Saturday, September 24, 2011

(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Saturday, September 24

GEORGIA TECH 35, NORTH CAROLINA 28, Final

Temple 38, MARYLAND 7, Final

BOSTON COLLEGE 45, Massachusetts 17, Final

Southern Miss 30, VIRGINIA 24,  Final

VIRGINIA TECH 30, Marshall 10, Final

Kansas State 28, MIAMI 24, Final

CLEMSON 35FLORIDA STATE 30, Final

DUKE 48, Tulane 27, Final


For game recaps, etc., click here

Friday, September 23, 2011

Week 4 ACC FOOTBALL

Thursday September 22
Cincinnati 44, N.C. STATE 14 | Highlights | Recap | TV: ESPN/ESPN 3-D (Sirius 91//XM 91)

Saturday, September 24
NORTH CAROLINA @ GEORGIA TECH (-5.5), Atlanta, Ga., 12:00 PM, TV: ESPN (Sirius 85//XM 85)

Temple (Owls, 27,803 students, Philadelphia, PA) @ MARYLAND (-9), College Park, Md., 12:30 PM, TV: ACC Network (Sirius 93//XM 193)

Massachusetts (minutemen, 27,269 students, Amherst, MA) @ BOSTON COLLEGE (-12.5), Chestnut Hill, Mass., 1:00 PM, TV: ESPN3 (Sirius 132)

Southern Miss (Golden Eagles, 18,929 students, Hattiesburg, MS) @ VIRGINIA (-3), Charlottesville, Va., 3:30 PM, TV: RSN (Sirius 92//XM 191)

VIRGINIA TECH (-18.5) @ Marshall (Thundering Herd, 9,692 students, Huntington, WV), Huntington, W.Va., 3:30 PM, TV: CBSSN (Sirius 138//XM 194)

Kansas State (Wildcats, 19,205, Manhattan, KS) @ MIAMI (-13), Miami Gardens, Fla., 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU (Sirius 149//XM 192)

FLORIDA STATE (-3) @ CLEMSON, Clemson, S.C., 3:30 PMTV: ESPN/ESPN 3-D (Sirius 136//XM 190)

Tulane (Green Wave, 7,803 students, New Oreland, LA) @ DUKE (-11), Durham, N.C., 3:30 PM, TV: ESPN3 (Sirius 113)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Big East Commissioner John Marinatto Discovers Syracuse and Pitt Are Leaving


Look, we know you have seen this Hitler video a zillion times.  However, as old as it is, this version is FUNNY…

An Open Letter to A(ME)CC Commisioner John Swofford

Dear Commissioner Swofford:

We write today to retract what we said yesterday.  (Sorry.)

Yesterday, we advocated that Notre Dame and West Virginia join the ACC.  We were wrong. (Sorry, again.)

Upon further review, and yes the voices in our heads are on a continuous annoying loop, we have decided that the most logical newbies would be West Virginia and Penn State.

Now, you and the university presidents may be coveting UConn and Rutgers due to your fascination with the Northeast television audience, but take a moment to consider our proposal.

We understand that you are afflicted with an intense focus on the Northeast simply because you correctly believe that the millions of people who live between Piscataway, NJ and Storrs, CT will increase A(ME)CC viewership and give the league even more leverage for the next time you visit the ESPN/FoxSports/CBS ATM cash machine otherwise known as the league’s television contract.

That said, let’s forget about money for just a moment…

Whoa, that was scary!  Are you OK?  We promise, we will never say that again…

OK, we won’t forget the money…but, we will set it aside for just a moment.

In terms of geography and tradition, and, HEAVEN FORBID, common sense, the Mountaineers and the Nittany Lions seem perfect fits.

Penn State is sort of the odd school out in the Big Ten. They don’t really have a natural rivalry with the Big 10 football powers Ohio State (12-12), Michigan (the WVU Wikipedia page doesn’t list the Wolverines as a current or dormant rival!) or Michigan State (12-3) of any duration or intensity.  Who cares about Penn State vs. Iowa or Penn State vs. Illinois? 

Back in the old days, the biggest game on PSU’s schedule was against Pitt. The Pennsylvania Classic was a great example of two in-state rivals that hated each other.  They last played in 2000 – a crime of sorts for two football schools a mere 130 miles apart.

From 1917 to 1993, Joe Pa's Lions used to stomp Maryland on a regular basis.  Just kidding, of course, Joe Pa wasn’t there in 1917, it just seems like it…However, in that time span Penn state won 35 of 37 games with the Terps managing but one win in 1961 (coincidentally, that was the year Maryland became the first team to add the players'  names to their jerseys.) There was one tie in 1989.  Why not give the men from College Park a chance at a little redemption?

West Virginia is so obvious, we can’t stand it.  They are adept at both football and basketball.  They have enough crazy working to create a rock solid lacrosse program.  Add to those qualifications add existing rivalries with Maryland, Virginia Tech, Pitt and, to some extent, Miami…all their old buddies from the Big (L)East and they'll have A(ME)CC written all over Morgantown.  (Yeah, it'll be in spray paint, but it will be written.)

Also, starting in 1904, and then continuously from 1947 to 1992, Penn State played the Mountaineers. The Nit-Lions led the series when it ended 48-9-2.  The WVU faithful last burned a couch over this one in 1988 when West Virginia clobbered PSU 51-30.

In conclusion, the geography makes sense and brings more of the big Pennsylvania audience for the coveted remote control demographic, and the rivalries work.  Finally, the Mountaineers burn couches for crying out loud!

It’s a no brainer.

The new A(ME)CC:

North (in geographical order, or thereabouts):
Syracuse
Boston College
Pitt
Penn State
West Virginia
Maryland
Virginia
Virginia Tech

South:
North Carolina
North Carolina State
Duke
Wake Forest
Clemson
Georgia Tech
Florida State
Miami

If you want four divisions with four teams each, that’s easy too, but we don’t see the point.

North Northern Division: Syracuse, Boston College, Penn State and Pitt
North Southern Division: West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech
South Northern Division: North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke and Wake Forest
South Southern Division: Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Miami

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,

The Entire Staff of T.A.H.

A Large Number of Penn State People

A Large Number of West Virginia People

and Furniture Manufacturers Everywhere

More Boeheim On The Expansion Of The A(ME)CC


Here are two more quotes from the Syracuse coach who seems to be the only major player in this drama who isn’t afraid to say what he thinks…

This one is a peach:

“If conference commissioners were the founding fathers of this country, we would have Guatemala, Uruguay and Argentina in the United States.”

Ultimately, to clarify his position, he said this:

“I’m unhappy the Big East broke up. That’s a completely different thing than saying I’m unhappy about going to the ACC.  I think it’s a great league. I think we can benefit from being in the ACC. Kids that we’re recruiting like us and the ACC. There aren’t many kids that don’t like to play against Duke and North Carolina. We’re going to a great league and it’s going to be great basketball. Period.”

Commonwealth Of Virginia Wins Big At Blue Ridge

(Richard Clay Photo)
Dr. Wahoo Griffin  (not his real name, his real name is Al) of Warrenton, VA by way of the University of Virginia, a charter member of the T.A.H. Foundation and loyal reader since Day 1 (back in 2005!), won the Open Timber race at the Blue Ridge Races last weekend at the Woodley Farm racecourse in Berryville, VA.

The good doctor won with a six-year-old Virginia-bred named Aero.  Trained by Virginian Doug Fout (The Plains, VA) and ridden by Jeff Murphy (Millwood, VA), Aero was close to the pace early on and then gained control before the last fence winning off by 3 ½ lengths.

Aero enjoys international connections being by Northern Spur (IRE), out of Best Victory (FR) by Cadoudal (FR).  "IRE" as in Ireland and "FR" as in France, but you probably figured that out already.

Aero was bred by the Eldon Farm Racing Stable LLC which is located in Charlottesville, VA not far from what students and alums call “The University.”  

Things That Make You Go...

Hmmm...
Eain Smith of the West Virginia Mountaineers reacts to the announcement that Pitt and Syracuse, not the Mountaineers, will be joining the new ACC (the Atlantic Mountain East Coast Conference or  A(ME)CC).

(Phot by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

R.I.P. Dave Gavitt, 1937 -2011

(ESPN)
Few people had as big an impact on modern college basketball as Dave Gavitt who died last Friday of congestive heart failure.  The former coach at Providence founded the Big East and ushered in the modern era of big money and television.

As a coach, Gavitt (Dartmouth ’59) took the Friars to the Final Four with a team led by Ernie DeGregorio and Marvin “The Eraser” Barnes.

In 1979, Gavitt gathered up a group of athletic directors to start the Big East -- a basketball conference focused on conference tournies, big arenas and a television deal with ESPN.

He served as Big East commissioner until 1990.

According to the New York Times, “Gavitt envisioned a time when major basketball colleges in the East would draw on big-city television and marketing opportunities to create a high-profile league, bringing enhanced revenue and the recruitment of star high school players.”


(Dartmouth)
Gavitt also was selected as the 1980 U.S. Olympic basketball coach. He served as the President of USA Basketball, Executive Director of the NCAA Foundation, CEO of the Boston Celtics (1990-1994), Chairman of the Board of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and broadcast analyst for NCAA basketball games on both radio and television. 


In the 1992 Barcelona Games, Gavitt helped USA Olympic Dream Team win the gold medal. 


The rest, as they say, is history...


To read more, click here

A(ME)CC Links

By Heather Dinich/ESPN

Speaking of the Terps, Towson has returned its ticket allotment to Maryland and encouraged its fans to buy cheaper seats from a secondary market. "Cheeky."

Virginia doesn't have many scholarships left to give, but it found one for receiver Canaan Severin.

Clemson's win over Auburn was nice, but offensive coordinator Chad Morris wants to see even more.

There's always room for improvement -- even at Georgia Tech.

NC State needs some time to heal, and this short week doesn't really give it to them.

TERPS FUMBLING. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Duke quarterback Sean Renfree is after wins, not records.

Even UNC's D was stunned by Georgia Tech's offensive output against Kansas, but the Heels say they're ready.

FSU quarterback EJ Manuel is day-to-day with an injured shoulder.

Maryland's toughest opponent against West Virginia might have been itself.

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer talked about the impact expansion will have on his recruiting.

Is it time already for the ACC to move to 16 teams? You snooze, you lose, writes Paul Woody.

Miami is preparing for K-State's dual-threat quarterback.

Quote Of The Day


(New York Daily News)
The Birmingham (Ala.) News reported Monday that in a morning appearance at the  Monday Morning Quarterback Club, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said he expects the ACC tournament will mostly be held in the South and occasionally come to Madison Square Garden, where the Big East holds its annual tournament.

"It's a great place for a tournament. Where would you want to go to to a tournament for five days? Let's see: Greensboro, North Carolina, or New York City? Jeez. Let me think about that one and get back to you."

Ouch.

(Editor’s Note: Well...he may have a point, Greensboro is a perfectly nice city, but it ain’t the Big Apple. Clearly, Boeheim didn’t get the memo where Ol’ Roy stirred up some controversy calling the ACC tourney a meaningless cocktail party.  Yee-hah...NEW YORK CITEEE??)

Pictures Of The Day

UNC's Tydreke Powell (91) reaches for a piece of Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco's (16) jersey in the first quarter. (Photo by Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
Nice tan lines on the foreheads...USA team captain Jim Remy poses with his players after the USA defeated Great Britain and Ireland 17.5 to 8.5 to win the 25th PGA Cup at the CordeValle Golf Club on September 18, 2011 in San Martin, California. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
N.C. State's Mike Glennon (8) gets ready to pass to N.C. State's Taylor Gentry (47), left, for a one-yard touchdown reception. (Photo by Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)

Third-seeded Wang Shixian of China smashes the shuttlecock against Pi Hongyan of France during their women's singles first round match at the Japan Open badminton championships in Tokyo on September 21, 2011. Wang won the match 21-9, 12-21, 21-11.  (Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP PHOTO)
Ouch.  Alipate Fatafehi of Tonga tackles Ryan Nicholas of Japan by the privates during the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Tonga and Japan at Northland Events Centre on September 21, 2011 in Whangarei, New Zealand. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

AMECC: Who’s Next? Rutgers and UConn?


OH YEAH, WE WILL GET FOOLED AGAIN...
The talk out in sports cyberspace, on radio and television is trending toward UConn and Rutgers being the next two schools to join the ever-expanding ACC (which we now refer to as the AMECC: Atlantic Mountain East Coast Conference.)  

Much is being said about UConn, a well-established basketball power with an recently improving football program.  The Huskies enjoy an obvious rivalry with Syracuse while Rutgers is...well...close to that mysterious magical coveted wonderland NYC and its seemingly endless media market.  Oh yeah, and Rutgers is near the Jersey Shore.

Really?  The Snookification of the ACC?

We say: Nonsense.

If the old ACC (and the new AMECC) is going to expand to 16 teams the next two logical choices are obvious:  Notre Dame and West Virginia.

Notre Dame’s independence in football is getting harder and harder to maintain.  It will be nearly impossible to schedule their traditional rivals if the “four super conferences” scenario plays out.  While it would seem a logical fit for the Golden Domers to join the Big Ten, a better play financially and geographically (in terms of the fan base) would be an East Coast league with ties to that mysterious magical coveted wonderland NYC and its seemingly endless media market.

West Virginia makes sense for geographic reasons (it would cut down some travel time, and who doesn't want to go to Morgantown at least once a year?) and Maryland, Virginia Tech and Pitt already have healthy rivalries with the Mountaineers.

BILLBOARD IN WACO, TX - THE HOME OF BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
That said the downside is pretty obvious.  With all that basketball muscle the ACC (AMECC) teams would be pretty worn down after a brutal regular seasons and conference tournament -- a problem which seems to have plagued some members of the Old Big East when it came time for the Big Dance.

In addition, the better football programs make it more difficult to go undefeated and have a shot at the BCS National Championship game under the current system.  But one upside of the "superconference scenario" is that it consolidates power and should make it easier to negotiate a limited playoff utilizing the current bowl system.

None the less, if the ACC (AMECC) is going to continue to expand into a super conference why not go for a waning Super Power (Notre Dame) with tremendous clout and a traditional rival of several of your existing members (WVU).

Let's burn some couches, people.

Stat Of The Week: 604 Yards Rushing


ORWIN SMITH (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The Yellow Jackets' triple-option attack distributed the ball evenly among a dozen different rushers en route to 604 yards and seven touchdowns rushing in a 66-24 annihilation of Kansas.

No single Tech player carried the ball more than nine times, but as a team the Jackets averaged more than 12 yards per carry and broke twelve runs covering at least 20 yards, including 95 and 63-yard touchdown runs, respectively, on their first offensive snaps of each half. 

At one point in the third quarter, they scored four touchdowns in a span of twelve plays, three of them covering more than 50 yards.

With another 164 yards passing on top of the obscene rushing total — Tech quarterback Tevin Washington averaged 23.4 yards on four completions, two of them going for long scores — the Jackets set a school record for total offense and made the Jayhawks look awful.

FSU QB Has Sprained Shoulder


(Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Quarterback EJ Manuel’s availability for 11th-ranked Florida State’s Atlantic Coast Conference opener at Clemson is on a day-to-day basis, coach Jimbo Fisher said Monday.

Manuel, who didn’t practice Monday, is one of several Seminole offensive players who could miss the team’s first road test of the young season. Fisher had only four scholarship receivers healthy at Monday’s practice.

“It affects you,” the second-year head coach conceded. “Injuries are a part of football. We’ll move around and do differed personnel groupings.”

Manuel sprained his non-throwing left shoulder in Saturday’s 23-13 loss to top-ranked Oklahoma, and doctors checked him again Monday to see if the injury was severe enough to keep him out of the Clemson game.

Fisher said an MRI on Manuel revealed no structural damage.

To read more, click here.

Tar Heels Vacate Two Years Of Football Victories, Celebratory Riots Break Out at Duke


Hey, this looks like College Park, not Durham...(Rachel Fus)
The University of North Carolina has inflicted self-imposed penalties on its football program after university and enforcement staff concluded several players had received impermissible benefits in violation of NCAA bylaws governing agents, runners and preferential treatment.

The Tar  Heels will vacate all victories from the 2008 and 2009 seasons, dock the team nine scholarships over the next three years and put itself on two years of probation. North Carolina went 8-5 in both seasons.

"We accept responsibility for mistakes that were made in terms that are balanced, measured and fair," director of athletics Dick Baddour said Monday in a statement.

The university also fined itself $50,000 and declared an official disassociation with former defensive back Chris Hawkins and former tutor Jennifer Wiley.  We aren’t sure how one “fines onself,” but we’ll get back to you on that one.

Meanwhile, students over in Durham took to the streets, drinking, singing and lighting the famous Duke benches on fire to celebrate the first back-to-back wins against their rival since 1885 or whenever it was that the Ol’ Ballcoach was there.

Here is a copy of UNC’s official response to the NCAA. 

*Items in italics may not be true.

Atlantic Mountain East Coach Conference Football Links

By Heather Dinich/ESPN

Is the ACC more interested in TV money than its fans? Caulton Tudor says yes.

Who gets what in this deal?

David Teel says expansion is fueled by mistrust and panic.

Athlon says what it means for the ACC and what's next.

This round of ACC expansion happened behind the scenes, unlike last time.

How should we feel about ACC expansion?

Maryland likes it so much it wants to do it again.

BC is happy for the company -- and old rivals.

Despite its off-field issues, Miami has some reasons to smile.

Virginia coach Mike London was impressed with his offensive line against UNC -- and he should be.

RENFREE (Stephan Savoia/AP Photo)
Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has reconstructed the triple option, and it has allowed the Jackets to amaze themselves and others.

No halftime leads? No problem for Clemson.

After injuries against Oklahoma, Seminoles Kenny Shaw and EJ Manuel are reportedly in good shape.

Despite the lopsided win over Gardner-Webb, Wake Forest still has some work to do.

Here's the good and the bad from Miami's win over Ohio State.

Upon further review, Duke quarterback Sean Renfree had a record-setting day against BC.

Atlantic Mountain East Coast Conference (AMECC) Players Of The Week

BOYD (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
OFFENSIVE BACK - Tajh Boyd, Clemson, QB, So., 6-1, 225, Hampton, Va. Boyd completed 30-42 passes for 386 yards and four touchdowns without an interception in Clemson's 38-24 victory that ended Auburn's 17-game winning streak. Boyd led the Clemson offense to 624 yards of total offense, the third highest total in Clemson history. Boyd's 386 yards passing were the second most in Clemson history. He also rushed for 30 yards giving him 416 yards of total offense, fourth most in Clemson history.

RECEIVER and ROOKIE - Sammy Watkins, Clemson, WR, Fr., 6-1, 200, Fort Myers, Fla. Watkins caught 10 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns in Clemson's 38-24 victory over Auburn. The freshman from Florida established Clemson freshman records for receptions, reception yards and touchdown receptions in a game with the performance. He also had 44 yards rushing on seven attempts, giving him 199 yards from scrimmage, the most by a Clemson player since the 2009 ACC Championship game when C.J. Spiller had 238 against Georgia Tech.  Watkins was also named Rivals.com Freshmen Of The Week. 

WATKINS (Streter Lecka/Getty Images)
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech, OG, Jr., 6-3, 300, Lithonia, Ga. Uzzi and the Yellow Jacket offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage in Georgia Tech's 66-24 win over Kansas. The Jackets broke an NCAA record for yards per rushing attempt (12.1), broke an ACC record for rushing yards (604) and smashed a school record for total offense (768). Tech allowed only one sack on the day. 

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Bjoern Werner, Florida State, DE, So., 6-4, 273, Berlin, Germany Werner was a pivotal performer from his left end position as the Seminoles held the Sooners to 310 total yards; their lowest output since the 2009 season. A first-year starter, Werner posted a career-high six tackles (5 solos, 1 assist), which included two tackles for loss and a sack of OU quarterback Landry Jones. He was also credited with one quarterback hurry. Werner leads FSU with 3.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks this season.

UZZI (Dennis Hubbard/Icon SMI)
LINEBACKER - Luke Kuechly, Boston College, LB, Jr., 6-3, 237, Cincinnati, Ohio Junior LB Luke Kuechly recorded 23 tackles in Boston College's 20-19 loss to Duke, marking a career high and tying Stephen Boyd for second on the school's all-time single-game list. Boyd recorded 23 tackles against Virginia Tech in 1993. Saturday's game marked the third game of Kuechly's career with 20 or more tackles. Kuechly now has 399 career tackles. He is positioned to become the fifth Eagle and 32nd player from the ACC to ever record 400 career tackles.

DEFENSIVE BACK - Matt Merletti, North Carolina, S, Sr., 5-11, 205, Cleveland, Ohio Senior Matt Merletti made seven tackles and intercepted two passes in Carolina's 28-17 win over Virginia. Merletti's two interceptions came on Virginia's final two possessions to help the Tar Heels secure the victory.  Merletti had caught some flack from his teammates all week after dropping an interception against Rutgers.  

SPECIALIST - Dustin Hopkins, Florida State, K, Jr., 6-2, 190, Houston, Texas. Hopkins extended his streak of consecutive field goal conversions to 13, connecting from 53 and 46 yards against Oklahoma. Hopkins' 53-yarder was the second-longest of his career. Hopkins is 6-of-6 on field goal attempts this season and has converted all 13 of his PAT attempts. In addition to his streak of 13 consecutive successful field goals, Hopkins has now converted 99 consecutive PATs and is just nine shy of tying the Florida State record held by Derek Schmidt since 1986.

Editorial: The Beginning of the End

THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL
(Skip Morrow)
Rivals.com College Football Editor  Mike Huguenin thinks the ACC has opened up the floodgates of doom saying:

“I still think the move to four 16-team 'super conferences' will kill college sports as we know it. You would think someone would step up and say, ‘Wait a minute. Have we really thought this through?’ But because they think there is one more buck out there to be made, the commissioners are in a sort of feeding frenzy.”

To read his entire article, click here.  

Pictures Of The Day

Danario Alexander of the St. Louis Rams catches a 19-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against Michael Coe of the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on September 19, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants won.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees acknowledges the crowd after recording his 602nd carer save making him the all-time saves leader.  (Photo by Justin Lane/EPA)
An aerial view shows part of the illuminated Marina Bay circuit of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at dusk.  (Photo by David Loh/Reuters)

Redskins officials make sure these two fans have left every last nickel inside of Fed Ex field before leaving after the Redskins defeated the Cardinals 22-21 on Sunday…Not really…fans are patted-down by security before the game under the new "enhanced" pat-down procedures requested by the NFL.  The league wants all 32 clubs to search fans from the ankles to the knees as well as the waist up.  That should make it easier to get in the stadium further enhancing the game day experience…(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Clemson Joins Polls After Win Over Auburn


(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Clemson moved into the national rankings for the first time since the end of the 2009 season at No. 21. Auburn, which carried that spot into Death Valley, fell from The Associated Press poll for the second time this season.  

The ACC Tigers rolled up 624 yards to end the SEC Tiger’s 17-game winning streak with a 38-24 victory.

Auburn was ranked No. 23 in the preseason, then fell out after needing a late rally to beat Utah State 42-38 in the opener. Auburn returned a week ago following a 41-34 victory over Mississippi State.

Clemson comes it at #21 in the AP Poll and #22 in the USA Today poll.  The Tigers join the Seminoles (down from #5 to #11 AP, #14 USA Today), the Hokies (#13, #11), Georgia Tech (#25, #24) and North Carolina (#24 - USA Today).


Things That Make You Go...


Hmmm...

The Syracuse and Pitt cheerleaders organize a routine...

Just kidding.

These are actually competitors in the 2011 Ms. Olympia contest at Joe Weider’s annual Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas. 
(Photo by Brian Cahn/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Atlantic Mountain East Coast Conference (AMECC) Pictures Of The Day

In a battle of former ACC quarterbacks, Matt Ryan (formerly of Boston College) led the his Atlanta Falcons to a comeback victory over Michael Vick (Virginia Tech) and the Philadelphia Eagles last night in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Jacory Harris throwing for a touchdown Miami against the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 17, 2011 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
Vince WIlliams #11 of the Florida State Seminoles makes a tackle with Nigel Gradham #13 on a third down stop against Dominique Whaley #8 of the Oklahoma Sooners at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Florida Marlins at Nationals Park on 17, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images North America)
(L - R) University of Pittsburgh athletic director Steve Pederson and Chancellor Mark Nordenberg speak during a press conference following the acceptance of the University of Pittsburgh into the Atlantic Coast Conference on September 18, 2011 at Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America)
The England (white) and Georgian teams scrum during their Rugby World Cup Pool B match at the Otago stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Natacha Pisarenko/AP)
Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback Kevin Kolb is sacked by the Redskins’ Brian Orakpo in the first have of Washington’s come-from-behind 22-21 victory. The Redskins are 2-0 for the first time since 2007.  (Photo by Evan Vucci/AP)
Floyd Mayweather slams a right to the head of WBC Welterweight Champion Victor Oritz in the third round of their fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Mayweather knocked out Ortiz in the fourth round. (Photo by John Gurzinski/AFP/Getty Images)
New York Yankee Brett Gardner jumps up against a giant Nikon ad attempting to catch a home run hit by Toronto Blue Jay Adam Lind.  (Photo by Mark Blinch/Reuters)
Kenny Shaw #81 of the Florida State Seminoles is taken off the field after suffering an injury from a double helmet-to-helmet hit during play against the Oklahoma Sooners at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida. After gaining hospital clearance following x-rays and tests, the Florida State receiver returned to Doak Campbell Stadium for the final three minutes of the Seminoles 23-13 loss. He walked off the field at the end of the game looking quite healthy.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

AMECC: Atlantic Mountain East Coast Conference Pictures Of The Day

Clemson Tigers players run down the hill before the start of their game against the Auburn Tigers at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina.  Clemson defeated Auburn 38-24.  (Photo by Jake Drake/Cal Sport Media)
Allen Hurns of the Miami Hurricanes catches a pass from Jacory Harris #12 for a touchdown against the Ohio State Buckeyes in th first quarter on September 17, 2011 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images North America)
Jeremiah Attaochu #45 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets breaks up a pass intended for Tim Biere #86 of the Kansas Jayhawks at Bobby Dodd Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America)
A general view of Death Valley during Clemson’s game at Memorial Stadium against Auburn.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America)
Members of the Maryland Terrapins wait to be introduced before the start of their game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Byrd Stadium on September 17, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)
Duke defensive graduate assistant John Russell jumps into the arms safety Matt Daniels (40) after Boston College kicker Nate Freese missed a field goal from the 23 yard-line with 43 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of an NCAA football game at Alumni Stadium on the Boston College campus in Boston, Saturday afternoon, Sept. 17, 2011. Duke defeated Boston College 20-19.  (Photo by Stephan Savoia/AP Photos)
Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco (16) is dropped by a host of UNC defensive players including Kareem Martin (95), Quinton Coples (90), Kevin Reddick (48), Sylvester Williams (92), and Ebele Okakpu (41) in the first quarter. (Photo by Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
South Alabama's Anton Graphenreed (14) recovers the fumble by N.C. State's Curtis Underwood (3), left. Graphenreed would subsquently lose the ball and N.C. State would recover his fumble. (Photo by Ehtan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
Wake Forest linebacker Kyle Wilber (97) grabs a fistful of shirt while sacking Gardner Webb quarterback Chandler Browning (12) during the second quarter at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011.  (Photo by Bruce Chapman/Winston-Salem Journal/AP)

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