Saturday, November 24, 2012

Saturday ACC Football

SAD, BUT TRUE (Lara Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
GEORGIA TECH @ Georgia (Bulldogs, 33.367 students, Athens, GA), 12:00 PM, TV: ESPN (XM 200 or 204 SIRIUS 92 or 135)

VIRGINIA @ VIRGINIA TECH, 12:00 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 85 or 190 SIRIUS 85 or 117)

MIAMI @ DUKE, 12:30 PM, TV: ACC Network (XM 203  SIRIUS 136)



Florida (Gators, 49,589 students, Gainesville, FL) @ FLORIDA STATE, 3:30 PM, TV: ABC (National) (XM 91 or 85 SIRIUS 91 or 85)

Vanderbilt (Commodores, 12,714 students, Nashville, TN) @ WAKE FOREST, 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 197 SIRIUS 112)

South Carolina (Gamecocks, 42,571 students, Columbia, SC) @ CLEMSON, 7:00 PM, TV: ESPN (XM 85 or 197 SIRIUS 85 or 112)

Friday ACC Basketball Scoreboard

PLUMLEE (John Bazemore/AP Photo)
#5 DUKE 67, VCU (Rams, 31,899 students, Richmond, VA) 58 -  Mason Plumlee had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 5 Duke to a victory over the Rams on Friday night in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.

Plumlee, who had 20 points and 17 rebounds in the opening-round win over Minnesota, brought the ball across midcourt several times in each half to help the Blue Devils withstand the pressure defense VCU calls "havoc." Recap. 

VIRGINIA TECH 87,  Appalachian State (Mountaineers, 17,500 students, Boone, NC) 76 - Virginia Tech used a career-high 27 points from point guard Erick Green to outlast Appalachian State in a nonconference game on Friday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum.

With the win, the Hokies moved to 5-0 on the season. The Hokies are 5-0 for the first time since the 1984-85 season.

The Hokies struggled somewhat against Appalachian State for the better part of 30 minutes. The Mountaineers, picked to finish fourth in the Southern Conference's North Division, trailed just 60-58 after a 3-pointer by Nathan Healy with 10:41 remaining. Recap.

CLEMSON 69, UTEP (Miners, 21,011 students, El Paso, TX) 48 - Clemson (3-1) made 10-of-12 three-point goals in the opening half to propel the Tigers to a 69-48 victory over UTEP in the second round of the Old Spice Classic at HP Field House.  
K.J. McDANIELS (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The Tigers finished the game hitting 75 percent of their three-point attempts, 12 out of 16. The percentage was fifth-best for a single game in school history and was a Old Spice Classic record. Clemson also moved to 15-1 all-time under Head Coach Brad Brownell when holding its opponent to 50 points or less.

Clemson had three players in double figures, led by Milton Jennings, who had a season-high 18 points. He made 5-of-8 field goals, including 4-of-5 from three, and all four of his free throw attempts. He added seven rebounds.  K.J. McDaniels added a career-best 17, making 6-of-8 overall and all four of his three-point attempts. He added six boards. Adonis Filer reached 10 points for the second straight game. Recap.

#16 N.C. STATE 82, UNC Asheville (Bulldogs, 3,609 students, Asheville, NC) 80 - Richard Howell scored 23 points, including the go-ahead basket with 3:06 left, to help No. 16 North Carolina State rally past UNC Asheville 82-80 on Friday night.

Howell finished with 15 rebounds and also knocked down two free throws with 5 seconds left to secure the win for the Wolfpack (4-1), who finally shook free of the Bulldogs late after trailing most of the way. UNC Asheville (1-5) led by seven with 8 1/2 minutes left before N.C. State finally inched ahead, pushing in front when Howell corralled a deflected pass and scored in the paint while drawing an intentional foul.

Scott Wood added 14 points, including a pair of clutch jumpers in the final 3 minutes that helped N.C. State hold on. Recap.

RICHARD HOWELL (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
WAKE FOREST 63, William & Mary (Tribe, 6,071 students, Williamsburg, VA) 57 - C.J. Harris scored 18 points, 10 of them in the final seven minutes of the game, as Wake Forest erased a 13-point first-half deficit to take down William & Mary on Friday evening at Joel Coliseum.

The Tribe (3-2) started fast and held as much as a 24-11 lead midway through the opening period, but the Demon Deacons (3-2) slowly clawed their way back into the game, retaking the lead on a Chase Fischer layup with 9:50 left.  

Joining Harris in double figures was Travis McKie, who finished with 15 points and six rebounds. Freshman Aaron Rountree III had the best game of his young career, filling the stat sheet with seven rebounds, five blocks and two steals to go with four points. Recap. 

California (Bears, 35,899 students, Berkeley, CA) 68, GEORGIA TECH 57 - Justin Cobbs scored 17 points, Richard Solomon got six of his 12 points down the stretch to help fuel a pivotal rally and California beat Georgia Tech on Friday night to advance to the championship game of the DirecTV Classic.

Allen Crabbe added 13 points and five assists for Cal, which is off to a 5-0 start.  

Mfon Udofia had 16 points and Kammeon Holsey came off the bench to score 14 for Georgia Tech (3-1), which shot 39 percent from the field, was 2 of 15 from 3-point range and was outrebounded 41-29. Recap.

Things That Make You Go...


R.I.P. Hector Macho Camacho 1962-2012

(John Parra/Getty Images)

AP: Hector "Macho" Camacho, a Puerto Rican boxer known for skill and flamboyance in the ring as well as for a messy personal life and run-ins with the police, was declared dead on Saturday, four days after being shot in the face. He was 50.

Shot while sitting in a parked car outside a bar Tuesday with a friend in the city of Bayamon, he was declared dead at the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan.

The friend, 49-year-old Adrian Mojica Moreno, died at the scene of the shooting. Police said Mojica had nine small bags of cocaine in his pocket and a 10th bag was found open in the car.

Originally from Bayamon, just outside San Juan, Camacho was long regarded as a flashy if volatile talent, a skilled boxer who was perhaps overshadowed by his longtime foil, Mexican superstar Julio Cesar Chavez, who would beat him in a long-awaited showdown in Las Vegas in 1992.

Camacho fought professionally for three decades, from his humble debut against David Brown at New York's Felt Forum in 1980 to an equally forgettable swansong against Sal Duran in Kissimmee, Florida, in 2010.

In between, he fought some of the biggest stars spanning two eras, including Sugar Ray Leonard, Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya and Roberto Duran.

R.I.P. J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) 1931-2012

Larry Hagman, who played the conniving and mischievous J.R. Ewing on the TV show Dallas, died Friday at Medical City in Dallas, Texas of complications from his recent battle with cancer, his family said.

He was 81.

The role of J.R. transformed Hagman’s life. He rocketed from being a merely well-known TV actor onI Dream of Jeannie and the son of Broadway legend Mary Martin, to the kind of international fame known only by the likes the Beatles and Muhammad Ali.

Mr. Hagman made his home in California with his wife of 59 years, the former Maj Axelsson. Despite obvious physical frailty, he gamely returned to Dallas to film season one and part of season two of TNT’s Dallas reboot.

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Pictures Of The Day

A float representing ACC football at the 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 22, 2012 in New York City. (Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images North America)
Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins reacts during a Thanksgiving Day game against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on November 22, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America)

N.C. State senior Andrew Branch lets his feelings be known about the lockout during the second half of N.C. State's 82-80 victory over UNC Asheville. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)

Friday, November 23, 2012

ACC Turkey Day Scoreboard

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#5 DUKE 89, Minnesota 71 – It sounds as if Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is putting together a screenplay: "The Maturation of Mason Plumlee."

So far the reviews have been great.

Plumlee scored 20 points and grabbed a career high-matching 17 rebounds to lead No. 5 Duke to an 89-71 victory over Minnesota on Thursday in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

The 6-foot-10 senior had four solid games this season before putting on an impressive performance against a team known for being physical and playing defense.  Recap.

GEORGIA TECH 54, Rice 36 - Marcus Georges-Hunt had 11 points and nine rebounds to lead Georgia Tech to a 54-36 victory over Rice on Thursday night in an opening-round game of the DirecTV Classic.

Georgia Tech opened the second half with a 13-3 run, including a 12-footer and a 3-pointer by Brandon Reed 32 seconds apart. Georges-Hunt, a freshman, capped the rally on a pair of free throws, giving the Yellow Jackets a 38-22 lead with 15:11 remaining.

Rice went 7:36 without a field goal during that stretch, which was sandwiched by 3-pointers from Owls reserve guard Austin Ramljak. The junior, who grew up in nearby Thousand Oaks and began his collegiate career at Ventura College, led the Owls with 18 points and shot 6 for 12 from the field - all of his shots coming from 3-point range. Recap.

#16 Gonzaga 77, CLEMSON 49 - Clemson gave No. 16/17 Gonzaga all it could handle for most of 40 minutes on Thursday in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic, but the Zags shot 69 percent in the second half to pull away to a 57-49 victory over the Tigers.

The Tigers lost their first game of the season and now move on to take on UTEP for a second straight season in an exempt tournament. The game will be held at 5:30 PM Friday and will be televised by ESPNU. Recap.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

It is what it is.

ACC Schools Seeking Transfer From Tiny Grinnell College


Everybody and their brother wants Jack Taylor on their roster…Well, the coaches and fans might, but the players may not. Here's why.

Taylor, a 5- 10” sophomore guard, hoisted up 108 shots against Faith Baptist Bible, making 52 and ending the night with an NCAA scoring record 108 points.  Taylor apparently doesn't have much confidence in his teammates as he launched a shot every 20 seconds during the Pioneers' 179-104 win in an Iowa-school Division III matchup.

"I don't think reality has really set in yet," Taylor said after the game. "I think it definitely will in the next few days. I can't really get my mind around it right now."

Taylor was, 27-of-71 from 3-point range, and 7-of-10 from the free-throw line.

The 138 points passed Clarence "Bevo" Francis who held both the NCAA and collegiate scoring mark when he dropped 113 points for Rio Grande College of Ohio vs. Hillside in 1954.

"It's kind of a life-changing moment," Grinnell coach David Arseneault said.

Taylor’s performance did not go unnoticed in the NBA.

"I never heard of nothing like that. That's like a video game," the New York Knicks Carmelo  Anthony said, an incredulous look on his face. "How can you shoot 100 times, though?"

"His elbow has got to be sore," Knicks teammate and former Tare Heel Raymond Felton joked.

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers was impressed. "That's crazy," he said. "I don't care what level you're at, you score 138 points, it's pretty insane."

ACC Basketball Scoreboard

OLIVER HANLAN (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
BOSTON COLLEGE 50, Auburn 49 - Freshmen Olivier Hanlan and Joe Rahon combined for 34 points to lead Boston College to a 50-49 win against Auburn on Wednesday evening at Conte Forum.

Hanlan led the Eagles with 19 points, and added six rebounds and two steals. Rahon recorded 15 points. Sophomore Ryan Anderson led BC on the glass with seven rebounds while sophomores Patrick Heckmann and Lonnie Jackson both had three assists.

The first half was tight the entire 20 minutes as there was no lead larger than four points. Auburn took an early 6-3 lead three minutes into the game but Hanlan ended that quickly with a 3-pointer to knot it up for the first time. After a couple of lead changes, the Tigers led 19-17 with 7:29 on the clock. Hanlan hit a jumper and Rahon sank a three to give BC a 22-19 lead at the 5:50 mark. Recap.

FLORIDA STATE 75, North Florida 67 -  Michael Snaer scored 17 of his 21 points in the second period as the Seminoles (4-1) won their fourth consecutive game. The 'Noles will now prepare to face Minnesota at home Monday as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

FSU led 16-3 in the game's early moments but saw that lead slip to a 32-24 score at halftime. Then midway through the second half, FSU had its biggest lead of the night - a 14-point advantage - but UNF's timely triples from long range kept the game within two possessions throughout much of the contest. Recap.

LESLIE MCDONALD (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
#9 NORTH CAROLINA 112, Chaminade 70 - James Michael McAdoo scored 18 points to lead five North Carolina players in double figures and the ninth-ranked Tar Heels routed Division II Chaminade 112-70 on Wednesday night in the Maui Invitational.

It was the first time this season that the Tar Heels (5-1) have topped the century mark. They put up 62 points in the first half after being held to 18 points in the first half in Tuesday's loss to Butler. Recap.

VIRGINIA 80, North Texas 64 - Freshman Justin Anderson scored 14 points, and freshmen Teven Jones and Evan Nolte added 13 each as Virginia defeated North Texas 80-64 in NIT consolation action on Tuesday night.

Virginia had five players score in double figures.

Tony Mitchell led North Texas (3-3) with 16 points.

Virginia (4-2) shot 59 percent from the field (27 of 46), including 73 percent from 3-point range (8 of 11), and held North Texas to 36 percent (21 of 58).

After trailing by 20 at the half, North Texas, using a full-court press, whittled the lead to nine on a 3-point play by Jordan Williams, but Virginia responded with a 10-2 run to pull away. Recap.

ROTNEI CLARK (Eugene Tanner/AP Photo)
MARYLAND 83, Lafayette 74 - Alex Len scored 16, James Padgett had 14, and Maryland never trailed in an 83-74 win over Lafayette on Tuesday night.

Nick Faust had 13 points and eight rebounds, freshman Charles Mitchell scored 12 and Dez Wells added 11 for the Terrapins (3-1), who have won three in a row following a season-opening loss to defending national champion Kentucky.

In this one, Maryland's inside game was enough to overcome the Leopards' deft outside shooting. The Terrapins finished with a 44-28 rebounding advantage and scored 50 points in the paint, but Lafayette stayed relatively close by going 15 for 32 from 3-point range.

Seth Hinrichs led the Leopards (1-4) with 20 points and Joey Ptasinski had 14. Sophomore Dan Trist missed a third straight game with a sprained left ankle after scoring a career-high 30 in Lafayette's overtime win over LIU-Brooklyn. Recap.

Butler 82, #9 NORTH CAROLINA 71 - Rotnei Clarke and Kellen Dunham each scored 17 points Tuesday night to lead the unranked Bulldogs past No. 9 UNC, jumping out to a 17-point halftime lead and holding back several second-half surges from the Tar Heels in the second round of the Maui Invitational.

The Tar Heels (4-1) missed their first three shots and scored 18 points in the first half.

P.J. Hairston led UNC with 15 points. Recap

Realignment Quotes Of The Day

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"Rivalries don't matter to anyone anymore, If you ask someone at West Virginia if they like going to Texas Tech or Texas A&M and all those places, ask their fans whether they really like that. Maybe they do. I don't know. I don't get it. It's just the way it's going. There's nothing you can do about it."

"Like I said, if these guys (the conference commissioners) were running the United States in colonial times, Brazil and Argentina would be states because they have something we need. It's a great country."

 - Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim.

ACC Football Links

By Heather Dinich |
Athlon has some top storylines and predictions for Week 13.

There are still plenty of possibilities for the ACC's bowl lineup.

What does Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson really mean during UGA week?

Clemson's defense will have a chance to show whether or not it has really improved.

Maryland coach Randy Edsall is already adjusting his recruiting.

Hokies' receiver Marcus Davis is closing in on a school record.

The NCAA's system is flawed, and this letter to former Miami players proves it.

UVa might be without Morgan Moses against the Hokies.

Martin Scales is trying to make the most out of his limited snaps.

Jimbo Fisher says his top-notch juniors better be focused on the Gators, not the draft.

By Andrea Adelson |
Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris is ready for another shot at South Carolina.

The Florida-Florida State rivalry game means plenty this season.

Georgia Tech is thinking about Georgia -- not the ACC title game.

Washington Post columnist Mike Wise says Maryland's move to the Big Ten reeks of desperation.

 The Big Ten made its move with an eye toward the future. Will there be adomino effect in the ACC? Relocation is all about location, location, location says Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports.

Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer puts it bluntly, writing: "The ACC without Maryland is like a car without a spare tire. Life goes on unabated."

Miami made the right move with its postseason ban, writes Linda Robertson in The Miami Herald.
NC State coach Tom O'Brien is focused on Senior Day.

Virginia could gain on the recruiting trail with Maryland off to the Big Ten.

Despite diminished stakes, beating Virginia Tech would be special for the Hoos.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

More Quotes Of The Day: Former Terp Tom McMillen

When it comes time to make major decisions (of any kind) for a major university, the last thing we might do is suggest that past or current athletes be consulted.

That said, we would quickly defer to former Maryland Terrapin Tom McMillen.  Evidently, McMillen, a former all-American from Lefty Driesell’s early 1970s teams, who became a Rhodes Scholar and a three-time Democratic congressman, was the lone dissenting vote to join the Big 10.

According to the Washington Post, McMillen didn’t oppose the move as much as the process, which he called “terrible.”

“When there is no time for deliberation, when commissioners flush with dollars from their conference are dictating to college presidents — when student-athletes and coaches aren’t even brought into the conversation and traditions are thrown away like dirty laundry — there is a recipe for something all right. In my view, how this was handled will have long-term detrimental effects on college sports."

“I’m not saying we shouldn’t do this. I’m saying they wanted us two years ago. They will want us in two more years. To totally disregard the athletes and have this crammed down everyone’s throat over a weekend is just awful.”

“This is the kind of thing that can be the tipping point for uncompensated athletes in money-making sports, who are left without any say and are basically becoming indentured servants to big schools.”
“We had two days to swallow this and we only heard from one side,” McMillen said. “We didn’t have anyone from the ACC come in and tell us why we shouldn’t leave. We didn’t talk to the athletes or the coaches and hear their concerns on both ends."

“If you’re a freshman athlete, you should be allowed to move schools based on the fact that no one said you were going to be catching plane rides to Lincoln, Nebraska, and Iowa City, Iowa, when they recruited you. I feel for them. We’re doing this in a vacuum."

“Frankly, Gary Williams and some other employees of the athletic department got out there and sold this before anyone could even form another opinion. Nobody was on the opposition side.”

There is no joy in Mudville...

The ACC: What Next?

The football conference landscape will no doubt continue to change. Having grown up in Texas a fan of the Southwestern Conference (remember Texas, Arkansas, Texas A&M, TCU, SMU, Baylor, Texas Tech, Rice and Houston?) which highlighted Texas football from 1914 to 1996, the concept of a conference disappearing entirely isn't unreasonable.   

One of the top SWC rivalries was Arkansas vs Texas during the Darrell Royal era. 

Then one day, it was gone...GONE.

Get ready for more of the long slow death of college football rivalries and geographic continuity as we snake our way to four football super conferences and an eventual divorce from the NCAA.

Andy Staples - Sports Illustrated.

Here’s the pocket guide from Paul Myerberg - USA Today

Mark Schlaback - ESPN

Heather Dinich - ESPN 

Mike Wise - Washington Post

Quote Of The Day

(Don Ryan/AP Photo)

“They are the Virginia Tech of the west, the pressure of being great gets to them.”

- Washington radio personality Tony Kornheiser on Oregon’s inevitable annual fade after losing to Stanford and a likely spot in the BCS Championship game. 

Dr. Pepper Bowl Set (Yawn)

No offense Florida State or Georgia Tech, but this year’s Dr. Pepper Bowl (the ACC Championship Game) is far from inspiring.

Yesterday, Georgia Tech (6-5, 5-3 ACC) backed into the game to be played  Saturday, Dec. 1, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, when Coastal division leader Miami self-imposed a second straight bowl ban (looking to curry NCAA favor?).

 The Seminoles, coached by Jimbo Fisher and ranked 5th nationally in this week’s USA Today poll, captured the Atlantic Division berth, posting a 10-1 overall record and a 7-1 conference mark tying Clemson for the Atlantic Division title. FSU earned the berth in the game by virtue of its 49-37 win over Clemson on Sept. 22.  

The Yellow Jackets, coached by Paul Johnson and winners of three straight games, took the Coastal Division berth by finishing 5-3 in the conference with a 42-24 win over Duke last weekend.  The self-banned Hurricanes and NCAA bowl banned North Carolina both are 4-3 and could finish in a tie with Tech in the Coastal Division with wins this Saturday against Duke and Maryland, respectively but neither are eligible for the postseason as previously noted. 

Florida State holds a 12-9-1 advantage in the series between the two teams which began in 1952, and had won 12 straight against the Jackets after joining the ACC in 1992. But Tech has claimed the last two meetings between the teams.

Monday ACC Basketball

ROBERT BROWN (Lynn Hey/News & Record/AP Photo)

#9 NORTH CAROLINA 95, Mississippi State (Bulldogs, 24,424 students, Starkville, MS) 49 - Recap.

WAKE FOREST 74, Mercer (Bears, 5,500 students, Macon, GA) 71 - Recap.

VIRGINIA 63, Lamar (Cardinals, 10,500 students, Beaumont, TX) 44 - Recap.

VIRGINIA TECH 96, UNC Greensboro (Spartans, 18,502 students, Greensboro, NC) 87 - Recap.

ACC Football Players Of The Week

BOYD (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
OFFENSIVE BACK – Tajh Boyd, Clemson, R-Junior, Q B, 6-1, 225, Hampton, Va. = Boyd completed 30-of-44 passes for 426 yards and five touchdowns in Clemson’s 62-48 win over NC State. He also had 18 rushes for 103 yards and three touchdowns, giving him an ACC record eight TDR, two more than the previous record. His 529 yards of total offense established a Clemson single-game record, breaking the mark of 517 by Woody Dantzler against NC State in 2001. It was also the fourth highest total in ACC history. His 103 rushing yards made him the first Clemson quarterback with over 100 yards on the ground since Dantzler in 2001 against Duke, and marked the first time a quarterback has rushed for three scores since Dantzler at Duke in 2000.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Dalton Freeman, Clemson, R-Senior, C, 6-5, 285, Pelion, S.C.  Freeman started at center for the 47th straight game and played a career high 102 snaps, every one of Clemson’s plays in its 62-48 win over NC State. He graded at 90 percent and had five knockdown blocks as he continually provided holes for a Clemson running game that gained 328 yards on the ground. He also did not allow a sack in 44 pass attempts and was a big reason Clemson gained 754 yards of total offense, second most in Clemson history and most by an ACC team this year. During the game, Freeman became Clemson’s career leader in plays by any Tiger, now with 3208 for his career with two games left.

RECEIVER – Tobais Palmer, N.C. State, R-Senior, WR, 5-11, 175, Pittsboro, N.C.  Palmer set an ACC and NC State record with 496 all-purpose yards against No. 11 Clemson, shattering the previous NC State high mark of 336 held by T.J. Graham, and the previous ACC mark of 411 yards, held by John Leach of Wake Forest (1993). The 496 yards is the second highest in NCAA FBS history. He set a school record for most kickoff return yards in a single game with 277 on the day, just six shy of the ACC record. The previous NC State record was 202 by Graham against Duke in 2009. Palmer also finished with a career-best 219 yards receiving and three touchdown catches. The 219 yards receiving is the third most in a game in NC State history, only Torry Holt (twice in 1998) had more receiving yards in a single game. The 219 yards is the highest receiving output in the ACC in 2012.

CO-DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Vic Beasley, Clemson, R-Sophomore, DE, 6-3, 225, Adairsville, Ga.  Beasley had three sacks in Clemson’s 62-48 win over NC State, a new career high and the most by a Clemson player in a single game this year. He finished with four tackles overall and had a caused fumble as his pressure on NC State quarterback Mike Glennon was a key during Clemson’s 42-0 run between the second and third periods.

CO-DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Sylvester Williams, North Carolina, Senior, DT, 6-3, 305, Jefferson City, Mo. Williams posted a season-high eight tackles, had two tackles for losses and a sack in North Carolina’s 37-13 win at Virginia. Williams led a defensive front that put pressure on Virginia’s quarterbacks all game. Prior to Virginia’s last two drives, which ended on turnovers on downs, Carolina limited the Cavaliers to 279 total yards of offense.

LINEBACKER – Nick Clancy, Boston College, Senior, LB, 6-3, 232, Plainfield, Ill.  Clancy led Boston College’s defense with a game-high 20 tackles (17 solo and three assisted), including 2.5 tackles for loss and two pass breakups in the Eagles’ 30-23 overtime loss against Virginia Tech in his final game at Alumni Stadium. Clancy’s performance marked the second time this season an ACC defender recorded at least 20 tackles. Clancy, the league’s leading tackler with 127 tackles through 11 games, owns both performances, having previously recorded a career-high 24 tackles (14 solo, 10 assisted) at Northwestern on Sept. 15. Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech also marked just the 14th time in school history that a player has registered 20 or more tackles in a game.

DEFENSIVE BACK – Tre Boston, North Carolina, Junior, S, 6-1, 190, Ft. Myers, Fla.  Boston posted 13 tackles and scored his first career touchdown on a 36-yard interception return in the second quarter against Virginia. Boston caught the ball near the right hash and ran diagonally across the field before running over a would-be tackler at the goal line. The interception was Boston’s fourth of the season and the eighth of his career. Prior to Virginia’s last two drives, which ended on turnovers on downs, North Carolina limited the Cavaliers to 279 total yards of offense.

SPECIALIST – Cody Journell, Virginia Tech, R-Junior, K, 6-0, 195, Ripplemead, Va.  Journell tied a career high in points (12), field goals attempted and made (3) and for his longest made kick (42) in Virginia Tech's 30-23 overtime win at Boston College. The junior tied his career long with a 42-yarder in the fourth quarter and then made a 41-yarder with a little over a minute to go in regulation to tie the game and force overtime. He has made 17-of-20 fields goals this season and is 4-for-4 on game-tying, lead-changing or game-winning field goals in the last three minutes of the fourth quarter or in overtime for his career, all coming this year.

ROOKIE – Quinshad Davis, North Carolina, Freshman, WR, 6-4, 185, Gaffney, S.C.  Davis helped lead Carolina to a 37-13 win at Virginia with 16 catches, tying the ACC record for all players, and 178 yards. Davis is one of six ACC players with 16 receptions in a game. He also set the single-game freshman records, which previously were nine catches (Octavus Barnes vs. Texas, 1994 Sun Bowl) and 171 yards (Hakeem Nicks at Notre Dame, 2006). Davis also established a new school record for receptions in a season by a freshman with 52. Davis ranks tied for fifth in ACC history for catches by a freshman and seventh in receiving yards by a freshman.

ACC Basketball Players Of The Week

SNAER (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Florida State’s Michael Snaer has been named the ACC Player of the Week and N.C. State’s T.J. Warren has been selected the conference’s Rookie of the Week following their performances this past weekend.

Snaer averaged 16.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists leading the Seminoles to a 3-0 week, including the championship of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. In tournament wins over BYU and St. Joseph’s, the Moreno, Calif., senior averaged 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists. Snaer also recorded his second career double-double in the semifinal game win over BYU and was named the Tournament MVP.

Warren averaged 19.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals as the Wolfpack won two of three games in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Durham, N.C., freshman had 22 points and eight rebounds in a 72-55 win over Penn State and 21 points and four rebounds in a 94-76 semifinal victory over Massachusetts. Warren closed out the week with 15 points and two rebounds in a 76-56 loss to Oklahoma State.

ACC Non-Maryland/Big Ten Related Football Links

SPAZIANI (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
By Matt Fortuna |

The conservative route didn't serve Frank Spaziani,'s Jack McCluskey writes.

Clemson proved its culture has changed, Travis Sawchik writes in the Charleston Post and Courier.

FSU's rivalry with UF means a lot more this season, Edgar Thompson writes in the Orlando Sentinel.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Ken Sugiura has more info on Georgia Tech's return to the ACC title game.

UNC's Quinshad Davis is a record-breaker whose name no one can seem to get right, Andrew Carter writes in the Raleigh News & Observer.

The best is yet to come for NC State QB Mike Glennon, Jack Daly writes in the Raleigh News & Observer.

Virginia's QB rotation has come under scrutiny after the loss to UNC, Mark Giannotto writes in the Washington Post.

Virginia Tech's Marcus Davis may finish the season with historic numbers, Norm Wood writes in the Daily Press.

A big loss has given way to a big week for Wake Forest, John Dell writes in the Winston Salem-Journal.

Pictures Of The Day

Flanked by a host of UM coaches, President Wallace Loh, left, makes remarks during a news conference to address the University of Maryland’s move to the Big Ten. We are guessing attendance was mandatory.  (Bill O'Leary/Washington Post)
Former Miami Hurricane Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers is upended as Major Wright #21 of the Chicago Bears defends during the game at Candlestick Park on November 19, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America)
Washington Wizards mascot G-Man preforms during the Wizards and Indiana Pacers game at Verizon Center on November 19, 2012 in Washington, DC.  The Wiz are still winless. (Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)
 Hey, the Eagles aren’t any good, but at least their fans are having fun.  (Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)
 Some Tigers at last week's game.  (Richard Shiro/AP)
Patrick Ewing attends the Georgetown Hoyas v UCLA Bruins game during the Legends Classic on November 19, 2012 at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Three of five starters this year for UCLA are transfers from North Carolina - Larry Drew II, Travis Wear and David Wear.  (Harry How/Getty Images)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Maryland To Play Self in 2013 Big Ten/ACC Challenge

At a 3 p.m. press conference, Maryland president Wallace Loh made it official – The Terps are leaving the ACC after 59 years as a founding member and joining the Big 10.

Loh spoke at length about ongoing “financial sustainability” of all the athletic programs in College Park and the importance of dollars generated by athletics benefiting non-athletic components of the university such as tuition support.

He said that eliminating non-revenue sports at the university was the hardest thing he and A.D. Kevin Anderson had ever had to do.

He did not mention the $50 million exit fee, but he has previously been on record saying he did not believe the increased fee (bumped up this year from $20 million to $50 million with only Maryland and Florida State voting against the measure) would stand up in court.

Chancellor William E. “Brit” Kirwan, Athletics Director Kevin Anderson and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney also addressed the media.

It is assumed that the move to the Big 10 will position Maryland to be part of what many believe will be four football superconferences made up of the PAC 10, Big 12, Big 10 and SEC. 

That said, the Terps have had limited experience with Big 10 football, but they did once have an exciting rivlarly with Penn State – exciting for the Nittan Lions who posted a 35-1-1 record against Maryland over the years.  

Word on the street has it that the ACC is talking to UConn, Louisville, South Florida and Cincinnati about filling the vacated spot.  

Maryland To Vote On Leaving ACC Today

(Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun)

By Alex Prewitt/Washington Post

The University of Maryland was poised Sunday to end its 59-year affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference and jump to the Big Ten Conference, a move that would eliminate a number of the school’s longstanding college sports rivalries but, in the view of those behind the proposal, shore up the finances of an athletic department that has fallen on rocky budgetary times.

The Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland will meet early Monday morning in a private session in Baltimore to decide whether Maryland should join the 12-member Big Ten, which is looking to expand its geographic and financial footprint.

The proposal needs a simple majority of the board’s 16 members to pass. University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh, who spearheaded the move, briefed the board on the proposal via telephone late Sunday afternoon.

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Pete Thamel: Sports Illustrated

John Feinstein: Washington Post

Brett McMurphy, Dana O’Neil, Andy Katz: ESPN

Sunday ACC Basketball

PLUMLEE (Lance King/Getty Images)
#9 DUKE 88, Florida Gulf Coast (Eagles, 12,683 students, Ft. Myers, FL) 67 -  Mason Plumlee scored a career-high 28 points as part of the win that was the Blue Devil’s school-record 96th straight nonconference win at home.

Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon added 19 points and Ryan Kelly had 14 points for the Blue Devils (3-0).

They scored 30 straight points -- including a 23-0 run to close the first half -- to brush off a slow start, and forced 25 turnovers to cruise in this preliminary on-campus matchup in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

Bernard Thompson scored a career-high 24 points for Florida Gulf Coast (2-2), which led for most of the first half.  Recap.

Charleston (Cougars, 9,866 students, Charleston, SC) 71, BOSTON COLLEGE 67  - Sophomore Patrick Heckmann led Boston College with 18 points off the bench in a loss in their finale in the Charleston Classic on Sunday in TD Arena.

It was the most points by Heckmann in a game since he had 18 against Bryant on December 11 last season. He was 6-for-9 from the floor on Sunday and 4-for-6 from beyond the arc.

Freshman Joe Rahon had 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists while sophomore Lonnie Jackson recorded 14 points, five boards and three helpers. Sophomore Dennis Clifford notched 11 points and five rebounds. Recap.

LORENZO BROWN (Ricardo Arduengo/AP Photo)
Oklahoma State (Cowboys, 23,459 students, Stillwater, OK) 76, #6 N.C. STATE 56 - Le'Bryan Nash has 23 points and Marcus Smart added 20 points, seven rebounds, seven assists as Oklahoma State won the title game of the Puerto Rico Tipoff on Sunday.

Phil Forte had 17 points for the Cowboys (4-0), who outrebounded the Wolfpack 45-34.

Rodney Purvis had 16 points and T.J. Warren added 15 points for the Wolfpack (3-1), who shot only 35% from the field while making only 4 of 14 from behind the arc. Recap.

Quote Of The Day

(Rob Carr/Getty Images)
"Before you can talk about winning a national championship, you've got to win your conference. You've got to be able to win your division, and that's what we did. And also to have 10 regular-season wins, that's the first time since that's happened since I don't know when."

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher after the Noles clinched a spot in the Dr. Pepper Bowl.

The last time Florida State won 10 games? 


Uni Watch

North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia Tech all sported modifications of their uniforms last weekend.

That said, it’s getting hard to tell with Maryland...

Those folks in Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio and Illinois are gonna love ‘em.

Pictures Of The Day

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren drives during the final practice session prior to qualifying for the United States Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas on November 17, 2012 in Austin, Texas. Hamilton won the race the next day.  (Mark Thompson/Getty Images North America)
What these uniforms need is more stripes. Ed Slater of Leicester Tigers claims the ball in the lineout during the LV= Cup match between Leicester Tigers and London Irish at Welford Road on November 18, 2012 in Leicester, England. (Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images Europe)
Duke Johnson #8 of the Miami Hurricanes fumbles the ball in the endzone for a touchback after being tackled by JaQuez Jenkins #3 of the South Florida Bulls on November 17, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images North America)
Cameron Crazies of the Duke Blue Devils try to distract Sherwood Brown #25 of the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles at Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 18, 2012 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins holds an American flag for Military Appreciation before being introduced against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field on November 18, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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