Saturday, December 1, 2012

Dear ACC: Please Don’t Invite Georgetown or Tennessee To Join League

(Nick Wass/AP Photo)
Last night, we switched on the local sports station on the way home from the local Christmas Parade.  The station covers the Hoyas and the score was 37-36 with 4:08 left to play in the - we assumed - first half.

Well...no.  

There was 4:08 left in the game, and, just to add insult to injury, neither team scored again.

Final score: #20 Georgetown 37, Tennessee 36.

Three Hoyas and a Vol led the scoring with 8 points each.

In the immortal words of Lyle Lovett:  

“Thank you, no.”

ACC Dr. Pepper Bowl


#13 FLORIDA STATE (-13) vs. GEORGIA TECH, Charlotte, N.C. (Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship), 8:00 PM, TV: ESPN

*Point spreads for recreational purposes only. 

Friday, November 30, 2012

Hitler Finds Out Maryland Is Leaving The ACC

We know the Hitler overdub is getting a wee bit old, but there are some laugh-out-loud moments in this one! Keep a lookout for the “leave the room” line, it’s priceless.

Georgia Tech Gets “Losing Record” Waiver

In a move that should surprise absolutely nobody the Suits In Indianapolis (Formerly Kansas) have brazenly decided not to enforce a rule the crated just last summer.  Nice, NCAA, NICE!

Yesterday, the merry band of knuckleheads, approved Georgia Tech's bowl waiver, allowing the Yellow Jackets to play in a bowl game even if they lose to Florida State and finish 6-7.

Georgia Tech had filed a waiver after the NCAA board of directors passed a rule last summer, prohibiting bowls from picking a 6-7 team over an eligible 6-6 team.
The NCAA's decision to allow a team with a losing record in a bowl means a non-AQ team with a .500 record or better will not get a bowl bid.

Now, we understand that bowl money plays a key role in the GT athletic budget and it may well support some non-revenue sports. We’re cool with that, but rules is rules people.

Like the Big Wigs at T.A.H., Mid-American commissioner Jon Steinbrecher was disappointed in the NCAA's decision.  

"I could not disagree more with the rationale provided," Steinbrecher said in a statement. "One of the reasons for the development of the policy covering this matter was to clearly create a selection order to manage just this situation.

"These selection orders were developed with NCAA staff input and approved unanimously by the NCAA Board of Directors last July. To suggest that the NCAA staff or task force working on bowl policy did not contemplate such a circumstance, when this same situation occurred last year, is incorrect. The policy is clear and understandable.

"What is lacking is the willingness to enforce NCAA policy and that is regrettable. All the Mid-American Conference asks is that the rules that have been approved by the member institutions of the NCAA be enforced. That did not occur in this instance."

Last week, ESPN learned that "several” conferences were opposed to a Georgia Tech receiving the waiver and taking a spot from a .500 or better team, specifically because the NCAA had changed the rule just five months ago.

To see arguments for and against, click here.  

ACC Football Links

IS LA TECH's SONNY DYKES HEADED FOR RALEIGH? (Darren Abate/AP Photo)
By Andrea Adelson | ESPN.com

Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, on the other hand, is not likin' Louisville much.

Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports tells you why Louisville's addition to the ACC is a sporting miracle


Tajh Boyd and Dalton Freeman are thrilled to be All-Americans.

Florida State is preparing for Georgia Tech's physical option.

Georgia Tech back Orwin Smith was held out of practice again on Wednesday.

After jump starting Miami's offense, Al Golden must repair the defense. But Golden's name is at the forefront of the BC coaching search.

N.C. State could be closing in on a new coach.

Virginia coach Mike London has let go of running backs coach Mike Faragalli.

Is the Sun Bowl a possibility for Virginia Tech?

Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe looks ahead.

Things That Make You Go...

Hmmm...

Christian Chavez of Kerrville, Texas, isn't shy about his support of Texas A&M quarterback and hometown hero Johnny Manziel's talents or his Heisman Trophy campaign.  Manziel is a Kerrville native.

When barber Rob “The Original" Ferrel of San Antonio, Texas, offered via Facebook to cut a portrait of Manziel into anyone's hair who was willing, Chavez jumped at the chance.

By the end of the day Wednesday, Chavez was sporting a new doo with the likeness of the freshman Aggie phenom shaved into his scalp, along with Manziel's "Johnny Football" nickname and the Texas A&M logo.

Described as "like the Sistine Chapel of haircuts" by Clay Travis at Outkick The Coverage, the look was immediately a hit among sports fans. Taylor Hendrix of Cosby Sweaters wrote that it "is definitely the best tribute haircut I have ever seen."  And Taylor (whomever he or she is) ought to know! 

Unfortunately, the school district labled it “inappropriate.” 

Thus, Chavez, 17, got a surprise when he arrived at his Hill Country High on Thursday. He said he was sent home by the school's principal and told not to return until “the best tribute haircut” ever was removed.  Bummer, dude.

"I love the haircut. I'm a big fan of Johnny. My parents love it, too. They like Johnny. My older brother played with Johnny," said Chavez, who shared practice time with Manziel on the same football field when he was a freshman and sophomore junior varsity player at Tivy High School, Manziel's alma mater.

Chavez, who since has transferred to Hill Country High School, said he was told he couldn't have the haircut at his current school because it "was inappropriate for school policy. I can't go back until I get it cut out."

Chavez said he plans on keeping the image of Manziel intact for at least another day or so.

"Might as well keep it keep it tomorrow (Friday) and get it cut either Sunday or Monday. I thought I would be fine," he said. "I was surprised. My mom came and got me. She didn't like the fact they told me to go home."

A written statement from Kerrville Independent School District public relations specialist Jamie Fails said Chavez's hair style violated the school's dress code, which states: "Hair must be clean and neatly groomed. Only natural hair colors are acceptable. Hairstyles that are distracting are not acceptable."


Barber Of The Day

Rob “The Original” Ferrel...he’s the dude who gave the Chavez kid that crazy Johnny Football haircut... Rob is from Los Angeles and now lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Upon moving to San Antonio he aspired to be an artist never imagining himself a barber, but when he combined the two his passion was born.

With his background in drawing combined with his professional barber skills, he has pioneered a new way of looking at your basic haircut.

Hey, he’s not just a barber he’s also a Hair Artist. From simple fades to complex designs and portraits the boundaries of normal barbers do not apply to Rob.

 The Johnny Football haircut takes two hours to complete...Chavez’s was comped by Rob, but it normally carries a $100 price tag.

 Here is a video featuring former North Carolina Tar Heel Danny Green as the subject of one of Rob’s custom cuts.

Quote Of The Day

(Joe Raymond/AP Photo)
"We possibly were."

Kentucky Senior Julius Mays when asked if the #8 Wildcats were intimidated after losing their first road game of the season 64-50 to future ACC member Notre Dame.

Pictures Of The Day

Members of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team gather with ESPN analyst Dick Vitale before the basketball game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center on November 29, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Zaza Pachulia #27 of the Atlanta Hawks loses the ball against former Tar Heel Brendan Haywood #33 of the Charlotte Bobcats at Philips Arena on November 28, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The 33-year-old Haywood is making $7.6 million for his 13th season in the NBA.  (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America)
Former Boston College star Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons looks to pass against the New Orleans Saints at Georgia Dome on November 29, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Falcons are 11-1.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Speaking of haircuts... Nerlens Noel #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats battles for a loose ball against Jerian Grant #22 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the game at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center on November 29, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame won 64-50. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Tony McCoy riding Meganisi clear the last to win the Sportingbet Novices' Hurdle Race at Newbury racecourse on November 29, 2012 in Newbury, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Daniela Merighetti of Italy competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Downhill training on November 29, 2012 in Lake Louise, Canada. (Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images Europe)




Thursday, November 29, 2012

N.C. State Unveils Valvano Jersey


North Carolina State will play Connecticut next week in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. The annual event benefits The V Foundation for Cancer Research, formed by legendary coach Jim Valvano in 1993.

Of course, Valvano coached at N.C. State for 10 seasons, reaching seven NCAA tournaments and winning a national championship in 1983.

In honor of the event, Adidas and the Wolfpack are breaking out new uniforms.

The front simply says “STATE” on top of basketball netting in the background. The back, though, features “Don't Ever Give Up” -- the famous line from Valvano's inspirational speech at the 1993 ESPY Awards, a speech that he gave just eight weeks before dying of cancer. The net is reminiscent of when Valvano (or anyone else) cut down the net after winning the national championship and then hung it around his neck.


ACC/Big 10 Challenge Round 2: ACC 4, Big 10 2

MASON PLUMLEE (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

With four wins last night the ACC brought the annual challenge to a stalemate with an overall tally of 6-6 thus avoiding the dreaded MARYLAND vs. Maryland tie breaker game.

“That’s a relief,” said Terps coach Mark Sturgeon, “We don’t match up very well against ourselves and depth is really a problem.”

While it’s too early in the season to make a predictions, we predict the ACC media and coaches all missed the bus when they picked N.C. State to win the ACC.  By any measure, that now looks like a sure win for Duke after the Blue Devils have knocked off three top-five teams in their first seven wins.

Here are the summaries of last night’s action or ACCtion as TheACC.com likes to call it...

#2 DUKE 73, #4 Ohio State 68 - Mason Plumlee had 21 points and a career-high-tying 17 rebounds as Duke rallied late and held on to beat No. 4 Ohio State 73-68 on Wednesday night.

Rasheed Sulaimon scored 17 points and Ryan Kelly added 15 and hit 3-pointers on consecutive trips downcourt early during the 20-7 run that put the Blue Devils (7-0) ahead to stay and sent them to their third win over a top-five team this month.

Deshaun Thomas scored 16 points for Ohio State (4-1), while Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 11 apiece.

Shannon Scott pulled the Buckeyes within 66-64 with a free throw with 28.9 seconds left before Quinn Cook sealed it by hitting six free throws in the final 27.3 seconds.  Recap. 
ROBERT CARTER, JR. (Robert K. O'Daniell/AP)

MIAMI 67, #14 Michigan State 59 - Senior Trey McKinney Jones scored a career-high 18 points and the Miami Hurricanes (4-1) No. 13 Michigan State (5-2) without a field goal for a pivotal 51/2-minute stretch in the second half.

McKinney Jones went 5-for-7 from 3-point range, including a basket that capped a 14-2 run to start the second half that put them ahead 41-33.

The lead grew to 57-45, and they went 8-for-8 from the free throw line over the final 2:11 to seal the victory. Recap.

BOSTON COLLEGE 73, Penn State 61 - Freshman Olivier Hanlan scored 22 points and Boston College withstood a furious late-game rally to beat Penn State.

The Eagles (3-4)  led by 20 with 6:21 left before an 18-1 run got Penn State within 60-57 with 3:05 left, led by Jermaine Marshall (25 points) and D.J. Newbill (22).

Hanlan's three-point play on a jumper in the lane ended the spurt, and Andrew Van Nest's open layup gave Boston College a 65-59 lead with 1:52 left.  Recap.

Purdue 73, CLEMSON 61 - Purdue shot 57 percent in the first half while guard D.J. Byrd posted 20 of his 22 points as the Boilermakers outlasted Clemson (4-2). Purdue led by 20 at halftime and by as much as 23 in the second frame, the Tigers' largest deficit of the young season. 

Clemson was led by Devin Booker, who totaled 18 points and eight rebounds in 36 minutes of action. Booker made it to the gym just after 6:00 after missing the last two days to be with an ailing family member. K.J. McDaniels added 15 points, six rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals. Recap.

JOE HARRIS (Andy Manis/AP Photo)
#22 Illinois 75, GEORGIA TECH 62 - Joseph Bertrand made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions and scored every point in a 10-0 run to ignite No. 22 Illinois to a victory over Georgia Tech (4-2).

Illinois (8-0) took charge behind Bertrand, who also scored on a drives in the decisive surge to lift the Illini from a 58-54 deficit late in the second half.

The Illini finished the game on a 21-4 run. Recap.   

VIRGINIA 60, Wisconsin 54  - Joe Harris scored 22 points to lead Virginia (5-2) in a  win over Wisconsin (4-3) in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge on Wednesday night.

Darion Arkins scored 14 for the Cavaliers, while Akil Mitchell added 11.

Ben Brust led Wisconsin with 15 points, while Jared Berggren added 12.

Harris was intentionally fouled with just less than a minute left and converted both free throws to put the Cavaliers up 57-50. Recap. Recap.   

*Items in italics may not be true.  

Realignment News Of The Day

(Herald Sun Photo)
UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham sent an email to Tar Heels' fans in an attempt to squash rumors about UNC possibly joining the Big 10 (scroll down for more rumors about that) or some other conference.

An excerpt: 

"Carolina is a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and we believe the ACC is the finest conference in the nation. The ACC has been our home for nearly 60 years and we want it to be our home for another 60 years at least. Our speculating on what other league may be better for the Tar Heels would not be productive. We are part of a great league with a strong future and we know that the ACC leadership is serious in its efforts to strengthen the conference and position it for long-term success."

Clemson’s Boyd ACC Player Of The Year

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(AP, ACSMA edited) – By a one-point margin on both ballots, Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, the ACC’s total offense leader, nipped North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard to be named the conference’s 2012 Offensive and overall Player of the Year, in balloting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

In overall Player of the Year voting, Boyd received 20 votes to Bernard’s 19. In Offensive Player of the Year voting, Boyd beat Bernard by a 22-21 margin.

Boyd, a junior from Hampton, Virginia, averaged 336.8 yards of total offense per game, while rushing for nine touchdowns and one two-point conversion. He also led the ACC in pass efficiency and touchdown passes (34), which broke his own school record. Boyd’s numbers were a big reason why Clemson scored the most points in the ACC during the regular season.  

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said of Boyd, who is the ACC’s career active leader with 71 touchdown passes, “I can’t tell you how proud I am of Tajh Boyd. He has had a terrific year in leading us to a second straight 10-win season. It has been 25 years since a starting quarterback has done that.”

Bernard, a sophomore from Davie, Florida, led the ACC in rushing (122.8 yards per game), scoring average (11.4 points per game), punt return average (16.4 yards per game) and all-purpose yardage (198.1 yards per game). He missed two games with a knee injury early in the season.

Voting for the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year award, as voted on by 46 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.  

Oddly, T.A.H. is STILL not a member.

ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (20)
Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina (19)
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson (2)
Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State (2)
Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State (1)

ACC Football Links

MARK STOOPS (Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE)
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

Those within FSU's program are thrilled for Stoops.

Miami coach Al Golden isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

You probably can't say the same for Clemson coordinator Chad Morris.

Georgia Tech's crazy season could have an even more bizarre ending.

Can the ACC get any worse, or did it bottom out this year?

Virginia's young defense got better every week under coordinator Jim Reid.

How much will N.C. State be able to pay its next head coach?

Congrats to Duke coach David Cutcliffe, the ACC's Coach of the Year.

FISHER (Steeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Georgia Tech, which could still play in the Discover Orange Bowl, has applied for a waiver to become bowl eligible.

There's no big rush to see this title game. Should the ACC tweak its divisions to help its cause?

Will 2013 be a rebuilding year for the Pack, or should fans expect more?

Brad Bates needs to make an important hire, too.

Miami didn't get much love in the all-conference lineup.

Why couldn't Virginia run the ball this year?

The Hokies' spot in the bowl picture is anybody's guess.

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher says he plans on being in Tally for a long time.

Things That Make You Go...


Hmmm...

N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow recently told the members of the football team that she wanted the Wolfpack to hire a coach who would bring in “Alabama-type talent.”

Disheartening at best and delusional at worst.

Disheartening because the A.D. just told the current football players “you suck” and the next coach is going to recruit guys better than you, and delusional because nobody the calibre of Nick Saban is coming to Raleigh.

Pass the Kool-Aid...

Pictures Of The Day


Never mind football conference realignment, can we get some dental hygiene going on Tusk the Arkansas mascot.  (John Korduner/ICon SMI)
Busted. Jeff Driskel throws the ball across the middle to Gators teammate Jordan Reed in Tallahassee while an FSU defender holds on for dear life.
(Bill Frakes/SI.com)
Clemson's Devin Booker dunks against Purdue during the second half of their NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, in Clemson, S.C. Purdue won 73-61. (AP Photo/The Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)
Mason Plumlee #5 of the Duke Blue Devils fouls Aaron Craft #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 28, 2012 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
How prophetic...Cameron Crazies prepare for the Ohio State Buckeyes versus the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 28, 2012 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Rumor: It’s End Of The World As We Know It


The website EersAuthority.com, which is dedicated to all things sports at West Virginia University, claims that sources at WVU that claim to be close to the president of Ohio State claim the ACC is about to implode.

According to EersAuthority.com writer Chris Lambert, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia Tech have applied for membership in the Big  10.  

N.C. State and Virginia Tech are talking to and eventually headed to the S.E.C. and FSU, Clemson, Louisville and Miami are headed to the Big 12. Interesting to note is the fact that this story was published a week prior to Louisville joining the ACC.

He predicts Duke, Wake, BC and Syracuse will be left blowing in the football breeze.

Is he completely full of crap?  

These days, who the hell knows?

You can decide for yourself after you read the story here

That said, surely by now you have seen the story about The Onion publishing an article naming North Korea’s Kim Jong Un the “Sexiest Man Alive” and how the Chinese newspaper, The People’s Daily, mistook the satire for hard news publishing a 55 page photo spread as a tribute to...well...the sexiest man alive.

Our point is people are idiots (in the case of the people at the Chinese Daily, out-of-work idiots at best and dead out-of-work idiots at worst) and stuff on the internet (with exception of T.A.H.) is frequently...well...crap.

Louisville Seventh Big East Team To Jump To ACC


Geography, shmeeography, nothing says Atlantic Coast like central Kentucky!

ESPN: Louisville will officially join the Atlantic Coast Conference, becoming the seventh former Big East school to leave for the ACC.

The ACC's presidents and chancellors voted Wednesday morning to add the Cardinals in place of Maryland, which will leave for the Big Ten in 2014.

Louisville also is expected to join the ACC in 2014 and will become the league's sixth football member formerly associated with the Big East. The Cardinals will be required to pay the Big East a $10 million exit fee and give 27 months' notice. But Louisville -- like several other exiting schools -- should be able to negotiate a higher buyout to leave before the 27-month period.

ACC commissioner John Swofford said Louisville was the best fit for the league following Maryland's announcement last week that it would join the Big Ten.

"When you look at Louisville, you see a university and an athletic program that has all the arrows pointed up -- a tremendous uptick there, tremendous energy," Swofford said on a teleconference. "It's always an overall fit in every respect and I think that's what we found."

Swofford also said the league is comfortable staying at 14 full members with the addition of Louisville.

To read more, click here. 

ACC Leaders Discuss Expansion

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AP - The Atlantic Coast Conference's presidents and chancellors have scheduled a conference call for Wednesday morning to discuss plans about replacing Maryland, a person familiar with the situation said.

The person spoke to The Associated Press early Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the ACC has not publicly discussed future expansion plans.

Maryland announced last week it would join the Big Ten in 2014. If the ACC chooses to replace the Terrapins, Big East schools Louisville and Connecticut are considered the front-runners to fill that vacancy.

The plans for the conference call were first reported late Tuesday night by ACCSports.com.

This latest rapid-fire round of realignment was set off last week by the Big Ten's additions of Maryland and Rutgers, which is leaving the Big East to also join the Big Ten in 2014.

On Tuesday, the Big East added Tulane for all sports and East Carolina for football only, also beginning that year.

Adding one more school would bring the ACC to an even 14 full members for the 2014 season, with Pittsburgh and Syracuse beginning conference play in 2013.

To read more, click here

Lawyer Up: ACC Files Lawsuit Against Maryland Over Exit Fee

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(AP - edited) -The ACC has filed a lawsuit against Maryland seeking full payment of the approximately $53 million exit fee for the school's move to the Big Ten.

According to the 10-page lawsuit, the ACC said the school must pay $52,266,342, which is three times the league's annual operating budget for the 2012-13 season.

The lawsuit also states that Maryland President Wallace D. Loh has ''refused to provide assurance'' that the school will pay the exit fee and ''has made it clear that defendant Maryland does not intend to pay the amount.''
In a statement, Commissioner John Swofford says the ACC's council of presidents unanimously decided ''to file legal action to ensure enforcement of this obligation.''

''We continue to extend our best wishes to the University of Maryland; however, there is the expectation that Maryland will fulfill its exit fee obligation,'' Swofford said.

To read more, click here

ACC/Big 10 Challege Round 1: Big 10 4, ACC 2

ZELLER (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
#1 Indiana  83, #14 NORTH CAROLINA 59 - The 14th ranked Tar Heels (5-2) had their hands full against the top ranked Indiana Hoosiers (7-0) trailing by nine at the half.  Then they started the second half going 1-20 from the field...Game over.

Cody Zeller finished with 20 points and eight rebounds, and Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey both added 19 points, leading the top-ranked Hoosiers to a stunning rout of UNC in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The Tar Heels opened the second half going 1 of 20 from the field and got their only basket on a tip-in that may have been deflected off the hand of an Indiana player.

Zeller was 8 of 13 from the field with four blocks, one steal and an assist. Oladipo and Sheehey were both 8 of 12 from the field. Senior guard Jordan Hulls was 5 of 8, including three 3-pointers, and finished with 13 points, eight assists and two steals.

Dexter Strickland led the Tar Heels with 14 points, Marcus Paige had 11 and James Michael McAdoohad 10 points and nine rebounds for North Carolina, who was missing sophomore guard P.J. Hairston, who stayed home with a sprained left knee. Recap.

VIRGINIA TECH 95, Iowa 79 - Erick Green scored 16 of his game-high 24 points in the second half to pace five players in double figures as the Hokies rolled to an eye-opening nonconference victory over Iowa in an ACC-Big Ten Challenge game at Cassell Coliseum on Tuesday night.

With the victory, Tech moved to 6-0 on the season. The Hokies last won their first six games to start a season in 1982. Tech also moved to 3-5 all time in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge - with all three victories coming over the Hawkeyes. Recap. 

GREEN (TheACC.com)
MARYLAND 77, Iowa 57 - Dez Wells set a career high with 23 points as Maryland blew out Northwestern in the second half en route to a win on Tuesday night.

Maryland (5-1) led 28-26 at halftime but broke the game open in the second half, scoring on its first 10 possessions. The run stretched the lead to 47-34.

Wells hurt the Wildcats (6-1) from all spots on the floor, slashing to the basket and stepping back to hit jumpers. He was 9 for 11 from the field with three assists.

Reggie Hearn had 19 points and Dave Sobolewski 14 for Northwestern, which was denied a fifth straight ACC/Big Ten Challenge victory.  Recap. 

 #3 Michigan 79, #18 N.C. STATE 72 - Trey Burke went the entire first half without scoring - and may have still been the best player on the court.

The Michigan guard was setting up his teammates, and by the time Burke made a few shots of his own, the Wolverines were well on their way to another impressive victory.

Burke finished with 18 points and a career-high 11 assists without a turnover, and No. 3 Michigan held off a late rally by No. 18 North Carolina State in a 79-72 win Tuesday night.

Freshman Nik Stauskas led the Wolverines with 20 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. added 16, but it was Burke who controlled the game, equaling his previous career high of nine assists in the first half.
N.C. State (4-2) trailed 73-58 before going on a 10-0 run capped by T.J. Warren's layup with 2:11 remaining. Hardaway answered with a driving bank shot. Recap.

WELLS (L) and FAUST (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
#21 Minnesota 77, FLORIDA STATE 68 - Joe Coleman scored 16 points, Rodney Williams added 14 as Minnesota beat Florida State on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

A 6-foot-4 sophomore guard, Coleman made 8 of 13 field goals and had 12 points in the second half while helping the Gophers build a 58-37 lead midway through.

Austin Hollins added 13 points and Andre Hollins had 12 for the Gophers, who never trailed. Elliott Eliason had 10 rebounds.

Minnesota (7-1) led 38-25 at halftime and by as many as 21 points in the second half. The Gophers' lone loss was to No. 2 Duke in the Battle 4 Atlantis. Recap.

Nebraska 79, WAKE FOREST 63 - The Cornhuskers shot 62 percent in the second half to pull away from Wake Forest on Tuesday at Joel Coliseum in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

The Demon Deacons (3-3) led by as many as four points in the first half before the Cornhuskers (5-1) took a 28-24 lead into halftime, but Nebraska came out firing in the second half to put the game away.

Madison Jones led the Demon Deacons with a career-high 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, and Codi Miller-McIntyre finished with 11 points and a team-high three assists.

Duke’s Cutcliffe Named Coach Of The Year

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Duke's David Cutcliffe received 25 votes, while Clemson's Dabo Swinney had seven and Florida State's Jimbo Fisher received five.

Cutcliffe, the Southeastern Conference's coach of the year in 2003 at Mississippi, led the Blue Devils to a 6-6 record and their first bowl berth since 1994.

Cutcliffe became the fourth Duke coach to win the award and first since Fred Goldsmith in 1994. He is 21-39 in five seasons and his team had a three-game improvement over its 3-9 finish in 2011.

"This honor is both humbling and rewarding because of the quality of the coaches in our conference," Cutcliffe said.
Streeter Lecka

Miami’s Johnson, FSU’s Darby Named ACC Rookies Of The Year

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(AP & ACSMA) - Miami running back Duke Johnson and Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby have been honored as the best rookies in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2012 the league announced Tuesday.

Johnson also was named the overall and offensive rookie of the year following a vote of 46 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association while Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby won the defensive rookie of the year.

Johnson became the first Miami player to win the rookie award following a breakout season in which he broke Clinton Portis' 13-year-old school rushing record for freshmen, ending the year with 947 yards.

He also led the ACC by averaging 33 yards per kickoff return, and his 2,070 all-purpose yards are the most by a Hurricanes freshman and second only to Willis McGahee's 2,108 in school history.

The Hurricanes finished 7-5, were 5-3 in the league to share the Coastal Division title, but a self-imposed postseason ban sends Georgia Tech to the ACC championship game this weekend in Charlotte.

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"It means a lot being the first in Miami history to win this award," Johnson said. "And it means so much to me and the team because I couldn't do it without my teammates. And this is just another way to make my mom proud and show how I really appreciate the sacrifices she made for me when I was younger."
Joel Auerbach Stacy Revere

Quote Of The Day


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"Boy, I would love to watch them play if it wasn't against my team...You look down the lineup and Cody Zeller, he's family to begin with, he's really a load to handle, and two other guys that I didn't even hear of when they were in high school, they just kicked our rear ends." 

- North Carolina Tar Heels coach Roy Williams.
Andy Lyons

Pictures Of The Day

Fraenzi Aufdenblatten of Switzerland competes during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Downhill training on November 27, 2012 in Lake Louise, Canada. (Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images North America)
Head coach Mark Gottfried reacts during the second half while playing the Michigan Wolverines at Crisler Center on November 27, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan won the game 79-72. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America)
Minnesota forward Rodney Williams Jr., (33) and Florida State forward Okaro White (10) compete for the tip-off in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in Tallahassee, Fla. Minnesota won 77-68. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
Indiana's Cody Zeller puts up a shot against North Carolina's Marcus Paige during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana defeated North Carolina 83-59. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
The jump to start the Virginia Tech v. Iowa game in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge last night in Blacksburg.  (HokieSports.com) 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

ACC Coaching Carousel

GUESS WHO? (Getty Images)
Go ahead, fire your coach, but who’s out there that is so much better and who’s willing to come to a league with ever diminishing football cred?

Remember back after the 2008 season when the muckity mucks at Boston College fired head coach Jeff Jagodzinski because he interviewed for an NFL job he didn’t get?

He was 20-8 at the time and BC was an ACC title contender, but the university denied him the opportunity to advance his career.  Athletic director Gene DeFilippo told Jagodzinski that if he interviewed for the N.Y. Jets head coaching job he would be fired.  He did and he was.

So where did Boston College turn?  They looked inside the program and hired Fran Spaziani a long time assistant who promptly went 19-19 including a 4-8 season which broke the Eagles streak of 12 straight bowl appearances.

Who’s next?

Debbie Yow canned Tom O’Brien who was 40-35 (2-1 in bowl games) and logged a season’s best of 9-4 in 2010.

The question is who will Yow find to replace O’Brien?  

North Carolina seems to have found the right man in Larry Fedora and Miami with Al Golden, but the question remains, who is out there that is better than the guy you have now?

WELL, HE LOOKS GOOD IN RED AND WHITE... (Getty Images)
Heather Dinich of ESPN writes that the top candidates for the N.C. State job are:  Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris, Kent State head coach Darrell Hazell, Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren and Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco.  A bunch of household names there…

One of those guys may be the next Larry Fedora or maybe the next Mike London, two coaches whose teams appear to be going in opposite directions. 

Yow’s move to fire head basketball coach Sidney Lowe has worked out brilliantly so far. Let’s see how it goes on the gridiron.

How Bad Is The 2012 Dr. Pepper Bowl Match Up?

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Pretty bad thanks to Miami and UNC.

So bad that if Georgia Tech (6-6) loses to Florida State, the Yellow Jackets will be probably be home for the holidays.

Here is what ESPN’s Brett McMurphy has to say about GT and an NCAA exemption that is needed for a 6-7 team to go to a bowl game:

"The Yellow Jackets finished in a three-way tie for the ACC's Coastal Division title with North Carolina and Miami. However, North Carolina is on NCAA probation and not bowl-eligible. Miami would have played in the ACC title game but took a self-imposed bowl ban on Monday, hoping to soften future NCAA sanctions.

Miami's decision sent Georgia Tech (6-6) into the ACC title game -- and will cost the Yellow Jackets a bowl berth unless they win the appeal.

If Georgia Tech (6-6) loses to FSU -- the Seminoles are a two-touchdown favorite -- the Yellow Jackets would finish 6-7 and be in a similar situation that UCLA was in last season.

However, the NCAA's Board of Directors specifically ruled on the possibility of 6-7 bowl teams this summer, a decision that could keep the Yellow Jackets home.

Last year, the Bruins played in the Pac-12 title game because South Division champion USC was not bowl-eligible. The Bruins lost to Oregon in the Pac-12 title game to finish 6-7 but received an exemption to play in a bowl despite a losing record."

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ACC Football Links

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By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

Debbie Yow's decision was a gamble, but she is determined to hire a better recruiter.

It all goes back to the loss to Virginia.

Mixed among the hockey headlines was the fact BC coach Frank Spaziani was also fired.

Florida State lost Tank Carradine to an ACL. Will it lose Mark Stoops to Kentucky next?

Georgia Tech is trying to rebound from its poor performance against rival Georgia.

Clemson was left with an uneasy feeling after its loss to South Carolina.

The Tigers were the disappointment of the week.

Miami coach Al Golden praised a special senior class forced to give up not one but two bowls.

This season has been one big comeback for Virginia Tech kicker Cody Journell.

What was up with Mike London's clock management? Fans want to know.

Maryland's season was defined by its injuries.

Wake Forest took on a "losing attitude" this month.

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