Saturday, September 17, 2011

Saturday ACC Football Scoreboard


O'BRIEN (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
# 18 West Virginia 37, MARYLAND 31 - Final - O'Brien's interceptions kill the Terps.

#21 Auburn 24, CLEMSON 38 - Final - Big win for the ACC as Tigers break Auburn's 17 game winning streak.

GEORGIA TECH 66, Kansas 24 - Final - Evidently, the Yellow Jackets' offense is working...

BOSTON COLLEGE 19, DUKE 20 - Final - Rare road win for Devils.

VIRGINIA 17, NORTH CAROLINA 28 - Final - Question is where does Butch Davis spend his Saturdays?

#13 VIRGINIA TECH 26, Arkansas State 7 - Final - Just win, baby.

N.C. STATE 35, South Alabama 13 - Final - No contest.  While Russell Wilson was throwing for 3 TDs, the Wolfpack got back on track.

WAKE FOREST 48, Gardner-Webb 5 - Final - Who knew Gardner-Webb even had a football team?

#17 Ohio State 6, MIAMI 24 - Final - Thank you, Canes. Thank you.

#1 Oklahoma 23, #5 FLORIDA STATE 13 - Final - QB injury hurts Noles, but Sooners clearly just a notch better.  FSU represents the ACC (Now AMECC - Atlantic Mountain East Coast Conference) well.


Game recaps, click here. 

Nothing Says “Atlantic Coast” Like The Steel City, ACC Gunning For All The Big East’s Traditional Football Powers?


Rumor out of New York last night is that Syracuse and Pittsburgh are in talks with the ACC.  The negotiations to move from the Big (L)East to the ACC were revealed by The New York Times.

The story was posted on the newspaper’s website and cited an unidentified source with direct knowledge of the talks. Officials at Pittsburgh, Syracuse and the ACC declined comment. (Shocking, we know.)

Now, this isn’t as far fetched as it might sound and could very well be part of the ACC’s grand master (flash) plan. 
In a perfect world, Fordham would return to its pigskin glory days or Columbia, St. John’s, NYU or some other university located in New York City would be a football power and an eligible member of the ACC.  Since no such school exists, the conference is mining for TV viewers in other major metropolitan areas directly and in New York indirectly.
  
That said, there are plenty of Pitt and Syracuse grads/fans in the New York television market and If Temple, St. Joe’s or Drexel had a powerful football program, John Swofford’s mignons would be snooping around the City of Brotherly Love as well.  (Villanova obviously has a great basketball program and their football program, while 1AA or FBS or FSD or ADD or whatever the Suits in Indianapolis (formerly Kansas) call it, is pretty solid. And then there’s Temple...)

And, yes, it could be part of a bigger plan to eventually steal all the major football schools from the Big (L)East.


The ACC has already successfully recruited Virginia Tech, Miami and Boston College, schools with more gridiron cred than hoops cred.  West Virginia would be the lone football holdout in a decimated Big (L)East.

Pittsburgh and Syracuse bring both major sports to the table and the Orange would be a nice edition to ACC LAX.

To read the NYT story, click here.


(Editor's Update: As of 1:45 pm, ESPN is reporting that both Syracuse and Pitt have tendered letters of application to the ACC.)

Pictures Of The Day


Schalk Burger of the Springboks offloads the ball during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between South Africa and Fiji at Wellington Regional Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
International and local Pakistani cyclists compete during the second stage of the Himalayas 2011 International Mountainbike Race in the mountainous area of Lake Saif-ul-Maluk in Pakistan's tourist region of Naran in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on September 17, 2011. The cycling event, organised by the Kaghan Memorial Trust to raise funds for its charity school set up in the Kaghan valley for children affected in the October 2005 earthquake, attracted some 30 International and 11 Pakistani cyclists. (Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP)
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. grabs the neck of Victor Ortiz after the weigh-in for their WBC welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 16, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather and Ortiz will meet in a 12-round bout on September 17, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America)
Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore (11) passes the ball in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Toledo in Toledo, Ohio, Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. Moore had 455 yards and 5 touchdowns in the #4 Broncos 40-15 win. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. grabs the neck of Victor Ortiz after the weigh-in for their WBC welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 16, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather and Ortiz will meet in a 12-round bout on September 17, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America)
Ow. Baltimore Orioles center fielder Matt Angle collides with right fielder Nolan Reimold after catching a fly ball of the bat of Howard Kendricks of the Los Angeles Anaheim San Jaun Capistrano Del Mar Orange County Angels in the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Friday, September 16, 2011

ACC Football Saturday

NO LONGER TRUE?  NOW, JUST LOUSY?
Saturday, Sept 17

Obviously the game of the week is #1 Oklahoma at #5 Florida State.

# 18 West Virginia (Mountaineers, 29,306 students, Morgantown, WV) @ MARYLAND (-1), College Park, Md., 12:00 PM, TV: ESPNU (Sirius 91//XM 91)

#21 Auburn (Tigers, 20,446 students, Auburn, AL) @ CLEMSON (-4), Clemson, S.C., 12:00 PM, TV: ABC (National) (Sirius 85//XM 85)

Kansas (Jayhawks, 30,004 students, Lawrence, KS) @ GEORGIA TECH (-14), Atlanta, Ga., 12:30 PM, TV: RSN (Sirius 212//XM 191)

DUKE @ BOSTON COLLEGE (-7.5), Chestnut Hill, Mass., 12:30 PM, TV: ACC Network (Sirius 128//XM 190)

VIRGINIA @ NORTH CAROLINA (-10.5), Chapel Hill, N.C., 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU (Sirius 149//XM 192)

Arkansas State (red Wolves, 13,438 students, Jonesboro, AR) @ #13 VIRGINIA TECH (-26), Blacksburg, Va, 4:00 PM, TV: RSN Sirius 94

South Alabama (Jaguars, 15,007 students, Mobile, AL) @ N.C. STATE (-25.5), Raleigh, N.C., 6:00 PM, TV: ESPN3 Sirius 212//XM 191)

Gardner-Webb (Runnin’ Bulldogs, 4,300 students, Boiling Springs, NC) @ WAKE FOREST (-35), Winston-Salem, N.C., 6:30 PM, TV: ESPN3 (Sirius 211//XM 190)

#17 Ohio State (Buckeyes, 38,479 students, Columbus, OH) @ MIAMI (-2.5), Miami Gardens, Fla., 7:30 PM, TV: ESPN/ESPN 3-D/ESPN3 (Sirius 85//XM85)

#1 Oklahoma (Sooners, 30,303 students, Norman, OK) (-3) @ #5 FLORIDA STATE, Tallahassee, Fla., 8:00 PM, TV: ABC (Sirius 91//XM 91)

*Point spreads for recreational purposes only.  That said, three ACC home teams are favored (at least by the bettors) to win – Maryland is a slim favorite over WVU. We assume that’s merely home field advantage.  Clemson is a four point favorite over Auburn.  Seems like that is big Tiger loyalty combined with Auburns not so fast start.  Finally, Miami over Ohio State by 2.5…Really. We don’t understand that one unless the Miami alums are bigger bettors than the Buckeys? 

Maryland Suspends Two Wide Receivers For Rival Game v. WVU

TYLER (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
We don’t know if then UConn head coach Randy Edsall had a reputation for being a no-nonsense kind of guy prior to coming to College Park, but ever since he replaced the popular Ralph Freidgen, he has made it clear things will be done his way.


The offseason was marked by behavior related suspension and the removal of the players’ names from the back of the Terps’ jersey (all of them! The players and the jerseys).
Now, Edsall has announced that two senior wide receivers responsible for 82 yards and a touchdown between them in Maryland’s opening victory over Miami have been suspended indefinitely. 
Edsall announced yesterday that Ronnie Tyler and Quintin McCree were suspended indefinitely due to a violation of team rules. 
“The expectation of our program is for our student-athletes to conduct themselves in the proper manner academically, athletically and socially,” Edsall said. “Unfortunately, Quintin and Ronnie fell short of these expectations.”

The Prince George’s County district court database indicates that Tyler was charged on Thursday with second-degree assault. His trial is scheduled for Nov. 1.

There is no timetable for their reinstatement.

ACC Lunchtime Links (Thursday and Friday)

STEPHEN HILL (Johnny Crawford/McClatchy-Tribune News)
By Heather Dinich/ESPN

Miami lost tight end Blake Ayles for the season after a concussion sidelined him.

FSU receiver Kenny Shaw works solo -- and it pays off for the team.

The nuts and bolts of FSU's showdown with Oklahoma.

Here's a breakdown of what happens when FSU has the ball, and when the Noles are on defense.

It's been a strong start to the season for Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill.

It's taken Cris Hill a few years to figure out his role with Virginia Tech.

Quarterback Chase Rettig is looking to lead BC to its first win of the season.

Duke, meanwhile, will be down a few key players on the injured list. BC knows a little something about that, too.

Virginia still has some secrets it hasn't revealed yet.

CATANZARO AFTER MISSING A KICK IN OVERTIME IN A LOSS
TO AUBURN LAST SEPTEMBER (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Is Clemson kicker Chandler Catanzaro ready for another high-pressure situation?

Is Texas really a good fit for the ACC?


Wake Forest will look to control the clock with its running game on Saturday.

Georgia Tech has also stated its loyalty to the ACC.

The NCAA was back on North Carolina's campus this week.

Ryan Williams and David Wilson both had a fumble early in their careers that drove them nuts.

The ACC has a chance to make some noise this weekend.

The best-laid coach-in-waiting plans often go awry.

The Boston College Eagles are a "fragile little group." Not exactly the way fans probably want to hear their team described.

Clemson and Auburn are on the cutting edge offensively.

THORPE (Robert Willett/News & Observer)
UNC coaches are feeling good about return man T.J. Thorpe, who is off to a fast start.

Pony up, FSU fans. The campaign for an indoor practice facility is underway.

Has Wake Forest found the second coming of Alphonso Smith?

Miami's Brandon Washington could return to a familiar job -- protecting Jacory Harris' blind side.

Clemson's matchup against Auburn could be bigger for the home Tigers.

The jury is still out on NC State's loss to Wake Forest, but both coaches seem to agree on this:
The Deacs are better than they were last year.

Virginia had too many passes batted down against IU last weekend.

Tar Heel Mom’s Sister Brings Big Bucks At Keeneland Yearling Sale

HIGH BID AT THURSDAY'S KEENELAND SALE (Keeneland Photo)
Every September, racehorse owners and trainers from all over the world travel to Lexington, KY to examine over 4,000 potential racehorses at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

The horses in question are only one year old and all the prospective buyers can do is subject them to a rigorous physical, complete with x-rays, and watch these young athletes walk around. 

Think of it as drafting your NFL team after watching a bunch of three year old kids play at Toddlin’ Time.

This year is no different, and the two week sale is five session old and 753 young Thoroughbreds have sold for $145,216,500, averaging $192,851 each.  That's real money.

Six yearlings have sold for more than $1 million including two yesterday for $1.35 million and $1.3 million respectively.

Of note to T.A.H. was Hip# 1104, a half-sister to $828,392 graded stakes winner Tar Heel Mom, who sold to a Kentucky breeder for $490,000.

We hope she can run like her sis!

To see her catalog page pedigree, click here.

If This Photo Makes You Want To Puke…


…Here’s a link to a story about Duke.

Basketball season isn’t all that far off so a loyal Tar Heel sent us this item from last April subtly titled Anybody But Duke: The Case For Rooting Against The Blue Devils In The Final Four, And Forever.”

Oh, and then there’s this…Former Duke University basketball stars Christian Laettner and Brian Davis have been ordered to a Washington courtroom today to explain to a judge why they shouldn't be held in contempt.

DAVIS #23 AND LAETTNER #32 ENJOY BETTER TIMES
If their answers don't satisfy the judge, Laettner and Davis could be sent to jail…

As Laettner and Davis try to fend off angry creditors, their West Village project in Durham remains the jewel in their crumbling real estate empire. Its mixture of apartments, restaurants and offices continues to thrive, making it attractive to investors and to those angry creditors determined to pursue Laettner and Davis' assets.

Laettner and Davis have made it clear they are open to selling some, or all, of the remaining properties they own in West Village. But it remains to be seen whether the proceeds from those sales will be enough to cover the debt on the properties and repay the millions they owe creditors.

To read the rest of the story, click here

Video Of The Day


Pictures Of The Day

Boston College football team members wore red bandana stickers on their helmets for last Saturday's game at Central Florida honoring Welles Crowther, a former BC varsity lacrosse player who has been hailed as a hero who saved many lives in the south tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
An intrepid T.A.H. stringer and loyal reader emailed us this photo earlier today.  Evidently, it’s Cav Man moonlighting as a plumber.  He though it was hysterical for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is he’s a graduate of Virginia Tech.  Nice, Cav Man, NICE! (Brian Scheulen Photo)
Coach Dan Mullens of the Mississippi State Bulldogs watches from the sidelins as they play LSU in the second quarter on September 15, 2011 at Davis Wade stadium in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
This is Under Armour's first "premier glove" developed for the Maryland lacrosse team.  Where will it all end?  (InsideLacrosse.com Photo) 

Peter Hanson of the Continental Europe team plays a bunker shot during the first days four ball matches at Saint-Nom La Breteche Golf Course in Paris.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Report Proves Rich Kids Get To Go To Better Colleges


DUKE
U.S. News and World Report has released their annual report naming the best colleges in America amongst further discussion about the widening of the poverty gap in this country. If you're smart and you want to go to one of the top schools, you’re going to need access to the East Coast (8 of top 10) and a big bag of cash (avg tuition $40K+).

Evidently...according to the report...those Ivy League schools are pretty good. The top spot went to Harvard ($39,849 per), followed by Princeton ($37,000), Yale ($40,500), Columbia ($45,290), California Institute of Technology ($37,704), Massachusetts Institute of Technology ($40,732), Stanford ($40,569), University of Chicago ($42,783), University of Pennsylvania ($42,098) and then DUKE ($41,958).

The ACC did fairly well, and notably are the highest ranked BCS conference -- the sixth time in the past seven reports.

Notably, the ACC is the only BCS conference to place seven schools among the top 38, and it was also the only BCS conference with over half of its members in the top 50. The ACC has also had a school finish in the top 10 every year since 2006.

Take that SEC!

The ACC according to USN:
No. 10 Duke ($41.9K)
No. 25 Virginia ($11.5K in-state/$36.5K out) and Wake Forest ($41.5K)
No. 29 North Carolina ($7K in-state/$26.8K out)
No. 31 Boston College ($42.2K)
No. 36 Georgia Tech ($9.6K in-state/$27.8K out)
No. 38 Miami ($39.6)
No. 55 Maryland ($8.6K in-state/$26K out)
No. 68 Clemson ($12.6K in-state/$28K out)
No. 71 Virginia Tech ($11K in-state/$24.5K out)
No. 101 Florida State ($5.8K in-state/$20.9K out) and NC State ($7K in-state/$19.8K out)

For the full report, click here.

FSU Moving To SEC Inevitable?

SPETMAN (Mike Ewen/Tallahassee Democrat) 
Look, it’s easy, no matter how hard they try, sometimes the truth just slips out.

In several articles today about how FSU is “comfortable” in the ACC but willing to investigate change, Athletic Director Randy Spetman said, “I have no magic message but we do know the collegiate structure is changing. Television has driven it to where it is.”

Spetman then said that FSU’s share of the ACC television contract is between $13 and $14 million, compared to $24 million that each of the Pac-12 conference members receive.

“The move now for extending the size of a conference is TV contracts,” Spetman said. “That’s the only way to make more money.”

And that (making money), loyal readers is what it’s all about!

If Florida State would be approached by another conference, any decision on leaving the ACC would have to be Eric Barron’s, Haggard said. The university president was traveling Wednesday and not immediately available to comment.

Rumor has it that he was in Birmingham, Alabama...which just happens to be where the SEC headquarters are located.

Just sayin’...

*Items in italics may not be true. 

To read more, click here.          

ESPN Lunchtime Links


WITHERS (Robert Willet/Raleigh News & Observer)
By Heather Dinich/ESPN.com
  • Maryland tight end Matt Furstenburg knew this spring he would be a bigger part of the Terps' offense, and his performance against Miami could signal a greater use of the positionunder coordinator Gary Crowton.
Clemson Quarterback Tajh Boyd Delivers
BOYD (AP Photo)
  • Expect to see Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd running more as the season progresses.
  • Virginia's defense is better this year, no doubt, but the first true measure of how much better comes Saturday against UNC.
  • As long as Virginia Tech running back Josh Oglesby gets a chance to shine this year, he'll take the opportunity and run with it.
  • Miami offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson is on track to return from a back injury this season.
  • Couldn't agree more with David Teel. You cannot dismiss the importance of academics to the ACC when talking conference realignment. You must understand the ACC to realize that.

(Flying) Pictures Of The Day

German equestrian Marco Kutscher jumps over a hurdle on Cornet Obolensky during the European Show Jumping Championship in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Jochen Luebke/EPA)
A two-seater paraglider sets off from Ben Lomond mountain and turns against the back drop of Double Cone mountain near Queenstown, New Zealand.  (Photo by Alastair Grant/AP Photos)
The Breitling Jet Team flies during a press demonstration prior to the airshow at Sion, Switzerland.  (Photo By Dominic Favre/EPA)
Novak Djokovic of Serbia takes flight during the U.S. Open.  Djokovic won the tournament making it three out of four 2011 Grand Slam events. (Photo by Simon Bruty/Sports Illustrated)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

ACC To Experiment With NFL Style Revenue Sharing, Duke Basketball Players Worth Over $1 Million Each


Sources close (at least geographically) to ACC headquarters in Charlotte, NC, tell T.A.H. that ACC commissioner John Swofford will hold a press conference in the very near future to announce that the ACC, which is rated only ahead of the Mountain West after two weeks of the 2011-12 football season, will begin paying it’s players based on a revenue schedule modeled after the one that is used by the NFL.

According to a study released today published by the National College Players Association and  Drexel University professor Ellen J. Staurowsky, the average fair market value of top-tier college football and men’s basketball players is over $100,000 each.

“That means our guys should earn a rock solid $75,000 a year,” Swofford is rumored to be going to say at his not-yet-announced presser. “Maybe the kids and Virginia Tech and Florida State should earn $85 - $95,000 a year, but the rest of the league should be able to scrape by for much less.”

According to the study, instead of getting what they’re worth, the players receive athletic scholarships that don’t cover the full cost of attending school, leaving many of them living below the poverty line, says the report, “The Price of Poverty in Big Time College Sport.”

The report says that if college sports shared their revenues the way pro sports do, the average Football Bowl Subdivision player would be worth $121,000 per year, while the average basketball player at that level would be worth $265,000.

And those are just averages: Some examples point to even more striking disparities. The University of Texas football players’ fair market value was $513,922 in 2010, but they lived $778 below the federal poverty line and had a $3,624 scholarship shortfall. Duke basketball players were valued at $1,025,656 while living just $732 above the poverty line and had scholarship shortfalls of $1,995.

SWOFFORD NOT TALKING TO T.A.H.
“We aren’t quite sure yet what will happen to non-revenue sports, women’s sports or the chemistry department, “ Swofford said, “but the revenue producing players are gonna love this!”

The 60 highest-paid FBS football coaches averaged more than $2 million in total compensation, according to the report, with big guns like Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas’ Mack Brown earning an estimated $6 million and $5.1 million, respectively. The 25 highest-paid basketball coaches in the 2011 NCAA tournament averaged about $2.4 million, with Rick Pitino of Louisville taking home a compensation package of $7.5 million.

Based on the findings in the study and an Inside Higher Education report showing that almost half of FBS colleges were caught violating NCAA rules between 2001 and 2010, the report implicates the NCAA itself as the chief culprit for the scandals that have plagued college sports.

“Through the NCAA, college presidents mandate impoverished conditions for young, valuable players and throw money around to all other college sports stakeholders when those players perform well, a formula that drives the powerful black market that thrives at so many universities nationwide,” the report concludes.

It also points out that, despite athletic programs’ record revenues, salaries and capital expenditures — as well as prohibitions on countless sources of income for athletes — the NCAA explicitly allows college athletes to accept food stamps and welfare benefits. “The NCAA is forcing taxpayers to pay for expenses that players would be able to pay themselves if not for NCAA rules. I guess the NCAA expects both college athletes and taxpayers to finance its greed and lavish salaries,” Ramogi Huma, a former UCLA linebacker and head of the The National College Players Association said.

“If nothing changes, about half of football and basketball players will continue to not graduate and will continue to break NCAA rules. If reform takes place, graduation rates will increase dramatically, their financial desperation will be reduced, and they will finally receive their commercial free market value,” predicted Huma.

Freshmen QB Ricardo Young of Virginia Tech (by way of H.D. Woodson) is given credit on the front cover of the study.

To read the complete study, click here.

To read the executive summary (3 pages), click here.

For all of it plus more tables and statistics, click here.

*Items in ITALICS may not be true…

New Study Shows That Players On Teams That Have Actually Won A National Championship Worth More

According to the The Price of Poverty in Big Time College Sport study just released:

THE RICHEST
Football players with the top 10 highest estimated fair market values are worth between $345k-$514k in 2009-10. The top spot was held by University of Texas football players. While 100% of these players received scholarships that left them living below the federal poverty line and with an average scholarship shortfall of $2841 in 2010-11, their coaches were paid an average of over $3.5 million each in 2010 excluding bonuses.

…and:
Basketball players with the top 10 highest estimated fair market values are worth between $620k-$1 million in 2009-10. The top spot was held by Duke basketball players. While 80% of players received scholarships that left them living below the federal poverty and with an average scholarship shortfall of $3098 in 2010-11, their coaches were paid an average of over $2.5 million in 2010 excluding bonuses.

…and unfortunately, there is also this:

THE POOREST
The poorest football and basketball players from the richest teams (generated combined FB & BB revenues of $30 million or more in 2009-10, yet live in the poorest bottom 1/3 of all of the players in the study (on-campus and/or off-campus) are from the schools in Table 3 below.These players live between $3000-$5000 below the poverty line:
THE ACC
and...(click on tables for a better view)
THE ACC BY COMBINED BB AND FB REVENUE (last column)


Florida State Was Once A Uni Trend Setter


Fueled by Under Armour’s desire to compete with Nike, Maryland unveiled to varying reviews a new uniform a few weeks ago that rivaled Oregon’s swoosh unis in terms of edginess. 

The new uniform look has been going on for a few years now, but certain coaches and teams have dabbled into fashion design for many years.

Former Florida State coach Bill Peterson designed some helmets of his own…

According to LostLettermen.com:

"Peterson, who guided the Seminoles from 1960-70, introduced a new helmet for nearly every season that he was on the FSU sideline.

In 1962, Peterson took it to another level, introducing what has been dubbed a “helmet platoon.” The Seminoles had three different lids for their offensive, defensive and two-way players that season, according to helmethut.com.

The website revealed that Peterson saw his two-way players as the team’s premiere unit – or “The Chiefs” – meaning that the players in that unit wore a large Indian head logo (right) on both sides of their lids.

Those players who appeared strictly on offense were the “The War Party,” a group that sported a thin arrow on the helmets. Finally, the defensive unit. or “The Renegades,” could be identified by the tomahawk logos on the lids.

It was a unique approach, one that we haven’t seen catch on before or since.

The Seminoles posted a 4-3-3 record in 1962, when Peterson introduced his three-headed design scheme after the team’s third game."

To read more, click here

Terps To Name Basketball Court for Williams

(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The University of Maryland will name the basketball court at its home arena after former head coach Gary Williams, who retired in May after a 22-year run.

The ceremony will take place at the Comcast Center on Dec. 9.

The recommendation was made by school President Wallace D. Loh, who calls Williams “a faithful alumnus, a highly successful and iconic figure in men’s college basketball across the nation, a fierce competitor and a tireless fundraiser on behalf of student scholarships.”

Williams retired with a 461-252 record at Maryland. In 2006, he surpassed Lefty Driesell as Maryland’s winningest coach.

The Terps won the 2002 national championship under Williams and reached the NCAA tournament in 14 of his final 18 seasons at the school.

Hopefully, Maryland officials won't let Under Armour paint the floor...

ACC Lunchtime Links

MERLETTI (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
By Heather Dinich/ESPN

Picture Of The Day

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Cowboy Mickey Gee from Wichita Falls, Texas competes at steer wrestling during the 101st annual Pendleton Round-Up at Pendleton Round-Up Arena in Pendleton, Oregon. Pendleton, Pendleton, Pendleton...sorry, couldn’t stop.  (Photo by William Mancebo/Cal Sports Media)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Former FSU Kicker Ties NFL Record


JANIKOWSKI (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Former Seminole Sebastian Janikowski, who for many years was more famous for his bad behavior than his accuracy or his range, kicked a 63-yard field goal with five seconds left in the first half of the Raiders game against the Denver Broncos. The Raiders won 23-20.

The kick tied the record set by Tom Dempsey of the New Orleans Saints back in 1970 to give the Saints a last second 19-17 win over the equally hapless Detroit Lions. The record was also equaled on October 25, 1998 when Jason Elam of the Denver Broncos kicked a 63-yarder.

Dempsey was born without toes on his right foot and nofingers on his right arm. He wore a modified shoe with a flattened and enlarged toe surface. This generated some controversy and eventually led to the "Tom Dempsey Rule," in 1977. The new rule said “any shoe that is worn by aplayer with an artificial limb on his kicking leg must have a kicking surface that conforms to that of a normal kicking shoe." We don’t know that the rule has ever been used since…

DEMPSEY
Dempsey played for the New Orleans Saints (1969–1970), the Philadelphia Eagles (1971–1974), the Los Angeles Rams (1975–1976), the Houston Oilers (1977) and the Buffalo Bills (1978–1979). Unlikethe "soccer style" approach used by nearly all place kickers today, Dempsey used a straight approach to kick the ball.

(Editor's Note: The word out in cyberspace and gurgling around talk radio is that the Raiders are going to challege the official spot of the kick claiming it was really a record-breaking 64 yard field goal.  Nice, Al Davis, NICE!)

ACC Football Players Of The Week

PRICE (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
OFFENSIVE BACK – Tanner Price, Wake Forest, QB, So., 6-2, 205, Austin, TX Price, a 6-2, 205-pound sophomore from Austin, TX (Westlake) completed 22 of 35 passes for 297 yards and one touchdown in leading Wake Forest to a 34-27 win over NC State. Price threw a 31-yard scoring pass to Michael Campanaro in the first quarter to put Wake Forest ahead 7-0. He completed 10 of 12 passes for 130 yards in the first quarter as Wake Forest built a 10-0 lead.

RECEIVER – Dwight Jones, North Carolina, WR, Sr., 6-4, 225, Burlington, N.C. Senior wide receiver Dwight Jones finished with six catches for 135 yards and a 66-yard touchdown. It was his second 100-yard game in as many weeks and the sixth of his career.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Oday Aboushi, Virginia, OT, Jr., 6-6, 310, Staten Island, N.Y. Just three days after attending a reception at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. to honor Muslim-American athletes, Oday Aboushi came up big for UVa’s offensive line in its 34-31 victory at Indiana. Aboushi graded out at 89 percent for the 72 plays he was in on for the Cavaliers. He had 13 knockdown blocks and help Virginia roll up 360 yards of total offense.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Cam Johnson, Virginia, DE, Sr., 6-4, 270, Washington, D.C. Made the key play in UVa’s 34-31 win at Indiana. After Virginia battled back to tie the game at 31, Johnson sacked IU quarterback Edward Wright-Baker with 1:13 to play, stripping the ball away and recovering the fumble, to give the Cavaliers possession at the Hoosier’s 14-yard line. That set up Robert Randolph’s game-winning field goal as time expired. Johnson finished the game with three tackles, two for a loss, one sack, one knocked down pass, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and three quarterback pressures.

LINEBACKER – Kyle Wilber, Wake Forest, OLB, Sr., 6-5, 240, Apopka, Fla. Outside linebacker Kyle Wilber, a 6-5, 240-pound redshirt senior from Apopka, Fla (Apopka) recorded seven tackles against NC State including five solo stops and two assists. He also forced a fumble and had a half-tackle for loss.

DEFENSIVE BACK – Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech, CB, So., 6-0, 187, Baltimore, Md. Fuller was a lynchpin in a secondary that held the potent East Carolina passing attack to just over 100 yards through the air. Fuller posted a team-high 44 points in coaches' grading after picking up four tackles, including two for loss, with an interception and a pass break up. 

RANDOLPH (Jim Daves/UVA Media Relations)      
SPECIALIST – Robert Randolph, Virginia, PK, Sr., 5-10, 170, Naples, Fla. Tied his career high with four field goals including the game winner as time expired from 23 yards. He also connected from 42, 44 and 23 yards. Randolph is now 8-8 this season (which leads the NCAA in accuracy and FGs made) and has been named the national placekicker of the week for the second consecutive week. Randolph has converted 18 of his last 19 kicks dating back to last season.

ROOKIE – Sammy Watkins, Clemson, WR, Fr., 6-1, 200, Fort Myers, Fla. Watkins gained 196 yards in all-purpose running in Clemson’s 35-27 win over Wofford. The true freshman had five kickoff returns for 110 yards and added four catches for 56 yards and 3 rushes for 30 yards in an impressive all-around performance. Combined, he had 12 touches for his 196 yards in the game. The all-purpose total was the most by a Clemson freshman since 2001 when Derrick Hamilton had 205 against Maryland.

Bowden Had Prostate Cancer in 2007


  (Edited from AP) Bobby Bowden was treated for prostate cancer in early 2007, the former Florida State football coach told USA Today.

In an interview Tuesday, Coach Dadgummit said he kept the details hidden from everyone except family members for the past four years.

Bowden was treated by one of his former players -- Dr. Joe Camps, who was the was captain of Bowden's first team at FSU in 1976. Camps, a urologist and surgical oncologist, implanted low-dose radiation seeds in Bowden's prostate, a procedure known as brachytherapy.

Bowden, 81, said he is now cancer-free.

Bowden said that if he knew at the time what he knows now, he would have considered it "my moral duty to bring it out in the open."

ACC Needs FSU Win Over Oklahoma


Speaking of the Noles, ESPN's Heather Dinich blogged about some pretty horrible ACC numbers of late.
  • Since Florida State beat Virginia Tech in the 2000 Sugar Bowl, ACC teams are 6-47 against non-conference teams ranked in the top 10.
  • During that span, the conference is 1-32 against top five teams.
  • The ACC has lost 10 straight to top five teams, and 13 of the past 14 against top 10 opponents.
Nice, ACC, NICE!

If you are a Hokie fan you know you haven't helped much in this area recently either.

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