ACC Football Daily Links — Catholic School Departures May Finally Kill Big East, Hasten Louisville & Notre Dame’s Exit

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

Friday, December 14, 2012

As Big East Catholic Schools Prepare to Break Away, Key Issues Emerge (

The departure of the seven Catholic Big East basketball schools from the league appears to be inching toward inevitability. “I think it’s certain the seven schools will leave, barring some substantial financial or legal impediment,” a source with direct knowledge of the situation told Officials from the seven schools have been in daily contact about their potential departure, with another conference call scheduled for Thursday…

Brey: Big East Turmoil Could Hasten Notre Dame’s Exit to the ACC (Chicago Tribune)

Proudly, Mike Brey considered himself a Big East guy and considered the Big East to be a part of his Notre Dame basketball program’s identity. But he’s happy to be on the outside, looking in and looking forward, as the league reportedly is on the verge of falling apart completely. Various reports Thursday have the seven schools that do not play football planning to break off from the Big East and start their own league…

FSU Trustees Could Clear Way For Coaching Hires (Tallahassee Democrat)

One potential hurdle to filling vacant coaching positions on Florida State’s football staff could be cleared on Friday when the FSU Board of Trustees holds a special meeting to discuss changing its procedures for paying coaches. During the past month, Florida State has lost defensive coordinator Mark Stoops and defensive ends coach D.J. Eliot to Kentucky, and running backs coach/special-teams coordinator Eddie Gran to Cincinnati…

With Chad Morris in the Fold, Clemson Offense Breathes Easier (Orange and White)

Wednesday afternoon, speculation ran rampant in Clemson’s locker room. Was Chad Morris still in town? Was he in Lubbock? Opinions varied. “There were players in the locker room saying, ‘I heard he’s already gone,’” said junior quarterback Tajh Boyd. To counter, Boyd simply pulled out his phone. “He’s texting me,’” Boyd told a teammate. “Look, there’s nothing there’”…

Season End Grade for Paul Chyrst? C (Cardiac Hill)

The season’s not technically over with the BBVA Compass Bowl still to come, but with the regular season concluded, I got to thinking – how did Paul Chryst do in his first season? A month or so ago, I came the conclusion in the comments section of one of our posts that I’d give Paul Chryst a C-. The reasoning, as I stated then, was that Chryst was having a below average season. Not a horrible one, but below average for sure…

Virginia Tech Has Something to Prove (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

Virginia Tech did not meet expectations this season. You know it. I know it. Hokies players and coaches know it. But rather than dwell on what could have been, they are taking the chip-on-the-shoulder approach headed into the Russell Athletic Bowl against Rutgers on Dec. 28 in Orlando, Fla. The “somethin’ to prove” mantra has taken hold, with plenty of goals to check off their list. A wins would allow Virginia Tech to…

Keep’Em or Trash’em? Shane Beamer (Gobbler Country)

So after reading the title for this article, you might be thinking, “If you’re going to do a series of posts on which Virginia Tech coaches should be fired and which should keep their jobs, why in the world are you starting with Shane Beamer?” To which I would answer, I understand what a peculiar choice it seems like, but I will be doing these posts chronologically relative to when the coaches were hired…

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