ACC Football Daily Links — Could Maryland’s Struggles to Join Big Ten Discourage Future Conference Expansion?

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Realignment Followers Hold Their Breath As Blowback Increases Against Maryland’s Move (Mr. SEC)

When suddenly, almost out of nowhere Maryland announced last fall that it would be leaving the ACC for the Big Ten, college sports fans gasped.  Plenty of big name schools have changed affiliations over the past three or four years, yes, but none had done so quite as unexpectedly as Maryland. The Terrapins — members of the seemingly stable ACC since 1953 — were striking out on their own…

Falcons Turn to Clemson For Read-Option Help (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

In their quest to get a better grip on the read-option offenses sweeping the NFL, the Falcons’ defensive staff recently spent a day at Clemson, according to the Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney. “[The Falcons] are trying to learn more about what we do and how we defend what we do,” Swinney told the media on Monday…

Prepare for More Aggressive, Potentially Blitz-Happy FSU Defense (Orlando Sentinel)

Christian Jones was making the toughest decision of his football-playing life. Back in January, the Florida State linebacker was wondering if he was about to become a former Florida State linebacker when he sat down for a conversation with coach Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles’ new defensive coordinator, Jeremy Pruitt. Should he stay for one more year?…

Hokies Embracing Staff Changes This Spring (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

For years, Virginia Tech fans have been clamoring for changes to the Hokies’ offensive staff. In 2012, they finally had some company — from within the program. “I didn’t really want to come back to a place where I wasn’t going to progress and be getting prepared for the next level,” said quarterback Logan Thomas, who chose to return for his senior season instead of leaving early for the NFL draft…

Vad Lee in Position to Lead the Georgia Tech Offense (Rant Sports)

In the college football world of complex offensive systems, replacing a quarterback has become a lot tougher than it used to be. Finding the person to lead your methodical chess game of an offense down the field is crucial. This spring, Georgia Tech Yellow Jacketshead coach Paul Johnson has the task of seeing if sophomore Vad Lee can be that man. The decision, however, shouldn’t be that tough…

Virginia Tech Football Looks to Toughen Up as Spring Practice Begins (Washington Post)

Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer’s management style is all about delegation. He believes autonomy fosters passion and a sense of responsibility. So since he overhauled his offensive staff by hiring three new assistant coaches this offseason, including offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler, Beamer has stepped back and allowed them to manufacture ideas and schemes on their own…

Social Media Strategist Paul Johnson on Building Your Brand’s Buzz (SB Nation)

Georgia Tech fans may have noticed a strange and new presence on Twitter over the past few weeks. Yellow Jackets head coach Paul Johnson started tweeting back on Feb. 26, and said he’s picking up Twitter as a way to control what people say about the program. “The media has an image of you, and they want to portray that image – so that’s what they are going to portray,” Johnson said…

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