ACC Football Daily Links — Why is the ACC Struggling Wth Season-Ending Rivalry Matchups?

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

ACC Season-Ending Rivalry Games: Not New, Not Hard, Not Created in a Vacuum (BC Interruption)

If the ACC is going to move towards every program having a season-ending rivalry game, the youngbloods Pitt and Syracuse are also going to need a dancing partner. On Monday, ESPN’s Heather Dinich weighed in on Pitt and Syracuse’s need for a rivalry game to end the season. Many silly things were said that largely ignores the entirety of Syracuse and Boston College football history…

Doeren Takes Different Rivalry Approach Than Fedora (WRAL Sports)

If the history of football coach hirings and firings at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University holds, second-year Tar Heel coach Larry Fedora and new Wolfpack hire Dave Doeren will meet six or seven times as representatives at opposite ends of the Triangle. Exactly how the styles of the two will differ – or perhaps parallel – won’t become completely clear for at least a season or two…

Doc Five: Players Who Could Keep Johnny Manziel From Another Heisman — No. 4 Jameis Winston (Dr. Saturday)

Before you get too worked up… The last six Heisman Trophy winners have come out of the blue to win. Some were entirely off the radar (Johnny Manziel, Cam Newton). Others were coming off solid seasons but weren’t considered Heisman contenders. does a very good preseason watch list every year, and none of the last six winners were in the preseason top 10…

Something to Prove: Clemson Wide Receiver Sammy Watkins (

Only a year removed from a dazzling freshman campaign in which he made 82 catches for 1,219 yards and 12 touchdowns, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins entered the 2012 season with lofty expectations. Yet the 2011 All-America regressed in his second year, both on and off the field. Watkins was arrested on drug-related charges in May 2012 and was subsequently suspended for the Tigers’ first two games…

Detroit Lions Likely to Start College Football Bowl Game (SB Nation)

@McMurphyESPN: Detroit Lions expected to start new bowl in 2014, likely B1G vs. ACC, at Ford Field sources told @ESPN. Would eliminate Little Caesars Bowl; Bowl tie-in redistribution season has produced its strangest result yet. Fun thing about college football bowl games: they can be commissioned and administered by anybody with money. They were originally started in the name of tourism and now lumber onward in the name of branding…

Remember the Name: Swinney Says DE Kevin Dodd Has Made “Amazing Progress” (Orange and White)

Kevin Dodd. Remember the name, and get back to Dabo Swinney after the 2013 season and he’ll tell you more. “Kevin Dodd’s progress in one year is amazing,” Swinney said recently during a wrap-up of Clemson’s spring practice. “Nobody has even asked me about Dodd, but after this season everybody’s going to be asking me about Dodd. I promise you”…

10 Greatest Clemson Tigers (Since 1967) (Athlon Sports)

10. Brian Dawkins, S, 1992-95: Dawkins didn’t fully blossom until his professional career, which ended in his retirement after the 2011 season. Before his potential Pro Football Hall of Fame career for 16 years in the NFL, Dawkins was productive safety for two coaches (Ken Hatfield and Tommy West) at Clemson. A three-year starter, Dawkins was a second-team All-ACC selection as a sophomore and junior…

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