ACC Football Daily Links — Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch Talks Notre Dame, Orange Bowl and Expansion

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Wake Forest President Hatch Discusses ACC Expansion, Notre Dame (Daily Press)

Nathan Hatch was raised on the ACC. Len Chappell, Art Heyman, Billy Cunningham: Growing up in Columbia, S.C., Hatch watched many of the league’s basketball legends play against the hometown South Carolina Gamecocks. “The ACC,” he said, “was deep in my blood.” And still is. As president of charter member Wake Forest, Hatch plays a leading role in guiding the conference’s future…

Pitt Caught in No Man’s Land (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

The comments from both Big East and ACC fans began as soon as the final score was announced. Youngstown State 31, Pitt 17. Big East fan sentiment: “Pitt is not a member of the Big East!” ACC fan sentiment: “Is it too late to take back Pitt’s invitation?” Big East associate commissioner Nick Carparelli’s sentiment, via Twitter: “The #BigEast will be a better football conference on the field next year than it has ever been!”…

Miami Hurricanes’ Duke Johnson Gives College Football a Wake-Up Call (Miami Herald)

Cassandra Mitchell cried three times Saturday. The first time was when she saw her 18-year-old son, Randy “Duke” Johnson, walk off the bus at Boston College’s Alumni Stadium for his first road trip as a Hurricane. The next time was when he stumbled, then broke three tackles en route to his first college touchdown – a 54-yarder that preceded a 56-yarder – and pointed both fingers at her from the end zone…

Boston College May Start 1-3, But the Eagles Will Still Go Bowling (BC Interruption)

Yes, Boston College just gave one away to the Miami Hurricanes, a winnable ballgame if there ever was one. Like Alex Amidon said, the Eagles “beat themselves” on Saturday. But there is hope. The Eagles offense, which has been downright putrid over the last two seasons, was rejuvenated by OC Doug Martin and Chase Rettig…

Clemson’s Offensive Line Grows Up (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

When Clemson opened its game against Auburn, some of the major concerns about a revamped offensive line were played out. Missed assignments. Pre-snap penalties — one that cost the Tigers a fourth-and-goal attempt at the 1. Way too many Auburn defenders coming free, forcing Tajh Boyd to avoid the pressure on numerous occasions. At the end of the first half, Clemson had given up four sacks — that only happened twice all of last season…

The Relative Improbability of Stephen Morris, Starting Quarterback (The 7th Floor)

I’m a fan of Stephen Morris. I think most of us are, and I think most of us were pretty impressed with how he ran the offense and threw the ball on Saturday vs. Boston College. One thing I couldn’t help but think about at times on Saturday as I watched this big kid scramble for first downs, throw darts into coverage on third-and-long and run a no-huddle offense with precision was how low-ranked he was coming out of high school…

Syracuse Football: How the Orange Will Beat USC (And Party Like It’s 1984) (Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician)

How will Syracuse beat the University of Southern California? The Trojans would have to miss its team plane. The temperature of Hell would have to decrease, significantly. SU will only win this game if the S.C. that shows up is that of Southern College (of Optometry). We’ve heard them all, right? But still, upsets happen. Just ask Nebraska when it was ranked No. 1 and expected to hammer a lowly Syracuse team…

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