Saturday, December 8, 2012

Saturday ACC Basketball

St. Francis (N.Y.) @ BOSTON COLLEGE, 2:00 PM, TV: ESPN3

South Carolina State @ MARYLAND, 2:00 PM, TV: ESPN3

Cleveland State @ #25 N.C. STATE, 2:00 PM, TV: RSN

#2 DUKE vs. Temple,East Rutherford, N.J., 3:15 PM, TV: ESPN

Mississippi Valley State @ VIRGINIA, 4:00 PM, TV: ESPN3

VIRGINIA TECH @ West Virginia, 4:00 PM, TV: ESPN2

Seton Hall @ WAKE FOREST, 7:00 PM, TV: ESPN3

UNC Wilmington @ GEORGIA TECH, 7:00 PM, TV: ESPN3

East Tennessee State @ #20 NORTH CAROLINA, 7:30 PM, TV: ESPN3

#8 Arizona @ CLEMSON, 8:00 PM, TV: ESPN2

ACC Football Links

By Heather Dinich |

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris says he's not talking with South Florida.

BC coach Steve Addazio says he's in it for the long haul.

The ACC's presidents say the same. Do you believe them?

Dennis Dodd certainly doesn't.

Charlotte will be the perfect spot for Duke.

Is Virginia coach Mike London following the same path as Al Groh?

Jonathan Cooper missed out on the Outland Trophy, but is still earning accolades.

Pictures Of The Day

Lara Gut of Switzerland during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Super Combined on December 07, 2012 in St. Moritz, Switzerland. (Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images Europe)
Robert Allenby plays a shot on the fairway during round two of the 2012 Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club on December 7, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Matt King/Getty Images AsiaPac)
The French horses walk onto the track with Bayrir leading during trackwork session at Sha Tin racecourse on December 7, 2012 in Hong Kong. (Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Coming soon to an arena near you...more orange.  A cut out head of head coach Jim Boehiem of the Syracuse Orange is seen in the crowd as fans cheer during the game against the Long Beach State 49ers at the Carrier Dome on December 6, 2012 in Syracuse, New York. (Nate Shron/Getty Images North America)
Tony McCoy riding Taquin Du Seuil (L) clear the last to win the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle Race from Le Bec (R) at Sandown racecourse on Dcember 07, 2012 in Esher, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
The Western Hockey League's Hitmen were pelted with more than 20,000 furry critters during their annual charity game. The players were no doubt grateful that the game is held in Calgary and not Detroit, where tossing octopi is the hallowed tradition.  (Todd Koro/Reuters)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas... (Richard Ellis/Getty Images)

Friday, December 7, 2012

Quote Of The Day

“We, the undersigned presidents of the Atlantic Coast Conference, wish to express our commitment to preserve and protect the future of our outstanding league. We want to be clear that the speculation about ACC schools in negotiations or considering alternatives to the ACC are totally false. The presidents of the ACC are united in our commitment to a strong and enduring conference. The ACC has long been a leader in intercollegiate athletics, both academically and athletically, and the constitution of our existing and future member schools will maintain the ACC’s position as one of the nation’s premier conferences.”

The Council of Presidents of the ACC unanimously agreed to issue a statement Thursday to try and put an end to the speculation that the league, at least the from a football standpoint, is about to implode.

The statement was initiated by the presidents of Florida State (Eric Barron), Clemson (James Barker), Georgia Tech (Bud Peterson), North Carolina (Holden Thorp) and Virginia Tech (Charles Steger) -- whose schools have been the most speculated targets of the Big Ten or Big 12 conferences.
All 15 presidents, including future members Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Louisville, unanimously agreed on issuing the statement and the language of it.

Oh, and they also agreed unanimously to sue Maryland’s ass.

ACC Football Links

JIMBO (Getty Images)
By Heather Dinich |

The Miami Herald continues to peel back layers about the Nevin Shapiro scandal.

Clemson's offensive line is going to have another tall task against LSU's defensive line.

The commits of Miami and North Carolina are sticking to their word, in spite of the NCAA.

Steve Addazio says BC is his dream job.

It was a fiery intro for BC's new head coach.

Former N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson is showing the NFL what he's made of.

Despite winning the school's first ACC title since 2005, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher still has his critics. (Of course, he does. Football fans are DELUSIONAL.)

Pictures Of The Day

This photo was posted by the ACC on Facebook. It was taken a few nights ago at the SI Sportsman Of The Year presentation ceremonies.
Ty Lawson #3 of the Denver Nuggets (by way of the 2009 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Champion North Carolina Tar Heels) goes for a lay up against Al Horford #15 of the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on December 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America)
The Oxford team celebrate after their victory over Cambridge during the Varsity Match (rugby) between Oxford University and Cambridge University at Twickenham Stadium on December 6, 2012 in London, England. Oxford is famous for inventing the cloth commonly used in men's dress shirts. (Scott Heavey/Getty Images Europe)
Every picture tells a story, don’t it? 'Tis the season...(LM Otero/AP Photo)
Here is a vintage photo of former (A-hole) head coach turned (A-list) analyst Bobby Knight hunting for wabbits.  Somebody needs to throw a chair at that hat.  (Rich Clarkson/Sports Illustrated)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Don’t Give Up, Don’t Ever Give Up

Everybody has lost somebody to cancer.

Please take a moment and support the fight.

Watch this, then make a donation to the V Foundation.

Christmas Video Of The Day

(Lloyd Bishop/NBC)
Mariah Carey, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots and four incredibly cute and funny little girls perform “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

 It’s priceless and only as Jimmy Fallon can do.


Wednesday ACC Basketball

AKIL MITCHELL (Steve Helber/AP Photo)
VIRGINIA 46, Tennessee 38 - The Vols fresh off of a 37-36 loss to Georgetown bring  the Cavs almost to a halt.  Akil Mitchell had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Joe Harris also scored 13 as Virginia won a battle of stout defenses Wednesday night.

The victory was the sixth in a row for the Cavaliers (7-2) and came after they limited the Vols to 28.8 percent shooting and just 15 field goals.

Trae Golden scored 11 to lead Tennessee (4-3), which scored just 36 points in a one-point loss to No. 15 Georgetown on Friday and picked up where it left off. 


WAKE FOREST 71, High Point 60  - Chase Fischer came alive from behind the arc, knocking down five three-pointers for a career-high 15 points to lead Wake Forest to a 71-60 win over High Point on Wednesday at Joel Coliseum.

The Demon Deacons (4-4) held a two-point lead at the halftime break but pulled away from the Panthers (4-4) in the second half thanks to a 50-percent second-half shooting mark, including 5-of-8 from three-point range.

Joining Fischer in double figures were Tyler Cavanaugh, who finished with 11 points and five rebounds - both career highs, and Aaron Rountree III, who filled the stat sheet with 11 points, three steals, two assists and two blocks. Rountree, who went 4-for-4 from the field against the Panthers, has now made 10 of his last 11 field goals spanning the last three games.

MARYLAND 100, UMES 68 - Logan Aronhalt scored 15 of his 17 points from beyond the arc, and Maryland breezed past winless Maryland-Eastern Shore Wednesday night for their seventh straight victory.

(Phil Sears/AP Photo)
Charles Mitchell had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (7-1), who had five players score in double figures. Alex Len contributed nine points, nine rebounds and two blocks in only 17 minutes.

Playing the first of eight straight home games, Maryland improved 16-0 in this lopsided in-state series. The Terrapins shot 64 percent from the floor in building a 49-28 halftime lead.

#5 Florida 72, FLORIDA STATE 47 - Focused on bouncing back in the wake of consecutive losses, the Florida State men's basketball team found an opponent in No. 5 Florida Wednesday night that was unwilling - and unrelenting - in its own quest to not let that happen.

In a 72-47 loss to the Gators at the Donald L. Tucker Center, the same issue that has plagued FSU (4-4) through the early part of the 2012-13 reared its ugly head: the Seminoles simply couldn't get balanced production from its still-meshing group of key veterans and up-and-coming youngsters.

That problem ultimately led to single-digit losses to South Alabama, Minnesota and Mercer already this year but upstart UF only exacerbated that issue with its depth, balance and size in the paint in the blowout victory.


Coaches Name All-ACC Teams

TAJH BOYD BACK IN 2009 CHOOSING CLEMSON (Rob Ostermaier, Daily Press)
Yesterday, the ACC announced the inaugural All-ACC Football Team as selected by the league’s 12 head coaches.

This year, for the first time under the auspices of the ACC, the league’s 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team, as well as Players of the Year, Rookies of the Year and a Coach of the Year award. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players and cast ballots for two points for first-team and one point for second-team selections.

The selections will look familiar. 

Clemson’s Tajh Boyd won Offensive Player of the Year (same as media team) and Florida State’s Bjoern Werner won Defensive Player of the Year (same as media team).

ACC Christmas Gift Ideas

Never before have these unforgettable sports’ moments been re-created in such a stylized way as these posters from

The inventory is limited, but expect much more in the future.

They are reasonably priced from $20-$30.  

ACC Football Links

By Andrea Adelson |

For BC athletic director Brad Bates, the choice was clear: hire Steve Addazio. Bates went tohis MAC ties with Addazio.

Clemson insists focus won't be a problem in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Is Duke's bowl game the most important contest it has played in 18 years?

Florida State is discussing a contract extension for coach Jimbo Fisher.

Miami lost a pretty big commitment from four-star defensive tackle Keith Bryant.

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora could be playing with matches on the Tennessee opening, writes Caulton Tudor in the News & Observer.

Virginia's coaching staff shake-up has stirred things up on the recruiting trail.

The bowls are a chance for the ACC to salvage some respect, writes David Teel in the Daily Press.

Pictures Of The Day

Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks (by way of N.C. State and Wisconsin) is making a run at NFL Rookie Of The Year honors -- what might be a shoe-in if not for Andrew Luck and RG3.  Here, Russell avoids Israel Idonije #71 of the Chicago Bears as he runs for a first down in overtime at Soldier Field on December 2, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Seahawks defeated the Bears 23-17 in overtime. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America)
Virginia fans cheer their team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Tennessee, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Florida State forward Okaro White (10) and guard Devon Bookert (1) defend a shot by Florida's Casey Prather (24) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
St. Louis Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein makes a game-tying 53-yard field goal as time expires in regulation. Johnny Hekker (6) is the holder. Zuerlein added a 54-yard field goal in overtime to give the Rams a 16-13 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/AP)
Last night, Kobe Bryant became the youngest NBA player to reach 30,000 career points in a game against the Charlotte Bobcats. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tuesday ACC Basketball

HOWELL (Elsa/Getty Images)

#25 N.C. STATE 69, UConn (Huskies, 22,301 students, Storrs, CT) 65 - You’re N.C. State and it’s the Jimmy V Classic. You gotta win. No pressure.

Richard Howell had 13 points and grabbed all 10 of his rebounds in the second half, and C.J. Leslie had 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead No. 25 North Carolina State to a 69-65 victory over Connecticut in the second game of the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.
Howell, a 6-foot-8, 257-pound senior, led North Carolina State's second-half rush to the boards. The Wolfpack (5-2) had 20 rebounds in the second half, 11 on the offensive end and Howell grabbed seven of those. The Huskies had 13 rebounds in the second half, six offensive.

Shabazz Napier led the Huskies (6-2) with 19 points and Ryan Boatright added 18. 

Recap. (Elesa/Getty Images)

Georgia (Bulldogs, 33,367 students, Athens, GA) 62, GEORGIA TECH 54 - Freshman Marcus Georges-Hunt scored a career-high 18 points and Georgia Tech never trailed while beating Georgia 62-54 on Tuesday night.

Georgia Tech (5-2) has won back-to-back games in the state rivalry for the first time since three straight wins from 1992-94. The wins have come in the Yellow Jackets' first two seasons with coach Brian Gregory.

Mfon Udofia added 12 points for Georgia Tech, including a three-point play with about 1 minute remaining after Georgia cut the Yellow Jackets' lead to 55-50. 

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Georgia (2-6) with 16 points. The Bulldogs had no other scorer in double figures and made only 31.6 percent of their shots (18 of 57) from the field. 

(Elise Amendola/AP Photo)
Harvard (Brainiacs, 7,181 students, Cambridge, MA) 79, BOSTON COLLEGE 63 - Sophomore Ryan Anderson scored a game-high 23 points to go with seven rebounds, but Boston College lost to Harvard, 79-63, in front of 3,128 fans at Conte Forum on Tuesday night. 

Anderson went 11-for-12 from the field and set a career high for field goals made. It was his third game this season with 20 or more points.

Freshman Joe Rahon led all players with a career-high eight assists to go along with 12 points and sophomore Lonnie Jackson recorded 11 points for the Eagles.

Anderson notched BC's first six points and 11 of the first 14 as the two teams opened the contest tied, 14-14, eight minutes in. Anderson went 5-for-5 from the floor during that stretch, with a three-point play from Rahon accounting for BC's only other points. The Crimson then used a 9-0 run to claim a 23-14 edge at the 7:23 mark. 


ACC Players Of The Week

GREEN (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Duke’s Mason Plumlee and Virginia Tech’s Erick Green have been named Co-ACC Players of the Week, while the Blue Devils’ Rasheed Sulaimon has been selected the conference’s Rookie of the Week following outstanding performances this past week.

Green averaged 26.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists as the undefeated Hokies posted homecourt wins over Iowa and No. 15 Oklahoma State. In Tuesday’s 95-79 win over the Hawkeyes, the Winchester, Va., senior was 8-for-15 from the field and led all scorers with 24 points to go along with five assists and five rebounds. In Saturday’s 81-71 victory over the Cowboys, Green had career-highs in points (28) and rebounds (7) in just 26 minutes of action, due to early foul trouble. Green has scored at least 20 points in all seven games this season and leads the ACC in scoring (24.9).

Plumlee recorded a pair of double-doubles and averaged 19.5 points, 14.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game as the second-ranked Blue Devils remained undefeated following wins over No. 4 Ohio State and Delaware. The Warsaw, Ind., senior shot 60.0 percent (12-of-20) from the field and 68.2 percent (15-of-22) from the foul line for the week. Plumlee opened the week with a 21-point, 17-rebound effort in a 73-68 come-from-behind win against the Buckeyes. In Saturday’s 88-50 victory over Delaware, Plumlee was 6-of-9 from the field, finishing with 18 points and 11 rebounds in only 24 minutes.

Sulaimon averaged 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in wins over No. 4 Ohio State and Delaware. The Houston, Texas, native scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in the win over the Buckeyes. After going scoreless in the opening half, he scored 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting as Duke overcame a 10-point deficit over the final 20 minutes of play. Sulaimon reached double figures for the seventh straight game with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting in Saturday’s win over Delaware. He also added four rebounds and a season-high six assists against the Blue Hens.

Boston College Hires New Football Coach

(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Steve Addazio is the new football coach in Chestnut Hills.


Six weeks after he took over as Boston College Eagles athletic director and nine days after he announced that football coach Frank Spaziani had been fired, Brad Bates made a surprise move in hiring Temple's Steve Addazio as the Eagles' new coach.

After going through the interview process, Bates decided that Addazio -- known for his energy and his ability to recruit in the Northeast, where he has roots -- was the right person for BC.

Addazio oversaw the Owls' move from the MAC to the Big East and went 13-11 in his two seasons there.  Prior to that he was an assistant under Urban Meyer at Florida and named interim head coach of the Gators when Meyer abruptly resigned a few years back.

"I've only been here six weeks," Bates told reporters Tuesday. "I'm looking for a partner who I can be joined at the hip with and really strive for excellence in Boston College athletics, and he's a key leader in this department."

Addazio, who signed a six-year contract, will be introduced at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Boston College.

To read more, click here.

Rumor: Fedora To Interview For Tennessee Job

(Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Two websites (, are saying North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora is going to interview for the Vols’ head coaching job.

Tennessee would not have to ask permission to do so and, according to the Raleigh News & Observer, Kevin Best, a UNC football team spokesman, said Tuesday that Fedora’s policy is not to address speculation or reports related to his interest or involvement with various job openings.

Fedora spent Tuesday in New York City with UNC AD Bubba Cunningham, where they traveled to attend a National Football Foundation banquet.

Fedora recently completed his first season at UNC, where he guided the Tar Heels to an 8-4 record. The school hired him last December and he signed a seven-year contract that runs through Jan. 15, 2019. Fedora receives an annual salary of $1.7 million. He received a one-time payment of $400,000 after UNC hired him.

To read more, click here. 

Thinks That Make You Go...

(Eliot Press/Bauer Griffin)

Imagine the uproar this out fit would cause in the good old U.S.A.?

Charlotte Casiraghi dresses up as a Native American Indian as she participates in the 2012 Gucci Masters equestrian competition.  Casiraghi is the daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco and the fourth in line to the throw so we doubt she’s too worried about any backlash here in the New World.

Our first impression: Seminole Gay Pride Parade.  

It’s the feathers. 

ACC Football Links

EMPTY SEATS (Bob Donnan/US Presswire)
By Andrea Adelson |

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris is a wanted man.

Duke ends its bowl drought.

Georgia Tech-USC nearly happened last year.

Meant to get to this, but here is a closer look at Nevin Shapiro's dual roles and how it impacted the Hurricanes, in a great piece from The Miami Herald.

Jonathan Cooper and Dustin Hopkins made Athlon Sports' All-America team. presents its All-ACC team.

More bowl rankings from Athlon.

Hopkins is in West Palm Beach for the Lou Groza awards banquet.

Virginia Tech could end the season on an upswing.

The ACC title game posted a record-low TV rating.

Pictures Of The Day

Suffice to say, soccer remains popular in Brazil.  Here is a general view of the Brazilian League match between Athletico and Cruzeiro at the Independencia Stadium on December 2, 2012 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Europe)
N.C. State's Rodney Purvis (0) drives to the basket as Connecticut's Ryan Boatright (11) and Shabazz Napier (13) defend during the first half of N.C. State's game against Connecticut in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
The dude’s magic. RG3 showed up at the Wizards’ game last night and miraculously the Wiz got their second win of the season against last year’s champs, the Miami Heat.  Go figure. (Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)
Harvard's Wesley Saunders (23) makes a move with the ball against Boston College's Patrick Heckmann (33) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Head coach Mark Gottfried talks with Scott Wood #15 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack during a stop in play in the first half against the Connecticut Huskies during the Jimmy V Classic on December 4, 2012 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Dear Mr. Snyder

Happy Holidays!
(Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Duke’s Renfree Wins Tatum Award

(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Duke senior quarterback Sean Renfree has been named the recipient of the 2012 Jim Tatum Award, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced late last week.

The Tatum Award is given annually in memory of the late Jim Tatum to the top senior student-athlete (in athletic eligibility) among the league's football players. Tatum, a two-time ACC Coach of the Year, coached in the fifties at both Maryland and North Carolina and believed strongly in the concept of the student-athlete. 

A three-year starter and two-year team captain, Renfree has led Duke to a 6-6 record this season and bowl eligibility for the first time since 1994. 

Renfree graduated from Duke in December of 2011 with a degree in public policy with a 3.4 grade point average and is now working on a graduate degree in humanities with a 3.8 GPA. He was named to the All-ACC Academic Team in 2010 and 2011. 

One of the most accurate passers in the history of the ACC, Renfree ranks third in the league a with a .663 completion percentage (260 of 392) this season. That mark is on pace to set a school record, potentially breaking his own standard of .650 set in 2011. 

He holds or shares 14 school records and is tops on Duke's career completion percentage list as well, posting a mark of .643. He also ranks among Duke's all-time top five in pass completions (2nd; 861), passing touchdowns (5th; 50), passing efficiency (2nd; 127.98), passing yards (4th; 9,107) and 300-yard passing games (tied for 2nd; 10).

On the ACC’s all-time charts, Renfree ranks fourth in pass completions, sixth in pass completion percentage, tied for seventh in 300-yard passing games and 9th in passing yardage.

Thompson, Green Win Brian Piccolo Award

(Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Florida State senior running back Chris Thompson and Miami defensive end Shayon Green, who both overcame severe injuries to become major contributors to their teams this year, have been named co-winners of the ACC's 2012 Brian Piccolo Award.

The Piccolo Award has been given annually since 1972 in memory of the late Brian Piccolo to the "most courageous" football player in the ACC. Piccolo was the ACC Athlete of the Year in 1965 and played for the Chicago Bears before his career was cut short when he was stricken with cancer.  

Thompson suffered a fractured back against Wake Forest in the Seminoles' fourth game of the season in 2011, suffering compression fractures to his 5th and 6th thoracic vertebrae. The injury required Thompson to be in a spine immobilizing brace for three months. 

After extensive rehabilitation, he came back to be Florida State's leading rusher with 687 yards on 91 carries, a sparkling 7.5 yards-per-carry average, including touchdown runs of 74 and 80 yards. Unfortunately, Thompson suffered a season-ending knee injury in Florida State's 8th game of the year against Miami. 

(Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
At the time of his injury he was the 2nd-leading rusher in the ACC and still ranks 3rd. He topped the 100-yard mark in rushing three times in eight games including an 197-yard day against Wake Forest and added 21 receptions for 248 yards. Despite missing the final three games of the season, he was voted second-team All-ACC.

Green had to overcome four different major injuries. He twice tore the ACL in his right knee, once tore the meniscus in his right knee and also suffered a wrist dislocation forcing him to miss all or a major part of the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons. 

Finally healthy, Green was the leading tackler and one of the key leaders to a young Miami defense, with 38 of his 67 tackles unassisted, 2.0 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. He is the first Miami defensive linemen to lead the Hurricanes in tackles for a season in more than 30 years.

ACC Football Links

THE SHIVERING ILLINI (HUSKIES) (Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

By Andrea Adelson |

ESPN's Adelson says ACC "bashing" should stop. (Seriously?  Has she compared the records of the ACC teams that are bowl bound to their opponents? Probably, so we should shut up and let you read her post!)

Beating an SEC team would validate Clemson's 2012 success.

Duke coach David Cutcliffe is thrilled with his team's matchup against Cincinnati.

We already know Florida State's Orange Bowl matchup has been panned. Who are these Northern Illinois Huskies, anyway?

Georgia Tech president G.P. "Bud" Peterson reiterated the Jackets aren't going anywhere.

Dave Doeren embraces expectations at N.C. State. He is already recruiting the Wolfpack's commitments.

Former Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco didn't hold back about his reasons for transferring, telling Doug Doughty of The Roanoke Times: "It's an unhealthy environment for any quarterback at UVa. It was hard on all the quarterbacks, not just me." Ouch.

Virginia Tech gets a Big East flashback.

Picture Of The Day

R-G-3, R-G-3, R-G-3, R-G-3. (Nick Was/AP Photo)

University North Carolina players hold up the trophy as they celebrate after beating Penn State 4-1 to win the NCAA Women's College Cup final and yet another NCAA Women’s Soccer title. That would make 21 such titles, but who’s counting? (Hayne Palmer IV/U-T San Diego)

Monday, December 3, 2012

FSU Headed To Miami To Play Shivering Illini

Florida State (11-2; 7-1 ACC), ranked 12th in the final BCS standings, captured its 13th ACC Football title since joining the league in 1992. But the ACC gridiron title is the Seminoles first in eight seasons, and its first berth in a BCS bowl game since claiming the inaugural ACC Football Championship Game in 2005.

FSU, coached by Jimbo Fisher, has now posted a 30-10 record over the past three seasons and will be making its ninth appearance in the Discover Orange Bowl, last facing Penn State in the 2006 classic, a triple overtime loss to Penn State. 

The Seminoles will be facing the Northern Illinois Huskies, 12-1, and champions of the Mid-American Conference and ranked 15th in the final BCS Standings. Florida State is 3-5 in its previous eight Orange Bowl appearances but is 25-14-2 overall in 41 bowl games, a winning percentage of .634, the sixth-best winning percentage nationally among teams with 15 or more bowl appearances. 

Ironically, Northern Illinois’ head coach, Dave Doeren has been hired by FSU’s Atlantic Division rival NC State, and will not coach in the bowl game.

ACC Bowl Schedule

ACC Bowl Games In Chronological Order (All times Eastern)
Dec. 27, 6:30 pm Belk Bowl DUKE (6-6) vs. Cincinnati (9-3) ESPN 

Dec. 28, 5:30 pm Russell Athletic Bowl VIRGINIA TECH (6-6) vs. Rutgers (9-3) ESPN 

Dec. 31, Noon Franklin American Mortgage N.C. STATE (7-5) vs. Vanderbilt (8-4) ESPN 

Dec. 31, 2 pm Hyundai Sun Bowl GEORGIA TECH (8-4) vs. Southern California (7-5) CBS 

Dec. 31, 7:30 pm Chick-fil-A Bowl CLEMSON (10-2) vs. LSU (10-2) ESPN 

Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. Discover Orange Bowl FLORIDA STATE (10-2) vs. Northern Illinois (12-1) ESPN

Sunday ACC Basketball

DEZ WELL (Luis M. Alvarez/AP Photo)
CLEMSON 64, South Carolina 55 - Clemson improved to 4-1 all-time in Colonial Life Arena as the Tigers locked in defensively in a 64 win over South Carolina on Sunday. Clemson moved to 5-2 with the win, while South Carolina fell to 5-3 with the loss. The win was Clemson's first since 2009-10 over South Carolina, and Head Coach Brad Brownell's first against the Gamecocks as well.

Three players reached double figures for Brownell's team, led by K.J. McDaniels with 16. He made all seven of his free throw attempts in the second half and added seven rebounds and five blocked shots. Devin Booker added 13 points and eight rebounds, capping a good week for the 6-foot-8 senior. He added three steals and a pair of blocks. Rod Hall scored 15 for the Tigers and made 9-of-12 at the free throw line to salt the game away late.

MARYLAND 69, George Mason 62 - Dez Wells scored a career-high 25 points Sunday and Maryland pulled away in the final minutes for a win over suburban rival George Mason in the BB&T Classic Sunday afternoon.

The Terrapins (6-1) won their sixth straight on the strength of the inside, penetration and fast-break games of Wells, Nick Faust (14 points) and Alex Len(12). Maryland also made 23 of 39 free throws to improve to 8-0 all-time against its neighbor from the Virginia side of Washington, D.C.

Wells went 11 for 17 from the field, accounting for half of the Terrapins' field goals. Wright and Holloway combined to go 12 for 24 for the Patriots; the rest of the team was 10 for 47. Recap.

Mercer 61, FLORIDA STATE 56 - On a day that saw 49 combined free throws, none were more important than the final six in Florida State's 61-56 home loss to Mercer.

Trailing since the 5:32 mark of the second half, the Seminoles (4-3) had a chance to tie the game at 57 apiece with 33 seconds left but Terrance Shannon made just one of two attempts and the Bears (4-4) answered by hitting all four of their freebies in the final 23 seconds to pull off the upset. 

For the 'Noles, the setback marked the second consecutive loss at home and the third overall on the season. It also marked Florida State's first loss to Mercer since 1954. Recap.

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