ACC Football Daily Links — Examining the Psychological Benefits of Being a Sports Fan

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

Monday, March 11, 2013

One Way to Cheer Up: Cheer Harder (The New York Times)

…A growing body of scientific research and some compelling empirical evidence suggest that sports fans, even the foam-at-the-mouth variety, are less prone to depression and alienation than people who are immune to such maladies as March Madness and pennant fever. Case study No. 1 is Dennis Brogan, a 55-year-old native of Syracuse who has been attending Syracuse sporting events since he was a boy…

ND’s Brey “Full Expecting” to be in the ACC Next Season (Chicago Tribune)

Mike Brey, in order to avoid brain aneurysms, has elected not to ask for or seek out constant updates on Notre Dame’s conference affiliation. But the Irish men’s basketball coach was clear on whether he felt a 73-57 loss to Louisville on Saturday represented the last Big East regular season game in school history. “Yes,” Brey said outside the locker room…

Did Jimbo Fisher Give Hint on FSU’s QB Battle? Is it Jameis Winston’s Job? (Orlando Sentinel)

OK, now that the headline sucked you in, let’s talk a little more about what Jimbo Fisher did and didn’t say during his session with reporters after Florida State’s fourth-quarter drills Thursday afternoon. As you may have seen in our other, more lengthy blog from Thursday evening, Fisher provided several updates and a few notes on position changes and injuries ahead of spring practices later this month…

2012 Position Analysis: LB and the Defense Under Brent Venables (Shakin’ the Southland)

Our last defensive review covers the defense as a whole and LB position under new DC Brent Venables, who replaced Kevin Steele after the Orange Bowl. We had our misgivings with the hire because we felt that OU had underperformed relative to their talent level on defense, which OU fans seemed to agree with, and will still withhold any conclusive judgements about his 2012 team…

2013 Spring Football Primer: Offensive Overview (Gobbler Country)

The good news about spring practice is hope springs eternal. It offers the team to wipe the slate clean and start anew. That’s why Spring happens to be my favorite season of the year. Nothing like seeing the grasses turn green, flowers blooming, birds flying in the air and the gridiron full of players who are busting to become “The Guy”…

E.J. Manuel Credits Success to Faith, Father (Fox Sports South)

It is a taboo subject, one of those uncomfortable topics that make a lot of people squirm. Most will avoid it at all costs. But E.J. Manuel, the Florida State quarterback who is expected to be the second quarterback taken in the upcoming NFL draft, hit it head on without batting an eye. “I think a lot of the pitfalls that put guys I grew up with on the wrong path — things that didn’t allow them to get to the next level…

‘Prototypical’ Stephone Anthony Claims the Middle for Tigers (Orange and White)

Where do you start in building a dominant linebacking corps? Find a 6-2, 246-pound pound five-star recruit with two years of college experience, plug him into the middle ‘Mike’ position, and then build around him. During Clemson’s off-season self-evaluations, defensive coordinator Brent Venables found just the man he was looking for – a player who during the final third of the 2012 season spent more time on the sideline than on the field…

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