Saturday, October 22, 2011

Saturday ACC Football

NORTH CAROLINA @ CLEMSON (-9.5), Clemson, S.C., 12:00 PM, TV: ESPN, (Sirius 85//XM 85)

WAKE FOREST (-2) @ DUKE, Durham, N.C., 12:30 PM, TV: ACC Network, (Sirius 92//XM 191)

BOSTON COLLEGE @ VIRGINIA TECH (-20), Blacksburg, Va., 3:00 PM, TV: RSN, (Sirius 136//XM 192)

N.C. STATE @ VIRGINIA (-5.5), Charlottesville, Va., 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU(Sirius 112//XM 195)

MARYLAND @ FLORIDA STATE (-17), Tallahassee, Fla., 3:30 PM, TV: ABC/ESPN2, (Sirius 128//XM 190)

GEORGIA TECH @ MIAMI 9(-2), Miami Gardens, Fla., 3:30 PM, TV: ESPN, (Sirius 93//XM 197)

Pictures Of The Day

Lindsey Vonn of the US celebrates her victory in the Woman's Giant slalom at the FIS Ski World cup in Soelden on October 22, 2011. Vonn won ahead of Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg and Austria's Elisabeth Goergl. (Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty)
Finland's Tanja Poutiainen competes in the Woman's Giant slalom at the FIS Ski World cup in Soelden on October 22, 2011. Lindsey Vonn of US won ahead of Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg and third Austria's Elisabeth Goergl.Poutiainen didn't finish. (Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)
The flotilla of yachts head out to sea at the start of the Coastal Classic Yacht Race in Auckland Harbour on October 21, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. The annual race held over Labour weekend starts at Devonport wharf and finishes at Russell in the Bay of Islands a day later. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Louisville Cardinals runs with the ball while defended by Justin Francis #91 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on October 21, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville won 16-14.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Sebastien Ogier of France and Julien Ingrassia of France compete in their Citroen Total WRT Citroen DS3 WRC during the fifth stage of the first day of the WRC Rally of Spain on October 21, 2011 in La Fatarella, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images Europe)
Northampton Saints (R) are shown by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers players training techniques for A line of scrimmage at Pennyhill Park on October 20, 2011 in Bagshot, England. Gatorade, official performance partner of the AVIVA Premiership and the NFL brought these players together to compare training regimes ahead of the Pepsi Max International Series at Wembley.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images Europe)
Damien Oliver and Diamond Earth (R) capture a win during Cox Plate Day at the Moonee Valley Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)
USA’s Katie Reinprecht is tripped up by Chilean goalie Claudia Schuler during their field hockey match on day 7 of the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Cyclist take to the air during a qualifying round in the men’s BMX final competition at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.  (Photo by Jose Miguel Gomez/Reuters)
Where are the uni police when you need them? Ruggers for Sale Shark and Harlequins compete for ball possession in their LV=Cup match at Edgeley Park in Stockport, United Kingdom.  (Ed Sykes/Action Images/

Friday, October 21, 2011

Heelraiser...Pun Intended

When lifelong North Carolina fan John Snipes and his buddies attended a Clemson-South Carolina football game seven years ago, they walked past an orange-and-white Clemson-themed hearse in the tailgate area with a tiger paw logo painted on the hood.

Do we have to tell you what happened next?

To read more, click here

And, of course, it has its own web page --

This Week’s Matchups

NORTH CAROLINA @ CLEMSON (-9.5), Clemson, S.C., 12:00 PM, TV: ESPN, (Sirius 85//XM 85)

WAKE FOREST (-2) @ DUKE, Durham, N.C., 12:30 PM, TV: ACC Network, (Sirius 92//XM 191)

BOSTON COLLEGE @ VIRGINIA TECH (-20), Blacksburg, Va., 3:00 PM, TV: RSN, (Sirius 136//XM 192)

N.C. STATE @ VIRGINIA (-5.5), Charlottesville, Va., 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU(Sirius 112//XM 195)

MARYLAND @ FLORIDA STATE (-17), Tallahassee, Fla., 3:30 PM, TV: ABC/ESPN2, (Sirius 128//XM 190)

GEORGIA TECH @ MIAMI 9(-2), Miami Gardens, Fla., 3:30 PM, TV: ESPN, (Sirius 93//XM 197)

Tar Heels Media Pick To Win ACC Hoops

Fronted by the unanimous choice for Player of the Year and three other Wooden Award candidates, the North Carolina Heels are the media's nearly unanimous pick to win the ACC in 2011-12.

On Wednesday, 57 of 59 electors went with Tar Heels, which return the vast majority of their roster from a group that went 29-8. That contingent includes swing man Harrison Barnes, whose excellence in conference play last season made talent evaluators swoon. Barnes, to the surprise of some, is still an amateur, and, joined by post players John Henson and Tyler Zeller, he gives North Carolina an acclaimed front line.

Barnes, who averaged 15.7 points a game last year, was the second player to get the early nod from every voter in the past four years. Another Tar Heel, Tyler Hansbrough, was the choice in October of 2008.

The Devils received the other two first-place votes and are solidly second overall. Florida State, which advanced to the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16 last year, is third. Also occupying the upper stratum is Virginia, which has its highest on-paper expectations (fourth place) since predicted third in 2001-02.

2011-12 ACC Preseason Predictions
59 Ballots*
Team Finish:
1-North Carolina (57) 706
2-Duke (2) 649
3-Florida State 560
4-Virginia 463
5-Miami 455
6-Virginia Tech 411
7-Clemson 403
8-NC State 316
9-Maryland 264
10-Georgia Tech 176
11-Wake Forest 109
12-Boston College 90

Preseason All-ACC:
Harrison Barnes, UNC 59*
John Henson, UNC 47
Tyler Zeller, UNC 46
Malcolm Grant, Miami 32
Seth Curry, Duke 20 (t)
Mike Scott, Virginia 20 (t)
*denote unanimous

Preseason Player of the Year:
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina 57
John Henson, North Carolina 2

Preseason Rookie of the Year:
Austin Rivers, Duke 57
James Michael McAdoo 1
Nick Faust, Maryland 1

*TAH's ballot was lost in the mail AGAIN.

Quote Of The Day

(Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
“I’m truly sorry for my foolish actions Saturday during the North Carolina game. It was hurtful, wrong and embarrassing to both football programs, to both schools and to the millions of college football fans that were watching. Specifically, I want to apologize to Dwight Jones, Coach [Everett] Withers and the entire UNC football team. I am hoping and praying that you all forgive me for my actions.”

-- Miami starting defensive tackle Micanor Regis who coach Al Golden suspended for Saturday’s game agains Georgia Tech for punching Dwight Jones below the belt. 

Lots Of ACC Football Links

(Bringham Southcreek/
By Heather Dinich/ESPN

Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington is trying to get out of a funk.

Would Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien be the next to use the "Russell Wilson rule?"

BC is putting its game face back on. Has it switched identities, though?

Tajh Boyd's quick release has been a big part of his success.

Miami doesn't grade any better than a C through the season's midpoint for Manny Navarro.

Virginia Tech biggest challenge now might be avoiding complacency.

Chris Thompson's season-ending back injury hasn't sidelined his spirit.

If Notre Dame ever joins the ACC, football must be part of the package.

Virginia Tech receiver Jarrett Boykin doesn't like publicity. He's going to have a hard time avoiding it.

(Richard Shiro/AP)
Jay Hollingsworth will get his first start at running back for Duke against Wake Forest.

Wake Forest running back Josh Harris is trying to work out his hamstring and get back to 100 percent.

Virginia is well-aware of the capabilities of NC State DB David Amerson, who leads the nation with six interceptions.

Injured Virginia Tech defensive end James Gayle thinks he's going to play on Saturday against BC.

Injured cornerback Jayron Hosley isn't so sure.

FSU cornerback Greg Reid spoke for the first time about his puzzling arrest.

Miami offensive lineman Brandon Washington isn't happy his job is open for competition.

Maryland's special teams? Not so special. C.J. Brown is no longer a secret for the Terps.

Georgia Tech might just be a little bit tired from no bye week yet.

(Jason O. Watson/US Presswire)
Even if Clemson stays undefeated, the Tigers are a long shot for the national title.

Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe doesn't want to redshirt everyone.

Duke's defense gave up at least three too many big plays against FSU.

Former UNC coach Butch Davis doesn't want to give up his personal cell phone records.

Can Virginia break its trend of letdowns after big win

Wow. You want to win over recruits? Tell 'em you're going to beat Georgia Tech. And then do it.

Speaking of the Jackets, is Georgia Tech good enough to win the division?

NC State's bye week didn't go as planned. Running back Mustafa Greene is out for the year

(Bob Donnan/US Presswire)
BC's bye week was spent self-evaluating. Are they now ready for "the big dogs?

Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown's ability to run gave the Terps an extra dimensionagainst Clemson

If Duke is going to beat a team as talented as Florida State, it has to play better technique. Which it obviously didn't.

Miami coach Al Golden isn't happy with what he's seen from left tackle. So it's getting fixe

Wake Forest lost its electricity against Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech's defense still faces questions about injuries

FSU's injured list just got longer, too

Clemson's confidence is growing, but Mike Bellamy seems unhappy.

Pictures Of The Day

The Texas Rangers celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in Game Two of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium on October 20, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
New Zealand bowler Nathan McCullum (C) fields off his own bowling as Zimbabwe batsman Foster Mutizwa (L) looks on during the first match of the three match One Day International (ODI) between Zimbabwe and New Zealand at the Harare Sports Club, in Harare on October 20, 2011. (Photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images)
Allen Craig of the St. Louis Cardinals hits an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning during Game One of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri.  Craig drove in the winning run and the Cards won 3-2.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Sri Lankan pacer Nuwan Pradeep reacts after teammate Mahela Jayawardene (unseen) dropped a catch off his bowling of Pakistan's cricketer Taufiq Umar (unseen) on the third day of the opening cricket Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on October 20, 2011. (Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi /AFP/Getty Images)
A horse and rider make their way to the start at the Lingfield racecourse in Lingfield, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


OUTSIDE LOOKING IN. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
The first BCS standings came out on Sunday...No real surprises.

1. LSU .9522
2. Alabama .9519
3. Oklahoma .9301
4. Oklahoma State .8568
5. Boise State .8027
6. Wisconsin .7708
7. CLEMSON .7508
8. Stanford .7484
9. Arkansas .6263
10. Oregon .6190

Clemson could make it to the BCS Championship game, but they have to to do two things 1) win out and 2) get a bunch of help.  Right now conventional wisdom says it will be the winner of Oklahoma v. Oklahoma State against the winner of LSU v. Alabama.  

One of those winners would have to stumble as would Boise State and Wisconsin to make room for the Tigers.

ACC In The AP Poll

1. LSU; 2. Alabama; 3. Oklahoma; 4. Wisconsin; 5. Boise State; 6. Oklahoma State; 7. Stanford


9. Oregon; 10. Arkansas; 11. West Virginia; 12. Kansas State; 13. Nebraska; 14. South Carolilna; 15. Michigan State; 


17. Texas A&M; 18. Michigan; 19. Auburn;


21. Houston; 22. Washington; 23. Illinois; 24. Georgia (tie); 24. Arizona State (tie)

Others receiving votes: Penn State 130, Notre Dame 107, USC 87, Southern Methodist 19, Baylor 19, Texas 12, Southern Miss 4, Cincinnati 4, WAKE FOREST 3, Rutgers 2.

North Carolina cost themselves a spot in the poll after a dismal first half against Miami. The top ten teams were unchanged from last week.

Quote Of The Day

(Rob Carr/Getty Images)
"You win or you don't. Either she's pregnant or she's not."

Maryland running back Davin Meggett after the Terps lost to the Clemson Tigers on Saturday. In addition to providing the quote of the night (and probably the season), he rushed for 69 yards and a score and added a seven-yard touchdown reception in the 56-45 loss.

ACC Players Of The Week

ELLINGTON (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
OFFENSIVE BACK – Andre Ellington, Clemson, RB, Jr., 5-10, 190, Moncks Corner, S.C. Ellington had a career high 212 rushing yards in 22 attempts to lead Clemson’s 306-yard ground attack in the win at Maryland. Ellington started the day strong with 60 yards rushing in the first quarter. He then iced the game with a 44-yard run for Clemson’s final score of the night. Ellington had five rushes of 10 yards or more, as Clemson scored its highest point total against an ACC team in 12 years.

RECEIVER and ROOKIE – Sammy Watkins, Clemson, WR, Fr., 6-1, 200, Fort Myers, Fla. The true freshman from Ft. Myers, Fla. had a school record 345 all-purpose yards against Maryland, the fourth highest total in ACC history. He had five kickoff returns for 207 yards, eight catches for 105 yards and a 33-yard rush in his only carry. The 207 kickoff return yards included an 89-yard return for a touchdown to put Clemson in the lead in the fourth quarter, 49-45, and a 70-yard return that set up a score in the first half. He also had two touchdown receptions, giving him nine for the year, third best in the nation. Watkins tied the Clemson freshman record for touchdowns in a game with three and set the school record for receiving yards in a season by a freshman with 728. Carr

WATKINS (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Anthony Mihota, Virginia, C, Sr., 6-4, 285, Fredericksburg, Va. Mihota had the best performance of a stellar effort by the Virginia offensive line in the team's 24-21 upset of No. 12 Georgia Tech. Mihota graded out at 95 percent while playing all 66 plays for the Cavaliers. He had nine knock down blocks during the game. Mihota helped to open the holes that allowed Virginia to rush for 272 yards and roll up 407 yards of total offense against the Yellow Jackets. It was UVa's best rushing total since the 2004 season. With UVa leading 24-21, Mihota and the offensive line helped the Cavaliers run out the clock late in the game (the last 5:58), holding a 10:59 to 4:01 time of possession advantage in the fourth quarter.

CONRATH (UVA Media Relations)
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Matt Conrath, Virginia, DT, Sr., 6-7, 280, Oak Lawn, Ill. Conrath had a career-high nine tackles and blocked a field goal in Virginia's 24-21 upset against 12th-ranked Georgia Tech. He was credited with one tackle for loss. Conrath helped keep the Yellow Jackets' high-powered offense in check, holding Georgia Tech to a season-low 296 yards of total offense and 272 rushing yards. In the fourth quarter, holding a 24-21 lead, UVa held Georgia Tech to seven rushing yards and 10 yards of total offense on two possessions.

LINEBACKER – Sean Spence, Miami, LB, Sr., 6-0, 224, Miami, Fla. Senior linebacker Sean Spence led all defensive players with 14 tackles, including a crucial sack late in the fourth quarter for a loss of seven yards. The Miami native finished the game with 1.5 tackles for loss for seven yards. Spence has been the anchor of the defense all season and has amassed 55 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss for 33 yards, three sacks for 23 yards and a forced fumble.

SPENCE (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
DEFENSIVE BACK – Rod Sweeting, Georgia Tech, CB, Jr., 6-0, 184, Locust Grove, Ga. Sweeting recorded his third interception over the last four games to move into a tie for 31st nationally. More importantly, his 32-yard INT return – Sweeting’s first career pick-six – tied the score with Virginia 14-14 in the second quarter. Sweeting had five tackles and a half-tackle for loss on the day. Willett

SPECIALIST – Dustin Hopkins, Florida State, K, Jr., 6-2, 190, Houston, Tx. With four successful PATs against Duke, Hopkins established a new FSU school record, pushing his streak of conversions to 109. It snapped a record held by Derek Schmidt (108, 1984-86) for the past 26 seasons. Hopkins also converted a pair of field goals against the Blue Devils, including a 48-yarder into the wind at the end of the first half, which extended his streak of successful FG attempts to 17. That’s one field goal shy of Graham Gano’s career record 18 consecutive FG’s. Hopkins is one of three kickers in the NCAA’s FBS who has not missed a kick this year, making all 24 PATs and all 10 field goals.

ACC Football Links

(Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
By Heather Dinich/ESPN

David Teel takes a look at some controversial calls in Georgia Tech's loss to Virginia.

Doesn't matter. Georgia Tech lost and Andrew Jones gave the Jackets an F for their grade this week.

The Jackets are losing their grip on the Coastal Division race.

Funny thing about Clemson? The Tigers have yet to put together a complete game.

Getting some takeaways was a step in the right direction for FSU.

(Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe owned up to a mistake.

Virginia Tech now has to worry about cornerback Jayron Hosley's hamstring.

One of the differences between Miami and UNC? Poise between quarterbacks.

Duke's loss to Florida State wasn't because of a mismatch of talent, it was because Duke made too many mistakes.

In spite of UVa's recent upset win, NC State could be catching the Hoos at a good time.

Maryland's losses and injuries continue to pile up.

Another Tar Heel Tossed

(Andrew Dye/ReeseNews)
Last year, news of North Carolina football players being ruled ineligible or kicked off the team was fairly routine, but this season has been far quieter…until now.

Interim coach Everett Withers says the senior was dismissed for "conduct detrimental to the team," though he wouldn't elaborate further during his weekly news conference Monday.

Okakpu started five games this year and had 14 tackles. Withers says Okakpu will remain on scholarship and has a chance to graduate this spring.

Sophomore Darius Lipford is listed atop the depth chart in Okakpu's place for the Tar Heels (5-2, 1-2), who travel to eighth-ranked Clemson this weekend. Withers says the Tar Heels might use multiple players to replace Okakpu, saying the team has built depth at the position.

Pictures Of The Day

Anthony Fasano of the Miami Dolphins holds onto the ball against Jim Leonhard #36 of the New York Jets in the second quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on October 17, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Karen Edney ties a rose to the fence at a memorial at the main gate at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for driver Dan Weldon.  (Michael Conroy/AP)
Dan Weldon’s car (left) soars through the air during a fatal crash at the Las Vegas Indy 300.  (Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
Colin Bolger and Oceans Destination hit the turf at the Kempton Racecourse in Sunbury, England.  (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Ducati’s Damien Cudlin of Australia parts company with his bike during the third practice session for the Australian Grand Prix in Phillips Island, Australia.  (Stephen Piper/AFP/Getty)
Italy’s Aldo Montano competes against Germany’s Bjorn Heubner during the men’s team sabre match at the World Fencing Championship in Catania, Italy. (Carmelo Imbesi/AP)
Kai Otton of Australia looks into the pipe curl as he competes during the RipCurl Pro Portugal competition in Peniche, Portugal. (Kelly Cestari/Getty Images)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Saturday ACC Scoreboard

MIAMI 30 NORTH CAROLINA 24 -- Jacory Harris has 223 yards passing and three touchdowns in the first half.  Game over.

FLORIDA STATE 41, DUKE 16 -- Blue Devils no match for aggravated Noles.

VIRGINIA 24,  GEORGIA TECH 21 -- Evidently, it does take two weeks to figure out how to stop the Yellow Jackets' offense.

VIRGINIA TECH 38, WAKE FOREST 17 -- Hokies spot Wake 10 points, then take over.

CLEMSON 56, MARYLAND 45 -- Another amazing comeback game.  Maryland was impressive with new QB Brown, but Clemson was to fast for too long.  Sammy Watkins won the game with a 4th qtr kick return for a TD.

Pictures Of The Day

UNC's Zach Brown tackles Miami QB Jacory Harris in the third quarter.  (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
Defensive end Andre Branch #40 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates during the closing moments of the Tigers' 56-45 win over the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium on October 15, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Sammy Watkins #2 of the Clemson Tigers returns a kickoff for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium on October 15, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Defensive end Kourtnei Brown #90 of the Clemson Tigers tackles quarterback C.J. Brown #16 of the Maryland Terrapins during the second half at Byrd Stadium on October 15, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Duke tight end Cooper Helfet is tackled by FSU linebacker Nigel Bradham in the first half.  (Chuck Liddy Raleigh News & Observer)

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