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ACC Daily Links, Jan. 14

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 12:20am
By: Brian Geisinger

Boston College
The Eagles shot 43% from deep, and hung tough for most of the game, but No. 2 Syracuse was just too much last night; BC fell 69-59. Running back Andre Williams (#Andre2000) was named to ESPN's All-ACC BCS-era team.

Clemson
For the last two years, offensive coordinator Chad Morris has had his named floated around for numerous head coaching positions. Morris, though, is in his third year at Clemson, and is the nation's highest paid assistant coach ($1.3 million annually) - he can take his time, and wait for the right head coaching opportunity to come along. Jaron Blossongame slapped up a double-double - 14 points, 14 rebounds (both career highs) - in Clemson's win over Duke, which helped him garner ACC Rookie of the Week honors.

Duke
Jabari Parker continued his struggles during conference play last night, but thanks to big nights from Rasheed Sulaimon - 21 points - and Amile Jefferson - 10 points, 15 rebounds - the Blue Devils survived a late rally from Virginia, and won at home, 69-65. After the game, Coach K was emotional and talked about his personal life in a way we rarely get to see.

Florida State
Jimbo Fisher built FSU into an unstoppable machine in 2013-14. Now, read how Fisher combined what he learned from Bobby Bowden and Nick Saban, and used it to create this juggernaut. Stud wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin announced several days ago that he was entering this year's NFL Draft. Teams like the Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers appear to already be interested in the gigantic wideout.

Georgia Tech
It'd been rumored for days that James Madison would be the next landing spot for former Tech QB Vad Lee. Yesterday, those rumors came to fruition. The lone basketball game in the ACC tonight is a good one. Brian Gregory's Yellow Jackets welcome Jamie Dixon's No. 22 Pitt Panthers into McCamish Pavilion.

Maryland
The Terrapins, who sit at 2-2 in conference play, will break out a new uniform when they host Notre Dame tomorrow night. Just announced yesterday: Maryland will play in the 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic, which takes place in Kansas City during Late November.

Miami
The Hurricanes get back on the court tomorrow night for the first time since their win over UNC. They will play against FSU - who, according to Canes coach Jim Larranaga - are one of the five best defensive teams in the nation.

North Carolina
This week marks the first time since 1996 that the Tar Heels and Blue Devils have both been ranked outside of the top 20 of the Associated Press college basketball poll. The Heels lost to Syracuse on Saturday, which dropped them to 0-3 in the ACC. They get the opportunity this week - they don't play again until this upcoming Saturday against Boston College - to catch their breath and regroup.

N.C. State
It can be problematic to read too much into small sample sizes, but if they Wolfpack are going to make a postseason run - something they're totally capable of - then they'll need to receive more contributions on the offensive side of the ball from guys not named T.J. Warren. But hey, 80% from the free throw line - that's not bad! 

Notre Dame
The Irish may be without reserve big man Tom Knight this week; he's dealing with ankle issues. According to Mike Brey, Zach Auguste and Demetrius Jackson will remain in the Fighting Irish's starting five, but underclassmen reserves Austin Burgett and Steve Vasturia are pushing them for playing time.

Pittsburgh
After a 15-1 start to the season, the Panthers finally cracked the AP Top 25 poll - checking in at No. 22. Now, they'll have to put that ranking on the line against two tough road opponents this week, Georgia Tech (tonight) and Syracuse (Saturday). Ugh, this stinks, though - Jamie Dixon will have to find a new rotation now that sophomore forward Durand Johnson has been lost for the seasons due to a torn ACL in his right knee.

Syracuse
A 16-1 run late in the second half propelled No. 2 Syracuse to a 69-59 victory over Boston College last night. The Orange were led by sophomore wing guard Trevor - wait, is it Tyler? - Cooney, who snagged four rebounds and gathered three steals to go along with his 21 points.

Virginia
The Cavaliers - playing much better since they were beaten down by Tennessee a few weeks back - fell short in Cameron Indoor last night, but it wasn't for a lack of effort or poise. And, oh, man, were they ever close to pulling off the upset in Durham.

Virginia Tech
Of the 105 college football programs that had information available on total staff pay, the Hokies checked in at No. 38 ($2,219,820). If the Hokies intend to stay amongst the elite in college football - and to prevent assistant coaches (such as o-line coach Jeff Grimes) from departing for other jobs - then they'll likely need to start opening the wallet just a little bit more. VT struggled on offense in 2013, and a lot of that could have to do with a developing offensive line.

Wake Forest
Former UVa. WR E.J. Scott - who has already graduated from Virginia - announced yesterday that he was transferring to Wake Forest. Scott, who in 2012 had 29 receptions for 390 yards, has one season of eligibility remaining - he will be ready to roll in 2014 for Dave Clawson's Demon Deacons.