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

Monday, July 15, 2013

12 Steps to Fix ACC Football (Athlon Sports)
The good news for ACC fans is that the conference survived the most recent round of realignment shenanigans and has found its way into the big five conference alignment for the upcoming college football playoff. The bad news is that there can be little argument the league is fifth among the quintet and still susceptible to the expansion yearnings of its more prosperous brethren…

John Raymon’s Long Road to Syracuse Includes Surviving Child Abuse at the Hands of His Mother (

John Raymon was a young boy when his mother whipped him with a vacuum cord, broke his teeth and made him sleep outside on trash bags. The abuse shaped his view of the world. He got in fights and stole. He bounced from home to home and ended up in a facility for troubled kids. It took him months to trust his new family, and even today Raymon said he can’t fully trust anyone…

Time to Shine for Greene and Joyner (Tallahassee Democrat)

There’s a symmetry about Rashad Greene and Lamarcus Joyner being Florida State’s two player representatives at next weekend’s ACC Kickoff. The duo not only attended high school football powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas together, but they went there for exactly the same reasons. They wanted to get far away from the negative elements in their respective hometowns, and they also wanted to play on the biggest stage possible…

Wake Football Lags Behind Division Rivals in Recruiting (Blogger So Dear)

Wake Forest has never been a football recruiting powerhouse. The past few years the Deacs have managed to get out of the cellar of the ACC the past few years, it seems early on that the class of 2014 may once again end with Wake Forest looking up at most of their ACC counterparts. A recent article on detailed the number of commits for each Atlantic Division team…

Bennett Dreaming Big (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

The play call is an inside zone run. Isaac Bennett is lined up deep in the backfield, a few yards behind his quarterback. Over 65,000 fans are packed into Heinz Field, most at a fever pitch for the most anticipated football game in recent Pitt history. Bennett looks up from his running back position and sees the garnet and gold Florida State defenders on the other side of the ball…

Syracuse Football: Scott Shafer and the Era of Good Feelings (Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician)

Since Scott Shafer took over as the head coach of the Syracuse Orange, you may have noticed a difference in the way the coaching staff presents itself. Multiple coaches and admins are active on Twitter. Shafer himself even tweets and regularly uses his catchphrase #hardnosed. There’s an openness about what this coaching staff is about and what they’re trying to do…

Virginia Running Back Parks Ready to Rumble (Roanoke Times)

Virginia running back Kevin Parks had been waiting for a good time to ask the question: “Coach, why didn’t you recruit me?” Parks asked UVa associate head coach Tom O’Brien during a break in spring practice. O’Brien didn’t blink. “Because I heard you weren’t good enough,” O’Brien said. Nobody could keep a straight face after that one…

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