Saturday, November 20, 2010

ACC Friday Night Hoops

Andre Dawkins
#1 DUKE 110, Colgate 58 – Nolan Nolan Smith scored 18 points, Kyle Singler added 16 as the Blue Devils routed Colgate on Friday night. Andre Dawkins had 16 points and freshman Kyrie Irving finished with 13 for the Blue Devils (3-0).

Minnesota 72, #8 NORTH CAROLINA 67 – And just like that the Heels reverted to 2009-10 form with terrible three-point shooting and not much defense. Freshmen phenom Harrison Barnes had one of those games that early freshman have – he disappeared all together failing to make even one of his 12 shots from the field. The Gophers Blake Hoffarber scored 20 points, Ralph Sampson III and Trevor Mbakwe created havoc all over the court. Coach Tubby “Former Apple of UVA’s Eye” Smith said this was just “another game” but, at the buzzer, his team mobbed each other in front of the bench and danced around in a circle to celebrate the win.

CLEMSON 69, Long Beach State 55 – Tanner Smith matched his career high with 17 points and Clemson never trailed in a 69-55 win over Long Beach State on Friday in the Paradise Jam. The Tigers (3-0) will play Old Dominion in the second round and the 49ers (1-2) will play Saint Peter's.

Clemson, which hit 24 of 48 field goals, has shot 50 percent or better in three straight games to open the season.

Illinois 80, MARYLAND 76 – Illinois The Illini rebounded from an overtime semifinal loss to Texas to knock off the Terps. Demetri McCamey, D.J. Richardson and Tyler Griffey all hit three 3-pointers and the Illini, who came into the game shooting 34.5 percent from 3-point range, finished 10 for 19 (52.6 percent) from behind the arc. Game over.


C.J. Leslie
 N.C. STATE 78, George Mason 65 -- Five Wolfpack players scored in double figures, and for the second straight game NC State used a strong second-half defensive performance, as the Pack downed George Mason, 78-65, to advance to the championship game of the Charleston Classic.

MIAMI 88, North Carolina Central 65 – Freshman Rion Brown scored 17 points as Miami took an 88-65 victory over North Carolina Central on Friday night. The Hurricanes (2-1), who rebounded from their first loss of the season at No. 19 Memphis on Monday, never trailed and broke the game open with 12 unanswered points early in the second half.

GEORGIA TECH 77, Niagara 51 – Brian Oliver scored 15 of his 17 points in the opening half to lead Georgia Tech (3-1) to a rout of outmanned Niagara (0-2) on Friday night. Mfon Udofia had 13 points, Iman Shumpert had 12 and Glen Rice added 10 for Tech.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Fridge Is Coming Back – Long Live The Fridge

Yesterday, Maryland announced that coach Ralph Friedgen, whose job was on the line entering this season after a 2-10 finish in 2009, will return to coach the program in 2011.

“Based largely on the improved performance of our team and student-athletes this season, Coach Friedgen will be our head football coach next year,” athletic director Kevin Anderson said in a prepared statement. “Once this season is complete, Ralph and I will sit down to discuss the current state and future of the program. Right now, the team’s focus will be on winning the 2010 ACC championship and a bowl game, which our coaching staff and student-athletes have put themselves in position to do. We hope our fans, students and alums will come out and support us in the effort.”

Maryland was 2-7 at this point last year and is now 7-3 heading into Saturday's home game against FSU. Not only did the Fridge have the Terps bowl-eligible before November, but they are also in position to win the Atlantic Division and play for the ACC title. The Terps needs to win their final two games against FSU and N.C. State (no small feat granted) to win the division.

“I’m excited about the direction of our program,” Friedgen said in the release. “We have a great of bunch of kids and a tremendous staff. I’m thankful for all the hard work they have put into this season. Right now we’re just concentrating on Florida State.”

To read more, click here.

ACC Thursday Night Basketball

#5 Pittsburgh (Panthers, 28,328 students, Pittsburgh, PA) 79, MARYLAND 70 – No doubt, former Clemson coach Oliver Purnell is feeling Gary Williams’ pain. For years, Purnell’s Tigers lost important close games by slim margins while throwing rocks at the rim from the charity stripe. Right now, based on most of last night’s performance against the highly ranked Pittsburgh Panthers, Williams Terps appear to be talented and, for the most part, coachable. What they can’t do – and it will be a huge liability later in the season if they don’t get it fixed – is shoot free throws.

Last night while losing by nine at MSG, Maryland (3-1) was 0-7 from the free throw line in the first half. Yes, not a misprint – Oh-for-the-first half. Ouch. They did manage to make 14 of 23 in the second half, but that’s an unimpressive 60%. The Panthers shot 70% on the freebies for the night.

Panther freshman Talib Zanna had 14 points and 12 rebounds to Pitt and Cliff Tucker’s 17 points topped the Terps.

#8 NORTH CAROLINA 107, Hofstra (The Pride [formerly the Flying Dutchman], 12,300 students, Hempstead, NY) 67 – Remember when Carolina used to run up and down the court like a track team and score in triple figures? Fans complained about their defense but it didn’t matter ‘cause the Heels were happy to simply outscore the other team. Well, after a season when they rarely hit the 100, or even the 90, point mark, it looks like the old high octane Tar Heels (3-0) may be back.

That said, it probably wasn’t the 100+ points against on overmatched Hofstra squad that pleased Ol’ Roy the most. The stat he had to be pleased with was that his point guards produced 15 assists and just three turnovers.

Harrison Barnes lived up to the hype scoring 19 points while going 4 for 4 from behind the arc in the first half. Leslie McDonald scored 16 points and Justin Watts added 13 for the Tar Heels. John Henson had 12 points and 11 rebounds. UNC outrebounded Hofstra 50-29.

N.C. STATE 85, East Carolina (Pirates, 27,816 students, Greenville, NC) 65 – Lorenzo Brown had 16 points and Scott Wood 13 as North Carolina State (2-0) used a 42-10 run to blow out state rival East Carolina at the Charleston Classic on Thursday night.

Yale (Bulldogs, 11,593 students, New Haven, CN) 75, BOSTON COLLEGE 67 – Rumor has it that the boys in Charlotte are considering some sort of sanction against the Eagles (2-1) for losing a basketball game to an Ivy League team. Expect yet another of those oft-passed around Hitler videos “Mein Fuhrer Learns That Boston College Has Lost” but the actor playing the former Nazi supreme commander is really ACC commish John Swofford.

Akil Mitchell #25
FLORIDA STATE 89, FIU (Golden Panthers, 40,445 students, Miami, FL) 66 – Deividas Dulkys scored 22 points to lead Florida State (4-0) while leading scorer Chris Singleton, who entered the game with a 21-point-per-game average, finished with 14 points and an impresive 13 rebounds.

Stanford (Cardinal, 15,319 students, Stanford, CA) 81, VIRGINIA 60 – Jeremy Green scored 21 points in leading Stanford to its sixth consecutive victory over Virginia on Thursday night. Freshman Anthony Brown added 13 points for the Cardinal (2-0), which had five players reach double figures in scoring. Mustapha Farrakhan had 14 points to pace Virginia (2-1).

Saturday ACC Football

Saturday, Nov 20th
N.C. STATE @ NORTH CAROLINA (-2.5), Chapel Hill, N.C.,12:00 PM , ACC Network

VIRGINIA @ BOSTON COLLEGE (-7), Chestnut Hill, Mass., 12:00 PM, ESPNU

DUKE @ GEORGIA TECH (-11.5), Atlanta, Ga., 1:30 PM, ESPN3.com

CLEMSON (-13.5) @ WAKE FOREST, Winston-Salem, N.C., 2:00 PM, ESPN3.com

VIRGINIA TECH (-2) @ MIAMI, Miami Gardens, Fla., 3:30 PM, ESPN

FLORIDA STATE (-3.5) @ MARYLAND, College Park, Md., 8:00 PM, ABC

To read the Yahoo! Sports preview of Week 12, click here.

ACC Football Links

Bruce Taylor
By Heather Dinich from ESPN's ACC blog.

*Football has helped bring Virginia Tech linebacker Bruce Taylor's family together and heal some wounds from the past.

*Clemson filled a need at the wide receiver position.

*FSU is having a little more fun this month than it has in past Novembers because its goals are still in sight.

*If Miami is going to win on Saturday, it will have to win that other little game they call Beamerball.

*Virginia's Danny Aiken fell into long-snapping duties, and the Cavaliers have been better off for it.

*The Canes lost their quarterback but found a running game.

*FSU center Ryan McMahon is on track to break the school record for most career starts.

*UNC has had trouble slowing down NC State quarterback Russell Wilson in this rivalry.

*BC's senior class could use a break.

It's not like Miami has much of a home-field advantage in Sun Life Stadium.

*The Orange Bowl is still among the Terps' three most-likely bowl destinations.

*Just winning on Saturday will be enough for this group of Georgia Tech seniors.

Pictures of the Day

AND THE TRADITION CONTINUES.  What tradition is that you ask?  The time honored Olympic tradition of ugly logos followed up by ridiculous mascots.  Here, London Organizing Committee of the 2012 Olympic Games Chairman Lord Seb Coe and LOCOG CEO Paul Deighton speak to the media during the IOC Coordination Commission Press Conference on November 19, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images for LOCOG)
THE KOREAN MICHAEL JORDAN? Pak Un-Chol of DPR Korea (R) and Cho Sung-Min of South Korea (L) clash in their preliminary round group E game 20 basketball match in the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou on November 19, 2010. (Photo by Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)
IT’S CALLED THE AIR PRETZEL.  You contort your body in every way imaginable as you attempt to advance the futbol in your team's direction with your head, or chest, or foot or any other body part save your hand, but, inspite of turning yourself into a soccer pretzel, you whiff:  Air Pretzel.  Expect soccer fans to be chanting this at the next World Cup when they aren’t blowing on the new version of the world’s most annoying horn.  Here, Sina Ashoori Mehrenjani of Iran (L) demonstrates the Air Pretzel while Muzeeb Azat Issa of Oman contemplates same during the men's quarter-final match at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on November 19, 2010. Iran beat Oman 1-0. (Photo by AFP)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Unlike the Redskins, Toly Hansbrough Loses a Close One

Our main man Toly could not overcome the 30 vote deficit he faced in the Air Tahiti Nui USA's Facebook photo contest ultimately losing out on free airline tickets to Tahiti by a margin of 268 to 239.

Damn it.

We appreciate T.A.H. Nations support in our leisure activity endeavors.

ACC Wednesday Night Basketball

Iman Shumpert
GEORGIA TECH 78, Albany (Great Danes, 18,000 students, Albany, NY) 51 – Iman Shumpert scored 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in Georgia Tech's victory over Albany on Wednesday night.

The Yellow Jackets (2-1) took their biggest lead at 34 on Shumpert's layup early in the second half. They committed 10 turnovers to Albany's 25 and scored 32 points off Great Dane miscues.

Special Edition: Dear Mr. Snyder

Very, very special.

That said, we fear this could do irreperable damage to our already dysfunctional relationship. (Oh, what's that you say? All of your relationships are dysfunctional...Hmmm...)

That said, let's begin.  There is this guy named Dave McKenna who writes for The City Paper in Washington, DC, you know the one. He has written an article titled “The Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide to Dan Snyder From A to Z (for Zorn), an encyclopedia of the owner's many failings.”

Here at T.A.H. Worldwide Media we must assign the letter “P” for "priceless."

There are a number of components that go into good writing. One, all to often ignored (especially here at T.A.H. where our crack research team is either playing golf or in bar somewhere or simply more inclined to make things up then actually discover the facts) is research.

Well…as President Reagan used to say…WELL, Mr. McKenna has done his research and nailed the delivery of this extraordinary compendium of your personal epic failures. It hurts, we know.

(Mr. Snyder, you know this hurts us as much as it hurts you.  We want the team to succeed and it’s hard to pull for the team and against the owner. We wanted to like you – local kid, loved the Joe Gibbs Redskins, grows up, gets rich, buys team and wants to return it to its former glory…and then…well…then the story gets rather ugly. Disappointing, at best and this very well crafted article very painfully memorializes the long horrific slide into the current abyss of wretchedness that is 4 for 37 of the past 41 third down conversion attempts and poor cardio-vascular fitness and its negative impact on the two minute drill and blah, blah, blah…)

Here are a few gems meant, not to deter you from reading the entire alphabet and numerical preface, but to motivate you to read the entire unfortunate diatribe and perhaps learn from this well-documented plethora of errors.

$30: Price Snyder charges for a doll of Fox Sports’ Cleatus the Robot in Redskins colors. Same doll is available on Fox’s website for $23.96.

31-36: Record Joe Gibbs had as coach with Dan Snyder as owner; Gibbs went 140-65 without Snyder as owner.

700 Pages: Length of the playbook brought to Redskins Park in 2006 by Al Saunders, who Snyder hired to call plays for Gibbs. In pre-Snyder era, Gibbs’ comparatively simple offensive schemes revolutionized the game and brought the Redskins three Super Bowls.

C: Casserly, Charley: Redskins general manager who played a lead role in assembling the 1991 Super Bowl championship team. Snyder fired him in 1999 to clear space for Vinny Cerrato, who played lead role in 1994 feature film Kindergarten Ninja.

D: Dan-Jazeera: How Al Koken, a former employee of Snyder-owned sports station WTEM, describes the Redskins owner’s media operation.

E: “Ewwwww!”: How Barbara Hyde, spokeswoman for the American Society for Microbiology, reacted to last year’s news that Snyder’s vendors were selling beer in the bathrooms.

F: Fan Appreciation Day: Gimmick used in 2006 by Snyder to draw people to FedExField, where he charged $25 to park to watch the team scrimmage and hear an address from Vinny Cerrato. The parking charge was not mentioned in the advertisements the team produced for the event.

H: Hill, Pat: Down-on-her-luck 73-year-old grandmother—and five-decade Redskins season-ticketholder—who was sued by the Redskins in 2009 because she could not afford to keep up payments on the 10-year, $50,000-plus club seats contract she’d signed.

R: Redskins Extra Points MasterCard: The only credit card Snyder told fans he’d accept for season ticket payments for the 2005 season. He withdrew the demand following a threatened ticketholder revolt and after MasterCard told the Redskins to drop it.

W: Weasel Stew: Menu item at the Princess Restaurant in Frostburg, Md., conceived in 2000 after the Redskins broke their training-camp lease with the local college…

From r to l: Crazy, Crazier, Craziest?
Z: Zorn: Verb meaning to humiliate an employee into quitting so the employer can avoid paying severance...

We may well retire the Dear Mr. Snyder thread after today because we simply can’t run with Mr. McKenna’s splendid work.

Our condolences on being embarrassed yet again and again and again...

Sincerely,

Your Loyal Fan

To read his entire list, click here.

ACC In The NFL

Matt Ryan
This is a new feature at T.A.H. We love ACC football and we love the NFL so why not combine the two?

Last weekend:

Atlanta QB Matt Ryan (Boston College) threw for 316 yards and 3 TDs, including the game winner with :20 left in the game, as the Falcons downed Baltimore 26-12.

Houston QB Matt Schaub (Virginia) tossed for 314 yards and 2TDs, one to WR Andre Johnson (Miami), but the Texans lost on a Hail Mary pass at the final gun in Jacksonville 24-31.

Seattle LB Aaron Curry (Wake Forest) recorded 2 sacks, 7 tackles and 1 forced fumble as the Seahawks
doubled up the Cardinals 36-18.
Frank Gore
Lions WR Calvin Johnson (Georgia Tech) caught 10 balls for 128 yards and 1 TD in a losing cause against Buffalo.

Baltimore WR Anquan Boldin (Florida State) caught his 50th career TD in the 21-26 loss at Atlanta.

The Hurricane Effect: Colts RB Javarris James (Miami), Bears TE Greg Olsen (Miami), Bears WR/KR Devin Hester (Miami), Bucs TE Kellen Winslow Jr. (Miami), 49ers RB Frank Gore (Miami) and Texans WR Andre Johnson (Miami) each scored a TD—extending the streak to 132 straight weeks in which at least one former Miami Hurricane scored a TD in NFL regular-season play.

NEWS FLASH: UNC, MSU Talking Aircraft Carrier Hoops Game

According to ACC Now: The idea of a North Carolina-Michigan State basketball game, to be played on an aircraft carrier, has been (pardon the pun) floating around for years. And it could finally happen, as early as next season.

Larry Gallo, a UNC senior associate athletic director, said Wednesday that the schools are still talking about the game, “and it could very well happen.” Details could be ironed out by next month.

MSU’s long plan has been to play UNC in one game, with two service academies playing in another. Gallo said he did not yet know exactly when or where the game, if it occurs, will be played.

According to The Detroit Free Press, MSU athletic director Mark Hollis confirmed earlier this year that he would like to stage the game on Nov. 11, 2011, which is Veterans Day.

(Editor's Note: There have been other important basketball games played on the decks of aircraft carriers over the years, but most of them have involved the Harlem Globetrotters. Just sayin')

Suits In Kansas Confirm Record Performance

How thoughtful of them...

N.C. State linebacker Nate Irving's eight tackles for a loss Saturday against Wake Forest wasn't just a school record.


The Wolfpack football program received confirmation from the NCAA's statistics staff that the standout performance in N.C. State's 38-3 win over the Demon Deacons also set an Football Bowl Subdivision single-game record for tackles for a loss.

(Photo by Greg Mintel, Raleigh News & Observer)

ACC Football Links

Via ESPN's ACC Football blog:

*Georgia Tech's seniors will be playing their last game at home on Saturday against Duke, and they want to go out with a win.


*If Virginia is going to spoil BC's bowl hopes, it will have to stop running back Montel Harris.

*The NCAA's next move is to sift through the mess at UNC and determine what, if any, sanctions will be imposed.

*Who will represent the Atlantic Division? David Teel takes a guess.

*NC State landed another junior college transfer who could help on the defensive line.

*As Maryland linebacker Alex Wujciak's career comes to a close, the moment has coach Ralph Friedgen a little emotional.

*Miami linebacker Colin McCarthy has been a major force for the Canes this year.

*Jackets receiver Kevin Cone isn't an expert on where he's supposed to be or when, but he's loving his opportunities.

*Just because FSU pulled out a squeaker against Clemson doesn't mean the Seminoles are playing pretty.

*Miami freshman Stephen Morris will get his third start.

*Hokies offensive line coach Curt Newsome is a lot happier these days.

*Duke still has things it wants to accomplish in the final two weeks.

Pictures of the Day

ROCK OUT WITH YOUR SHUTTLE COCK OUT. Guo Zhendong of China returns a shot with his partner Xu Chen (not in picture - duh? Thanks, AFP, don't know how we would have known that!) against Mohammad Ahsan and Alvent Yulianto Chandra of Indonesia during the men's doubles badminton quarterfinal match at the16th Asian Games in Guangzhou on November 18, 2010. Indonesia won 14-21, 21-19, 21-16. (Photo by Liu Jin/AFP Photo)
ROCK OUT WITH YOUR SEPAKTAKRAW OUT. Masanori Hayashi of Japan completes the ball with Mohd Azman Nasruddin of Malaysia in the Sepaktakraw Men's Team Preliminary Group B Match between Japan and Malaysia during day five of the 16th Asian Games Guangzhou 2010 at Haizhu Sports Centre on November 17, 2010 in Guangzhou, China.

Sepaktakraw (Kick Volleyball) is a cross between football and volleyball, played on a badminton court with a hand-woven ball (takraw). The name comes from the words Sepak, a term used in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia which translates into "kick", and Takraw, a term used in Thailand, which means "woven ball". There will be no extra charge for that additional information. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images AsiaPac)
IS THIS IGLOO COOLER SUPPOSED TO SLOW ME DOWN?  ‘Cause it ain’t. Here, Nitro Circus stars Joelene Van Vugt of Canada, Erik Roner of the USA and eight friends perform some extreme skydiving maneuvers with an “esky” (down under speak for “beer cooler” as in Igloo as in Eskimo as in Esky – get it?) to launch their extreme sport “2011 Nitro Circus Live New Zealand Tour” on November 16, 2010 in Matamata , New Zealand.  Some of their homies exited the perfectly good airplane wearing skis, riding a bike, scooters, sitting in a wheel chair, etc. ( Photo by Handout/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

T.A.H. Comeback Almost Complete

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Be creative – push to the FINISH LINE.

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ACC Tuesday Night Hoops

#1 DUKE 79, Miami (Ohio) (Redhawks, 18,863 students, Oxford, OH) 45 – Seth Curry scored 17 points and No. 1 Duke routed Miami of Ohio on Tuesday night in the second round of the CBE Classic.

Kyrie Irving added 13 points and Mason Plumlee had 10 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for the Blue Devils (2-0). They shot 43 percent from the field, hit 40 percent of their 3-pointers, held a 48-27 rebounding advantage and used two overwhelming runs in the first half to effectively end it by halftime.

Nick Winbush scored 14 points for the RedHawks (1-1). They were held to 33 percent shooting in losing their 15th straight game against ranked opponents.

#3 Kansas State (Wildcats, 23,588 students, Manhattan, KS) 73, #23 VIRGINIA TECH 57 – The Hokies Virginia held a lead well into the second half, but were unable to hold on and fell at #3 Kansas State Tuesday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum.

The Hokies (1-1), ranked #22 in the AP poll and #24 in the coaches poll, took a lead on a three-pointer by Malcolm Delaney to open the second half and held it until past the 14-minute mark. K-State then finished the game on a 35-17 run for the victory.

FLORIDA STATE 78, Gardner-Webb (Runnin’ Bulldogs, 4,000 students, Boiling Springs, NC) 53 – Chris Singleton scored a career-high 30 points and Deividas Dulkys added 12 points as Florida State defeated Gardner-Webb.

Singleton, a junior, was 10 of 11 from the floor and added 12 rebounds. He had a triple-double against UNC Greensboro on Sunday, just the third in school history.

Florida State (3-0) outrebounded Gardner-Webb 40-28. The Seminoles shot 49.1 percent from the field (26 of 53) and hit 7 of 15 3-pointers (46.7 percent).

VCU (Rams, 32,436 students, Richmond, VA) 90, WAKE FOREST 69 -- Virginia Commonwealth used 23 Wake Forest turnovers and the strength of two big runs in the second half to defeat the Demon Deacons in the second round of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Tuesday evening at Joel Coliseum.

With Wake holding a 53-49 lead in the second half, the Rams took control of the game with 12 straight points and never lost the lead again. Sophomore Ari Stewart led the Deacons in scoring with 18 points and also added seven rebounds.

If Not Vick, At Least His Jersey is Headed to Hall of Fame

Like it did when former Hokie Deangelo Hall had four interceptions in one game, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH has asked for Michael Vick’s Jersey following his record-breaking and mercurial performance at Fed Ex Field on Monday night. The Eagles squeeked by the Redskins thanks to Vick’s 413 yards by an ever-so-close final score of 59-28.

Vick, who played one season for Virginia Tech before pursuing professional football and dog fighting, also was named NFC offensive player of the week for the second consecutive week. He is the first quarterback since Randall Cunningham in 1998 to earn the honor two weeks in a row.

Vick also had a monster game in the Eagles victory two weeks ago against the Indianapolis Colts. That performance was slightly marred by 14 penalties against Philadelphia.

ACC Football Players of the Week

OFFENSIVE BACK - EJ Manuel, Florida State, QB, r-So., 6-4, 223, Virginia Beach, Va. (Bayside) In his first start of the season Manuel directed the Seminoles to a come-from-behind 16-13 victory against Clemson. Filling in for starter Christian Ponder, Manuel completed 15-of-24 pass attempts for 210 yards and led the Seminoles in rushing with a career-high 71 yards on 15 carries. Manuel improved his career record to 4-1 as the starter. Trailing 10-6 to start the fourth, Manuel led the `Noles on a 12-play, 85-yard scoring drive, capped by his 8-yard touchdown run for a 13-10 lead. He accounted for five first downs, four of which were rushing, and 34 rushing yards along the way. On the game's final drive with 50 seconds remaining and the score tied 13-13, Manuel drove the `Noles 34 yards on seven plays, setting up Dustin Hopkins' game-winning 55-yard field goal as time expired.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Brandon Linder, Miami, OL, Fr., 6-6, 300, Southwest Ranches, Fla. (St. Thomas Aquinas) Linder took snaps at center, guard, tackle and tight end for Miami in its 35-10 win over Georgia Tech. While playing four different positions, he managed to grade out at 97 percent with two pancake blocks and one lumberjack. He also played a key role in the Canes posting season-highs in rushing yards (277) and total yards (507).

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Luke Kuechly, Boston College, MLB, So., 6-3, 235, Cincinnati, Ohio (Saint Xavier) Kuechly, the nation's leading tackler, kept a firm grip on that title with 21tackles in the 21-16 win at Duke (9 solos, 12 assists). It marked his second game this year with 20-plus tackles, and he is the only player in the country with two 20-tackle games this year. He extended his streak of games with 10-plus tackles to 19, which is the nation's longest active streak. Kuechly also had 0.5 TFL for one yard, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and two pass breakups. He was part of a BC defensive interior that held Duke to four total rushing yards and 311 total net yards on the day.

DEFENSIVE BACK - Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech, CB, So., 5-11, 170, Delray Beach, Fla. (Atlantic) Hosley jumped into the national lead for interceptions per game with two picks off North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates in the Hokies' 26-10 win over the Tar Heels. He now has seven on the season. Hosley returned his fourth quarter pick 12 yards. He is also second nationally in passes defended, averaging 1.56 per game.

SPECIALIST - Dustin Hopkins, Florida State, K, So., 6-2, 185, Houston, Texas (Clear Lake) One week after missing two fourth quarter field goals, including the potential game-winner, against North Carolina Hopkins delivered the final blow in a 16-13 win over Clemson. Hopkins' career-long 55-yard field goal as time expired lifted the `Noles to victory. The longest walk-off field goal in ACC history was Hopkins' third in a 10-point performance. He also converted field goals of 28 and 29 yards, while extending his streak of consecutive PAT conversions to 73. Hopkins also registered two touchbacks on four kicks. The Groza Award semifinalist ranks second nationally with 34 touchbacks on the season.

ROOKIE - Danny O'Brien, Maryland, QB, r-Fr., 6-3, 215, Kernersville, N.C. (East Forsyth) O'Brien led the Terps to a 42-23 come-from-behind win over Virginia. The redshirt freshman connected on 18 of his 28 passes for 289 yards, throwing two touchdowns and rushing for another one. He directed six scoring drives, which all resulted in touchdowns, was a perfect 6-for-6 in red-zone efficiency and hit on 10 of his 11 passes in the second half. O'Brien did most of his damage on third down, completing 8 of 12 passes for 152 yards and one score. O'Brien, who is 5-2 as a starter, ranks fourth in the ACC in passing efficiency (133.5) and fourth nationally among FBS freshmen.

ACC Basketball Players of the Week

Maryland’s Jordan Williams has been named as the ACC Player of the Week while Duke’s Kyrie Irving and NC State’s C.J. Leslie were named Co-Rookies of the Week following their outstanding performances this past week.

In earning Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career, Williams opened the 2010-11 season with three straight double-doubles to spark the Terps to a 3-0 week.

The Torrington, Conn., sophomore opened the week with 17 points and 15 rebounds in a 106-76 victory over Seattle last Monday. Two nights later, the 6-11, 260-pounder had a career-high 26 points and 15 boards in a 75-74 win over the College of Charleston. Williams, an All-ACC Freshman performer a year ago, finished the week with 20 points and 11 rebounds in an 89-59 victory over Maine Sunday afternoon.

For the week, the sophomore center averaged 21.0 points, 13.7 rebounds and shot .522 from the floor, extending his double-double streak to five- straight games dating back to last season.

Irving had 17 points, four rebounds, a freshman season-opener record nine assists, one block and two steals in 25 minutes of play as the top-ranked Blue Devils opened their season with a 97-60 win over Princeton on Sunday. The West Orange, N.J., native was 3-of-6 from three-point range and 6-of-6 from the foul line, while committing just one turnover.

Leslie came off the bench to help lead the Wolfpack to a 82-69 win over Tennessee Tech in the season opener Friday night at the RBC Center. The Holly Springs, N.C., native finished with a game-high 21 points, hitting on 7-of-10 from the field and 7-of-11 from the free throw line in his 31 minutes. Leslie also finished with six rebounds and six assists in the Pack’s 17th consecutive season-opening win.

Quote of the Day

"That was crazy. It was like we were in practice and they were in a game. It was like they were racking up BCS points. They should be No. 1 now."

– Albert Haynesworth #92 on the Eagles 59 points on Monday night.

Dear Mr. Snyder – Correction

In yesterday’s “Dear Mr. Snyder” post, while pointing out the incredible lack of success being suffered by the Redskins on third down conversions, we said the Skins had converted a mere 4 of their last 36 third down conversion attempts.

Alas, we were incorrect.

The Redskins have only converted 4 of their last 37 attempts.

Oh, and McNabb’s “$78 million contract” is really only $74 million with only $3.5 million guaranteed. So much for domestic quarterback tranquility…

We apologize for any inconvenience these errors may have caused.

Canes Morris to Start Against Virginia Tech Saturday

Jacory Harris
Stephen Morris will be making his third straight start when No. 24 Miami hosts Virginia Tech (No. 16 BCS, No. 14 AP) on Saturday with the ACC Coastal Division championship hinging on the outcome. Former Cane starter Jacory Harris suffered a concussion that has kept him out since Oct. 30.

"Concussions are serious," Miami coach Randy Shannon said Tuesday. "And a lot of fans, a lot of media, bloggers, you all think it's a deal where you can just line up and take one week off and the next week show up and play. It's not that way. ... Speaking impediments, brain aneurysms, all kinds of things can happen. I think a lot of fans and a lot of people want to say, 'What is Coach going to do?' It's not that. I'm looking at what is best for Jacory. It's not what's best for Randy Shannon or this football team."

Harris met with doctors again on Tuesday and was on the practice field with the Hurricanes, but has not yet been cleared for contact and thus remains doubtful for when the Hurricanes (7-3, 5-2) host the Hokies (8-2, 6-0).

Stephen Morris
Morris has completed 28 of 48 passes for 516 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in his two starts, winning both and winning plenty of respect from teammates as well. Miami has racked up more than 500 yards of offense in those games, the first time that's happened in consecutive weeks since the final two games of the 2002 regular season.

The Hokies can clinch the division title and another trip to the ACC championship game with a victory on Saturday.

"I don't think their game plan changes a lot with who plays quarterback," Hokies coach Frank Beamer said. "Harris is a real talent and has been good for them for a long time. And the Morris kid comes in there, very poised for a freshman, has good pocket presence. He's done a heck of a job for them."

T.A.H. Borrows From S.N.L.: Ryan Williams, Really?

Williams not returning a kickoff against the Tar Heels
Going into last weeks game against North Carolina, the Hokies were down two kick returners: Dyrell Roberts (compartment syndrome in his left thigh) and David Wilson (mononucleosis).

So they asked talented running back Ryan Williams to handle those chores and Williams said "no thanks" citing his lack of practice.

Really?

"I haven't returned kickoffs since sophomore year of high school," Williams said. "You give me a week to (practice) it, and I'm not going to be comfortable with it. We've got other people that's comfortable doing it, so I'm not going to sit there and try to force myself to do something I'm not comfortable with off of two days of practice."

Well, to show you how much respect Frank Beamer has for Williams, the Hokies’ head coach said it was essentially up to Williams and that if he wasn’t comfortable returning kicks, he didn’t want him back there.

"Ryan decided he'd rather not do that," Beamer said. "You want a guy back there who wants to be there. I'm not sure what Ryan's reason was, but it was his decision…When you're talking about punt returners and kickoff returners," Beamer said, "they've got a lot of say there as far as whether they want to do it or not."

Football?

Democracy?

Really?

Hey, there’s a reason Coach Frank has been around a long time, won a bunch of games AND his players, fans, alumni and the media like and respect him. Looks like common sense might play a role...

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ACC Football Links

By Heather Dinich- ESPN ACC Blog
*Plenty of bowl possibilities still remain, but first a few teams have to become eligible.
 
*One advantage for Duke heading into its game against Georgia Tech is its familiarity with the option offense.
 
*BC's defense is the reason behind the 5-5 record right now. The offense is a work in progress.
 
*The roles are reversed this year for NC State and UNC. Will the outcome be, too?
 
*One thing is for sure -- winning this rivalry game is the top priority for Tom O'Brien.
 
*Sorry to see Ras-I Dowling's college career come to an end too soon.
 
*Mike London is hoping his top rushers, Keith Payne and Perry Jones, are available for the BC game.
 
*For the first time since taking over for Robert Marve, Miami quarterback Jacory Harris looks like the underdog. The quarterback situation has overshadowed the game against Virginia Tech.Who's better? Steve Gorten makes a case for both.
 
*FSU quarterback Christian Ponder is ready to take his starting job back.
 
*The Hokies' defense is taking its time waking up in games.
 
*What does the future hold for Maryland and coach Ralph Friedgen? Not even he knows.
 
*Georgia Tech is working on cutting down its mistakes in the final two weeks.
 
*Maryland had some lofty goals this preseason, and it's in the midst of making them happen.
 
*BC coach Frank Spaziani has preached one game at a time, and now the Eagles are one win away from bowl eligibility.
 
*Clemson's red zone woes are enough to make any coach lose it.
 
*UNC just didn't play good enough -- it's that simple.Duke coach David Cutcliffe is still confident he's got his team heading in the right direction.
 
*Signs, signs, everywhere there's signs, and they're pointing to Stephen Morris as Miami's starter.
 
*Russell Wilson was honored on senior day. Has Carter-Finley seen the last of him?
 
*There are plenty of Virginia Tech-Miami memories to talk about, and this year should add to the excitement of the series.
 
*FSU quarterback Christian Ponder could have played against Clemson, but he didn't need to -- E.J. Manuel was clutch.
 
*Virginia is starting to play for its future in the next two games, looking to get some younger players on the field.

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