ACC Football Daily Links — How Giovani Bernard’s Rough Childhood Shaped a Potential First-Round Pick

Giovani Bernard North Carolina Tar Heels UNC NFL Draft First Round Adversity 2013

In advance, I’d just like to say that my heart goes out to everyone affected by the tragedy at the Boston Marathon yesterday. Prayers are with you, and I hope our government gets to the bottom of who’s responsible for the pain you’re still feeling today.

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

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

North Carolina’s Giovani Bernard Runs Through Adversity (USA Today)

It happened on Oct.20, 2012, and North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner says it was the greatest football play he’d ever seen. His running back, Giovani Bernard, stood beside him on North Carolina’s 40-yard line late in a game between the Tar Heels and Blue Devils. With Carolina trailing, Renner found Erik Highsmith over the middle with a pass…

NCAA Lashes Back at Miami (ESPN)

The NCAA office that investigated Miami athletics believes the Hurricanes are “grasping at straws” such as making personal attacks against investigators in their efforts to get the case against them dismissed.That stance, and others, are part of the response that was signed by Jonathan F. Duncan, the NCAA’s interim vice president of enforcement, in response to a motion Miami filed with the association’s Committee on Infractions…

Anthony Boone Shines in Duke Football’s Spring Game (Duke Chronicle)

Four months removed from its first bowl appearance in 18 years, Duke took a glimpse into the future at the team’s annual Spring Game. The split-squad scrimmage took place Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium and was the first public showcase of the Blue Devils’ 2013 squad…

Florida State Looks to Improve on 12 Wins After Losing Manuel (

The 2012 Florida State football team:Won 12 games, tying a school record held by the Seminole teams of 1993 and 1999, which both won national championships;Won the ACC Championship, its first since 2005; Will have four players (Bjoern Werner, Xavier Rhodes, Melenik Watson, EJ Manuel) in New York for next week’s NFL Draft; Averaged 7.01 yards per play, third nationally behind Georgia (7.09) and Texas A&M (7.08)…

Miami Hurricanes Spring Game: Who Showed Out, Who Still Needs Work (State of the U)

Every year, teams hold their spring game events, to give fans a glimpse at what the next team may look like. Of course, the coaches hold back much of their play books, and these games are getting more and more for show and not much more, but they’re still fun. Fans are able to see their new favorite players (cough….Sandland…..cough) as well as their old favorites…

Louisville Couldn’t Find a Scheduling Dance Partner (Crystal Ball Run)

Scheduling in the world of the current BCS system is a bit of a catch 22, if you aren’t in one of the big four conferences, and perhaps no other team heading into 2013 better represents that catch 22 than the Louisville Cardinals. On Monday night ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported that Louisville, coming off of an Allstate Sugar Bowl victory, was looking to bolster a terrible non-conference schedule…

Former Pitt Running Back Rushel Shell to Transfer to UCLA (Cardiac Hill)

Well, that was quick. Shortly after deciding to transfer from Pitt, Rushel Shell has reportedly decided he’s on the move to UCLA. The move to the Bruins isn’t all that unexpected. Shell was widely rumored to have interest in four schools – UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, and Cal. As I wrote a few days ago, Shell was visiting UCLA this past weekend…

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