ACC Football Daily Links — ACC Teams, Coaches Looking to Target Penn State Transfers

Monday through Friday each week, we compile the best links on ACC football from around the web.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

ACC Teams Could Pounce on Penn State Players (Boston Globe)

The text messages and tweets started to come on a steady basis shortly past 9 a.m. Calls were made. Messages exchanged. Plans put together on the fly. Monday was officially the Atlantic Coast Conference’s football kickoff program for the 2012 season. Golf in the morning, X’s and O’s in the afternoon media session, and plans to move forward to September…

What We Learned at ACC Media Days (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

Media days have come to an end at the Grandover Resort, and after two days of interviews with players and coaches, a few lessons were learned at the ACC Football Kickoff. Here is a quick summary of this year’s hot topics, in no particular order: 1. The usual suspects are once again the front-runners. Florida State and Virginia Tech were again picked to win their respective divisions…

ACC Coaches Debate Playoff Field Size (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

To Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson, the adoption of a four-team playoff to determine a national football champion is merely a step in the right direction. Johnson, who won two FCS (then Division I-AA) national championships at Georgia Southern by outlasting 16-team fields, said he would prefer a similar format for FBS…

Fedora Has Cup Running Over With Motivation, But Will It Stay That Way? (Wilmington Star News)

To some people, the glass is half full. Others see it as half empty. It’s a distinction Larry Fedora doesn’t have to make. His glass is so full – presumably with his beverage of choice, Red Bull – that it’s usually teeming over. The 49-year-old Texas native is such an eternal optimist that he even managed to see the positive side of sanctions imposed on his program last spring for rules violations committed before his arrival in Chapel Hill…

Duke Ready to Exceed Expectations (Durham Herald Sun)

The offseason hasn’t been kind to Duke football, with three potential starters going down to injuries that have left them unavailable. The Blue Devils schedule, which includes four teams that finished last season in the Top 25 and another that received a vote, offers them no favors. Yet David Cutcliffe, entering his fifth season as Duke’s coach, refuses to let doubt creep in about the team’s goal of ending the school’s bowl drought…

Jimbo Fisher Confident in Seminoles Potential (Fox Sports Florida)

There are college football coaches who will quickly dismiss the July questions about expectations surrounding their team. They don’t like inquiries about “pressure to win.” And then there is the confidence of Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher. The Seminoles won 10 games in his first season and then won nine games in 2011…

I Don’t Know If You Know This, Syracuse Fan, But You Heart Zach Allen (Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician)

Class of 2013 Syracuse Orange football recruit Zach Allen recently competed in the Elite 11 Camp last week and although he was not among those final 11 (out of 25), he put up some impressive numbers and impressed a lot of folks. He ran one of the top shuttle times, finished 2nd in the accuracy competition…

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4 thoughts on “ACC Football Daily Links — ACC Teams, Coaches Looking to Target Penn State Transfers

  1. John,
    I thought this blog by Dude WVU was of interest and wanted your viewpoint. In it he indicates Big 12 will expand for 2014 to get to 12 (championship game needed for SEC-Big 12 bowl). The teams targeted are mostly from the ACC including FSU etc. What are your feelings and knowledge of this continuing story….is he out to lunch or is there something there? Is the TV dollars really that much different once the Big 12 finalizes it new deal including 3rd tier rights…getting concerned!

    • I’ve seen rumors to that effect, so he’s definitely got some backing on this piece. My big questions are on where all the Big 12 teams stand on expansion. Texas and Oklahoma have made statements against a conference championship game, and I’d think their votes carry more weight overall. That said, if the Champions Bowl deal says there needs to be two league title games, then it’s hard to believe they won’t expand. The only real options are Notre Dame, FSU and Clemson. I won’t speculate more, but it’s not going to be easy to bring two of those three into the fold.

      • Notre Dame is never going Big 12….at least two other conferences are better suited to them…one being the ACC. Clemson seems okay with ACC and FSU…not really sure I care aside from fact best football name in group outside of ND.

        • I’d be much more sure of these thoughts were it not for all the recent reports flying around. Totally agree, Notre Dame’s the least likely option for the Big 12 (or any league), but they must be noted here. If we’re counting out the Irish though, then the conversation’s shifts to the Tigers and ‘Noles. Both teams’ fan bases are pretty vocal about this move in forums and blog posts, yet the administrators have said very little.

          Again, still not sold this happens, and I’d like to confirm the Champions Bowl verbiage first, but that’s what will ultimately decide all this. If it says they’re headed to 12, I’m very concerned about what likely happens next.

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