Saturday, September 22, 2012

Wolfpack Extends Hoops' Coach's Contract

The folks in Raleigh saw enough of their new basketball coach's first season to keep him around for a while.  

North Carolina State has given men's basketball coach Mark Gottfried a pay raise that makes him the third highest-paid coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The school said Friday its board of trustees approved a new contract for Gottfried that will pay him $1.95 million per year for an extended six years.

His annual salary remains at $750,000, and his supplemental compensation was boosted from $450,000 to $1.2 million. That moved Gottfried from ninth to third in the ACC in annual guaranteed compensation.

N.C. State's appearance in the NCAA tournament last March triggered an automatic two-year extension through 2017-18 for Gottfried, who led the Wolfpack to 24 victories in his first season.
Athletic director Debbie Yow says Gottfried's "competitive and recruiting success has accelerated our vision of excellence in an impressive way."

With a solid returning core and prized-recruit Rodney Purvis, the Wolfpack are projected to be an ACC title contender this season.

Friday, September 21, 2012

ESPN College Game Day In Tallahassee

ESPN College GameDay, Built by The Home Depot, Tallahassee, Fla. -9:00 AM - TV: ESPNU/ESPN 

Obviously, the game of the week is the match up between #4 FSU and #10 Clemson as it will be the first matchup of top 10 ACC schools in five years. Clemson (3-0, 0-0) and Florida State (3-0, 1-0) are the league's only remaining unbeaten teams just three weeks into the season.

The last time two ACC teams played that were both ranked in the top 10 was in 2007 when a Boston College team led by quarterback Matt Ryan and ranked second nationally, defeated No. 8 Virginia Tech 14-10.  The ACC has sent more players to the NFL than any other in recent years, but it hasn't boasted a national champion since Florida State in 1999.

After the ACC's big two, though, there's not much left to cheer about.

Clemson and Florida State are the only two ACC teams nationally ranked. Virginia Tech (2-1) dropped out of the polls after losing last week at Pitt, which had been upset the previous week by lower-division Youngstown State. Maryland and Virginia could help the credibility issue with strong showings this weekend in difficult road tests at No. 8 West Virginia and 17th-ranked TCU, respectively.

Some ACC teams have narrowly escaped lower-division opponents and others have fared poorly in intersectional, nonconference games - the Terrapins edged William & Mary 7-6 and the Demon Deacons slipped past Liberty 20-17.

In matchups with other major BCS conference schools, No. 15 Kansas State hammered Miami 52-13 on Sept. 8 while No 20 Louisville defeated North Carolina and Northwestern topped Boston College last weekend.

Clemson's 26-19 win over struggling Auburn (1-2, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) is the only notable nonconference victory for the ACC.

Saturday ACC Football

Bowling Green @ VIRGINIA TECH (-22), Blacksburg, Va.,12:00 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 191 SIRIUS 94)

MARYLAND @ West Virginia (-27.5), Morgantown, W. Va., 12:00 PM, TV: FX (XM 85 SIRIUS 85)

VIRGINIA @ TCU (-14.5), Fort Worth, Texas, 12:00 PM, TV: ESPN (XM 91 SIRIUS 91)

Army @ WAKE FOREST (-7.5), Winston-Salem, N.C.,12:30 PM, TV: ACC Network (XM 190 SIRIUS 92)

MIAMI @ GEORGIA TECH (-13), Atlanta, Ga., 3:00 PM, TV: RSN (XM 192 SIRIUS 137)

East Carolina @ NORTH CAROLINA (-15), Chapel Hill, N.C., 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 191 SIRIUS 94)

The Citadel @ N.C. STATE (NL), Raleigh, N.C., 6:00 PM, TV: ESPN3 (SIRIUS 125)

Memphis @ DUKE (-24), Durham, N.C., 6:00 PM, TV: ESPN3 (XM 190 SIRIUS 132)

#10 CLEMSON @ #4 FLORIDA STATE (-13), Tallahassee, Fla., 8:00 PM, TV: ABC (XM 86 SIRIUS 86)

*Point spreads for recreational purposes only. 

Natitude: Post Season

The Nationals used Ross Detwiler's six strong innings and Ryan Zimmerman's double to lock up a playoff spot Thursday night with a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
(Jacquelyn Harper/AP Photo)
''Nats Clinch'' flashed on the scoreboard as Washington ensured at least an NL wild-card spot, delighting the crowd of 30,359.

''That was fun, but it's not what I had my eye on,'' Johnson said. ''I don't want this.''

The fans stood and cheered in the ninth inning, then got even louder when Drew Storen struck out Hanley Ramirez to end it. Johnson saluted the crowd as he left the field and the team wore caps and T-shirts acknowledging the playoff berth.

The Nat’s Magic Number to win the NL East is now down to 8 games.

Pictures Of The Day

Nationals players high-five as fans celebrate their 4-1 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers to clinch a playoff spot after their baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo)
The sun sets over the stadium as Australia prepares to face the USA in a women's International Friendly at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on September 19, 2012 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America)
Instagram...Evidently, it’s the new Twitter...whatever that is...(Robert Beck/SI, Instagram by
The Los Angeles Dodgers take batting practice before the start of their game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 20, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

UNC's Williams Out Of Hospital

ESPN: North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams checked out of the hospital Thursday afternoon, just a day after undergoing a 3½-hour surgery to remove a tumor from his right kidney, the school announced.

It could take up to a week to determine whether the tumor was benign or malignant -- and that could impact whether the 62-year-old Hall of Fame coach will need surgery next month to remove another tumor, this time from his left kidney.

But his doctor said in a statement Wednesday that Williams is expected to be back on the court when UNC opens basketball practice next month, and that he fully expects Williams "to coach this season and for years to come."

If Williams needs a second surgery, he could miss some practice time, but likely not any games.
Williams found out about the tumors after a physical earlier this month. But assistant coach Steve Robinson said Wednesday that Williams "felt a little uncomfortable over the last couple of weeks and felt like something wasn't quite right."

Robot(?) Operates On Ol’ Roy

(UNC Press Release Edited) University of North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams underwent a robotic partial nephrectomy at UNC Hospitals this morning to remove a tumor from his right kidney.

Dr. Eric Wallen, professor of urology at UNC, and co-surgeon Dr. Mathew Raynor led the surgical team, which took three and a half hours to complete the operation. Doctors discovered the presence of the tumor during a physical earlier this month.

Dr. Wallen says Williams, 62, should be able to coach when the Tar Heels begin practice for the 2012-13 season on Saturday, October 13th. Williams may have a second surgery to remove a tumor from his left kidney at a later date and could be sidelined for a few practices.

 "The surgery went well and according to plan," said Dr. Wallen. "Coach Williams did great. I fully expect him to coach this season and for years to come. He could miss some practice time if we perform another procedure sometime in October, but he would be able to resume his coaching duties prior to the start of the regular season."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Coach Williams and his family for a full recovery," says UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham. "Obviously his health and prognosis are my greatest concerns. He's in great hands with the medical staff at UNC Hospitals. The basketball team is also in outstanding hands with Steve Robinson, CB McGrath, Hubert Davis and Joe Holladay. As Coach Williams frequently says, he has the best staff in the country and I know they will do an excellent job as CoachWilliams recuperates. We will be ready for his return as soon as he is able to do so, but I have stressed to him that he returns only when he has been given the medical approval and he is ready to do that. Hopefully that will be soon and for a long, long time to come."

Williams is entering his 10th season as the head coach of the Tar Heels and 25th as a college head coach. He is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, has led Carolina to national championships in 2005 and 2009, another Final Four in 2008, Elite Eights in 2007, 2011 and 2012, five NCAA Tournament No. 1 seeds, seven Associated Press Top 10 final rankings, six ACC regular-season titles, two ACC Tournament crowns, five 30-win seasons and developed 13 first-round NBA Draft picks.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Ol’ Roy Having Tumor Removed

(Steeter Lecka/Getty Images)
North Carolina men’s head basketball coach and Basketball Hall of Famer Roy Williams is having surgery to have a tumor removed from his right kidney, reports WRAL News.

And, no, the tumor is not the football program or $100,000 piece of jewelry. 

Details about the surgery are not yet available, but North Carolina sports information director Steve Kirschner said that Williams is having a medical procedure, but did not specifically say what the procedure is noting:

“Williams has dealt with vertigo, an inner ear condition that impacts balance, since 2007. Although it hasn’t caused Williams to miss any games, the vertigo symptoms have forced him to sit down at times during games.”

Williams, 62, has taken his teams to seven NCAA Final Fours and has won two national championship with the Tar Heels since arriving at the school in 2003.  

N.Y. Jeweler (Obviously A Duke Fan) Settles With Big Bling College Student

Former Duke basketball player Lance Thomas has settled a lawsuit that accused him of failing to pay nearly $68,000 for jewelry purchased while he was part of the Blue Devils team that won the 2010 national championship.

No doubt, Thomas told Rafaello & Co. “Well, I was a college student and I didn’t have an extra $68,000 rattling around in my book bag.”

Which begs the question...from where did the $30,000 down payment come?


Mike Bowers, the attorney for Rafaello & Co., said his client had agreed to settle the lawsuit against Thomas stemming from the nearly $100,000 in diamond jewelry the player purchased in the middle of the 2009-2010 season. The Dallas attorney said the terms are confidential, and he reiterated his client's unwillingness to discuss the matter with the NCAA, which is seeking details of the transaction.

"This is a private matter between my client and Mr. Thomas, and that's where it stands," Bowers said Tuesday.

Jon Jackson, Duke's associate athletic director for media relations and public affairs, said the settlement doesn't change an ongoing inquiry involving the university and the NCAA.

"The process remains the same in that Duke and the NCAA continue to work together on this matter," he said (with a straight face).  

Thomas started 39 games at forward for Duke in 2009-2010, his senior season, including the 61-59 victory over Butler in the NCAA championship game.

NCAA rules prohibit (some) athletes from receiving benefits that aren't available to the student body as a whole.

NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said the organization would not comment on the settlement and what it might mean in terms of investigating the matter. NCAA rules require student-athletes and personnel at member schools to cooperate with the organization's inquiries, but there's nothing to compel people who aren't affiliated with those schools to do so.

It makes getting anyone to cooperate in the investigation extremely difficult, which could mean the case will be hard to prove, let alone pursue, according to attorney Stu Brown, who specialzed in NCAA cases, of Indianapolis-based Ice Miller. (a law firm, not a beer company, thank you very much.)

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

*Items in italics may not be true.

Suits In Indianapolis (Formerly Kansas) Clear N.C. State Guard To Play

North Carolina State freshman guard Rodney Purvis has been cleared by the NCAA to play this season, Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried told's Andy Katz. 
Purvis' academic eligibility was uncertain while his high school transcript was being reviewed. But the NCAA Eligibility Center cleared the former McDonald's All-American on Monday.

The 6-foot-3 Purvis missed North Carolina State's exhibition trip to Spain last month while his eligibility was in question. The school said at the time that the NCAA was giving an "extended review" to Purvis' high school, the Upper Room in Raleigh.

Purvis also was The Associated Press men's prep basketball player of the year for North Carolina.
He has, according to sources close to T.A.H., never purchased $100,000 worth of jewelry (or anything else for that matter).

Chapel Hill: The New College Scandal Capitol Of The World

Cue Queen as another one bites the dust...
(Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
By Robbi Pickeral/ by way of the Raleigh News & Observer

North Carolina chancellor Holden Thorp, whose tenure has been marred by several athletics-related scandals over the past two years, will resign at the end of the 2012-13 academic year, the school announced Monday.

"It's been stressful, so I'd be kidding you if I told you I hadn't thought from time to time about whether it would be better for the University and better for me, for me to be over in the chemistry building doing what I used to do and love to do," Thorp, a longtime professor, researcher and a former chair in UNC's chemistry department before he became chancellor in 2008, told "But this weekend was the first time I really thought about it and felt like it was the right time."

The announcement came three days after Thorp answered questions Friday from the UNC Board of Governors during a closed-door meeting about the school's top fundraiser, Matt Kupec, and Tami Hansbrough, a gifts officer and mother of former basketball star Tyler Hansbrough.

Kupec and Tami Hansbrough resigned last week after Thorp discovered that the couple had charged questionable travel expenses to the school.

It was just the latest scandal Thorp has presided over since he was named chancellor, but he told he was not asked to resign; he made the choice to step aside after discussing the options with his wife over the weekend.

(Interestingly, the UNC faculty which is not widely known to be supportive of the Tar Heels athletic endeavors in spite of their financial contributions to the institution were largely in favor of Thorp staying.)

To read the rest of this story (and, again, why would you want to), click here. 

Nat’s Magic Number: 10

The Miami Marlins, who have been a thorn in the Nats collective side all season, helped our squad by defeating the Braves last night.

The Nats v. Dodgers game in D.C. was rained out.
(Marc Serota/Getty Images)
Here, shortstop Jose Reyes turns a double play against Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park on September 18, 2012 in Miami, Florida. 

Sports Photographer Of The Day

Hokie fans won’t appreciate seeing more images from VT’s loss to Pittsburgh last Saturday, but we thought the work of Justin K. Aller deserved some credit.

Here at T.A.H., we see LOTS (highly technical journalism term that means "many") every day and the shots captured by Aller in Pittsburgh were as good as you we’ve seen.

Enjoy (the images, let the outcome go.)
(All photos by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Pictures Of The Day

UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp receives a standing ovation from the UNC faculty (including Grande Vino Williams, center right in orange shirt, who clearly snuck in based on his UNC med school cred eventhough his undergraduate degree came from Bling University over in Durham). After Thorp's remarks, the faculty adopted a resolution calling for the the chancellor not to resign, and for UNC system President Tom Ross to not accept Thorp's resignation. (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
Mr. Wuf does some push ups. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
We aren’t exactly sure what happens at Maimi before a Canes’ football game... (Doug Murray/Icon SMI)
 Like we said... (Doug Murray/Icon SMI)
Brandon Terry #86 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons is pursued by Ronald Darby #13 of the Florida State Seminoles during a game at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Fans of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets celebrate after a score against the Virginia Cavaliers at Bobby Dodd Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

R.I.P. Steve Sabol 1942 - 2012

(Daniel Hulshizer/AP Photo)

Steve Sabol, half of the father-son team that revolutionized sports broadcasting, died Tuesday of brain cancer at age 69 in Moorestown, N.J. He leaves behind a league bigger than ever, its fans enthralled by the plot twists and characters the NFL Films president so deftly chronicled.

"Steve Sabol was the creative genius behind the remarkable work of NFL Films," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement from the league confirming Sabol's death. "Steve's passion for football was matched by his incredible talent and energy. Steve's legacy will be part of the NFL forever. He was a major contributor to the success of the NFL, a man who changed the way we look at football and sports, and a great friend."

Sabol was diagnosed with a tumor on the left side of his brain after being hospitalized for a seizure in March 2011. 

To read more, click here.  

ACC Players Of The Week

(Steve Cannon/AP Photo)
OFFENSIVE BACK - Chris Thompson, Florida State, Sr., RB, 5-8, 190, Greenville, Fla. Thompson authored one of the finest rushing performances and one of the most compelling storylines in Florida State history against Wake Forest, dashing to a career-high 197 yards on nine carries (21.9 yards per carry), and a pair of touchdowns. The 10th highest rushing game in school history came in just one half of action against the Demon Deacons, which was significant in its own right. Last season, Thompson suffered two broken vertebrae in his back at Wake Forest, which threatened to end the career of the Seminoles' 2010 rushing leader. This time out, he broke off touchdown runs of 74 and 80 yards on consecutive second quarter plays from scrimmage as the Seminoles cruised to victory. Thompson owns four of the 17 longest rushing touchdowns in school history and his career per-carry of 6.38 yards currently ranks second only to all-time rushing leader Warrick Dunn (6.88).

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Will Jackson, Georgia Tech, Jr., OG-OT, 6-3, 285, Knoxville, Tenn. Jackson, who has played guard the majority of his college career, made the move to tackle prior to the Virginia game and responded with one of his best performances. Jackson helped the Tech offense put up remarkable numbers against the Cavaliers: 56 points, 461 rushing yards, 9.2 yards per rushing attempt, and 594 yards of total offense.

(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
RECEIVER - Romar Morris, North Carolina, R-Fr., TB, 5-10, 180, Salisbury, N.C. Morris posted a career-high 202 all-purpose yards in Carolina's 39-34 loss at No. 19 Louisville. He had 149 yards receiving, 23 yards rushing and 30 yards on kick returns. He also blocked a punt in the fourth quarter, which led to a Carolina touchdown on the next play. Morris is the first Tar Heel to block a punt since Bruce Carter blocked one at Rutgers in 2010. Morris became the first Tar Heel running back with a 100-yard receiving game since Anthony Elzy had 178 in 2010 vs. NC State. Morris caught five passes for 149 yards and scored on a 44-yard wheel route down the sideline and a 50-yard catch-and-run that pulled the Tar Heels to within five with 4:23 remaining.

DEFENSIVE LINE - Cornellius Carradine, Sr., Florida State, DE, 6-5, 267, Cincinnati, Ohio Carradine was once again a force for the nation's top-ranked rushing, scoring, pass efficiency and total defense as the Seminoles limited the Demon Deacons to 126 total yards and posted their second consecutive shutout of the season. FSU has yet to yield a touchdown in 2012, in no small part due to the senior defensive end, who has picked up the slack after All-American Brandon Jenkins' season-ending injury. Carradine finished with three tackles, including a team-high 2.5 quarterback sacks, and added two quarterback pressures against Wake Forest. Through three games he leads the team in tackles with 12.

(Paul Beaty/AP Photo)
LINEBACKER - Nick Clancy, Boston College, Sr., LB, 6-3, 232, Plainfield, Ill. Registered a career-high 24 tackles - 14 solo and 10 assisted tackles - in Boston College's 22-13 loss at Northwestern, marking the second-most tackles in one game in school history and the highest single-game tackle total since Frank Chamberlain matched the school record with a 25-tackle performance against Syracuse in 1999. Chamberlain shares the school record with Stephen Boyd, who tallied 25 tackles against Virginia Tech in 1994, and Tom McManus, who recorded 25 tackles against Rutgers in 1991. Clancy, a senior who entered the season with a career single-game high of seven tackles vs. Wake Forest in 2009, leads the ACC in tackles (43) and tackles per game (14.3) through three games in 2012.

DEFENSIVE BACK - Ross Cockrell, Duke, R-Jr., CB, 6-0, 180, Waxhaw, N.C. Cockrell led Duke to a 54-17 win over N.C. Central by carding six tackles, two interceptions and two pass breakups. Cockrell's first interception set up a 20-yard field goal by Ross Martin, and he returned the second interception of the night 32 yards for a touchdown. Cockrell is currently tied for the national lead in both passes broken up (6) and total passes defended (9) while ranking tied for third in interceptions (3). With two broken passes broken up against NC Central, Cockrell moved into a tie for eighth place on Duke's career chart (22).

SPECIALIST - Kyshoen Jarrett, Virginia Tech, So., PR, 5-10, 180, Tannersville, Pa. Pennsylvania native Kyshoen Jarrett went back home and electrified his friends and family in attendance with a 94-yard punt return for a touchdown in Virginia Tech's loss at Pittsburgh. The return was the second-longest in school history behind Frank Loria's 95-yard return in 1967 against Miami and was the longest under head coach Frank Beamer. It is the fourth-longest scoring punt return in conference history and the longest since 1970 when South Carolina's Dick Harris returned one 97 yards for a score against North Carolina.

(Al Diaz/Miami Herald)
ROOKIE - Duke Johnson, Miami, Fr., RB, 5-9, 183, Miami, Fla. Johnson accounted for 245 all-purpose yards in four touchdowns in Miami's 38-10 home-opening win over Bethune-Cookman. The freshman rushed 14 times for career-high 94 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson also posted three receptions for 57 yards and one touchdown - a 50-yard TD reception in the third quarter. He added 95-yard kickoff return for a TD in the first quarter. The return is tied for eighth-longest in UM history and was the first kickoff return for a TD by a Hurricane since Lamar Miller in 2010. Johnson became first Miami player to score four TDs in game since Tyrone Moss in 2005 against UNC and is the 10th FBS player since the start of 2006 season to have a receiving, rushing and return TD in the same game. Johnson has 638 all-purpose yards through three games with six touchdowns.

ACC Football Links

By Andrea Adelson and Heather Dinich/

BC's ground game is going nowhere.

Clemson is ready to prove its worth against the Florida State defense.
(Ranier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)

Duke seeks to keep its edge after a big win last week.

Faith and family have played an important role in FSU running back Chris Thompson's comeback.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson says his team can still play a lot better.

Maryland is set to resume its border rivalry with West Virginia.

Miami linebacker Denzel Perryman is likely out against Georgia Tech.

It was always a matter of time before UNC Chancellor Holden Thorp resigned. North Carolina is a team seeking an identity.

N.C. State linebacker Sterling Lucas is making his presence felt this season.

Virginia coach Mike London wants his team to forget about what happened last week.

There is still uncertainty in the Virginia Tech offense.

Dan Collins gives his thoughts on Wake Forest receiver Michael Campanaro.

I'm not the only one who thinks Georgia Tech could be a real player in the Coastal Division.
(Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Virginia and Virginia Tech didn't quite make the grade in Week 3.

Florida State had about 24 hours to enjoy its win over Wake Forest before moving on to Clemson.
The Noles will "break the scoreboard" if Clemson's D doesn't improve quickly.

UVa's defense "played terribly" at Georgia Tech.

N.C. State got its win over South Alabama, but questions about blocking and the running game remain.

North Carolina was a different team from half to half against Louisville.

The return of Duke receiver Blair Holliday gave the Blue Devils an emotional lift on Saturday.
Questions still remain for Clemson's offensive line.

Maryland's youth was on the clock against Connecticut.
(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
One bright spot for Boston College in the loss to Northwestern was its defensive line play. The Eagles' offensive problems are something to work on during the bye week.

Stat Of The Day

(Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

As in one point per game.  

Florida State leads the nation this week in five major defensive categories: 
  • Scoring defense (1 ppg, having allowed only a field goal in three games) 
  • Rushing defense (33.67 ypg)
  • Total defense (103.3 ypg)
  • Passing defense (69.67 ypg) 
  • Pass efficiency defense. 
Bjoern Werner leads the nation with 6.5 sacks and he will be a huge challenge for Clemson in this weekend’s marquee ACC match up at 8pm on ABC. 

Quote Of The Day

“They’ll break the scoreboard next week (at Florida State) if we don’t play better and more consistent.” -- Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables referring to upcoming opponent Florida State who put 52 on Wake Forest last Saturday.

The Clemson defense allowed 352 yards to an FCS opponent last weekend against Furman.  That performance included allowing Furman quarterback Reese Hannon to complete 65.5 percent of his passes.

Nobody’s happy about that down at the Esso.

Pictures Of The Day

Patriotic unis...Alex Morgan #13 of the USA controls the ball as Teigen Allen #2 of Australia runs back on defense in the first half during the international friendly match at The Home Depot Center on September 16, 2012 in Carson, California. (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images North America)
Athletes begin the swimming stage during the 2012 Beijing International Triathlon at Qinglong lake park Fengtai District on September 16, 2012 in Beijing, China.
(Lintao Zhang/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Team Switzerland compete in the 560 kg weight category during the Tug of War World Championships in the town of Appenzell, some 90 km (56 miles) east of Zurich September 8, 2012. The origin of tug of war is in ancient rituals and ceremonies, where the fight between the good and the bad was symbolized and later it developed into a sporting competition. (Reuters/Michael Buholzer)
Baltimore's Wilson Betemit breaks his bat as he hits a foul ball during the first inning of an Orioles' game against the Tampa Bay Rays. (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo)
Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs is tackled by Connecticut linebacker Yawin Smallwood as he leaps for a first down during UConn's 24-21 victory. (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo)
Wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons drops a pass in the end zone against the Denver Broncos during a game at the Georgia Dome on September 17, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

ACC Football Scoreboard

CHRIS THOMPSON (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
#5 FLORIDA STATE 52, WAKE FOREST 0 - Running back Chris Thompson, who broke his back against the Deacons last season, ran for 197 yards on 9 carries.  Game over. Recap

MIAMI 38, Bethune-Cookman University 10 RB Duke Johnson had a 95-yard kick return for a score, a 50-yard touchdown reception and scoring runs of 1 and 28 yards. Recap  

Pitt 35, #13 VIRGINIA TECH 17 - Welcome to the ACC. Interceptions and 59 yards rushing doom Hokies in loss to Panthers.  Pitt came in 0-2 after losing to Youngstown State and Cincinnati. Recap

UConn 24, MARYLAND 21 - Huskies win Edsall Bowl.  Fear the sled dog. Recap  

#11 CLEMSON 41, Furman 7 - Sammy Watkins returns with a 58-yard TD run. Boyd and Ellington sharp as well. Recap  

GEORGIA TECH 56, VIRGINIA 20 - Big plays and almost 600 yards of total offense send Jackets whizzing past Cavs. Recap 

#19 Louisville 39, NORTH CAROLINA 34 - Heels spot Cards big lead then come up short with second half comeback. Recap 
MIKE SHANAHAN (no kidding) MAKES A CATCH. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Northwestern 22, BOSTON COLLEGE 13 -  Eagles give up 560 yards to team that will never be asked to join the ACC. Well, almost never. Recap

N.C. STATE 31, South Alabama 7 - The Wolfpack is 3-0. Never mind who they have beaten. Recap

DUKE 54, NCCU 17 - Blue Devils score touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams for the first time since 2004. Recap 

Nat’s Magic Number: Still 11

Our Washington Nationals (formerly your Montreal Expos) (89-56) lost (again) to the Atlanta Braves (83-63) 5-4 last night down in Georgia (where the Devil went down to according to Charlie Daniels).

Oddly, after losing the night before by way of a walk-off error, this time the winning run came by way of a hit batter.  

(Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
Here, first baseman Adam LaRoche rounds the bases after a first inning home run.  

The two play again tonight at 8:00 pm on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.

Pictures Of The Day

Friend of T.A.H. and Hall of Fame linebacker Sam Huff waves to the crowd as he walks off the field after being honored during a game between the James Madison and West Virginia at FedExField on September 15, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. WVU narrowly escaped the (ACC bound?) Dukes 42-12.  (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
N.C. State defensive end Rogers Clark (93) leads the Wolfpack out of the tunnel before N.C. State's game with South Alabama at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C. on September 15, 2012. (Chris Adamczyk/Raleigh News & Observer)
Teddy Matthews #56 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons is unable to tackle E.J. Manuel #3 of the Florida State Seminoles as he dives for a touchdown during a game at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Romar Morris #21 of the North Carolina Tar Heels is tackled by Senorise Perry #32 of the Louisville Cardinals during the game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Tanner Price #10 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons throws a pass against the Florida State Seminoles during a game at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Tallahassee, Florida. Note the fans cleverly disguised as empty seats. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
A Pitt fan cheers during the game between the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Virginia Tech Hokies on September 15, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Logan Thomas #3 of the Virginia Tech Hokies is sacked by Bryan Murphy #93 and Aaron Donald #97 of the Pittsburgh Panthers during the game on September 15, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) and other Clemson players make their way to the field for an NCAA college football game against Furman, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Clemson, S.C. Clemson won 41-7. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Jake McGee #83 of the Virginia Cavaliers leaps over Jamal Golden #4 for a touchdown against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington dives for a touchdown past Virginia safety Rijo Walker (27) during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Boston head coach Frank Spaziani yells to his players during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Northwestern, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Evanston, Ill. Northwestern won 22-13. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Duke football player Blair Holliday, wearing a purple-checked tie, walks into Wallace Wade Stadium before the Blue Devils' game with N.C. Central on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, two months removed from a life-threatening jet ski accident. (Laura Keeley/Raleigh News & Observer)

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