Saturday, January 19, 2013

Hokie Nation Celebrates As Beamer Names New OC

LOEFFLER AND SOME GUY HE COACHED AT FLORIDA

Hokie Nation is happy today because Virginia Tech has a new Offensive Coordinator after an offseason of hiring, firing, resigning and reassigning.

The question is are fans of Frank Beamer’s squad happy becue the new OC is Scot Loeffler who held the same position at Auburn or are they happy just because he’s NEW and not named Stinespring?

We suspect the answer is a little bit of both after an overhaul that follows the Hokies' worst season in two decades and several seasons of grousing about the offense.

Beamer announced Friday that he's hired former Auburn offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler to lead Virginia Tech's offense, former Stanford wide receivers coach Aaron Moorehead to take over the Hokies' wideouts, and another Auburn assistant, Jeff Grimes, to coach the offensive line. Grimes was Auburn's O-line coach.

The Hokies finished 7-6, in large part because of their inability to run the ball consistently and a regressing passing game. Virginia Tech's streak of eight consecutive 10-win seasons ended, and the Hokies had to win their last two regular-season games just to qualify for the Russell Athletic Bowl -- where they beat Rutgers 13-10 in overtime.

The moves mark the second major overhaul of Beamer's offensive staff in seven years, and the departures of three staffers brought on during the last one. Quarterbacks coach (and former N.C. State head coach) Mike O'Cain was fired, receivers coach Kevin Sherman left for the same position at Purdue and Curt Newsome left the program, reportedly to head back to James Madison, although the school has not said if he was fired or resigned.

MOOREHEAD (R)
Bryan Stinespring, the offensive coordinator since 2001 and a 20-year member of Beamer's staff, has been moved to recruiting coordinator. Considered the Hokies' best recruiter, he also will continue to coach tight ends. 

While Stinespring had the coordinator's title, O'Cain has called the plays for the past two seasons.
The Stinespring-O'Cain combination directed a record-setting season in 2011, powered by NFL first-round draft choice David Wilson at tailback and emerging quarterback Logan Thomas. Wilson ran for a school-record 1,709 yards, and Thomas had a school-record 3,482 total yards.

But in 2012,  VT finished 81st nationally in both total offense (376.7 ypg) and scoring (25.08 ppg). Thomas completed just 51.3 percent of his passes and had 16 interceptions during an inconsistent campaign.

The big sweep is somewhat unusual in Blacksburg as Beamer is intensely loyal to his staff and often cites the absence of significant turnover as a reason for the Hokies to climb to the ranks into college football's elite.

ACC Weekend Basketball

SATURDAY, Jan 19
MARYLAND @ NORTH CAROLINA, Noon, TV: ESPN/WatchESPN (XM 85::SIRIUS 85)

WAKE FOREST @ VIRGINIA TECH, 2:00 PM, TV: ACC Network (XM 196::SIRIUS 134)

FLORIDA STATE @ VIRGINIA, 4:00 PM TV: ACC Network (XM 190::SIRIUS 92)

SUNDAY, Jan 20
CLEMSON @ N.C. STATE, 6:00 PM, TV: ESPNU/WatchESPN (XM 191::SIRIUS 93)

ACC Football Links

(Jim Henry/Tallahassee Democrat)

By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

Georgia Tech has hired a former Auburn assistant as its defensive line coach.

Several former Clemson players will be in all-star games the next two weekends.

Ten former FSU players will do the same.

This Maryland recruit could have been an Ivy Leaguer.

Can Clemson lure in the "media favorite?"

By Andrea Adelson | ESPN.com

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says Mike Reed is the perfect fit for the Tigers.

Georgia Tech has reportedly hired a new defensive line coach. So did USC players brawl after losing to Georgia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl or not?

ESPN 150 defensive tackle Keith Bryant has Florida State and Miami in his top two .

Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden will get a second bronze statue -- this one will stand outside Samford's Stadium in Birmingham, Ala.

Former Miami quarterback Bernie Kosar tells Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel, "My mind's on the mend."

Maryland has pulled its scholarship offer  to three-star defensive tackle Demetri McGill.

David Amerson's dad says the time was right for his son to enter the draft. Former Florida quarterback 

Jacoby Brissett is reportedly transferring to NC State.

Is the Drew Harris recruitment saga over yet for Virginia Tech?

Wake Forest has lost an assistant to West Virginia.

Not sure the ACC wants to hear Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby say this.

Picture Of The Day


What a wild, strange trip this week has been...Here Lance Armstrong, with a variety of illegal substances coursing through his veins, is desperately trying to catch Manti Te’o’s imaginary girlfriend, or running from Oprah, we aren't sure which...  (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Friday, January 18, 2013

Thursday ACC Basketball Scoreboard

CURRY (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
#3 DUKE 73, GEORGIA TECH 57 - Seth Curry scored 24 points to lead No. 3 Duke past Georgia Tech on Thursday night.

Mason Plumlee added 16 points and 13 rebounds after going just 2 for 12 during an awful first half, and the Blue Devils (16-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot 53 percent from the field over the final 20 minutes to bounce back from their only loss.

Freshman Chris Bolden's 20 points were the most scored by a Georgia Tech player this season. But the Yellow Jackets (10-6, 0-4) had 21 turnovers in losing their fourth straight, remaining the only team winless in ACC play and falling to 5-32 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. 

Recap.            

News Flash: Cameron Crazies Taunt Opponent

(Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
We are almost sure we have seen this picture before…but, if you don’t take this photo, you may not get invited back!

Pictures Of The Day

 WTF Part 2.
Quinn Cook #2 of the Duke Blue Devils inbounds the ball against Daniel Miller #5 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during play at Cameron Indoor Stadium on January 17, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke won 73-57. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Seth Curry draws a charge as Robert Carter Jr. #4 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets clearly has NOT established defensive position.* (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
The Cameron Crazies taunt the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets as they warm up for a game against the Duke Blue Devils during play at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

*Items in italics may not be true. 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Wednesday Night ACC Basketball

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
MARYLAND 51, #14 N.C. STATE 50.  The Wolfpack have been nothing if not inconsistent and were coming off a big upset of then #1 Duke. The Terps have been so bad of late former player Terrell Stoglin had been Tweeting how lame they were.  So...you had to see this coming.

Oh...and Maryland had new unis.

Alex Len dropped in a missed shot by Pe'Shon Howard with 00.9 seconds left, giving Maryland a stunning victory over No. 14 North Carolina State on Wednesday night in College Park.

Howard drove the left side and came up short on a 5-footer, but the 7-foot-1 Len grabbed the ball in front of the rim and eased it through the hoop. After the Wolfpack failed on a desperation heave on the other end, thousands of students in the sellout crowd stormed the court (none in a wheel chair) after the final buzzer to celebrate Maryland's first win over a ranked team since March 3, 2010, against No. 4 Duke.

Len, with 10 points, was the only Terrapin to score in double figures. Maryland led for much of the game but needed Len's basket to end N.C. State's 10-game winning streak.


MIAMI 60, BOSTON COLLEGE 59 - Durand Scott hit four free throws in the closing 30 seconds and drew an offensive foul to help Miami extend its best conference start ever by beating pesky Boston College on Wednesday night.

Scott finished with 15 points, Kenny Kadji had 14 and Trey McKinney Jones 11 for the Hurricanes (13-3, 4-0 ACC). It's Miami's best conference start since it went 5-0 to open its Big East season 5-0 in 1997-98.

Olivier Hanlan, who led Boston College (9-8, 1-3) with 17 points, was fouled shooting a 3-pointer with a half-second left. The first two free throws rolled in but Hanlan front-rimmed the last one. The ball was tipped in the lane and the horn sounded.

Pictures Of The Day


Tiger Woods in action during the Pro Am prior to the start of The Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club on January 16, 2013 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. We have no idea what the background is all about...According to the National Inquirer, which in spite of it's reputation and previous bad behavior has a nose for this sort of thing, Woods is going to reconcile with his former wife Elin Nordegren.  According to various sources, the remarriage would include a no cheating pre-nup valued between $200 and $600 million (depending on who you ask). (Scott Halleran/Getty Images Europe)




WTF? (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America)
Former Tar Heel Ty Lawson of the Denver Nuggets collects a loose ball against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Pepsi Center on January 15, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Trail Blazers 115-111 in overtime.  (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America)
Competitors start the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup Men's and Women's Ski Cross on January 16, 2013 in Megeve, France. (Michel Cottin/Agence Zoom/Getty Images Europe)
North Carolina State guard Lorenzo Brown (2) shoots past Maryland guard Nick Faust (5) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in College Park, Md., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. Maryland won 51-50, despite a game-high 17 points from Brown. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Former Duke Blue Devil Mike Dunleavy of the Milwaukee Bucks attempts a layup in front of Steve Nash of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 104-88 Laker win at Staples Center on January 15, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Harry How/Getty Images North America)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Tuesday Night ACC Basketball

McDANIELS (Mark Crammer/AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail)

CLEMSON 60, WAKE FOREST 44 - Clemson held its second straight ACC opponent to 44 points in a victory over Wake Forest on Tuesday at Littlejohn Coliseum. 

The Tigers held the Demon Deacons to 24.6 percent shooting, the second lowest field goal percentage by an ACC opponent against Clemson. Ironically enough, the lowest percentage against the Tigers by a league opponent was also by Wake Forest, who shot just 20 percent in a game in Winston-Salem on Jan. 4, 1964.

The win improved Brad Brownell's team to 10-6 on the season and 2-2 in the ACC. Wake fell to 9-7 overall, also 2-2 in conference play. Clemson is now 19-1 in Brownell's tenure when holding the opposition to 50 points or less.

K.J. McDaniels led Clemson in a number of statistical areas. The 6-foot-6 sophomore scored a game-high 14 points and grabbed a career-best nine rebounds. He also had seven blocked shots, another career-high, in an outstanding all-around performance. His seven blocks were the most by a Tiger since Jerai Grant had eight versus East Carolina in 2010.

Quote Of The Day

(Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

"I will be staying at Virginia Tech, returning for my senior year.  I think I have a lot to work on. I think we can get better. Leaving a program 7-6, especially a program like Virginia Tech -- we have a legacy of winning a lot of games -- kind of left a bad taste in my mouth. I want to come back and have a better season this year."

- Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas on returning for his senior year. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

"The Dumbest Thing I've Done In College, But It Was Awesome."

(Oliver Sholder Photo)
As you may have seen by now, elated Wolfpack fans stormed the court following N.C. State’s victory Saturday over then #1 Duke.  At the front of the stampede was a kid in a wheel chair being pushed by what one would assume was a fellow student.

Needless to say in the mass of humanity, it got a little scary.

USA Today's Nicole Auerbach tracked down the student – Will Privette, of Zebulon, N.C. who is, in fact, a senior at N.C. State.  The kid pushing Privette into the soon-to-be fray was student body president Andy Walsh.

Privette is no rookie to court storming have done so in 2010 when the Wolfpack knocked off the Blue Devils, but that time he had the good sense to ride the second wave and not lead the charge as he did last weekend saying "…that time I waited for the first wave of people to go through so I wouldn't get crushed."

This time he arrived just a bit early and was eventually knocked to the ground losing his wheelchair, his glasses and his phone (he was filming a YouTube video, of course.) Luckily, Privette got what he called a life-saving assist from forward NC State forward C.J. Leslie.   
From Auerbach's USA Today interview:

“We got right in the center, and as you can see in the video, I got hit from one side. It was like a wave. It toppled me over. I fell out of my wheelchair. I was on the ground, and I had my phone in my hand -- I was trying to film the event -- and the phone flew out of my hands and my glasses flew off my face. I was on the ground. I was like, "OK, what am I going to do now?

C.J. Leslie was in the middle (of the crowd) and he saw me. I knew him from being around campus. He pushed everyone back and told everyone, "Get back, get back." Once everyone moved and realized what was going on, he picked me up and I've described it as like how you'd hold a baby. Once I realized I wasn't in trouble any more, I started to scream, like "Wooooo! Let's go!" C.J. held me for a little bit because we lost my wheelchair in the sea of people. He held me for a couple of minutes. I was screaming and yelling.

I patted him on the head and said, "Thank you." Then he put me in my chair, and the PNC Arena staff escorted me off the court to safety. After the game, I waited around for C.J. to say, "Thank you, thank you for helping -- saving my life, really.

It was the dumbest thing I've done in college but it was awesome.”

ACC Players Of The Week

HOWELL (Raleigh News & Observer)
N.C. State’s Richard Howell has been named the ACC Player of the Week, while Boston College’s Olivier Hanlan has been selected the conference’s Rookie of the Week.

Howell helped 20th-ranked NC State improve to 3-0 in the ACC for the first time since the 1988-89 season with a pair of home wins as the Wolfpack handed top-ranked Duke its first loss of the year, 84-76, on Saturday and defeated Georgia Tech, 83-70, last Wednesday. For the week, Howell averaged a double-double of 11 points and 15 rebounds. Against the Blue Devils, Howell recorded the 22nd double-double of his career with 18 rebounds, which tied his career-best in conference play and was one shy of his overall career-high, and 16 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the floor. The Marietta, Ga., senior grabbed 14 of his game-high 18 rebounds in the second half, including 12 on the defensive end. Against the Yellow Jackets, Howell again was a force on the boards, registering a game-high 12 rebounds.

Hanlan averaged 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.5 steals in his first two ACC road contests. The Almyer, Quebec, freshman had 17 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists to key the Eagles to a road win at Virginia Tech on Wednesday. He added 18 points, five rebounds and four assists in Saturday’s road game at Wake Forest and was a perfect 7-for-7 from the foul line. Hanlan has scored in double figures in eight straight games and 11 of the last 12. He leads ACC freshman and is 15th overall in scoring (13.4 points per game). Hanlan earned his second Rookie of the Week honor after sharing the award with Florida State’s Aaron Thomas on Dec. 24.

Curry Injures Ankle But Likely To Play

(Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
According to the Raleigh News & Observer: Seth Curry suffered a slight left ankle sprain in Saturday's loss to N.C. State, but he should be ready to go for Duke's next game, head coach Mike Krzyzewski said on the weekly ACC coaches teleconference.

Curry slipped on a wet spot on the floor and crumpled to the ground in pain with 3:14 remaining in Saturday's game. He did not return, and he finished with a team-high 22 points.

There wasn't much swelling in his ankle, Krzyzewski said. Curry won't practice today, but he should be ready for Thursday's game against Georgia Tech "unless something else happens," Krzyzewski said.

When Duke (15-1, 2-1 in the ACC) does take the floor next, it will be as the No. 3 team in the AP Poll, behind Louisville and Indiana.

Sunday ACC Scoreboard

LARKIN and LEN (C.W. Griffin/Miami Herald)

MIAMI 54, MARYLAND 47 - How ugly was it?  Half way through the first half, the score was 12-7 Canes.  It was 19-14 at halftime, but both teams threw rocks in the second half as well with Miami shooting 34.9S% (22-63) for the game and the Terps a whopping 31.6% (18 of 57).

Oh, and both teams struggled at the free throw line as well.  Maryland mad 8 of 18 (44.4%) while Miami a mere 5 of 13 (38.5%). 

Kenny Kadji scored 14 points for Miami and  Trey McKinney Jones finished with 12 points to help the Hurricanes (12-3, 3-0) open ACC play with three consecutive wins for the first time.

McKinney Jones' two free throws with 38.4 seconds remaining increased Miami's lead to 50-44. Durand Scott secured the win with a fast-break layup that made it 52-44 with 24 seconds left.

Alex Len scored eight straight points for the Terrapins late in the second half. His dunk with 39 seconds left got Maryland within 48-44.

Dez Wells scored 18 points for Maryland (13-3, 1-2). Len finished with 16 points.

ACC Football Links

ROOF (Patrick Waksmunski/Altoona Mirror)

By Andrea Adelson | ESPN.com

Even though Clemson lost DeAndre Hopkins, the Tigers have had a productive offseason to date

Four Clemson commits are listed among the ESPN 150. Lots of big official visits this weekend.

David Hale of Nole Nation looks at EJ Manuel's consistency in 2012.

How will new Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Ted Roof impact recruiting? Roof discusses his decision to leave Penn State.

Mario Cristobal's hire gives the Miami staff a South Florida feel. Receiver Phillip Dorsett hasjoined the indoor track team.

Short-time UVa assistant Jeff Banks is reportedly going to Texas A&M.

Has a new candidate emerged for Virginia Tech's offensive coordinator job?

Pictures Of The Day


Taylor Fletcher of the United States competes during the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup Team Sprint on January 13, 2013 in Chaux-Neuve, France. (Alain Grosclaude/Agence Zoom/Getty Images Europe)
Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans gets knocked off of his feet against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images North America)
Happy and well dressed...as usual. It was warm enough in Foxboro for Pats’ head coach Bill Belichick to wear that stupid seatshirt with the cut off sleeves.  Lucky for you wicked sharp dressing Pats’ fans, you can buy this ugly grey scissor whipped clump for only $75 from the Patriots’ pro shop. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America)
There are no more undefeated teams in D1 hoops after Ohio State knocked off Michigan who was looking to take over the top spot after Duke’s loss on Saturday in Raleigh.   Here, Deshaun Thomas of the Ohio State Buckeyes battles Jordan Morgan of the Michigan Wolverines for control of a rebound in the second half on January 13, 2013 at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 56-53. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Coming to an ACC town near you...maybe.  Scott Shafer has been named head football coach for incoming ACC member Syracuse.  Defensive coordinator the past four years for the Orange, Shafer succeeds Doug Marrone, who resigned and was named coach of the Buffalo Bills on Monday. (Rich Barnes/USA Today)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Saturday ACC Scoreboard

LESLIE (Gran Halverson/Getty Images)
#20 N.C. STATE 84, #1 DUKE 67 - Duke was playing without Ryan Kelly and they drew a short straw for their first outing without the talented senior (13.4 pints, 5.4 rebounds).  That said, the Wolfpack, the preseason favorite to win the ACC, ended Duke's unbeaten start to the season, toppling the top-ranked Blue Devils at PNC Arena Saturday afternoon.

Junior C.J. Leslie, the league's preseason player of the year, scored a game-high 25 points to lead all scorers, but senior Richard Howell's strong work in the paint helped his team overcome Duke's early-game advantage on the boards.

Howell finished with 16 points and 18 rebounds, his ninth double-double of the season and the 22nd of his career. Howell had 14 rebounds in the second half alone.

"I challenged our team in the huddle in the second half," said second-year head coach Mark Gottfried. "I asked them if anyone else was going to get a rebound. Rich looked up at me and said, `Don't worry, Coach, I'll get them all.'

Recap.   

NORTH CAROLINA 77, FLORIDA STATE 72 - P.J. Hairston scored a career-high 23 points and North Carolina defeated defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Florida State 77-72 Saturday, almost a year to day after suffering a 33-point loss against the Seminoles.

Hairston made 9 of 14 shots, including four of nine from beyond the arc for North Carolina, which shot 48.3 percent overall and 40 percent from 3-point range. Hairston's final points came on a jumper that boosted the North Carolina lead to 75-72 with 2:10 left. Marcus Paige hit two free throws with 11 seconds remaining to seal the outcome.

The Tar Heels (11-5, 1-2) led 33-31 at halftime and took the lead for good at 73-72 with 3:09 when Jackson Simmons, who turned 20 Saturday, scored the go-ahead basket.

James Michael McAdoo added 14 points and eight rebounds, and Reggie Bullock had 12 points and eight rebounds as the Tar Heels dominated the boards with a 41-19 margin, including a decisive 19-6 advantage on the offensive boards.


HARRIS (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
WAKE FOREST 75, BOSTON COLLEGE 72 - Sparked by a career-high 29 points from C.J. Harris, Wake Forest staved off a late Boston College comeback attempt to defeat the Eagles on Saturday at Joel Coliseum.

After a back-and-forth first half, the Demon Deacons (9-6, 2-1 ACC) built a 12-point lead midway through the final period, but the Eagles (9-7, 1-2 ACC) used an 11-2 run in the final five minutes to draw within a point at 71-70. Wake Forest stood strong defensively though, and Harris made two free throws with 4.5 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

Harris' 29 points came on an efficient 10-of-13 shooting and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. He carried the Deacons all afternoon, at one point scoring 11 consecutive points.

Travis McKie chipped in 18 points to go with four steals, three assists and one block. Devin Thomas led the Deacons on the boards with 11 rebounds, going over the 10-rebound for the third time in the last four games, to go with six points, three assists, two blocks, steals.

Recap.   

ROBERT BROWN (Brant Sanderlin/AP Photo)
VIRGINIA TECH 70, GEORGIA TECH 65 - The Virginia Tech Hokies fought back from an 11-point deficit with 13 minutes to play in regulation and defeated Georgia Tech in McCamish Pavilion on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Hokies are now 10-6 overall and 1-2 in the ACC and the Yellow Jackets fall to 10-5 overall and are 0-3 in conference action.

The Hokies kept the game close throughout and trailed 25-22 at the intermission. Georgia Tech stretched the lead to 43-32 with 13:52 remaining in regulation. Then, the Hokies started getting stops defensively and cut the lead to 53-50 on a three-point field goal from Erick Green with 6:51 remaining in the second half. The Hokies' defense held the Yellow Jackets without a field goal for the last 3:44 of the second half. 

Cadarian Raines had a bucket with 1:05 remaining and Erick Green tied the game with 24 seconds left in regulation. Georgia Tech got off one last shot, the the attempt missed and Jarell Eddie grabbed the rebound to send the game into overtime.

In the extra session, the Hokies scored the first seven points and never trailed in overtime. Eddie and Green iced the game with four free throws in the final 10 seconds of the overtime.

Recap.   

BOOKER (Mark Crammer/AP Photo)
CLEMSON 69, VIRGINIA 44 - Clemson seniors Devin Booker and Milton Jennings led the Tigers to their first ACC victory of the 2012-13 season on Saturday, a 59-44 triumph over Virginia in front of 7,795 fans at Littlejohn Coliseum. The Tigers improved to 9-6 on the season, 1-2 in the ACC. The Cavaliers dropped to 11-5 overall, also 1-2 in league play. It was Clemson's fourth straight win at home over Virginia.

Jennings produced a career game for Brad Brownell's team. The 6-foot-9 native of Summerville, SC scored a season-best 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting. He made a career high 5-of-8 from three-point distance. It was Jennings' career high against an ACC team. 

His previous best was 17 in a win over NC State last season. He added a season-high 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the 2012-13 campaign. Booker was just 3-for-10 from the field, but sank 9-of-12 at the charity stripe to finish with 15 points. He added nine rebounds for Clemson, who won the battle of the boards by a +6 margin.

Pictures Of The Day


Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to pass against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Georgia Dome on January 13, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Two former ACC QBs faced off when Atlanta’s Matt Ryan (Boston College) took on Seattle’s Russell Wilson (N.C. State).  Ryan won. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Speaking of ACC QB’s, Matt Schaub of the Houston Texans drops back against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC Divisional Playoffs game at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
C.J. Leslie #5 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack dunks over Seth Curry #30 and Mason Plumlee #5 of the Duke Blue Devils during play at PNC Arena on January 12, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. North Carolina State won 84-76. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Mr. Wuf, mascot of the North Carolina State Wolfpack, crowd surfs as fans storm the floor after a win over the Duke Blue Devils at PNC Arena on January 12, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. North Carolina State won 84-76. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)






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