Saturday, November 26, 2011

Saturday ACC Football Scoreboard

JARRETT BOYKIN (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
#13 Georgia 31, #23 GEORGIA TECH 17 – Dawgs too much for Jackets.

N.C. STATE 56, MARYLAND 41 – Terps blow 27 point second half lead. Mike Glennon threw for a career-high five touchdowns and ran for another score.

Vanderbilt 41, WAKE FOREST 7 – Second tier SEC team puts second tier ACC team in its place.

#5 VIRGINIA TECH 38, VIRGINIA  0 – Wahoos have no answers for Hokies. Commonwealth Cup stays in Blacksburg.

DAVID WILSON (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
NORTH CAROLINA 37, DUKE 21 – Good seats are still available!

FLORIDA STATE 21, Florida 7 – Noles defense wins game as anemic offense gains less than 100 yards.

#12 South Carolina 34,  #17 CLEMSON 13 – The The big plays that sparked the Tigers earlier in the season have disappeared.

Rivalry Day

Georgia (-6) @ GEORGIA TECH, 12:00 PM, TV: ESPN, (Sirius 117//XM 190) -- Bulldogs could let down enough for the Jackets to win or they simply could be looking forward to SEC Armageddon when they play LSU next weekend. It’s a credibility game for GT.

MARYLAND @ N.C. STATE (-13), 12:30 PM, TV: ACC Network, (Sirius 134//XM 196) -- Randy Edsall’s horrible first season comes to close while the late-blooming Wolfpack polishes their resume.  Anybody seen Coach Fridge?  You remember him, right? Went 9-2 last year, won a bowl game, ACC Coach of the Year...yeah...that guy.

Vanderbilt (-1) @ WAKE FOREST, 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU, (Sirius 117//XM 190) -- Good on Wake if they round up a crowd of 40,000 for this one...

VIRGINIA TECH (-6) @ VIRGINIA, 3:30 PM, TV: ABC/ESPN2, (Sirius 94/117//XM 94/190) -- Wahoo Nation is fired up as the winner goes to the Dr. Pepper Bowl, but it seems unlikely that the Cavs have enough offense to hang with the Hokies.

DUKE @ NORTH CAROLINA (-13), 3:30 PM, TV: RSN,  (Sirius 136//XM 203) -- Yawn...

FLORIDA STATE (-2) @ Florida, 7:00 PM, ESPN Radio | TV: ESPN2 (Sirius 85//XM 85) -- FSU needs to win if only for recruiting purposes.

CLEMSON @ South Carolina (-3), 7:45 PM,TV: ESPN (Sirius 117//XM 190) -- The very flat Tigers that got mauled in Raleigh last week desperately need to get their groove back before next weekend’s Dr. Pepper Bowl.

*Point spreads for recreational purposes only.

Black Friday ACC Basketball

MARSHALL (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Friday, November 25


#1 NORTH CAROLINA 87, South Carolina 62 -- Kendall Marshall scored just four points, but had 14 assists and six steals with, with only one turnover to help top-ranked North Carolina beat South Carolina in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational Friday night.


Marshall is averaging 11 assists per game and came in with two 15-assist games already this season.
Harrison Barnes had 21 points and five rebounds, and P.J. Hairston had 19 to lead North Carolina (5-0), who will face will face UNLV (6-0) in the championship game Saturday night.


VIRGINIA TECH 59, Oklahoma State 57 -- Virginia Tech (4-1) held off a strong Oklahoma State (3-2) rally and defeated the Cowboys to claim third place in the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.


The Hokies fell behind 8-0 before the first media timeout, but ran out to a 30-19 lead with 2:31 remaining in the first half on a lay-up and free throw by C.J. Barksdale and led at halftime 32-23.


Ole Miss 64, MIAMI 61 ( OT ) -- Dundrecous Nelson (and, yes, that is his real name) scored 17 points, while Murphy Holloway added 13 points and a game-high 17 rebounds Friday night as Mississippi defeated the Canes (4-1) in overtime.


The Rebels (5-1) took the lead for good, 60-58, on a dunk by Holloway with 3:06 left in overtime and survived potential game-winning and game-tying shots by Malcolm Grant at the end of regulation and in overtime.


(Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Harvard 46, #22 FLORIDA STATE 41 -- Really? 41 points? 14-14 at halftime...Jeez.

The nont-for-long No. 22 Florida State squad missed their first 15 shots and never recovered Friday evening in a loss to a talented Harvard team in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.  Oh well, at least they are at the Atlantis in the Bahamas... 


FSU's poor start from the field was a common theme in the opening 20 minutes that didn't get much better in the second half as the Seminoles and Crimson went into the halftime break tied at just 14-14.


In what was their first loss of the season, the Seminoles (5-1) shot 36.2 percent from the field -- a mark that typically would have still been OK for a team that plays such strong defense on a daily basis. The Crimson (5-0) shot even worse at 27.3 percent but went to the free-throw line 24 times and made 17.


BOSTON COLLEGE 66, UC Riverside 62 ( OT ) -- Freshman Patrick Heckmann scored 32 points to lead Boston College to an overtime win against UC Riverside in the 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center.


Heckmann went 9-for-13 from the field, including 4-for-5 from beyond the arc. He was also a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line. His 32-point performance was tied for the second most in 76 Classic history. Arizona State's James Harden holds the record with 40 and also had a 32-point game in 2008.


N.C. STATE 82, Elon 67 -- Sophomore Lorenzo Brown scored a career-high 21 points to lead NC State’s to a victory over Elon at Reynolds Coliseum.

(AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)
In the first of three games this season at the Wolfpack’s previous home for men’s basketball, State grabbed the lead with a 20-2 scoring burst in the opening minutes of the game and never took its foot off the gas pedal, to the delight of the 7,315 spectators in attendance.


VIRGINIA 68, Green Bay 42 -- Senior forward Mike Scott scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds, and sophomore guard KT Harrell added 14 points to lead Virginia (5-1) to a victory over Green Bay (2-4) at John Paul Jones Arena.


Scott's double-double was his second of the season and the 26th of his career. He is tied for fourth on Virginia's career list for double-doubles.


CLEMSON 59, Furman 49 -- Milton Jennings scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed a career-best 14 rebounds in leading Clemson (3-2) to a 59-49 victory over Furman (3-2). Fourteen of his 22 points came in the opening 20 minutes as he helped Clemson rally from a 9-0 deficit the start the game. By the end of the half, the Tigers tied the game at 24-24 as they scored eight of the half's final nine points.


(Patrick Semansky/AP Photo)
MARYLAND 73, Florida Gulf Coast 67 -- Terrell Stoglin scored 24 points, James Padgett fueled a decisive second-half run, and Maryland squeezed out a victory over Florida Gulf Coast.
Back home after losing two of three in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, the Terrapins (3-2) overcame a slow start to hand the Eagles (2-4) their third straight loss.


Arizona State 84, WAKE FOREST 56 -- Arizona State raced out to a fast start and never looked back, sending Wake Forest to an 84-56 loss in the consolation bracket of the Old Spice Classic.


The Sun Devils (2-3) jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the game's first four minutes and eventually built their advantage to as many as 21 in the first half to take control of the game early.


The Demon Deacons (3-2) struggled out of the gate, missing nine of their first 12 field goal attempts. Wake Forest went just 7-for-25 (28 percent) from the field in the first half. Arizona State, on the other hand, seemingly could not miss as the Sun Devils went 16-for-27 (59.3 percent) in the first half.

Thanksgiving ACC Basketball

(Alex Gallardo/AP Photo)
Thursday, November 24
#22 FLORIDA STATE 73, Massachusetts 53 -- Junior Michael Snaer posted his first double-double of the young season with 18 points and 11 rebounds for a Seminoles (5-0) team that struggled offensively at the Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahamas.. FSU finished the night shooting 35.1 percent from the field but nabbed 15 offensive rebounds.

Dayton 80, WAKE FOREST 76 -- Paul Williams scored 18 points, Chris Johnson hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer in the final minute and Dayton (3-1) beat Wake Forest (3-1) in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic on Thursday night.

St. Louis 62, BOSTON COLLEGE 51 -- Freshman Dennis Clifford had 10 points and eight rebounds and classmate Ryan Anderson added 12 points as Saint Louis (4-0) defeated Boston College (1-3) on Thanksgiving Day in the opener of the 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Boston College 24, Miami 17

KUECHLY AND HARRIS (Al Diaz/Miami Herald)
Luke Kuechly ran an interception back for a touchdown and became Boston College's all-time tackles leader, and the Eagles picked Jacory Harris off four times in his final college game as the Eagles knocked off the inconsistent and deflated Hurricanes.

The Canes announced earlier this week that they would not accept a bowl game invitation because of an ongoing NCAA investigation into the athletic department and compliance practices, a probe born after a former booster said he provided 72 Hurricane players and recruits with extra benefits from 2002 through 2010.

For Miami, the biggest news wasn't the outcome in the season finale for both teams. It announced during the fourth quarter that coach Al Golden has agreed to a four-year extension through Feb. 1, 2020. 

Chase Rettig threw two touchdown passes to Chris Pantale for Boston College (4-8, 3-5 ACC). Kuechly also topped his single-season ACC record for tackles, passing the mark of 183 he set last year.
Lamar Miller had a 79-yard touchdown run for Miami (6-6, 3-5), the longest carry by a Hurricane since 2000.

Harris had thrown five interceptions all season entering the day. He matched a career-worst with the four on Friday, hardly the way the Miami Northwestern product wanted to see his career end.


To read more, click here.

Some Pre-game Football Links

RICHARDSON
By Heather Dinich/ESPN

You want the difference between David Wilson and Trent Richardson? Fumbles. In big games.

Depth has been a concern recently for Clemson, and the problem can be traced back to the 2009 signing class.

Even Virginia's athletic director has been surprised by the football program's quick turnaround.

FSU quarterback EJ Manuel said his performance against UVa was tough to watch. Hey, he said it, not me.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson had to apologize for a poor choice of words.

Maryland coach Randy Edsall said he has been unfairly criticized by some this season, and that he is not discouraged.

Duke is going to play with "reckless abandon" this week to get a win.

History, though, is on North Carolina's side.

North Carolina has officially posted its job for head football coach.

N.C. State linebacker Audie Cole has been one of the Pack's most durable and dependable players.

Things That Make You Go...


Hmmm...

Things in Unhappy Valley just keep getting uglier.  Can anybody there make a good decision or is there something in the water?

Published reports are now saying that “a person close to former Penn State coach Joe Paterno's family has told The Associated Press his wife was turned away from a campus pool.”

Sue Paterno is an avid swimmer known for taking early-morning laps in the pool. The person who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation said Wednesday night the rejection left the family saddened.

University spokesman Bill Mahon told The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, which first reported the pool rejection, he was unaware of any directive. The school had said last week that Paterno still held tenure.

The person close to the Paterno family told the AP that Paterno was receiving thousands of calls or messages from former players, alumni and other well-wishers, and that Paterno was encouraging patience and to trust in the truth.

Sue Paterno was a longtime fixture at the school and helped raise money for the library and organized Special Olympics on campus.

Pictures Of The Day

Running back Dennis Johnson #33 of the Arkansas Razorbacks looses a fumble caused by cornerback Tyrann Mathieu #7 of the LSU Tigers and it is recovered by cornerback Ron Brooks #13 in the second quarter at Tiger Stadium on November 25, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Quarterback James Vandenberg #16 of the Iowa Hawkeyes reverses course away from defensive tackle Terrence Moore #90 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during their game at Memorial Stadium November 25, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Iowa 20-7. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
Maurice EvansDerek Fisher, Billy Hunter, NBA Commissioner David Stern, NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, and Peter Holt speak to members of the press to announce a tentative labor agreement to end the 149-day lockout on November 26, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Erick Green #11 of the Virginia Tech Hokies drives the ball against Michael Cobbins #20 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys at the 2011 Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden on November 25, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Ruby Walsh and Sollim take a tumble during the Silver E. Sanderson Weatherall Novice Handicap in Newbury, England.  Both horse and rider were OK.  (Photo by Julian Herbert/Action Images)
LSU Tigers QB Jordan Jefferson runs in the open field during the Tigers win over Arkansas. (Photo by David E. Klutho/Sports Illustrated) 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Turkey Day

(Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Just kidding…

(sort of)

Look, we can't just pick on Coach K all the time.

Thanksgiving Eve ACC Basketball

CURRY, TOURNEY MVP KELLY AND THORTON
(Eugene Tanner/AP Photo)
#6 DUKE 68, #14 Kansas 61 – Tyler Thornton capped a thrilling game between basketball behemoths, hitting an off-balance 3-pointer with 20 seconds left to give the sixth-ranked Blue Devils (7-0) enough cushion to finish off a 68-61 win over No. 14 Kansas (3-2) for its fifth Duke Hawaiian (Maui) Invitational title.

“It’s a dream shot,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “People will say it’s a lucky shot, but I’ll say I’m lucky to have him on my team. Sometimes you’re on a bus with a guy who deserves and for that moment we were on his bus. Thank goodness he knew how to drive it.”

GEORGIA TECH 72, Siena 44 – Glen Rice Jr. scored 23 points, Kammeon Holsey added 14 and Georgia Tech beat Siena  on Wednesday night.

#5 Syracuse 69, VIRGINIA TECH 58 – The fifth-ranked Orange shook off a slow first half and was able to pull away for a victory over Virginia Tech (3-1) on Wednesday night in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.

Kris Joseph had 20 points and 10 rebounds and Brandon Triche added 18 points for the Orange (5-0), who will play Stanford in the championship game Friday night. Jarrell Eddie had 17 points for the Hokies, while Erick Green added 14 and Dorenzo Hudson 13.

Things That Make You Go…


Hmmm…
(Eugene Tanner/AP Photos)
Again, what up with the shoes and socks?

Anybody?

Pictures Of The Day

American CJ Marcias is towed over and through a wave by Jet Skier Hugo Vau of Portugal during a tow-in surfing competition in Nazare, Portugal. (Photo by Amando Fraca/AP Photo)
Virginia Tech guard Jarell Eddie is pressured by Syracuse's Baye Moussa Keita, left, and Dion Waiters, right, during the first half of an NIT Season Tip-Off college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, at New York's Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
There is no NASCAR in Australia, but they do have rugby for marketing/logo purposes. Matthew Boyd of the Bulldogs is tackled by a teammate during a Western Bulldogs AFL training session at Whitten Oval on November 23, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

ACC Tuesday Night Basketball

BULLOCK (Steeter Lecka/Getty Images)
#1 NORTH CAROLINA 103, Tennessee State (Tigers, 8,456 students, Nashville, TN) 69 –  Reggie Bullock scored a career-high 23 points and Kendall Marshall had 15 assists to help the Tar Heels beat Tennessee State (2-3), keeping them unbeaten before heading west for their second cross country trip of the month.

John Henson added 16 points, 10 rebounds and a career-best six assists for the Tar Heels (4-0).  North Carolina (4-0) shot 62 percent (a lot of dunks will do that) and cracked the 100-point mark for the second time in three days, while the Heels’ 32 assists on 41 baskets were the most in nine seasons under Ol’ Roy’s direction.

#6 DUKE 87, #15 Michigan (Wolverines, 26,208 students, Ann Arbor, MI) 75 – Putting on an offensive show,  the Blue Devils shot their way into the Duke Hawaiian (Maui) Invitational championship game for the fifth time.

Austin Rivers had 20 points, Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly had 17 each, and Andre Dawkins added 14 to help Duke (6-0) extend its undefeated winning streak in Maui to 14 games.

Coastal Carolina (Chanticleers, 8,360 students, Conway, SC) 60, CLEMSON 59 – Coastal Carolina's Chris Gradnigo scored on a putback off his own miss at the buzzer to lift the Chanticleers to a victory over Clemson on Tuesday in front of 6,211 fans at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Andre Young led the Tigers with 20 points. Clemson drops to 2-2 on the season, while Coastal Carolina improves to 5-0.

MIAMI 60, Florida Gulf Coast (Eagles, 10,333 students, Fort Myers, FL) 50 – Malcolm Malcolm Grant scored 21 points to lead Miami. Grant secured the win, converting 5 of 6 free throws in the final 1:21, as the Hurricanes (4-0) held off a comeback attempt from the Eagles (2-3).

ACC Football Links

ATTAOCHU (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
By Heather Dinich/ESPN

Georgia Tech linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu has learned a few lessons and is trying to move on.

No bowl? No problem. Miami still has plenty to play for.

Unlike Miami, it's a bowl game or bust for UNC.

Maryland has a knack for getting the Pack off track.

It's win or go home for N.C. State.

Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins worries South Carolina. And he should.

UNC interim head coach Everett Withers is thinking about Duke, not his future.

Here's a look at what Florida and Florida State both have to do to win.

For the first time in years, the Cavaliers' game against Virginia Tech actually means something to the conference race.

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer knows this is a different and better UVa team.

Penn State Scandal Update

THERE'S A PSU DISCIPLINE OFFICER UNDER THERE SOMEWHERE
Is anybody going to be surprised by this?  Probably not, but it doesn’t help all the stakeholders in the Jerry Sandusky Dog House.

A former Penn State official charged with enforcing discipline at the school said Tuesday that Joe Paterno’s players got in trouble more often than other students, and got special treatment compared to non-athletes.
Vicky Triponey, who resigned her post as the university’s standards and conduct officer in 2007, confirmed that she sent a 2005 email to then-president Graham Spanier and others in which she expressed her concerns about how Penn State handled discipline cases involving football players.

Paterno “is insistent he knows best how to discipline his players … and their status as a student when they commit violations of our standards should NOT be our concern … and I think he was saying we should treat football players different from other students in this regard,” Triponey wrote in the Aug. 12, 2005, email.
“Coach Paterno would rather we NOT inform the public when a football player is found responsible for committing a serious violation of the law and/or our student code,” she wrote, “despite any moral or legal obligation to do so.”

But Tuesday night, a Penn State administrator who reported to Triponey and was directly responsible for overseeing student discipline noted that Paterno did not have the authority to change his office’s decisions when football players were sanctioned.

Joe Puzycki, who still works at the university, said in an email to The Associated Press that while Paterno was vocal in sharing his opinions, “we adjudicated athlete cases the same as we did any other student.”

We wager a complete audit of the actions reported and then taken over the past 40 years at Penn State involving Joe Regular Student and Joe Pa Football Player Student may contradict Puzycki’s claim…

To read more (but, why would you want to?), click here

Ridiculous Penn State Scandal Quote Of The Day

So, we already know accused pedophile Jerry Sandusky’s attorney Joe Amendola impregnated his then 16-year-old future wife and that he’s a knucklehead for allowing his client to be interviewed on national television…

But just to prove the point, here’s what he told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday about how he was worried there may soon be new criminal allegations against his client.

“My concern is, if they bring new charges based upon new people coming forward, that bail’s going to be set and he’s going to wind up in jail.”

Now, there’s a thought…Why NOT put the guy accused of sexually abusing at least nine boys IN JAIL?

Dear Mr. Snyder

KYLE ORTON (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Dear Mr. Snyder:

PLEASE don’t.

We know you have been leaving football decisions up to Bruce “The Future Definitely Is Not Now” Allen and head coach Mike Shenanigan-han, but please don’t let them haul another journeyman/washed-up QB off the NFL JUNK HEAP.

PLEASE.

Haven’t we been tortured enough?

Sincerely,
Your Loyal Fan

Things That Make You Go…


Hmmm…
JORDAN MORGAN AND MILES PLUMLEE
(Photo by Eugene Tanner/AP Photos)
 What’s up with Michigan and Duke’s almost North Carolina Blue shoes?

And…the Wolverines socks?

Pictures Of The Day

John Henson #31 of the North Carolina Tar Heels looks to pass around Wil Peters #10 of the Tennessee State Tigers during their game at Dean Smith Center on November 22, 2011 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Steve Moore #32 of the Missouri Tigers blocks a shot by Scott Martin #14 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the Progressive CBE Classic game on November 21, 2011 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images North America)
Corey Lopez of the U.S.A. surfs during round three of the Reef(er?) Hawaiian Pro in Haleiwa, Hawaii.  (Photo by Kristin Scholtz/ASP/Getty Images)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

ACC Monday Night Hoops

MASON PLUMLEE (Eugene Tanner/AP Photo)
#6 DUKE 77, Tennessee (Volunteers, 27,523 students, Knoxville, TN) 67 – Austin Rivers shook off some early mistakes to hit four 3-pointers and score 18 points, lifting the No. 6 Blue Devils (5-0) to a win over Tennessee (2-1)  in the first round of the Duke Hawaiian (Maui) Invitational on Monday.

N.C. STATE 77, Texas (Longhorns, 38,463 students, Austin, TX) 74 – Fueled by a dramatic 28-2 run, the Wolfpack (4-1) erased an 18-point second half deficit to outlast Texas (2-2) at the TicketCity Legends Classic.

State’s C.J. Leslie leading the way with a 17 point outing, going 4-of-8 and 9-of-16 from the line. Scott Wood made his return from an ankle injury suffered against Princeton, scoring 16. Lorenzo Brown scored 11 and lead the Pack with four assists.

MATT HUMPHREY (Steven Senne/AP Photo)
Massachusetts (Minutemen, 21,373 students, Amherst, MA) 82, BOSTON COLLEGE 46 – Freshman Patrick Heckmann led Boston College (1-2) with 11 points while junior Matt Humphrey added 10 as the Eagles lost at home to Massachusetts (4-0).

Heckmann went 9-for-12 from the foul line and connected on his first seven free throws early in the game. He also had five rebounds.

VIRGINIA 60, Drake (Bulldogs, 3,164 studetns, Des Moines, IA) 52 – Sophomore guard Joe Harris scored a game-high 18 points and senior forward Mike Scott scored 14 points and had a game-high nine rebounds to lead Virginia (4-2) to a victory over Drake (1-2)  at the 2011 U. S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.

Penn State Scandal Update

FREEH (AP Photo)
Freeh At Last…? Former FBI director Louis Freeh, tapped to lead Penn State's investigation into the child sex-abuse allegations against a former assistant football coach, said his inquiry will go as far back as 1975, a much longer period than a grand jury report issued earlier this month.

Freeh was named Monday to oversee the university board of trustees' internal investigation.  His appointment was met with a luke warm response.  While Gov. Tom Corbett called Freeh's selection "a good one," critics point out a number of failures during Freeh’s tenure at the FBI – failing to bring the agency into the computer age prior to 911, botching the espionage case against Wen Ho Lee and wrongly naming Richard Jewell as the main suspect in the Atlanta Olympic bombing. 

After his time at the FBI, Freeh also did work for credit card giant MBNA, which has business relationships with Penn State and its alumni association. But a spokeswoman for Freeh's investigation said in a statement that work would not compromise the probe.

Freeh founded an investigation firm, Freeh Group International Solutions, after leading the FBI from 1993 to 2001. He previously served six years as a special agent.

On the plus side, Freeh's law firm was hired to look into the bribery case involving FIFA's presidential election. In a corruption scandal, soccer's governing body banned candidate Mohamed bin Hammam for life for bribing voters, banned 11 Caribbean soccer leaders and disciplined others.

Authorities say Sandusky, who retired from Penn State in 1999, met the children through The Second Mile, a youth charity that he started in 1977. By going back as far as 1975, Freeh's investigation would cover the entire time The Second Mile has existed and 24 of the 30 years that Sandusky worked at Penn State.

Idiots On Parade…When kids do stupid stuff, you can frequently trace it back to parents doing stupid stuff and in this case we point the finger straight back at mom and dad…or just mom…or just dad…or mom and mom…or whatever, you get the point.

Victim 1, from the Jerry Sandusky Grand Jury report, has left Central Mountain High School due to intense bullying.  Seems his classmates want to blame him for the downfall of Joe Paterno et al.

The mother of the now-17-year-old boy told ABC news that his classmates blame him for triggering the sexual abuse scandal that has rocked PSU just 30 miles southeast of the school.

While it seems that the school acted quickly and appropriately (unlike Penn State) when they found out about the 2009 incident, it also seems that school administrators would be on high alert and brandishing a zero-tolerance policy regarding Victim 1.

ACC Players Of The Week

GLENNON (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
In short, N.C. State on offense and Virginia on defense – at least that’s how we would have voted.

OFFENSIVE BACK – Mike Glennon, N.C. State, Sr., QB, 6-6, 232, Centreville, Va. Glennon completed 19 of 29 pass attempts for 253 yards and three touchdowns and did not throw an interception. Glennon got more and more prolific as the game went along, completing 8 of 10 pass attempts for 84 yards and two touchdowns in the second quarter as the Wolfpack scored 27 points in the period, then completing 6 of 9 attempts for 138 yards in the third quarter, including a 43-yard touchdown pass to Tobias Palmer and three other passes of 19 yards or longer.

RECEIVER – Chris Givens, Wake Forest, Jr., WR, 6-0, 195, Wylie, Tex. Givens tied his career-high with eight receptions and set a career-high with 191 receiving yards in Wake Forest’s 31-10 win over Maryland. Givens added a 35-yard touchdown catch from QB Tanner Price. In the process, Givens set the school record for receiving yards in a season with 1,207. That also ranks as the sixth-best season receiving total in ACC history.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Blake DeChristopher, Virginia Tech, Sr., OT, 6-5, 311, Midlothian, Va. Playing in his last game at Lane Stadium, DeChristopher played all 74 offensive snaps, grading out at 86 percent with a team-high seven knockdown blocks. He had a key push on Logan Thomas on a 4th-and-1 sneak for a first down and sprung David Wilson for several big runs. He has graded out at 91 percent for the season with a team-high 100 knockdown blocks.

GREER (VirginiaSports.com Photo)
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Brandon Jenkins, Florida State, Jr., DE, 6-3, 265, Tallahassee, Fla. Jenkins matched his season-high with six tackles including 2.5 sacks of Virginia QB Michael Rocco. The 2.5 sacks matched a career high for the junior and pushed his season total to a team-leading seven. The preseason All-American and All-ACC candidate now has 10 tackles for loss on the season. In addition to applying pressure on the quarterback, Jenkins was instrumental in the Seminoles’ limiting the Cavaliers to a season-low 78 rushing yards – more than 100 under their per-game average – and 316 total yards. FSU’s rushing defense now ranks third nationally and the Seminoles are sixth nationally in sacks per game. Jenkins now ranks seventh in FSU history with 34.5 career tackles for loss and with 20.5 career sacks. He is 10th all-time for the Seminoles.

LINEBACKER – Steve Greer, Virginia, Jr., ILB, 6-2, 225, Solon, Ohio  Greer led the Virginia defense with eight tackles and recorded two sacks and another QB hurry in UVa's 14-13 upset win at Florida State. Greer came up with a key sack in the fourth quarter. With FSU leading 13-7 and at the Cavaliers' 30-yard line, Greer sacked FSU quarterback EJ Manuel for a 14-yard loss, forcing the Seminoles to punt. UVa scored the winning touchdown on its next drive. The Cavalier defense held FSU to just three points in the second half. Florida State entered the game averaging 34.6 points per game. Only Oklahoma (also with 13 points) has held FSU to less than 14 points this year.

DEFENSIVE BACK – Brandan Bishop, N.C. State, Jr., S, 6-2, 210, Boca Raton, Fla. Bishop led the Wolfpack with 10 total tackles, including nine first hits, one tackle for a two-yard loss, and his fifth interception of the season.

NORMAN (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
SPECIALIST – Ryan Quigley, Boston College, Sr., P, 6-3, 188, Little River, S.C. Downed six (of nine punts in total) inside Notre Dame’s 12-yard line, including five punts inside the 9. Of his six punts inside the 12, three were downed (at the 5, 3 and 12-yard lines) and three were fair caught (at the 6, 8 and 9-yard lines). Quigley finished the game with a season-high nine punts for 369 yards, an average of 41.0 yards per punt, and matched a season-long with a 52-yard punt in the first quarter.

ROOKIE – Art Norman, N.C. State, Fr., DE, 6-1, 242, Stone Mountain, Ga. A redshirt freshman defensive end from Stone Mountain, Ga., Norman had four total tackles, including three sacks for 16 yards. He also caused a fumble.

ACC Football Links

WILSON (HokieSports.com Photo)
By Heather Dinich/EPSN

This is a great story on David Wilson – check out his guns!

Ouch. Bad week for grading the ACC, unless you're NC State or Virginia.

There is plenty of blame to go around at BC.

Somewhere along the way, Clemson lost its way.

Georgia Tech will have its hands full with Georgia this weekend.

Miami could go bowling, but the Canes have decided to start their punishment now.

ROCCO (VirginiaSports.com Photo)
Will Miami's impressive streak in the NFL end tonight?

Will NC State's celebration be short-lived?

Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe was able to exhale a huge sigh of relief this past weekend.

It wasn't a lack of effort, but Maryland's defense couldn't sustain its first-half success last weekend into the second.

UVa quarterback Michael Rocco was on target against FSU.

FSU quarterback EJ Manuel was ready to move on to Florida before he was even out of his uniform on Saturday.

Pictures Of The Day

N.C. State's George Bryan (84) beats Clemson's Jonathan Willard (46) for a “touchdown.”  There was some discussion about this play and whether or not the ball crossed the goal line before Bryan stepped out of bounds…(Photo by Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
Harvards's Collier Winters helped the Crimson win their ninth straight game, a 45-7 victory over Yale, on Saturday.  (Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
New England Patriot tight end rob Gronkowski scores a touchdown over Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson in the second half of the Pats 34-3 victory.  (Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters)
Texas Tech wide receiver Eric Ward makes a diving attempt for a pass in the back of the end zone against Missouri during the first quarter. The Tigers beat the Red Raiders, 31-27. (Peter G. Aiken/US Presswire)
Joseph Fauria leaps into the end zone for a touchdown against Colorado at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins handled the Buffaloes, 45-6, on Saturday. (Chris Williams/Icon SMI)
Utah running back John White is carried forward by tacklers on this run against Washington State. The Utes defeated the Cougars, 30-27 in overtime.  (Robert Johnson/Icon SMI)

Monday, November 21, 2011

ACC Football: In-State Rivalry Week

Here’s a sneak peek at the lineups for Thanksgiving week...

Friday, November 25
BOSTON COLLEGE @ MIAMI, 3:30 PM, TV: ABC -- This will be the finale for both teams...Boston College because they are not bowl eligible, and for bowl eligible Miami who issued a statement saying they would not accept a bowl bid.  This is a "self-imposed" penalty in the wake of the Shapiro scandal down in Coconut Grove.

Saturday, November 26
Georgia @ GEORGIA TECH, 12:00 PM, TV: ESPN

MARYLAND @ N.C. STATE, 12:30 PM, TV: ACC Network

Vanderbilt @ WAKE FOREST, 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU

VIRGINIA TECH @ VIRGINIA, 3:30 PM, TV: ABC/ESPN2

DUKE @ NORTH CAROLINA, 3:30 PM, TV: RSN

FLORIDA STATE @ Florida, 7:00 PM, TV: ESPN2


CLEMSON @ South Carolina, 7:45 PM, TV: ESPN

Sunday ACC Basketball

HENSON (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer)
#1 NORTH CAROLINA 101, Mississippi Valley State (Delta Devils, 2,500 students, Itta Bena, MI) 75 -- John Henson had 18 points and 14 rebounds to help North Carolina beat Mississippi Valley State on Sunday, though the Tar Heels struggled to make outside shorts or consistently knock down free throws.


Harrison Barnes also had 18 points in UNC’s home opener. North Carolina (3-0) never trailed, led by 14 at halftime then blew the game open in the final 10 minutes.

#25 FLORIDA STATE 80, South Alabama (South Paws, 15,007 students, Mobile, AL) 39 -- The No. 25 Seminoles clamped down on South Alabama’s outside shooters Sunday and cruised to an 80-39 win while holding the Jaguars without a 3-pointer (0 for 24).

Luke Loucks scored 18 points—one shy of his career high—and Terrance Shannon had 13 of his 15 points in the first half.

Iona (Gaels, 3,100 students, New Rochelle, NY) 89, MARYLAND 63 -- Sean Mosley led the Terrapins (2-2) with 21 points. Terrell Stoglin added 17 points and Ashton Pankey had a game-high 11 rebounds for Maryland, which shot 61 percent in the first half but just 35 percent after that to finish at 46 percent.

LOUCKS AND LEONARD HAMILTON CHAT (Phil Sears/AP)
LSU (Tigers, 28,871 students, Baton Rouge, LA) 59, GEORGIA TECH 50 -- Georgia Tech shot 40% from the field and made just 5 of 16 three-pointers. Mfon Udofia led the Yellow Jackets with 14 points. 

WAKE FOREST 93, N.C. Central (Eagles, 8,612 students, Durham, NC) 79 -- Travis McKie scored 25 points to lead five Wake Forest players in double figures, and the Demon Deacons pulled away in the second half to beat North Carolina Central.

C.J. Harris added 22 points, Nikita Mescheriakov 15, Tony Chennault 13 and Chase Fischer 10 for the Demon Deacons (3-0), who shot 60.6 percent (20 of 33) in the second half to break open a 35-35 tie at halftime.

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