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

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Opportunity Knocks, Will the Tigers Answer? (Orange and White)

Over the years I’ve learned not to make too much of the opening game of the season. While the opener can be a harbinger of the season ahead, often times it has little relevance to the ultimate fate of a team. Two years ago Clemson struggled with Troy and actually trailed 16-13 at the half in the opener before finding their stride and outscoring the Trojans 30-3 in the second half…

New-Look ACC Looking for More Football Success (Associated Press)

The Atlantic Coast Conference has new teams, a renegotiated TV package and a media-rights deal that offers protection from future realignment. And to go along with that new look, the league could use some new football success — though the biggest benefits might not come right away. While Pittsburgh and Syracuse bring the league to 14 football members, neither is a recent football power…

Dynamic Duo: Stephen Morris, Duke Johnson Give Miami Elite QB-NB Combo and Hopes for Big Season (Palm Beach Post)

Duke Johnson usually appears pretty sleepy when speaking to the media. Miami’s sophomore tailback produces chunks of yardage, not choice quotes. But when he was asked which of his teammates had the best shot to chase him down, Johnson shot up an eyebrow in the manner that made ex-UM defensive tackle Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson famous…

Inside the Mind of Nevin Shapiro: a Letter From Federal Prison (Miami Herald)

I wrote a blog item earlier this week blasting the NCAA for the length of its continuing investigation of Miami in the Nevin Shapiro case, and Shapiro responded to me with a lengthy email from federal prison. I am sharing the email here because this is the central figure in the UM case, a former renegade booster now serving hard time on a Ponzi scheme conviction…

Live Eagle Mascot to Return to the Heights (BC Interruption)

In what is arguably Brad Bates’ best gameday enhancement yet, Boston College announced today that the university will have a live Bald Eagle mascot for the first time in nearly half a century. The Eagle, who LOOK AT THIS GUY ISN’T HE A BAMF??, will grace Eagles fans with his presence at BC football games and will be available for you to meet him and take pictures, like how freaking cool is that??…

For UNC, Difficult Opener’s Benefits Outweigh Drawbacks (Fox Sports Carolinas)

In the last two years, North Carolina opened the season with FCS opponents and rolled to relatively easy victories. Most teams around the country will do that this weekend. But few besides their own fan bases will care (unless, of course, they lose).On Thursday night, the Tar Heels will be on a national stage opening college football at No. 6 South Carolina…

Pitt vs. Florida State: Panthers Have Running Back Issues Ahead of Big Game (Cardiac Hill)

So yeah – Pitt’s got enough to worry about on Monday, right? A top 15 team coming into town, a new quarterback that hasn’t played in three years, freshman kicker, questionable offensive line – the list goes on and on, really. Running back, though, is also a sizable concern and you can practically feel the angst growing every day. Paul Chryst did nothing to make fans feel much better in his presser, offering little information…

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