/SIRIUS 213)

VIRGINIA TECH (-3.5) @ NORTH CAROLINA, Chapel Hill, N.C., 3:30 PM, ABC (XM 190/193) (SIRIUS 212)

CLEMSON @ FLORIDA STATE (-7.5), Tallahassee, Fla., 8:00 PM, ABC (XM 190/SIRIUS 212)

*Point spread for recreational purposes only.

Coach Right Guard Celebrates…Sort of

This photo and post are courtesy of Dan Steinberg’s Washington Post “D.C. Sports Bog” – a longtime T.A.H. favorite.

Take it away Dan: This image is taken from right after the Terps won a basketball game. The clock was on 0.0. The game was over. Maryland had triumphed.

I think the look Gary Williams was going for here was "Whewwwwww!"

But I think it came out more like "Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr!"

And it's kind of striking, since all of his players were running around saying "Yayyyyyyyyyy!"

And fans were all like "Zowwwwwwwwww."

While the bloggers at home were going "MVPeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee'."

Either way, the Williams non-reaction to Maryland's heart-stopping win over the College of Charleston is clearly the best part of this highlight.

To see the video, click here.

 It’s classic Gary Williams.

Scary Virginia Tech Stat of the Day

Every week the ACC issues a release with lots of facts and figures about the weeks matchups and all things ACC football. Here are two to contemplate prior to the Hokies visit to Chapel Hill tomorrow to play the Tar Heels.

1) Virginia Tech is 21-2 in November games since joining the ACC in 2004.

And…

2) Virginia Tech is a perfect 10-0 in ACC games played in the state of North Carolina – 2-0 at Wake Forest, 2-0 at NC State, 3-0 at Duke and 3-0 at UNC.

That said, the Tar Heels had NEVER won at Florida State before last week’s win there.

Things That Make You Go…

Hmmm…

New York Jets outspoken head coach Rex Ryan had some fun with the media this week at the expense of his twin brother Rob Ryan, the defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. The Jets and Browns play on Sunday.

"There is a rumor going around that there has been a bounty placed on his head," brother Ryan (Rex), said Wednesday. "Let's be honest: There is a bounty."

The interplay between the twins has been a major focus in the pregame buildup. Rob did a conference call Tuesday morning and Rex opened his conference call with the Cleveland media on Wednesday with news of the bounty.

"I'm a little concerned about guys bouncing off his belly," Rex said.

The twins were born five minutes apart on Dec. 13, 1962, and both have the same brash and outspoken personality.

The bounty -- paying a player for taking out an opposing one – is an inside joke about an incident that happened in 1989. “Allegedly,” the pair's equally outspoken father Buddy Ryan offered his Philadelphia Eagles team a bounty for taking out Dallas kicker Luis Zendejas, who had been cut by the Eagles. Zendejas was given a concussion during a Thanksgiving Day game by Eagles linebacker Jessie Small.

Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson went public with the bounty notion -- and claimed there also was one on quarterback Troy Aikman.

When asked what his twin brother worth?

"Not much," Rex Ryan said. "Five bucks."

To see the video of the press conference, click here.

Quote of the Day: “No stars”

On a recent radio show, Mrs. Dan Snyder, Tanya, had some interesting things to say. Of note, she is one of a legion who believes Vinnie Cerrato belongs under the bus saying, “I think he has better people around him now. I think he finally has gotten to the point where he does have a general manager, he has really good marketing people and I think he's grown and he's evolved and he's very comfortable where he is. And I think he knows he's got the right group of people around. It feels like a new beginning now.”


Of course, she was delicate enough not to say it was all going swimmingly until Coach Kim Jong Il-ahan tossed the starting QB and future Hall of Famer under that very same bus.

That said, here’s today’s winner:

"Dan Snyder will rip a little star off PJs. We have to be very careful with that type of thing. I mean, I even tried to sell him on (stars) with young kids, night night stars [as decorations] and all that. No stars."

ACC Football Links

Via Heather Dinich at ESPN.com.
As James Madison is on the brink of its first losing season since 2002, the Dukes' upset of Virginia Tech becomes even more stunning.
Virginia Tech will present the Tar Heels with several different challenges.
Wake Forest is hurting heading into its game at NC State.
Miami kicker Matt Bosher isn't the guarantee he used to be.
Hokies' running back Ryan Williams is smart enough to know his NFL stock has taken a hit.
Virginia wide receivers coach Shawn Moore is starting to erase the doubts that this was the right job for him.
What you see isn't necessarily what you get with Georgia Tech backup quarterback Tevin Washington.
Miami is collecting more flags than the United Nations. Ha!
N.C. State senior defensive end Michael Lemon won't be alone after all on senior day.
Two FSU recruits have re-opened their recruiting process.
Miami QB Jacory Harris will make the trip to Atlanta.
Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien is eager for some redemption this weekend.
Clemson is looking for its first road win of the season. 

Pictures of the Day

HAIR BALL. Virginia's Ari Dimas (19) races for the ball as Wake Forest's Chris Duvall (18) pursues during the first half of play during the ACC Men's Soccer quarterfinals in Cary Wednesday November 10, 2010. (Photo by Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
LOOK WHO’S COMPLAINING. Johnny Mac! Shocking, we know. John McEnroe of the United States talks to the match umpire during his match against Pat Cash of Australia during day two of the Champions Downunder at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre on November 12, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images for Champions Downunder)
NOT SO MASTERFUL. A spectator is driven away after being hit by the ball of Robert Allenby of Australia during day two of the Australian Masters at The Victoria Golf Club on November 12, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
BIG CAT DOWN UNDER. Tiger Woods of the USA walks up the18th fairway during day two of the Australian Masters at The Victoria Golf Club on November 12, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia.  Woods shot 72 and is nine shots behind the leader. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

ACC Basketball: Terps Still Undefeated (Barely)

MARYLAND 75, College of Charleston (Cougars, 9,886 students, Charleston, SC) 74

Coach Gary “Irish Spring” Williams got his first good sweat of the season going last night when old rival Bobby Cremins came to town. In the end, the Terps prevailed when freshman Pe'Shon Howard hit a short jumper with three seconds left to finally put Maryland in front of the College of Charleston 75-74 on Wednesday night in the 2K Sports Classic.

Maryland (2-0) trailed 68-60 with 8:36 left but held the Cougars (0-1) without a field goal the rest of the way. After Howard hit his shot from the right side, Charleston’s Andrew Goudelock had his 3-point attempt clang off the rim as the buzzer sounded.

Jordan Williams had 26 points and 15 rebounds for the Terrapins, who went 5 for 18 at the foul line. Cliff Tucker scored 14 points and Howard had 14 on 6-for-7 shooting.

To read more, click here.

(Photo courtesy of UMTerps.com)

Quote of the Day

“It would not have been my first choice.”

– Tony Kornheiser on Maryland freshmen De’Shon Howard’s first name. Mr. Tony pronounced it Dee-Shawn.

Things That Make You Go…

Hmmm…

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu shows his certificate from the Guiness Book of World Records in downtown Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. Polamalu's hair will be included next year as the most "Highly Insured Hair.”

Huh?

Evidently, Polamalu, who is in his second year as as a spokesperson for Head and Shoulders shampoo, has insured his hair for $1 million dollars with Lloyd's of London.

Hot on Polamalu’s trail is Maryland linebacker Alex Wujciak who has the locks to go with his game. No other linebacker in Maryland history has scored more touchdowns than Wujciak, an exceptional tackler who also has a shot at setting the school record for yardage on interception returns.

Perhaps, Wujciak can parlay his football talent and curly mane into millions as well.?

ACC Football Links

ACC football links via ESPN's ACC blog.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is in unfamiliar territory this season.
It hasn't been easy being BC utility player Billy Flutie.
Are tendencies good or bad? Sometimes, they can be both.
BC coach Frank Spaziani and right guard Thomas Claiborne are on the same page again.
NC State quarterback Russell Wilson hasn't made his mind up yet about whether he'll return for 2011.
UNC's tailback situation remains uncertain heading into the Virginia Tech game.
Virginia is hoping cornerback Ras-I Dowling can make one final appearance in Scott Stadium.
Miami quarterback Jacory Harris was able to throw the ball around a little bit, but he's still not ready to play.
ACC fans in the Triangle, welcome to ESPN3.
If you're going to get into a discussion about chop blocks with Paul Johnson, you better know the difference between a cut block and a chop block.
Virginia Tech has made a habit out of finishing strong.
FSU's biggest problem? Focus. Regardless, the Seminoles' bowl picture is becoming clearer.
The difference in Georgia Tech's season this year? A little bit of misfortune.
After its 2-10 season last year, the Terps should be happy with whatever bowl they wind up in this year.
BC is slowly making progress, but it's also running out of games.
Clemson's first black football player is still laying foundations.
Can Virginia play the role of spoiler against the Terps this weekend?Miami's recruits are turning heads.
Virginia Tech is banged up heading into Chapel Hill, but it pales in comparison to what the Heels have been through.
Don't count Duke out of the postseason just yet.
Duke's defense has made just enough plays for a two-game winning streak.
FSU is lacking that killer instinct.
(Photos by Josh D. Weiss/US Presswire)

Pictures of the Day

FOG BOWL BOUND. Senior Trevor Cook kicked a 33-yard field goal with no time remaining to lift Miami (Ohio) to a 24-21 victory over upset-minded Bowling Green Wednesday night at Doyt Perry Stadium. With the win, Miami (6-4, 5-1) moves back into a tie with Ohio and Temple atop the MAC East and became bowl eligible for the first time since 2005.  (Photo courtesy of UMRedhawks.com)
TOUCHE(S)(?) Japan's Kenta Chida (R) competes with Russia's Alexey Cheremisinov for the bronze medal during the Fencing World championships men's team foil match Japan vs Russia, on November 11, 2010, at the Grand Palais in Paris. (Photo by Bertrand Landlois/AFP Photo)  
MUST BE THE BAR BELL. If you were wondering how those Victoria Secret models stayed in tip top shape, now you know.  They strap on a glitzy brassiere and commence to toss some steel around.  Who knew?  This photo was taken at the 2010 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.Lexington Armory, New York, NY.  Oddly enough, T.A.H. Worldwide Media executives were not invited.  (Photo by Bauer Griffin)
NICE TRY.  Niklas Hjalmarsson #4 of the Chicago Blackhawks wears a Veterans Day camouflage jersey during warm-ups before a game against the Phoenix Coyotes at the United Center on November 10, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. They had good intentions, but we say back to the drawing board before next year. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

ACC Basketball: Terps Undefeated

MARYLAND 105, Seattle (Redhawks, 7,771 students, Seattle, WA) 76

ACC regular season basketball got underway last night with the promise of early season romps and a distraction from an evenly matched, but somewhat mediocre, football season.

Last night, after a closer-than-expected first half, Maryland pulled away from a gritty Seattle team to win in convincing style, 105-76.

Four Terps finished in double figures, led by junior guard Sean Mosley's 21. Sophomore forward Jordan Williams had a double-double, with 17 points and 15 rebounds. Senior Cliff Tucker poured in 16. And Terrell Stoglin, the first freshman off the bench after starting point guard Adrian Bowie drew two quick fouls, scored 15 points in 18 minutes of work.

To read more, click here.

(Photo by Toni L. Sandys/Washington Post)

ACC Football Players of the Week

T.J. Yates
OFFENSIVE BACK - T.J. Yates, North Carolina, QB, Sr., 6-4, 220, Marietta, Ga. (Pope) Yates was 24-of-35 for a school-record 439 yards and three touchdowns in Carolina's 37-35 win at Florida State. It was his fifth career 300-plus yard game and his second career 400-plus yard game. He became the first player in program history to pass for 400-plus yards twice in a career and the second player all-time in the ACC to have the two performances in the same season against nationally ranked opponents (No. 24 Florida State and No. 21 LSU). He threw touchdown passes of 67, 14 and 4 yards in the Tar Heels' first ever win in Tallahassee.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Cooper Helfet, Duke, TE, Jr., 6-4, 240, Kentfield, Calif. (Redwood & Santa Rosa Junior College) Helfet helped Duke to a 55-48 win over Virginia, catching seven passes for a career-high 122 yards and one touchdown. His scoring reception covered 30 yards. Five of his seven catches produced first downs, and he averaged 17.4 yards per reception. On Duke's game-winning, 91-yard touchdown drive in the final two minutes, Helfet caught two passes for 30 yards and two first downs.

Cooper Helfet
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech, LB, r-So., 6-2, 246, Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Myrtle Beach) Taylor was the top point getter for the Hokies after recording a career-high 14 tackles, including a game-high two sacks, in the win over Georgia Tech. His two sacks resulted in a loss of six yards. He earned 58 points in the coaches' grading system, one of the top totals this year.

DEFENSIVE BACK - DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson, S, Sr., 6-1, 215, Tallahassee, Fla. (Amos P. Godby) McDaniel had three tackles, a quarterback pressure and a crucial interception in Clemson's win over NC State Saturday. His interception was clutch as it came in the end zone when NC State had a first and goal from the Tigers' seven. The pick kept State off the board on that possession in the game that Clemson eventually won, 14-13. It was the 15th INT of McDaniel's career, which ties for second best in school history (17).

Stephen Morris
SPECIALIST - David Wilson, Virginia Tech, TB, So., 5-11, 200, Danville, Va. (George Washington) Wilson was a key player in Virginia Tech's come-from-behind win over Georgia Tech Thursday, scoring a pair of touchdowns. His first was on a 15-yard run in the second quarter, but he gave the Hokies the lead for good with 2:23 remaining in the game when he ignited the crowd with a 90-yard kickoff return for a score, his second of the season. He finished with 129 all-purpose yards.

ROOKIE - Stephen Morris, Miami, QB, Fr., 6-2, 183, Miami, Fla. (Monsignor Pace) Morris, a true freshman making his first career start, completed 18-of-30 passes against Maryland, but none was bigger than the final completion for a 35-yard touchdown to Leonard Hankerson with 37 seconds to play. The touchdown pass gave the `Canes a 26-20 win and capped off an impressive debut for the rookie. Morris threw for 286 yards, a single-game high for any UM quarterback this season, and also rushed for 13 yards.

ACC Football Links

Ryan Houston
By Heather Dinich/ESPN ACC blog
*Only three more regular-season games...plenty of possibilities remain:

*UNC coach Butch Davis must decide between the success of his team and the future of Ryan Houston. To redshirt or not to redshirt?

*A tough call in mid-November.Cancelling a tailgate in November is like canceling Thanksgiving -- Duke celebrates it too, ya know.

*FSU quarterback Christian Ponder is day-to-day after fluid was drained from his elbow.

*Somebody has to win the Atlantic Division, right?

*Virginia defensive coordinator Jim Reid will be on the sideline this weekend to "look into the eyes of the guys he's in charge of."

*The only scoreboard Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer is watching is his own.

*Miami's running game didn't miss a beat without leading rusher Damien Berry.

*Preparing as the starter isn't entirely new for Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington. Actually starting, though, is.

*Clemson is "offensively challenged," especially in the red zone lately. That's the politically correct way to put it.

*BC freshman quarterback Chase Rettig is getting better every week, even if the box score might not reflect it.

*NC State will have to hunt for the Atlantic Division title without its injured kicker, Josh Czajkowski.Georgia Tech fans better get to know backup quarterback Tevin Washington.

*Winning close games is always more difficult when your kicker struggles.

*Speaking of which, FSU is in need of something good to happen.

*Maryland caught a break on Saturday with Florida State and NC State both losing.

*UNC quarterback T.J. Yates continues to put up big numbers and few turnovers.

Tevin Washington
*Boston College could be headed West. Again.

*What happened to Virginia's defense?

*No, there is no quarterback controversy at Miami, so don't even bother asking (not that anyone did.)

*Duke is looking to take another step forward with consecutive ACC wins for the first time this season.

*What the ACC lacks in a national title contender it makes up for in entertainment value.

*Here's another take on how the ACC stacks up.

*UNC loses another starter (tailback Johnny White, out for the season) and still they continue to win games.

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